Y2J ready to climb the ladder again

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February 29, 2008

Once again, WrestleMania is Jericho!

Perhaps no other Superstar is as excited about WrestleMania XXIV as Chris Jericho. If Y2J seemed particularly ecstatic after he defeated Jeff Hardy last Monday on Raw to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, he was: March 30 will mark his first WrestleMania appearance in three years.

The Grandest Stage of Them All has missed Y2J and he has missed it. And how fitting is it that Jericho is returning to WrestleMania in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Match Preview | Past Highlights

"[A] little known fact is that the Money in the Bank [Ladder] Match is actually a match that I invented years ago for WrestleMania 21 in Los Angeles," Y2J told WWE.com. "The concept went so well that it's become an annual tradition, and it's not just an annual tradition of a crash and burn of guys falling off ladders, which it is. [It's] a very exciting match, probably one of the best matches on the show every year. It's also for something very important, a title opportunity, a title match for a world championship, the biggest prize, the most coveted Holy Grail in WWE."

Refocused, Ready to Save WrestleMania

Winning a world championship is the reason WWE's first Undisputed Champion returned last November after a two-year absence. Y2J was hell-bent on saving WWE and winning the WWE Championship from Randy Orton. He appeared on the verge of completing his mission at Armageddon when JBL cost him the title.

Now, after surviving a vicious, personal war with the self-proclaimed "wrestling god," Y2J is once again focused on winning gold. He fell short of getting a WWE Championship opportunity at WrestleMania XXIV in the brutal, bloody Elimination Chamber Match a No Way Out with Triple H, Umaga, JBL, Jeff Hardy, and Shawn Michaels. However, Y2J is riding high after his hard-fought victory over Jeff Hardy, one of WWE's hottest Superstars over the past six months and a Money in the Bank opponent. (Watch Y2J qualify)

On March 30 in Orlando, Fla., Jericho has a chance to give his original mission new life and win a guaranteed opportunity at any world champion at any time. His return won't be complete until he is again atop the WWE mountain.

"I've been away from WrestleMania for three years, and I'm not coming back just to be a spectator," he said. "I'm not coming back to sit in the crowd. I'm not coming back to sell popcorn; I'm not coming back to write a sign that says ‘I love wrestling.' I'm coming back to become a world champion. That's my only goal."

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