They have competed side-by-side, including the epic Team WWE vs. Team Alliance Match at Survivor Series 2001, as well as against each other, including the Elimination Chamber Match in 2010 where Jericho overcame The Phenom to capture the World Heavyweight Championship.
A day after Rusev was scheduled to face The Undertaker in a casket match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, WWE announced Chris Jericho will replace the Bulgarian Brute and go on to face The Deadman.
Originally, the Casket Match was to be between The Deadman and Rusev.
WWE.com reported on Wednesday the storyline reason for the change was Rusev's wife Lana publicly campaigning on Twitter for Rusev to be pulled from the match as she anxious for his safety.
Y2J was announced as a replacement for Rusev in an out of nowhere statement by WWE.
It will be the first time ever that the two have gone head-to-head in a singles match on a WWE Network Special. And if Rusev had won, I could see that finally being the catalyst for WWE to actually give Rusev a long overdue push.
This announcement came just hours after Rusev had an interview on TMZ and claimed Undertaker "is kind of a little bit" past his prime. On a recent episode of the Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez explained the unusual situation of Rusev's removal from the match.
With so many title matches booked on the Greatest Royal Rumble, you might think ticket prices would match the quality of the show. There's been a significant change made to April 27's Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia.