This is another tough match as the later round matches tend to be. There is reason to vote Jericho, including a possible home field advantage given his experience in Mexico for what that’s worth, but I have to go with Rude here. Jericho is a great wrestler and I’ve often referred to him as WWE’s mvp, but I think he lacks a certain toughness to win a dog collar match. I can’t help but think of how he got his ass handed to him by HBK at Unforgiven 2008. I know Jericho has had more success than Rude, but I think that reflects more on the eras they competed during rather than their talent. Had Jericho been in the WWF in 1989 I think he would be have been on the losing end in a feud with Rude. If Rude were in WWE today I think he’d be a multi time world champion and at a level slightly above Jericho. I love Jericho, but he comes out on the losing end more times than not. The chain is not the only dangerous part of a dog collar match. These two will be chained together at the neck. The two of them simply moving around in a competitive match could cause some neck damage which would make the rude awakening more effective. The IWC isn’t going to let it happen, but I think Rude should advance here.