There have been topics coming and going in these blogs I've seen recently on the site and I wanted to focus on one man in particular. Y2J. The Highlight of the Night. The Ayatollah of Rock and Roll'a. The Best in the World At Everything That He Does. Chris Jericho.
It's very believeable with his face-off with Dolph Ziggler, somewhat of a rookie, the night before on Pay Per View that people feel Jericho will leave. The problem I have is that it's too predictable. Face the new kids then leave. That's typical, don't you think? But I want there to be more. Now if it is to happen in a week from tomorrow, I say they make the entire show about him. Ever hear of that? Flair? HBK? Jericho deserves the same treatment, in my opinion. In my book, he's just as good, if not better, than Bret Hart was.
He deserves his own night to be thanked and adored for all he's contributed to the wrestling industry. He's held...every title in WWE? Is that right? Except for the new WWE Tag Championships(The belts suck, by the way. I don't think that needs mentioning) and that's nothing to be worried over at the point he's at. He's held the Intercontinental Championship more times than anybody in the history of wrestling. He's been World Champion multiple times. He was the FIRST UNDISPUTED CHAMPION. This is something people overlook.
If you think about it, he paved the way for a lot of champions today. If we're talking about the stars of the time of Chris Jericho, I'd say the top 5 would include HBK, Triple H, The Undertaker, Edge, and Chris Jericho. He belongs with the guys that get adored. Edge got a night for his retirement, why can't Jericho? He's just as good, if not better.
This blog isn't to praise him for his accomplishments. If you notice in the title, it says the Controversy. What have I said that's controversial about him so far? Well here's where I start on that. He's been back and forth with WWE 3 or 4 times now. He's around 40, I believe, and probably can't do the spectacular things he once could. But that's okay, because he still entertains. He's always found a way to do that, agreed?
But what will he do when he leaves? Here's where it becomes controversial. Jericho could do what he's amazing at and go play for Fozzy for another decade if he wanted. He could also do another thing he's amazing at and be a WWE Superstar for another couple years, if he wanted again. Heck, he could become a TV Star or Radio Star if he really wanted to try something different. He's Chris Jericho!
But the one thing that sticks Chris Jericho at the top, and I sure hope he never makes a mistake and falls from it, is that he's been able to always keep his Charisma. People say that in 2008-2010 he had absolutely none. That's so much further from the truth. The ability to go from crazy in 2000 with his wacky hairstyles and his corny catchphrases(I'm a sexy beast, babay!) to someone who quietly speaks to you and stares with fiendish eyes is amazingly charismatic. He changed from "THINGS WILL NEEEEVER EEEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!" to "You...people. Are nothing but hypocritical parasites...Feeding on this thing you like to call entertainment..."
To close out this blog, I want to ask you, RSN Viewers, a few questions.
Where do you see Chris Jericho being in 5 years?
Will he make it to Wrestlemania 29? If so, who will he face?
Will he leave for Fozzy after Summer Slam?
Does he go into something completely different?
Thanks for reading.
Brandon T. Vineyard