He is the first ever Undisputed Champion, The King of the World, The Highlight of the Night, The Lionheart, the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla, the Greatest Of All Time; Y2J Chris Jericho!
Welcome to BLOG IS JERICHO!!
And I am the new millennium for the World Wrestling Federation. Now for those of you who don’t know me, I am Chris Jericho, your new hero, your party host, and most importantly, the most charismastic showman to ever enter your living rooms via a television screen. And for those of you who DO know me, well, all hail the Ayatollah of Rock and Roll-a!
Now when you think of the new millennium, you think of an event so gigantic that it changes the course of history. You think of a dawning of a new era. In this case, the dawning of a new era in the WWF. Thank you, thank you. And a new era is what this once proud and profitable company sorely needs. What was once a captivating, trend-setting program has now deteriorated into a cliched, let’s be honest, boring snoozefest that is in dire need of a knight in shining armor, and that’s why I’m here. Chris Jericho has come to save the WWF!Now let’s go over the facts. Television ratings, downward spiral; pay-per-view buy-rates, plummeting; mainstream acceptance, non-existent; and reactions of the live crowds, complete and utter silence. And I know why you’re silent! You’re silent because you’re embarrassed to be here. And quite honestly, I’m embarrassed for you. And the reason why you’re embarrassed is because of the steady stream of uninteresting, untalented, mediocre “sports entertainers” who you’re forced to cheer for and care for. No wonder you’re not cheering! You could care less about every single idiot in that dressing room, [indicating The Rock] and especially this idiot in the center of the ring. You people have been led to believe that mediocrity is excellence. Uh-uh. Jericho is excellence. And now for the first time in WWF history, you have a man who can entertain you. You have a man who is good enough for you. You have a man who can make you jump up off your chairs, raise your filthy fat little hands in the air and scream “Go Jericho go! Go Jericho go! Go Jericho go!” Thank you.
The new millennium has arrived in the WWF, and now that the Y2J problem is here, this company—from the front-office idiots to all the amateurs in the dressing room, including this one, to everybody watching tonight—will never, ee-e-e-e-(slaps face) ever be the same… again.
That was Jericho’s entry into the WWE, then known WWF, and he delivered that tongue lashing to the Rock of all people. Imagine that. Yes he had experience, he had been everywhere. From ECW to NJPW to WCW, he had talked back to a lot of people but this was the Rock! The ultimate talker, likes of which the industry had never seen before and Jericho went out there on his debut and mouthed off to the Rock! That takes some balls, no matter how scripted it is. Yes The Rock talked back and had the last laugh but it pushed Jericho way over as a heel that could actually talk back to the Rock and then actually deliver against him in the ring.
Y2J made a name for himself not only on the mic but in the ring as well because he was one of the best in the world at what he does and he showed it time and time again in the squared circle, in fact he’s still showing it today.
Okay let me run down once over on all that I know of Chris Jericho just off the top of my head.
Okay I know that Jericho didn’t start his career in ECW but that’s no surprise, I think that he wrestled in NJPW and WCW as the Lionheart but I do know that since he signed on to the WWE he has never actually left. I’m not talking Kayfabe firing.
I followed his WWE career more closely because I watched him from pretty early on. As I mentioned before my first WWE experience was watching Summerslam 2002 and Jericho was feuding with The Nature Boy Ric Flair and I hated the guy.
He walks out with this arrogant smirk on his face, tying his hair back and sporting that weird goatee. That was the mark of a true performer, before he even opened his mouth I knew we were supposed to hate him and hate him I did, almost to the point that I hated Triple H when I didn’t know about Kayfabe. I watched the match and never, eeeev- no sorry got carried away there, anyways throughout the match up I never shifted my stance that yes this was the bad guy in this story. I actually applauded when Flair delivered the low blow then made him tap out.
Now recently having rewatched the match a few days ago, It was like watching the passing of the torch. The dirtiest man in the game giving the go ahead to the Lionheart. It was a phenomenal match that I only now am able to appreciate since I could see how the competitors were working hard to tell the story.
The next time I saw Jericho again during my formative years, since my veiwing was a little sporadic, it was in a feud with Shawn Michaels. Now this is not the feud that everyone knows about, no this happened way before 2008, five years before, Wrestlemania 19. I remember watching the promo for this feud and thinkning that wow, Jerichos life did parallel Shawn’s a lot and they did look a lot similar but it wasn’t until they actually met on the grandest stage of them all that Jericho showed his true skills.
Only by the color of their tights could you be able to differentiate the two superstars, the moves they delivered were so amazingly similar, their styles sort of mirrored each other, in fact I would go even as far as to say that someone could mistake Shawn to be Chris’s older brother. They both skinned the cat, they both tried the Superkick, Jericho did a Lionsault in the ring, Shawn did a moonsault off the second rope to the outside. It was a series of one upmanship where there was no clear winner but the match stole the entire show! In the end Michaels won with a cradle and offered Jericho his hand in respect, Jericho teared up, ignored the hand and embraced his idol . . .
Then he kneed Michaels in his balls! Because Kayfabe! Imagine embracing your idol on the biggest wrestling stage of all time, when he has offered to shake you hand in respect and you knee him in the groin. And this is not the first time Jericho had done what he needed to do, to set aside his personal desires and do what’s best for business.
Even now Jericho is still wrestling, even at 46 years of age he has not failed to keep himself in shape and is still putting over guys by being an amazing heel. Currently as I write this post, Jericho has turned face for his feud against Kevin Owen’s but there is a consensus that the best Jericho is a heel Jericho and we all hope to see it imerge soon, once again.
Here is a way of looking at it, Triple H Vs Jericho at Wrestlemania, Jericho arrived as Undisputed Champion and left without the title.
Now the day they got their checks Jericho was shocked at the amount he was getting and he hears from the grapevine that Triple H had gotten a significantly larger cut. He discussed it with Vince and Vince immediately wrote him a check to match Hunters, but if he hadn’t disputed the wages himself he wouldn’t have gotten the payoff, WWE would have happily screwed him.
Now putting that alleged occurrence aside, tell me readers how many times has Chris Jericho actually main evented Wrestlemania? I’ll tell you. Exactly ONE! In which he lost his title, so he dropped the title to a face Triple H at Wrestlemania X8. Now thoroughout his career in the WWE he had won the World title only three times, he holds the record on IC championship wins but the World title he has only won three times.
This is less times than CM Punk. And yet he did not whine while sitting on the entrance ramp blocking mid carders from having TV time while hogging all the spotlight for himself and carrying on and on about how his life sucks and he should be treated better.
The people who love what Punk did, love it because he did exactly what we all want to do but don’t have the balls to do. Give our boss the middle finger. That’s what Punk did and we applaud him because we want to live vicariously through him. But we don’t do what he did because we can think about the consequences of our actions.
Where exactly is Punk now? MMA? TNA? Back to ROH? I don’t think so. No credible wrestling show would hire him because they know that Punk serves himself more than the company. And in order for a business to work all the cogs need to spin the same way. Punks cog doesn’t have any teeth, he’s all lip so it doesn’t spin at all unless he wants to twirl around with his Pipe Bomb. Punk is now an afterthought aside from some stray idiotic chants and that is because he thought only about himself and what happened to him. This is an amazing contrast with Chris.
Here’s a clip of Jericho flipping out on a referee because he saw his opponent injured and wanted Robinson to stop the match. Even though he’s playing the heel he cares about his fellow superstars.
A backstage story that Jericho himself confirms where Lesnar busted open Randy Orton with multiple elbow strikes to his forehead is that he rushed the Beast to confront him head on about what he did. Apparently the incident was a work but Jericho was worried about his friend and wasn’t afraid to get into Lesnars face about it. Though Jericho has expressed relief that Brock didn’t eat him…
These are just a few stories in a long list of accomplishments and altercation s that cement him as a genuine worker.
Jericho hasn’t had the most illustrious Career in WWE ie over ten World title runs and multiple main events at Wrestlemania but he is one of the most dedicated workers in the business. I hated him as a child and I love to hate him as an adult but overall he really is the GOAT!
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