A couple weeks ago, Chris Jericho came back to the WWE to “end the world”. Jericho, who is usually very out-spoken, didn’t say a word, though. He just smiled, grinned, and looked astonished at the crowd’s reaction. After a long period of time, the crowd became frustrated with Jericho because they wanted him to explain to them what was going on. It was Jericho’s creative way of turning heel. Since then, Jericho hasn’t been getting bood as much as the WWE or he anticipated. In fact, the crowd reactions have been mixed.
Here are the reasons why it’s so easy for fans to like and hard to dislike Chris Jericho-
Loves The Business
Chris Jericho has a smart mind for the wrestling business. Jericho has talked off-air about wrestling in interviews and shoots and just by him talking for that amount of time, its transparent that he understands the philosophy of wrestling and what wrestling fans desire.
Jericho also never joined wrestling for the money. In WCW he made a lot of money as a midcarder. It was actually more money than some main-eventers in the WWF, but despite that he was still frustrated with the way WCW was ran.
The point is most wrestlers wouldn’t care how the product was being operated as long as it was doing well enough to survive and they were getting their checks in the mail every week (hence TNA wrestlers), but Jericho was constantly frustrated in the way WCW handled things.
Not A Sell Out
Between Dancing with the Stars, Hollywood projects, and the money he has made from wrestling, Jericho is doing fine from a financial standpoint. There is no purpose for him wrestling all over the world these days other than the fact that he loves doing it.
Jericho is one of the most witty wrestlers ever. If you have watched wrestling for a long time, you can see that Jericho just gets “it”. Jericho always knows what position to be in at the right time, he knows when to talk or when not to talk, he knows how to take his time, and so on.
If you don’t analyze someone’s facial-expressions and mannerisms, you can still see Jericho’s brilliance when he talks on the mic. His promos are always well-written by him (of course) and always leave you satisfied (or in some cases dissatisfied). Sometimes, he’s so subtly brilliant that words cannot even describe it.
Although the WWE shoved down our throats Rey Mysterio as an ultimate underdog, Mysterio had a bigger advantage over Jericho making it into the business. Mysterio had a certain mystique to him and brought over a different style of wrestling over the states. Jericho, meanwhile, was a nobody who had no heritage or mystique; he was just a very undersized wrestler (one who many people told him he was never going to make it in the business so he should just stop trying). Yet he made it to the WWE and has won numerous championships.
Chris Jericho has played different roles in the wrestling business. He has been the whiny, annoying heel….he has been the witty, sophisticated heel…he has been the underdog babyface….he has been the sex-symbol babyface….he has been the kissing babies babyface.
Ultimately, he has been practically every facets a heel or babyface could be.
A lot of people in Chris Jericho’s shoes would abuse their power so they could be on top all the time and work a limited schedule (:cough: Undertaker :cough:). Jericho has never used his power (from what I know of) to get something. He has always done business and did what the company has asked of him just like the other boys in the locker room.
And I honestly believe Jericho enjoys helping wrestlers and putting them over. I mean, do you think that the Undertaker, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, even John Cena, or anyone with power in the WWE, would job to Heath Slater? I didn’t think so.
Some wrestlers cannot wrestle. Some wrestlers can but don’t try. Some can but find a formula in the ring and stick with it throughout their career. Not one of these describe Chris Jericho; he can wrestle, always tries his best, and is always trying to be innovative in his matches. Without a doubt, he is one of the best in-ring storytellers and psychologist in wrestling’s existences.
Punches Annoying Girls In Face
Chris Jericho stated that he wasn’t Canadian anymore and that he’s now American. A group of stupid Canadians (or should I say normal Canadians) barged at Jericho’s car looking for a fight. A girl then spat at him so he punched her in the face and told the security to do their fucking job.
He’s from Winnipeg….Idiot
Jericho can also own fans at the same time he’s wrestling.
Jericho has always loved the busines and he has never shown anything that could possibly label him as a selfish person since he’s constantly laying down for wrestlers who are below his level. His sophistication, cleverness, versatility, and in-ring level are unparalleled to most in comparison, which is remarkable for someone who was always doubted for his lack of size.
These are all reasons why despite what kind of wrestling fan you are, it is more difficult to hate Jericho than it is to like him and that’s why I believe he cannot fully turn heel again without half the crowd cheering for him.
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