Everybody Hates Chris: Why Jericho's New Gimmick Is Brilliant

Thomas J. Harrigan Jr.Correspondent IJanuary 19, 2012

Chris Jericho has fans anxiously waiting to hear what he has to say.
Chris Jericho has fans anxiously waiting to hear what he has to say.

There's an old saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Regardless of what despicable and disgusting act a heel wrestler has perpetrated in the past, all it takes is an extended break to make the audience forget all about it. 

Take Triple H, for example. The Game tried to have Stone Cold killed in late 2000, and then joined up with Austin to assault Lita in April 2001. Yet, he rocked the World's Most Famous Arena when he returned from a torn quad in January 2002. 

Chris Jericho knows this. He's had experience with it—twice. 

Y2J received a huge pop in 1999 when he made his WWE debut (then WWF), and again when he returned in 2007. 

With CM Punk holding the WWE title and now claiming to be the best in the world—Jericho wasn't about to hit the trifecta with his 2012 return. 

But instead of coming out and attacking Punk to establish that he was still a villain, Jericho figured out a more innovative way to get the crowd to boo him.


It's something we've never really seen before, especially not from the usually bombastic Jericho. But it's all been carefully planned out, right down to his obnoxious and gaudy light-up jacket. 

Last Monday, Jericho was supposed to wrestle for the first time since returning. He came in, pumped up the crowd and then tagged in Daniel Bryan and walked out.

That's three times he's done this. But each time, the fans cheered in anticipation before Jericho pulled out the rug from under them. 

Until he finally speaks, Jericho will prove that he has the fans eating out of the palm of his hand and can get them to do anything he wants. That will only make them all the more angry when he finally takes the microphone and berates them in a way that only Jericho can. 

Jericho truly is the best in the world at what he does, even when what he does is not saying a word. And we'll continue to tune into Raw to see how this all shakes out.  

As for everyone who has already gotten sick of waiting for Jericho to play his hand, just know that the brash Canadian has you right where he wants you.