There seems to be a small segment of the Internet Wrestling Community that believes that Chris Jericho does not deserve to be in the WWE Championship match against CM Punk at WrestleMania.
That small segment believes that the WWE should spend more time focusing on the young talents and allowing them grow and have a chance in the spotlight.
While I see that side of it, Jericho is one of the veteran performers that deserves his spot near the top of the card no matter the circumstances.
Let’s be frank, Jericho is still one of the best performers in the world today and is one of the best of his time, a time that includes legends like The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Triple H and Shawn Michaels just to name a few.
The younger talent whose spot Jericho is taking is better off having him around than away. They can learn something from Jericho’s passion in the ring with his ability to tell a story, and on the microphone with the emotion he can evoke from the crowd whether they’re cheering for him or against him.
Whether its being in the ring with him and having him take the lead in a match or simply watching his matches on television, the young talent can learn a ton from a guy like Jericho, who encompasses many different styles and work rates.
But that's just inside the ring. Jericho brings more to the table in name alone. The Rock is top of the WrestleMania card because he will bring mainstream attention to a mainstream event. The same can be said, although not on as large a scale, for Jericho.
Jericho has hosted VH1 countdowns, radio shows, game shows and even participated on Dancing with the Stars, which is a hit television show that a lot of people tune into.
Jericho’s name at the top of the card look’s a lot better than say a Dolph Ziggler, who deserves a shot one day and is probably the most talented in-ring performer going today. Ziggler is great, but is yet to be the draw Jericho is and has been for quite some time.
Plus, putting Jericho with Punk, who is not a mainstream guy yet, but is slowly becoming one, will only help Punk.
At the end of the day, Jericho simply deserves the spot. It’s not like he was given everything from the beginning of his career. He traveled all around the just to make to ECW, the promotion he wrestled for in the US, he put up with being held back in WCW, and climbed up the ranks during the Attitude Era, fending off legends on his way to the top.
Jericho being in a main event at WrestleMania proves just how much hard work eventually pays off.