WWE: Chris Jericho and the 7 Deadly Sinners of the WWE
While reading the classic novel, The Canterbury Tales, I was introduced to the usage of the seven deadly sins throughout literature.
Of course, I was already familiar with each of the seven sins, but I was able to make direct connections between the dirty deeds and their respective counterpart in the form of WWE Superstars.
Every heel in WWE today seems to obtain at least one of these infamous qualities, which is why it makes them the most vile antagonists in the business. Chris Jericho, for example, recently showed signs of committing a sinister sin on a recent episode of Monday Night Raw.
Can these sinful seven Superstars be cured of their wrong doings, or will they be forced to suffer the consequences for the rest of their tenure?
Chris Jericho: Gluttony
Gluttony: Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
Who better to assign this deadly sin to than the Jericholic himself, Chris Jericho?
Chris Jericho has always been known as the party guy, as seen in his prior carnation of his character when he referred to himself as Y2J. However, his party-starter personality goes beyond the squared circle, as he was arrested for a DUI in January 2010 while with some friends.
Most recently, Jericho once again used CM Punk's straightedge life style against him, drenching the WWE Champion in beer for two consecutive weeks. At one point, his anger got the best of him when he violently smashed a beer bottle over the head of Punk.
Sure, Jericho is no Stone Cold Steve Austin, but his often alcoholic attitude has gotten to the point of being too excessive for the common man.
Well, unless you're James Storm, that is.
Cody Rhodes: Envy
Envy: Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation.
In more cases than one in pro wrestling, one sibling usually grows envious of the other due to being jealous over the other's success. This has occurred with the likes of the Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian, and now the pairing of Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
Earlier this year, Dustin Rhodes without the signature golden make-up interrupted Cody's promo to defend his former tag team partner Booker T. During their segment, Dustin scolded his half-brother for not showing respect for Booker, before Cody delivered a quick Beautiful Disaster kick to his older sibling.
It's evident that Cody is envious of Goldust and the success he's achieved over the course of his storied career, but plans to do what Dustin couldn't and become the World Heavyweight Champion. Could the highly anticipated match between the two former Intercontinental Champions finally come to fruition in the very near future?
Wade Barrett: Greed
Greed: Greed is applied to a very excessive desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.
From the very day he debuted in WWE two years ago, Wade Barrett has made it no secret that he's only in the business for the money.
With money as his motivation, he's managed to do very well after success with the Nexus, Corre, and injuring the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton.
While acquiring wealth should be most people's main goal, not being satisfied with any given amount of money will soon lead to one's downfall. The same can said for power, which Barrett had tons of while leading controversial stables such as Nexus and Corre.
However, if the past is any indication, Barrett has always lost control of said power when growing too obsessive over it. The rookie gone dictator would soon be removed from his position after his own group walked out on him, leaving the Englishman to fend for himself.
Wrath: Also known as "rage", may be described as uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger.
Since the resurrected Kane returned last December masked and all, he's developed a darker attitude that has been missing for quite some time now. During his feud with John Cena, he attempted to persuade the Cenation leader to "embrace the hate" rather than rise above it.
Kane's new-found destructive persona has caused him to commit vile acts such as brutalizing John Cena, wheeling Zack Ryder off the stage and violently ambushing Randy Orton's legendary father backstage.
While Kane may feel a sense of satisfaction when he inflicts pain onto his rivals, it will only lead him down a path of self-destructiveness.
Whether it's the mask that's controlling Kane or simply his only vengeful state of mind, the only person that can put an end to this monster's reign of terror is himself.
The Miz: Sloth
Sloth: The exact deadly sin referred to was believe to be the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts. The modern view goes much further, regarding laziness and indifference as the sin at the heart of the matter.
At this time a year ago, The Miz was the WWE Champion after successfully defending his prestigious title in the main event of WrestleMania 27 against John Cena.
Miz went from an enhancement talent, to an established tag team wrestler, to an entertaining mid-card act, to a force to be reckoned with in the main event scene.
Now, the Awesome One is nowhere to be seen on television after embarking on a lengthy losing streak. Sure, he was able to score victories at WrestleMania 28 and the following night on Raw, but he hasn't been seen on WWE programming since.
A few months ago, it was reported that since Miz has showed no signs of wanting to be pushed or determination for that matter. WWE Creative felt there was no need to give him another run in the main event scene. The former reality star's laziness caught up with him, as his stock dropped quicker in a heartbeat.
If there's any hope left for The Miz's future in the WWE, he must persevere in spite of himself in order to be successful once again or he'll continue to play the role as a glorified jobber.
Given the fact that this is the same guy who overcame obstacles to get to the top of the organization the first time, I still have faith he'll be able to repeat history yet again.
Dolph Ziggler: Pride
Pride: Pride is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self.
He's here to show the world, and does just that every time he steps into the squared circle. Dolph Ziggler is certainly not to shy to show what he's capable of, thus earning the title of "Show Off" he debuted late last year.
Although most heels take pride in their appearance, Ziggler in particular, fully enhances this quality through his antics and gimmick in general. He claims to be the personification of perfection, which is hard to argue with a World Heavyweight Championship reign to his credit.
The bleached-blonde Superstar's cockiness has gotten him this far, and will continue to push him towards another reign with the golden prize. However, could his over-confidence be source of his eventual demise?
Daniel Bryan: Lust
Lust: Lust is usually thought of as excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature.
While this specific sin can be applied to most heels in today's age, lust can also be viewed as something you can't have. That being said, this dastardly deed can be directly related to none other than Daniel Bryan.
After cashing in his opportunistic Money in the Bank briefcase last December, Bryan developed a more selfish, crazed attitude that saw him do anything to maintain possession of his World Heavyweight Championship. Similar to other past champs, the American Dragon became very obsessive of staying World Champion, even if it meant cutting ties with former friends Big Show and Kofi Kingston in the process.
Furthermore, Bryan's affection for his girlfriend AJ turned into abuse over time by taking advantage of her on more than one occasion.
Despite breaking up her a few weeks ago, he continues to make sure she stays miserable even if they aren't together as seen on this week's edition of Raw.
Now that he's no longer wearing the golden prize around his waist, his determination to regain the belt has grown even stronger. Now that his lust has turned into an aggressive nature, it's no questioning that he's become an even bigger threat to the World Heavyweight Championship.
Will Daniel Bryan meet the same fate as the aforementioned anarchists, or will their dastardly deeds lead them to ultimate success?
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