WWE.com has reported the following:
"Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE live event in São Paulo on May 24. WWE has apologized to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident."
What are we to make of this? Is this an angle? Is WWE trying to deceive the IWC? I personally don't think so. This seems to me like a pretty serious issue in today's WWE.
Back in 1997, I distinctly remember Shawn Michaels humping a Canadian flag in the middle of the wrestling ring. He wasn't suspended. I doubt he even got a slap on the wrist. However, that was 1997. This was a different America.
We were a society that was not as sensitive as it is today in the post 9/11 era. It is obvious to anyone that what Chris Jericho did is wrong. The fact remains that Chris Jericho is an old-school wrestler that plays by those old-school rules that Shawn Michaels once played by.
Shortly after this news was reported, a real life good friend of Chris Jericho, Gregory Shane Helms, posted this one Twitter:
@ShaneHelmsComSilly ass story coming out of Brazil. Sounds like Punk was trying for a cheap pop, then Jericho went for some cheap heat. Nothing more.
Helms is another old-school wrestler living in the old-school world of sports entertainment. This type of heat doesn't fly in today's society.
I don't think WWE is messing around with the suspension of Chris Jericho. WWE will make an example out of one of their biggest stars, who just so happens to be around for a short period of time anyway.
I will, however, take WWE's advice on one thing: anything can happen in the WWE.
I'll truly believe Chris Jericho is suspended when I see it.
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