WWE: Why Chris Jericho Will Always Be Welcome in the Company
He is the man of 1,004 holds, the ayatollah of rock-and-rollah, and a living legend of the ring.
His name: Chris Jericho
In 2012, wrestling fans are getting a real treat by having this man return to the squared-circle after a two year absence.
Though he was suspended recently due to a "flag incident" in Brazil, Jericho came back and is now participating in the WWE championship Money in the Bank ladder match next weekend.
For those who doubt his position within the company, this is a true testament that this charismatic superstar will always have his place amongst the top-tier performers.
There are other good reasons to illustrate this fact. Check it out. Y2J is worth spending five minutes of reading.
He Is Chris Jericho
Shut! The hell!!...UP!! Photo by EGM Now
The name has made its mark on professional wrestling since the WCW years.
First, as a rising cruiserweight and then all the way to the undisputed WWE championship in 2001-2002.
Chris Jericho loves to play the bad guy and whether a villain or a hero, people absolutely love him. No one does it like he does. Calling the audience "parasites", "hypocrites," etc., and getting so much heat out of it is no easy task, yet the fans respond and he gets stronger every time.
After so many years in the business, with all the accolades accumulated over time, he has earned his place alongside other greats like HBK, John Cena and Steve Austin to name a few.
His Character Changes Repeatedly
Whaddaya know...Ozzy and Fozzy! Image by Last FM
The master of reinvention he is, yes. Only Shawn Michaels comes to mind in comparison.
Despite being a villainous "heel," Chris Jericho comes out with his "Lite-Brite" jackets and lights up the faces of thousands of fans in attendance.
Before that, he was wearing suits and ruling the tag-team division with Big Show. The Miz models after him and with good reason, nothing but good stuff comes out of learning from Jericho.
Villain, hero, savior, devil, "tweener." Labels are beyond this living legend. Add rock star to the mix and we are really thinking outside the box.
Whenever he comes and goes, he spices up the place. Heaven knows WWE needs a little spice from time to time.
Chris Jericho Is a Consummate Worker
He does it all for you, WWE Universe. Photo by Catchfans.net
Becoming a WWE superstar is no easy task, and going all the way up to icon or legend status is even harder.
You have to take bumps and be willing to do whatever it takes to get noticed and earn the respect of your peers. Losing a ton of matches can be part of that equation.
Over the years, Chris Jericho won some and lost some, to the greatest of the great as well as the newbies. His humility is second to none and that's what makes him a true legend.
He "puts over" other guys when asked to do so and never seems to complain about it. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" it is said, right? So there you have it.
Respect and loyalty go a long way in this business. Vince McMahon is no fool and makes the right, sensible call every time he allows Y2J back into the WWE.
There Are so Many Other Roles for Him to Play
The light shines bright for Chris Jericho. Image by The Great Mambino
Having been around for decades and winning almost every prize there is (MITB contract will not be far), what is left for Y2J to do?
Color commentate every Monday and at pay-per-views! That would certainly make shows a tad more interesting.
Other than that, another Intercontinental Championship reign to make it 10 would really make him legendary since no one will ever pass that.
Why not eventually form a tag team with CM Punk or Daniel Bryan? The thought of it must really be magic to a true pro wrestling fan's ears but anything can happen in WWE and should Chris Jericho leave and come back again, why not expect something as great as that.
No matter what, he is and will always be part of the WWE Universe, and some day he will be immortalized by being inducted in the Hall of Fame.
However, there are years of career left in this exceptional performer so don't count him out just yet.