Chris Jericho Stole Randy Orton's Gimmick to Become a Poor-Man's Legend Killer

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIMarch 17, 2009

Am I the only one to have found Chris Jericho's recent character progression to be some-what familiar? While Randy Orton has become the face of Raw due to excellent character-progression, Chris Jericho has been rightfully demoted while executing a second-rate portrayal of blatant gimmick-infringement.

What am I talking about?

Chris Jericho has gone on a one-man mission to insult and attempt to remove legends of the past from the present day picture.

Sound familiar?

Randy Orton circa 2003-2007 made a name for himself at the expense of the WWE's most historic competitors. Men like Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Triple H, The Undertaker, Dusty Rhodes, and Hulk Hogan all fell to the RKO.

Orton put his name on the map at the expense of wiping former legends' name's off of it. Yet now, we have Chris Jericho handling his animosity for these legends in a different, yet similar way.

He's grow tired of former WWE Superstars living off of the name's they earned many years ago. Unlike Orton however, there has not been any arrogant spits in the face and there hasn't been any devastating RKO's.

Chris Jericho's greatest weapon is his verbalization.

He has an eloquent way of using sophisticated vocabulary to insult those who might barley be able to comprehend the words in which he speaks.

Contrary to popular belief, I am of the opinion that Jericho's in-ring work is of a slightly above-average caliber.

It is his character that lends credibility to his overall value. Jericho can produce a quality performance on occasion (I think back to No Mercy 2008) however his consistencyin thrilling the fans in the ring has become a real issue, albeit, and issue that most people (including the WWE) would never admit to.

The WWE has done the right thing by showcasing his greater abilities on the mic but the issue is not so much the job his character is doing as it is the realization that his current storyline strikes me as being quite familiar.

When Randy Orton competed against legends, he displayed a perfect combination of disgracing the currently less capable (Sgt. Slaughter, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes) but also managed to produce high quality performances with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and The Undertaker.

The roster of legends that Jericho is currently involved with are far past their prime.

I mean this as no disrespect to the legends whom I do respect but to place a current Superstar of Jericho's caliber against the likes of aging legends lacks the credibility that was present when we watched Randy Orton create his infamous laundry-list.

Instead, Chris Jericho strikes me as a former main-eventer (rightfully demoted) who is now trapped within a borrowed concept that might prove to be executed poorly simply due to the nature of the competitors involved.

It's not necessarily Jericho's fault.

I credit both him and the legends whom he is working with for doing the best job they can to make this angle work but in the end I grow weary of being entertained with a storyline that is nothing more than a watered-down, weaker quality depiction of what was executed so well in years past.