Chris Jericho was recently on the interview circuit promoting his upcoming SyFy show "Robot Combo League."
In one of the more noteworthy moments of an interview with the Miami Herald, Jericho had the following to say about choreographed wrestling in the Olympics:
“Think about it, pro wrestling as an Olympic sport would be pretty cool. Look at figure skating or gymnastics, what is it? It’s a choreographed performance that is judged. It’s whoever puts on the best performance."
As ridiculous as this sounds, pro wrestling would garner strong interest, if not ratings, if it were an Olympic sport. Wrestling has always been a guilty pleasure of Americana, and its worldwide appeal in places like Japan and Mexico would create some interesting international rivalries.
If a nation were to send WWE superstars to the Olympics, it would need ring generals with a history of having strong matches with just about anybody. Some of the more polished wrestlers honed their craft on the independent scene and became acclimated to different styles.
Given the choreographed nature of pro wrestling—not to mention how visually appealing a good match is—pro wrestling could be the perfect replacement for amateur wrestling which is set to be dropped from the Olympic games in 2016.
Chris Jericho was the architect of WWE Money in the Bank, and he may be on to something pitching pro wrestling in the Olympics.
At 40 years old, Jericho is in the best shape of his career and seems to have gained a step at his advanced age.
Jericho has dazzled in the ring during his last two matches against Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. He would be a fine choice to fly the flag for Team Canada, as the team would likely build around him and fellow ring general Tyson Kidd.
Tyson Kidd is currently injured but he is widely recognized as one of the more underrated performers in professional wrestling.
Tyson Kidd's innovative offense is punctuated by an innate toughness honed in Stu Hart's Dungeon. Canada has a rich tradition of wrestling. The pairing of Tyson Kidd and Jericho in a series of Olympic-caliber wrestling matches may lock up the gold medal for Team Canada.
CM Punk would have the opportunity to literally prove himself to be the best in the world if pro wrestling were an Olympic sport.
Punk would have fellow Americans (and established stars) such as Daniel Bryan to work with. CM Punk built his credentials as a top wrestling talent on the independent circuit, namely ROH.
With the addition of CM Punk alone, anything less than gold for Team USA would be uncivilized.
Daniel Bryan almost never has a bad match. He has wrestled all over the world and can adopt his unique, aggressive talents to any style of wrestler.
Bryan's mixture of submission wrestling, mat wrestling and striking give Bryan the range to impress judges with in the category of originality.
Hey may never outgrow his potential, but Dolph Ziggler has consistently put forth good matches through hard work and impressive bumps.
Ziggler excels in making his opponents look better than they are. This quality would be invaluable in an Olympic environment, where both competitors would have to be on their A game during a single match.
Ziggler's background as a standout wrestler at Kent State would make him the top star in the Olympics that he should be in the WWE.