Remember the days when I referred to him as the "Overrated and under-talented" Chris Jericho?
I do, but Jericho simply wouldn't go down without a fight.
It was like there was something within him that refused to allow me to hate him.
No longer do I "hate" or even dislike Chris Jericho.
Welcome aboard to my pillar of favorites.
Of course we all know who stands atop, but I shall not mention his name.
I promised myself, just one article without him.
In any event, let’s get back to the man who is the best in the world at what he does.
The first time I heard that, I thought to myself, he's the best in the world at being mediocre main-eventer living in his own shadow that never stood tall to begin with.
It's no secret, I see Jericho not for the legend that many feel him to be.
But that's okay, you can't make everyone happy.
But I'm happy; actually quite happy thanks...to Chris Jericho.
He's grown on me over the past year.
Not in height of course but rather, has grown tall enough to climb his way to the bottom of my pillar of favorites.
And he's ascending.
But how could someone who has despised Jericho so much suddenly have a change of heart?
When Mr. Jericho returned in late 2007, he made me sick.
It took me all of about 30 seconds to realize that he lacked the serious aptitude necessary to strip the WWE's evil champion of his well-deserved championship gold.
Dressing like a fool, delivering joke after joke of laugh-less humor.
It was horrible, simply horrible.
To see him kiss the fan's a**es left and right, it simply lacked credibility from the get-go.
But think about this for a moment, I criticized the Chris Jericho for "kissing the fan's a**es" and delivering "laugh-less humor."
My god, what happened?
I think Chris Jericho got my memo.
With time, gone were the days of sucking up and gone were the days of stale-humor.
With time, Chris Jericho abandoned his sad little masquerade and became one of the most hated men in sports entertainment.
With time, Chris Jericho became one of the funniest men in WWE history.
To me anyway.
I simply adore how he demeans the fans.
The same fans who are so wise as to cheer and embrace him while in Canada, only to boo him when they hear him talking sh*t about them backstage.
He's a heel, people, what do you expect?
The people have earned the right to be called "parasitic tapeworms" (with the exception of you guys of course).
Nothing was better than seeing Jericho talk down to Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
In response to Snuka's inclusion into the 2008 Royal Rumble, Jericho asked "How dare you?"
He made reference to how Snuka's greed cost another Superstar the chance to compete in a match that Snuka had no chance of winning.
Chris Jericho won me over with words.
He has a gift unlike anything I've ever seen in sports entertainment.
While I might beg to differ regarding who stands atop the WWE's bad-guy totem-pole, there can be no denying the Chris Jericho belongs in a league all by himself.
He certainly is...the absolute best in the world at what he does.