I have been watching wrestling for almost twenty years now. In that time I have seen a lot of great wrestlers in the squared circle. Whether it was watching the Macho Man battle it out with Hogan in the mid 80s, or seeing Sting running wild in many Halloween havocs.
It is fair to say that I have been lucky to see many great grapplers in my times. There is one that stands apart for me though. He is a wrestler who always gives one hundred percent in the wring time in and time out.
He is also a wrestler that is never selfish and is always willing to put over a young star in the making. Even if the star he put over never turns out to be anything. He is great on the stick and knows how to move the crowd with every word he speaks.
The man I am referring to is none other than the “Lion heart” Chris Jericho. While many know him today as a cocky heal that will screw over his mom for a win, I have had the pleasant opportunity to watch him his whole career. I only wish some of you younger fans could have seen him in his prime.
Chris Jericho was a self made wrestler who learned his trade the old school way. Over his many years he has grappled in Japan, Canada, and Germany and in the U.S. He is truly a self made great, unlike these days were it seems wrestlers are produced in a factory.
Sadly, it seems to me wrestlers like Jericho are a dying breed. It seems like pro wrestling no longer cares about journeymen grapplers like Jericho. The big companies have their side promotions that produce wrestlers to fit the company.
Which brings me to my main point of this article, what happens after Jericho retires? We often see comparisons made with our new and upcoming stars. I have yet to hear any references made about Chris Jericho when it comes to that.
In a way it is flattering, it says that Chris Jericho is truly a one of a kind wrestler that can’t be mass produced. It’s also sad in the same token. It really makes me wonder about the future of wrestling.
Where are the next group of wrestlers like Jericho, Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero? I don’t see any in that making. If I am wrong then please tell me who is, that way I can have some reassurance in the future of this great past time.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still good journey man guys in the wrestling scene. The problem is the big companies never want to give them the push they need. They are content on keeping them at the mid card level, and only use them to put over bigger talent.
It is a sad but true fact folks. It bothers me to no end watching guys with oodles of talent putting over buffoons in the ring. At least back in my time they would elevate those types of wrestlers sooner or later.
Guys like Chris Jericho are a dying breed. When all is said and done he will be remembered with greats like Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect and many others of that caliber. It is a compliment that he is even mentioned in the same breath with those guys.
At the same time though, once he is gone, is there going to be anyone to step in and fill his shoes? I would like to hope that there will be. I have to be honest with you folks; I just don’t see it happening.
I guess that just means we will have to appreciate guys like Jericho even more.
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