Jericho said that if he does not win the Six-Pack Challenge at Night of Champions, then he is walking out. Although that has been said by superstars in the past with it having no real meaning to it whatsoever, this time it may be serious.
Chris Jericho’s contract is expiring and we have yet to hear news about him signing a new deal with the WWE which has wrestling fans like myself worried.
Jericho happens to be a rare breed of wrestler who has every quality needed to get the crowd excited every time he comes to the ring, heel or face.
He is one of the great mic workers in the history of wrestling, one of the greatest performers of our generation, and is one of the only men we can consistently expect nothing, but great performances out of.
“I am the best in the world at what I do.”
It’s more than just a line he tends to use in his promos, it’s the damn truth.
Chris Jericho is considered by many to be the best wrestler on the scene today. He’s provided wrestling classics time and time again, had us going with his amazing promos, really had us sold on whatever character he was playing and so much more.
Do you think Chris will win at NOC?
A man of his talent is hard to find.
However, I’m going to stop stating the obvious for a second so we can examine the situation at hand.
For the people reading this saying, “With all those huge stars in there there is no chance he’ll get the win,” think again.
I’m going to break it down and show you why Jericho’s situation may look brighter than some of you think.
Although all the superstars in the matchup are some of the biggest in the company today, you have to look at it logically.
There is no real reason why Edge should get the belt. Despite me being a huge Edgehead too, there’s no common sense as to why Edge should pick up the victory.
Edge will without a doubt pick up a title sooner or later, probably later.
There is no real reason as to why John Cena should pick up the win either. I get that he’s superman, but right now his role on Raw is trying to take down the force known as Nexus and you don’t need a belt to do that.
Speaking of Nexus, we move on to Nexus leader, Wade Barrett.
There is some reason as to why Barrett should get the win.
It would make him and Nexus overall look stronger.
With the Young getting booted and Sheffield injured, they could use it to strengthen them overall.
Then again there are others ways to show their strong. Also, considering the WWE Championship is the biggest belt in the company, it should come last rather than first.
Plus, is there any better person for Barrett to win the title from than his former mentor, Y2J?
Sheamus is the defending champion and he’s obviously high on WWE’s list right now.
However, I think Sheamus can do good work and draw good heat without a title. A title is more often than not used as enhancement, and he doesn’t really need it anymore at this point.
Last, but not least there’s Randy Orton.
I understand there is a strong desire to give Orton the title considering how over he is right now, but the thing here is timing.
It feels like the WWE are going to stall this for a bit. They know Orton is more over than he was at any other point in his career, but the feel is that they are going to leave it for a Big Four PPV or that’s what I think would be the smartest move.
Let’s face it, if they wanted to they could’ve already had Orton as champ. I’d look for him to pick it up at Wrestlemania if they are truly interested in pushing Randy as the alpha dog and new face of the company, which most believe they do.
With that being said, let’s look at Chris. He’s got the most to lose if he doesn’t get the title: his career.
The stakes are higher for him than anyone else in the matchup. Cena, Edge, and Sheamus could live without it. Barrett can get it later down the line. Randy is waiting for the right time. Jericho needs it NOW!
In an interview with Arda Ocal of Right After Wrestling, Chris Jericho stated that he is NOT calling it a career just yet.
This is why I still have such great hope about Jericho staying unlike some others who are starting to look back on Chris’s career and remember all the classics, all the Stephanie McMahon slut jokes, all the honest man moments.
It really has been an illustrious career for Chris Jericho, and I have this feeling in my gut that it’s not gonna be over yet, not like this.
Considering Jericho is arguably one of the Top 10 Greatest Superstars to ever step into the ring he needs a much better send off than this. Wrestling was dealt a heavy blow when Shawn Michaels decided to retire earlier in the year already, we don’t need another one.
Another thing that keeps me going at night about this is that WWE likes to surprise us at times.
The organization likes to have us keep guessing until the very end and this could be one of those moments. The WWE could be keeping contract news on the down low so we could start thinking Jericho is done and at Night of Champions, bam, Codebreaker, pin and the win!
Even if Jericho loses at Night of Champions, I just feel privileged to have been able to been born in the Y2J Era.
I feel lucky enough to have seen Chris Jericho perform live, to have tuned in to one of his many classics, to have witnessed the wrestling icon that will forever be remembered as Chris Jericho.
One thing’s for sure, without Chris Jericho, Raw will never, NEVER, NEVEER, EEEEEEEVER be the same, again!
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