Who would like to see Chris Jericho get one more run with the WWE World Championship?
I for one am on board with the idea, given that the veteran is the perfect storm for a new era being ushered into a company that needs transition before it can become dominant again.
Why Jericho you ask? Because if there is really going to be a Kevin Owens experiment and Seth Rollins is going to recapture “his” title that he never lost, there must be someone who can hold the title for an undetermined amount of time – presumably a short title run – and hand the strap off to a new and exciting time in this business.
You read correctly – I said new and exciting.
I don’t need to defend Jericho as one of the greatest of all time. He might be one of the most underrated superstars to ever get in a ring in both WCW and WWE. The resume speaks for itself.
Jericho has won 31 championships between WWE, WCW, and ECW – the three most prominent American wrestling promotions in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is credited as being the first Undisputed WWF Champion, having unified the World Championship (formerly the WCW Championship) and the WWF Championship by defeating The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night in 2001.
He is also the ninth Triple Crown Champion, as well as the fourth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. In addition, he was the 2008 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner and (along with Big Show as Jeri-Show) won the 2009 Tag Team of the Year Slammy Award – making him the only winner of both Superstar and Tag Team of the Year in WWE history.
Jericho is a six-time world champion, having won the WWF Championship once, the WCW/World Championship twice, and the World Heavyweight Championship three times
If you haven’t noticed lately, Jericho returned at WrestleMania 32 and has ridden a wave of momentum few veterans or part-time performers have experienced. And there is no signs of it slowing down. The fact he is part of the Money in the Bank ladder match tells you he is respected enough to be considered a contender to cash in at some point.
We all know Kevin Owens is the favorite to take home the brief case in Las Vegas, and should be the new mega heel this company needs. In the meantime, there should be a place for Jericho moving forward as the wizened veteran, much like Ric Flair in Evolution.
Roman Reigns has Seth Rollins to contend with, but a title change may not happen next month. If there is a double turn – which I hope happens, someone will need to be the balance on the scale. Jericho’s brashness and his ability to still deliver a five-star match should make him one of the first entertainers the company thinks of to make this happen.
After putting over AJ Styles and then adding to Dean Ambrose’s resume, this seems like a natural ascension. I don’t see Jericho leaving the company anytime soon, which will also benefit the brand split this summer. If there is to be brand specific superstars on the roster, then what better way to build the Smackdown label, than to promote it with one of the hottest heels in the business today?
I’m not saying Jericho will claim another world title, but the thought should be considered. For everything he is in this business, Jericho is still a hot ticket and a great performer. Those things should not be ignored when trying to make something good like the proposed brand split even better based on name recognition.