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The Jericho Situation

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The breaking news of Jerichos suspension is both unfortunate for the WWE and sad for us fans. Although the desecration of any nations flag should be considered the most offensive cheap heat a wrestler can get lets put this into a bit of perspective. From the footage I’ve seen of the event Jericho grabs the flag from Punk, crumples it up and then kicks it out of the ring. When you compare that to the evil Iraqi sympathising Sgt.Slaughter burning the American flag in the ring in the early 90s for example it seems minor. The problem lies in the WWE’s current sensitivity to public perception. Ten years ago an improvised incident like this would have been enhanced to get as much heat out of it as possible, nowadays the WWE see it as an embarrassment and a PR nightmare. For this reason they had no choice but to be seen to publicly reprimand Jericho by suspension.

What I hope is that the WWE release a statement that in some way still shows their support for Chris Jericho the performer and disdain for Chris Jericho the character. He is far too good a performer (probably in most peoples top ten list of in ring talent – certainly in mine) and a true ambassador for the business to be effectively retired due to this one off incident. There needs to be more acknowledgement of the fact that it was the character that desecrated the flag and not the performer.
The sensitivity of the WWE to PR situations that upset certain sectors has been very apparent over the past few years. Bryan was sacked and then rehired 6 months later after choking someone with a tie in a Benoit-esque move. And Finlay lost his job after booking The Miz to interrupt the National Anthem, upsetting National Guard representatives.
I appreciate that in order to improve public image and attract a wider audience the WWE has to demonstrate a level of discipline, and I also appreciate that they are looking to expand their ‘Overseas’ tours and can’t afford to upset officials in the prospective countries they are visiting. But I don’t think throwing their performers to the lions is the right answer. An online apology from an out of character Chris Jericho and a donation to a key Brazilian charity could have put this one to bed in my eyes.

So what next for Jericho? Well I’d be surprised to see him return to television before his planned departure for the Fozzy tour in August. The best bet now is to return him in say 6 months with a new (maybe babyface) character. I just genuinely hope that this is not the last stint in the WWE for Chris.

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  1. Dubs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Y2JLionsault
    I don't get what people want from these performers. Expecting them to be a heel and remain respectful? A heels job is to draw heat. Going to a town or city and trash talking it is what heels have done for years to get more audience involvement. This isn't an incident where some guy is doing it with genuine disdain for the country. This is a performer playing to the crowd. It is absolutely ridiculous. I can't believe anyone can agree with how the situation has been handled. I really can't even begin to explain how ridiculous it is.
    A heel's job is to draw heat but not cross the line which can be seen in bad taste. I'm not saying Jericho kicked the flag with bad intentions but even if it was a work, he still broke one of Brazil's rules which was a result of suspension. At least Brazil didn't arrest him and gave him a chance to say sorry. You really can't get mad at Brazil's police officers for doing their job.
  2. Y2JLionsault's Avatar
    I'm not Marat the officers whatsoever. But someone had to pass on the message and say that he needs to be punished and what not. In this day and age something like this should not be an issue. Murder is illegal everywhere in the world, does that mean we don't watch it in movies? Just because those characters in the movie kills someone do we persecute the actor? This is the same, he is a character doing something to assert himself as a heel. It was ad lib, he just did it on the spot without prior intention. Every wrestler who travels internationally cannot possibly read up on every law of that country, especially seeing as they aren't there very long. Honestly it should have been taken for what it was and that is entertainment.
  3. Dubs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Y2JLionsault
    I'm not Marat the officers whatsoever. But someone had to pass on the message and say that he needs to be punished and what not. In this day and age something like this should not be an issue. Murder is illegal everywhere in the world, does that mean we don't watch it in movies? Just because those characters in the movie kills someone do we persecute the actor? This is the same, he is a character doing something to assert himself as a heel. It was ad lib, he just did it on the spot without prior intention. Every wrestler who travels internationally cannot possibly read up on every law of that country, especially seeing as they aren't there very long. Honestly it should have been taken for what it was and that is entertainment.
    Dude, I get that. I understand that Jericho was doing his job but whether it was a work or not, its still big a federal law in Brazil, a law we can't complain about. If the Brazilian government took offense to someone kicking their flag, we can't judge them for that. Its a serious federal law of theirs and I feel that Jericho should have been a bit more careful. I know it was an error on his part but I don't even think getting cheap heat like kicking a flag was called for seeing as he is a great heel not to resort in getting cheap heat.
    Updated 05-26-2012 at 08:52 AM by Dubs
  4. Y2JLionsault's Avatar
    I won't argue because you are right. Im just annoyed that society hasn't come far enough to not take some things too seriously. I get that they are patriotic and proud, hell, if someone burnt the Australian flag in front of me I'd tear them a new one. But in this kind of setting I wouldn't take it to heart. Even the best in the business still use cheap heat. I just find it ridiculous he is stuck serving a suspension. He apologized on the spot, as was asked of him. No leniency whatsoever considering he wasn't aware of this law?
  5. Dubs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Y2JLionsault
    I won't argue because you are right. Im just annoyed that society hasn't come far enough to not take some things too seriously. I get that they are patriotic and proud, hell, if someone burnt the Australian flag in front of me I'd tear them a new one. But in this kind of setting I wouldn't take it to heart. Even the best in the business still use cheap heat. I just find it ridiculous he is stuck serving a suspension. He apologized on the spot, as was asked of him. No leniency whatsoever considering he wasn't aware of this law?
    Yeah, I think a suspension was blown way out of proportion. WWE could have at least given him a fine or something.
  6. Y2JLionsault's Avatar
    I'm probably putting the blame in the wrong place too. It seems like the WWE were worrying more about their image than anything. They weren't afraid to be out there back in the day. Now because the McMahons wanna have their hand in everything (movies, politics, etc) everything is about the image. They took it that seriously that they were willing to suspend him when he was just getting into a high profile feud.
  7. TheWarMachine's Avatar
    I think the oversensitivity comes from society in general, rather than it being a WWE thing. No one can saying anything to anyone anymore, without someone, somwhere getting offended. That's just the nature of the world these days. People are easily offended over anything.
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