Alright, I dug back in the EZ Board and found my 10 suggestions from October for Jericho. Now that Jericho has turned the corner and gotten a lot more entertaining, let's see how many of my suggestions he took
1) Lose the lifts (and hopefully his insanely ackward ring movement, he looks worse than Chyna sometimes)
Lifts are still there I think. His ring movement's gotten a bit better though.
2) Quit looking down like he's forgot his lines when cutting a promo
Pretty much done.
3) the obligatory "turn heel" responce
4) Lose the "Y2J" moniker, as that's about a year out of date now.
5) Quit acting like he's in 7th grade around Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
Remains to be seen.
6) Get a new finisher (See T, Booker)
Iffy. Has added the Breakdown, which helps. As a side note, T, Booker has also not solved the problem.
7) Bring back the topknot hairstyle, conspiracy theory paranoia, rulebook loophole knowledge, and Ralphus!
0 for 4 here, although I like the new hairdo and I wouldn't be surprised to see the conspiracy theory paranoia and the rulebook loophole knowledge return soon.
In Benoit's absence, find someone else to play Beecher/Keller with (apologies to those who don't watch HBO's "OZ")
9) More double powerbombs, top-rope hurracanranas, and "Come on baby" posing pinning attempts. Less Lionsaults, botched springboard moves, and jerky head movements.
I think it's 3 for 6 here. The double powerbomb and top-rope hurracanrana I haven't see in a while, and the Lionsaults are still coming. The Jerky head movements are pretty much gone, he hasn't botched a springboard move in a while, and the "Come on baby" posing pinning attempts are back!
10) Much less "Serious, focused" Jericho and much more "Obnoxious, goofy" Jericho.
By my count, he's done about half of these (I'm counting a lot of "half-points" for stuff like #1.
"Excuse me, do you have any EuroDisney T-Shirts?" January 2nd, 2002. Paris, France. My proudest moment.
You know what would drive the point home that Jericho was staying on top of the game? If he actually pinned the Rock at the end of the match at Royal Rumble with "Come on, Baby"
Seriously, that's like a spit in the face, and of course, it would SO KICK ASS to actually win a match with that.
---=---:---=--- [Look up a line] Wow, that belt looks like crap... I'll take it and carry it around for years and see if people can take it away from me... What? What was that? You mean even THIS belt doesn't matter! What? I'm insulted! Get away from me you... you... defiler!
When you think about how much muscle it takes to do a double powerbomb, there aren't many WWF main eventers he can do the move on. When he was in WCW he was wrestling little guys like Juventud and Kidman, so he could do that move regularly. But I don't see him double-powerbombing HHH, Rock, Austin, or Booker T. Maybe Angle, who's supposedly like 230 or something. He did it a few times in the WWF that I saw, but only on people like Benoit, Chyna, and Eddie Guerrero.
I actually don't recall him never..eeeever (sorry, had to do it) the double powerbomb in WCW. I thought it was his WWF finisher for a few weeks before to 1-take Road Dogg out for his drug rehab and 2- until they decided if they could use the liontamer and find a name for it. (imo walls of jericho is a crappy name still.)
As for the rule book and conspiracy, in the most recent WWF.com interview with Jericho he says that he took some traits from his obnoxious wcw persona but he will remain much more serious here so I wouldn't count on it. If he goes for the obnoxious yet funny guy again he will get some face pops.
Did Jericho EVER score a win over anyone with the 'Come On Baby' pin? I would love to see him point to his wrist right after winning, so the ref can hold up his arm..but that too might get some grins and thus wouldn't fit his character right now.
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if anyone is reading this who is better benoit or jerchio?
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Wrestling wise, Gotta Give it up to Benoit. His moves always look real good, best chops in the business, and he's better at the Mat wrestling than Jericho, although I do give Jericho the edge on high flying and that quasi-libre stuff. And if you look at some of there Japan stuff, you see both these guys are accomplished WRESTLERS (Not to be confused with Sports Entertainers)
Mic wise, Jericho, hands down, who has had more experience and done some great things, and drawn a considerable fan base over the years. Of course Beniot isn't bad on the Mic, just kinda, vanilla plain, which works for his style and look, he's a fighter not a talker.
Keep in Mind, I love both these guys, can't wait to see them hook up again,a nd quite honestly think pound for pound they are two of the greatest ever, when you look at the final tally. Plus they're two fine Canadian boys.
"Money's the Same whether you earn it or scam it" Bobby "The Brain" Heenan "Will you stop!" Gorilla Monsoon after just about everything Heenean says.
Second for the Luke Gallows interview. I had only ever heard the name during one of CM Punk's promos last summer. I looked him up at the time and found out that he was the guy who played Festus, who I sort of remembered reading about but never saw on TV....