You guys are acting like Hogan has a torch to pass in the first place. He doesn't! He's a guy that should have retired years ago who just won't go. He reminds me of an unwelcome houseguest who just won't take the hint until you snap, grab them by the throat and toss 'em out through the window. If the "torch" belongs to anyone now, it belongs to two guys: The Rock and Stone Cold. Stone Cold probably has at least another year before he decides to pass it on, and The Rock is doing the movie thing, so it may be a while before he's even in a match again. As for Jericho: If they actually ALLOW him to look good, he can go far. Anyone else here want to see Jericho rush the ring with a baseball bat and lay out HHH and Hogan, then snag the belt and pose with it? Heck, when Benoit comes back, book them both as "legend-killers" who go from show to show, creating mayhem and putting guys in the hospital.
"All born equal unless you're Canadian Then halfway through decay like Uranium You define what's death-defying Get the most out of life or at the least die trying Are you Evil Knievel jumping a train? Or running with scissors like Frasier Crane? Have really good times doing really bad things ‘Cause the show ain't over ‘til the fat lady sings Like Elton John with his candle in the wind It's hard to blow out a flame as big as him But we've all got to Wang Chung with the Grim Reaper Whether you're Einstein whether you're Beaker Death is certain so it's definitely worth flirtin' Don't expect a bright light no just curtains Life is like a penis most people don't know it But most people suck so they usually blow it"
From "Take The Long Way Home", by The Bloodhound Gang
In my opinion Hogan has a big torch to pass. He's the undispusted heavy weight champ now for chris sakes. With the nostalga wave he's riding, Hogan is hugely over with the general audience. So if Jericho were put in a program with him say until Summerslam and Jericho got to retire Hogan for good, that would go a long way to establishing Jericho as a heel not to fuck with.
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I agree that if Old Baldy, the Orange one has EVER "Passed the Torch", it was to the Rock. Now, if you really mean, who would put him into retirement, ala HGH-Foley, I would say that the day we see that is the day Satan has to go get a parka. A real big-assed thick one, at that... Oh, and some thick gloves and a stocking cap, as well...
I don't think the AWA is really a good example. During the eighties a lot of people criticized them for having too many old-timers on the card. They were always a little behind the other promotions, and that eventually killed them.