1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3.What high school did you go to?
4.What is your favorite color?
5.Who is your celebrity crush?
6.What is your favorite drink?
7.What is your dream vacation?
8.What is your favorite dessert?
9.What do you want to do when you grow up?
10.Who/ what do you love most in life?
11.Choose one word that describes you?
12.What is your Flickr name?
Cool. I’ll give it a go.
Quick progress update: Damn, this is tons of fun!
Final update: I’m finished! (check out the post above this one)
Roll end credits (respect due)…
0. Jay-Pii 1. Magia en San Juan ;-)), 2. Hot Potato II, 3. London St Pauls Low Vantage Point, 4. Just another…., 5. LV_fw2004_002_christina_ricci, 6. Vodka Scene, 7. 2008-05-28-001, 8. Ice Cream Sandwich pendant, 9. Chandelier at the Magic Castle, 10. Shibuya at Night, 11. individualist, 12. Dymo 1610
I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now. But during the past month and a half, WWE programming has been uncharacteristically solid. The supporting cast, composed of the hilarious Santino, the comeback of psycho Kane and the returning Attitude era alumnis D’Lo Brown (yeah baby!), are keeping the midcard interesting. The rising young star Ted Dibiase Jr. (love his million dollar daddy) is keeping things optimistic for the future. And the surprise of all surprises, the darling of the internet wrestling community, CM Punk cashing in Money in the Bank and being crowned the new World Champion with a rare title change on an ep of RAW (us ROH fans have watched him grow up and still can’t believe that Vince has put the strap on him), has all made for some very interesting TV. And as for the main event picture, things are also pushing forward, primarily because of the phenomenal work of 2 Canadian veterans: Chris Jericho (RAW) and Edge (Smackdown).
More specifically, Jericho in the past few weeks has made a serious bid in cementing his status as one of the greatest heels of all time. If you haven’t been watching, this latest incarnation of the former Lionheart who is feuding with the aging Shawn Michaels is basically a no-nonsense, tell it like it brutally is character. Sound simple enough (if not a little boring). But if you’re a fan, you should be well aware of the history that Chris and Shawn have, not to mention everything that Chris has said in his perfect and masterfully delivered promos, such as lambasting the now Bible-thumping Shawn for being an infamous egomaniac politicker in his past that has been extremely difficult to work with, has all been pretty much true (wrestling is at its best when it incorporates real life elements into the story, further blurring the line between reality and fiction).
To take this even further, Jericho’s character has basically stated that he is the good guy and that the fans are the ones that are the heels for supporting an historically horrible person/character like HBK (true). This is reminiscent of Bret Hart’s heel turn during the 1997 USA vs. Canada storyline where Bret turned heel in the USA, but remained a babyface everywhere else, stating that the American fans had turned heel on him for supporting the edgy, foul-mouthed rising superstar at the time, Stone Cold Steve Austin (which eventually led to the last mainstream boom period in wrestling).
To top it all off, this past Sunday night at Summerslam, a recovering HBK (accompanied by his wife) was returning briefly to announce his retirement, succumbing to a career’s worth of injuries (with the kayfabe eye injuries suffered at the hands of Chris being the straw that broke the camel’s back). Right on cue, Jericho interrupted the proceedings. One thing led to another (with yet another great promo by both guys), with Jericho taking a swing at Shawn, who ducked out of the way, leaving his wife to take the brunt of the punch. Classic mix-up. Only this time, it appeared that Chris inadvertantly delivered a realistic stiff shot to Shawn’s wife Rebecca (who is a former Nitro girl), popping her legitimately in the mouth as her upper lip began to swell immediately. In true pro-wrestling fashion, any mistakes or real injuries (which happen all the time despite it being a so-called fake sport) are written into the storyline and all players continued to play their parts perfectly (with Chris first reacting with slight remorse, then finally blaming Shawn for putting his wife in harm’s way). But most importantly, Jericho’s heel heat is now at phenomenal levels. And the marks are eating it up (while us smarks are loving the mastery of it all). Although the next boom period still has yet to happen (cyclically, wrestling boom periods tend to occur at the tail end of the decade as evidenced by the Hogan era and the Attitude era), this is all great to see in 2008, considering 2007 was probably the worst year I’ve ever witnessed in my 20 years of being a wrestling fan. Y2J is finally dead. Long live the now saved Chris Jericho. Stay tuned.
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