sorry that i made magical anime girl chris jericho i so sorry jesus
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Trying to find time each week to watch NXT has proven to be worthwhile lately. I might not have the three hours to devote to RAW, but I’m enjoying just catching this program instead…
Mick Foley lays an elbow drop on Chris Jericho and CM Punk makes the three count at the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
Match of the Day:
Chris Jericho (c) vs Shelton Benjamin
For the Intercontinental Championship
WWE Taboo Tuesday
October 19th, 2004
This was WWE’s first Taboo Tuesday, a unique PPV with a terrible buyrate (most likely due to airing on a Tuesday) but with a great concept that allowed the fans to vote on certain opponents and stipulations. Divas competed the fans voting on their outfits, either HBK, Edge or Chris Benoit faced HHH for the World title with the losers facing La Resistance for the tag titles, and then Shelton Benjamin defended his Intercontinental Championship against one of several choices.
Facing some tough competition in Maven, Rodney Mack, and Tyson Tomko, Shelton Benjamin got the fan vote which you can see.
An absolutely phenomenal match between CM Punk and Chris Jericho took place on RAW just a few nights ago. WWE.com has labeled it an instant classic, and you can watch the match for free right now by following this link!
Chris Benoit Stares as Chris Jericho Walk Towards the Ring - WWF SmackDown [10/5/2000]
God… I absolutely loved the old SmackDown set.
In recent shoot interviews with RF Video, both Shane Helms and Konnan shared interesting comments on the developmental structure currently used by the WWE. I have been making similar claims for quite some time, and feel that the continued growth of WWE’s farm systems Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) and NXT bring these issues to light again.
In one interview, Shane Helms argues that WWE newcomers who rise through the FCW system would really benefit from playing to different audiences than they do currently. Helms suggests that they travel to different countries (or at the very least different areas of the US) to learn new and different styles as they continue to develop, rather than play to the same Florida crowds over and over again.
I agree completely; though all of these wrestlers work extremely hard, seeing so many of them work the exact same style despite their vastly different body types and personalities gets extremely boring.
I mean no disrespect by that comment, and I’m sure Helms meant no disrespect in his suggestion either. However, there is a quality that is very often lacking in recent callups to the WWE. This problem is even exemplified in their finishers. How many stars use variations of D’Lo Brown’s “Sky High”, the Reverse STO, or the Ura-Nage as their finisher? Why do Michael McGillicutty, David Otunga, and Heath Slater work such similar styles despite having extremely different body types, personalities, and opponents?
I would argue that a shift in WWE’s developmental strategy, preferably along the lines of what Shane Helms suggested, would address these issues and help new stars better connect with the crowd. This would help younger wrestlers really hone their craft, and also set themselves apart from their contemporaries. Altogether, the quality of their matches would improve greatly as well.
Of course, developmental structures are not inherently bad; I just feel that variation is the key to their success. Konnan’s thoughts on Sin Cara encapsulate this argument. He feels that Sin Cara is someone who would have benefitted greatly from some time in FCW in order to be “deprogrammed” from the Lucha Libre style he excelled in during his time in Mexico.
I agree: until just a few months ago, it was clear that Sin Cara’s style did not mesh well with other wrestlers on the roster.
Konnan reminds listeners that Lucha Libre has an entirely different pacing, a different way of selling, and, again, a different way of connecting with the crowd. Sin Cara did not make these adjustments at first, and struggled greatly as a result. Indeed, the first few months of Sin Cara’s time in the WWE felt much like watching CMLL matches on Spanish television; his old Tilt-A-Whirl Armbar finisher didn’t help matters much either.
Though these seem like oppositional points at first glance, they are not. My argument is not that developmental structures negatively impact wrestling, but that wrestlers who have been wrestling a certain style for so long need to know when to switch things up, and how to incorporate new experiences into their repertoire. Wrestling for as many promotions and areas as possible is a great way to do that.
On the “Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho” DVD, Jericho credits his time in Mexico, Japan, Canada, and the US to his successful wrestling career. He states that this varied experience taught him how to play to different crowds, while working in Germany for the same crowd every night taught him what to do to keep those same folks interested day in and day out. In my opinion, this sensitivity and awareness on Jericho’s part plays a huge role in the high quality of his matches with the WWE.
One can only hope that the current state of WWE’s developmental system doesn’t turn Chris Jericho’s approach into a lost art.
At Hell in a Cell, we will see Ryback take on CM Punk for the WWE Championship in lieu of John Cena, to allow for Cena’s surgically repaired elbow to heal fully. The general consensus is that the WWE have booked themselves into a corner. CM Punk is seemingly destined to walk into the Royal Rumble as the WWE Champ to face The Rock, and his almost year long hold on the title has become synonymous with his title as “Best in the World.” Ryback has crushed jobber after jobber, quickly mowing down every combatant until he was quickly injected into this angle with Cena and Punk. His current worth is tied into his status as a complete monster, undefeated. In a perfect world, neither one should be losing.
Match of the Day
Chris Jericho vs Tazz vs Kurt Angle
WWF European Championship Match
WWF RAW is WAR
March 13th, 2000
While I’m watching this match, all I can think about is how bad I want to play WWF No Mercy again. The way this footage looks, the people involved, Chris Jericho’s triple powerbomb finisher; it all makes me miss this era of the WWE.
Bonus: I love the two run-ins and the bump Angle takes after being thrown from the ring by Jericho. Christ, that looked like it hurt!