5 Reasons why AEW is Chris Jericho
There is no doubting that Chris Jericho is a star. The man has been in the wrestling business for almost 30 years and is the standard bearer for professional wrestling. While some have never equated Jericho in the same breath as Hulk Hogan, The Rock, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, or even Triple H, others have pointed out his "Madonna-like" ability to keep himself relevant. This is an extremely difficult task, especially with today's stringent wrestling standards.
No, that's not a typo. Jericho is "Madonna-like" because like the pop star, he has been able to effectively transform himself over the years. The singer Madonna did this every few years, as she transformed her image to fit the times. Many singers like Lady Gaga have taken a page out of her book and are constantly evolving to stay relevant in the eyes of the public.
Professional wrestlers are no different. Hulk Hogan became Hollywood Hogan for a while, The Undertaker went through a biker phase as 'The American Bad Ass' before returning to his beloved 'Dead Man' character. Even AEW's Dustin Rhodes is changing himself to suit the current audience.
The larger point is that Jericho's ability to evolve is just one of the many impressive attributes he brings to the table. RAW is Jericho was mentioned many times over the years in WWE, but it's probably more true now that he is in AEW. Here are 5 reasons why AEW is Chris Jericho.
#5. He keeps the audience's eyes on the AEW product
Imagine that! Jericho managed to invent a meme with his "A little bit of the bubbly" quote. "A little bit of the bubbly" immediately went viral and set the internet ablaze. Soon, almost everyone on Twitter was tweeting silly and ridiculous Jericho GIFs. Most importantly, he kept people talking about AEW.
Another instance of Jericho's ability to get almost anything over with fans would be when he lost the AEW title. He quickly turned it into a promo that would have been the basis for a storyline, had the belt not been found. Chris Jericho has the ability to turn water into wine and a good pro wrestler always knows how to use every situation to his or her benefit.
In Jericho's case, this was to AEW's benefit, as the company looks to cement their imprint on the pro wrestling circuit.