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Posted 19 November 2007 - 10:23 PM

... was honestly kind of embarrassing. The shorter hairstyle and the horrid vest really, really made him look like an old timer trying to relive his glory days. His nasally, high-pitched non-steroid voice was kind of screeching also. For something hyped so well, with so much thought put into that aspect of it, it's like they had no idea what to do with him after bringing him back. And wow, it took all of two minutes for Jericho to revert back to the midcard catchphrases. It's here you realize this run will be exactly like the last one. I don't have especially high hopes for this return. Something tells me WWE knows they have to ride this while they can and not expose him also, or else there would have been some type of physical altercation between Jericho and Orton to end the show. But at this point, Jericho is so small that it would have totally killed his debut to see him look so tiny next to Orton. Jericho was obviously missed, and has done a tremendous job keeping his name in the mix while out, but I wonder if he may have been out too long.

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 10:40 PM

I honestly think he was done but realized he had them by the balls and basically came back just to bleed every cent he could've out of them. I think his run could be marred by him dogging it. I don't blame him really. It's like the WCW guys that took the money to stay home in 2001. Why pass up a chance for easy money?

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 11:40 PM

Other than needing to grow his hair out, I don't think it was all that bad. Hell, it's better than the embarrassing bob HBK was rocking when he first came back. Besides, it's not like he was ever a fashion plate. I don't think his current look is any better or worse than the Gene Simmons topknot-iridescent shirt combo from WCW.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:31 AM

I just see him as another stepping stone for Randy Orton. But I agree his return was pretty underwhelming. HBK's return was much better.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:46 AM

Between this post and reading the reaction at DVDVR, I feel like I'm reading a recap of Queer eye for the straight guy. Seriously who cares about the vest? I didn't mind the short hair. The only part about this whole deal I didn't like is they went too long with the countdown. He should have came back whenever they were in philly.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 05:27 AM

Other than needing to grow his hair out, I don't think it was all that bad. Hell, it's better than the embarrassing bob HBK was rocking when he first came back.

Besides, it's not like he was ever a fashion plate. I don't think his current look is any better or worse than the Gene Simmons topknot-iridescent shirt combo from WCW.


The difference is that there isn't really any irony present with the vest.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 05:56 AM

Isn't it a bit early to be writing off Jericho's return? Sure his angle on Raw was a weak take off of his WWF debut 8 years ago, but even in his original stint with the company it took him about 6 months to really hit his stride. On another note, Jericho's a smart businessman, but this is more about easy fame than easy money. He was always going to return to wrestling when he failed to break into acting, comedy, music or TV and if he wanted the easiest money, not the most fame, he would have gone to TNA instead.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 08:16 AM

On another note, Jericho's a smart businessman, but this is more about easy fame than easy money. He was always going to return to wrestling when he failed to break into acting, comedy, music or TV and if he wanted the easiest money, not the most fame, he would have gone to TNA instead.


Not sure if that last part is necessarily true.

Is Jericho going to work a full-time schedule? Or is he going to work an HBK-esque schedule?

Also, how different would TNA money to Jericho be compared to what WWE is paying him?

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 08:43 AM

I think I may be the only one who enjoyed this. Orton's beaten everybody and been a jerk, and now Jericho has returned to save the WWE from him. I got hyped for an Orton-Jericho match, heard a bunch of catch phrases I hadn't heard in a while and say a marathon runner clotheslined, what is not to love? The worst comments on DVDR is the ones making fun of him for not being huge on roids.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 08:44 AM

I think I may be the only one who enjoyed this.


Wrong.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 09:05 AM

Jericho will probably be able to keep his momentum going for a while. He got a huge ovation from the crowd (I don't agree with those at all who thought the Ft. Lauderdale crowd wasn't loud) and the fans seemed really happy to have him back. I wouldn't make fun of him for not being on steroids, but looking at him and listening to him, it is obvious that drug free Jericho is different from the Jericho that was there before. The vest and haircut was just a really big deal. People point out that he didn't look all that different than he did debuting in '99, but maybe he should. It's been 8 years.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 09:25 AM

To me, the name matters more than the style or attitude. Jericho is being treated as someone the fans should care about, that's what is important. Of course if Jericho doesn't win the title by the Rumble, the 'net will crap all over it.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 10:30 AM

Also, what was up w/ JR's tone on commentary? It was really oddly matter of fact, not even trying to sell surprise.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:37 AM

The fact that half the people at TSM were more upset that "Jericho's vest makes him look gay" than by anything in the actual promo but still said "that sucked" greatly amuses me. "JERICHO'S BACK! YA---HEY, THAT VEST IS GAY! HE AUTOMATICALLY SUCKS NOW!" Seriously, that's the gist of it.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 01:01 PM

Right. In a business that is essentially oiled up men rolling around with each other while wearing tiny pants, that vest, of all things, was just too gay.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 01:55 PM

I think some may be underrating how horrible that vest was. It's the equivalent of a wrestler doing a classic promo with a booger hanging out of his nose the whole time. Not that it was even a classic promo. Jericho, to his credit, does have a fair amount of range for a wrestler, so I'm willing to see what happens next. If he stays a one-note comedy joke, he's going to continue to underachieve just like he always did.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 02:13 PM

He reminded me of a flamboyant homosexual who organizes entertainment on senior cruises. He REALLY needs to get his ... uh, wrestling voice? back.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 02:15 PM

I wanted to see the return so I watched the last 40 minutes or so of RAW for the first time in several months, and boy, is King's fake laugh to desperately convince people what's happening is funny depressing.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 02:17 PM

Come on... when have wrestlers ever been fashionable??? The Rock... maybe?

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 02:48 PM

Come on... when have wrestlers ever been fashionable???


Flair, Arn, Tully, Ole, and J.J?




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