October 5, 2003
Y2J deserves another push
By Tim Baines
Being a star attraction in a wrestling promotion doesn't always take physical talent. Just ask Hulk Hogan. But if you don't have in-ring ability, you had either better have plenty of charisma or have your lips firmly planted on your boss' rear end.
Wrestlers like Ricky Steamboat had the physical part, but lacked skills on the microphone.
Then there are the legends -- guys like Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, who have a healthy dose of ring skills to go along with the gift of gab.
Oh ... and did I mention Chris Jericho.
As I see it, Jericho is getting the short end of the stick in WWE. Oh, he gets air-time all right. But he needs more of it. There are few performers who can generate fan heat like Y2J ... and that's what it's really all about -- getting a charge out of the audience.
The Rock is riding a wave of success with his new movie The Rundown. The Rock recently compared his co-star Sean William Scott to Jericho.
So why isn't Jericho in the movies?
The ultimate highlight reel, a starring role in a flick?
For this to happen, WWE would have to elevate the status of The King of Bling Bling.
He has the charisma, the looks and the lip to be a star on the silver screen.
Guys like Kevin Nash and Triple H will continue to get film roles. Not because of their wonderful acting talent, but because they can be cast as tough-guy types with little or no tongue-wagging. But Jericho has got the sass. He gets a double thumbs-up from this corner.
- Rob Van Dam is the new Intercontinental champion following an awesome ladder-match victory over Christian on RAW.
- Triple H, who is about to take some time off, has put a $100,000 US bounty on Goldberg. Steven Richards and Rodney Mack both tried to collect and failed. Mark Henry will be next to try. Backstage rumbles have Nash turning heel and going after Goldberg.
- Speaking of heels, Scott Steiner has taken a walk on the wild side. It's about time. As a face, Steiner was a flop.
- Jim Ross won his strap match against The Coach and is now back in the announcers' booth with Jerry (The King) Lawler.
- When The Rock was asked about coming back to WWE for one match, his response was: "I have a great relationship with Vince (McMahon), but it is hard for me because I want something different every time I go back. Last time it was Goldberg, before that it was Hogan, but now it is hard for me to envision who I would go back for."
- WWE has settled its lawsuit against the British maker of a harness whose premature release led to the 1999 death of wrestler Owen Hart in a fall at Kansas City's Kemper Arena. Jurors told the Kansas City Star that the agreement called for Lewmar to pay WWE $9 million. The $9 million is half of what WWE paid to settle a wrongful-death case brought by Hart's family. The Calgary native was 34 when he fell 78 feet to his death on May 23, 1999.
- The Hart family can expect to spend up to a week at the bedside of patriarch Stu Hart, who remains in hospital undergoing a variety of tests. Hart, 88, was taken to hospital Friday with an infected elbow and swollen stomach. Bruce Hart said his father underwent several tests yesterday and is doing well but will likely remain in hospital for the next several days.
"He fell last week and gashed his elbow and his diabetes seems to be impeding his body's ability to deal with a staph infection," Bruce Hart said.
In addition, his dad has a swollen stomach, believed to be from intestinal problem