January 6, 2012
Can't wait for new Jericho
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Chris Jericho isn't one to let the cat out of the bag.
There he was back in a WWE ring on Monday night, strutting, taking in the fan adulation for what seemed like forever, then walking away ... without saying a word.
Interesting. Intriguing. The way Jericho would want it.
He's always been big on reinventing his character. And here we go again.
You can bet Y2J, the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla, has something up his sleeve. Something creative.
"I didn't want to be the Hulk Hogan or Ricky Steamboat of wrestling," Jericho told me a couple of years ago. "I wanted to be the Paul Stanley or David Lee Roth -- the showman. Being a frontman of a big party was how I wanted to do it."
And if you think you might be cheering him anytime soon, he also told me: "I'll fight kicking and screaming never to be a babyface again."
Of his return to WWE in 2007, he told me: "I came back as a half-assed babyface. But I wanted to develop this character, part of it was from Anton Chigurh, from No Country for Old Men -- a complete psycho. I wanted to step away from everything Y2J was, from the hair to the entrance to the electricity. To still have serious heel heat a year and a half into that character is something to be proud of. I'm a very good puppet master. I don't like when the fans chant 'Y2J.' It's not cool.
"It's hard to become a heel and harder to stay one -- from Hannibal Lecter to Freddy Krueger to The Joker. This is the character I play. I love it."
Can't wait to find out what the puppet master has in store for us this time around.
BACK IN CANADA
WWE is back for several Canadian dates. After shows in B.C. Jan. 14 and 15, it's Winnipeg on Jan. 20, Cornwall, Ont. March 2, Ottawa March 3, Toronto March 9, London March 10 and Montreal March 16.