Grappler’s Choice #18: Chris Jericho ‘Heel Master’

Chris Jericho’s recent heel turn has been absolutely fantastic. Jericho has always suited the heel character much more, it comes very naturally to him and this time around has been no exception.

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It’s amazing how repeating certain phrases such as recent one ‘I am the best in the world at what I do, do you understand what I’m saying to you right now’ is an excellent example of the arrogance he’s able to achieve with this character.

I think one of Jericho’s key strengths in the delivery of quotes such as those aforementioned one, is how he delivers them to other superstars. He seems to be playing on his veteran status, using it as a way of being condescending toward other superstars on the roster. It’s especially brilliant when he adds little insults like ”Idiot!!, You Stupid Idiot!!’ or another variation on that, I guess what makes it makes it work in particular is how Jericho says it, delivery is everything!

Twitter King

One thing in particular that compelled me to write about this was how Jericho has been responding to fans on Twitter, it’s absolutely brilliant! He is very consistent with his character on social media. Here’s an example:

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Why it works

It’s all playful and he doesn’t go overboard with it, but it works and it isn’t forced at all. This is what a successful heel character does. I have only seen a few superstars in WWE right now who have mastered it, but more often than not, they are veterans.

Kevin Owens is another good example, however, he’s a veteran on the independent circuit, and has had years of experience working as a heel. I guess what I’m saying is that any younger superstars who are currently working on a heel character, should look to these guys for inspiration.

Kevin Owens is another good example, however, he’s a veteran on the independent circuit, and has had years of experience working as a heel. I guess what I’m saying is that any younger superstars who are currently working on a heel character, should look to these guys for inspiration.

It’s interesting how quickly Jericho can win over fans or achieve major heat. When Jericho introduced a heel turn, this time around, it was in the form of a betrayal to AJ Styles, subsequently ending their tag team partnership as ‘Y2AJ’ and beginning a feud between the two.

The episode where it occurred seemed to leave many fans angry and disappointed with the angle, I remember seeing many of fans mouthing things such as ‘Why?, or what’s the point?’, especially considering the fact that their new tag team partnership was seemingly very popular with fans and the fact that it hadn’t lasted very long.

With all that being said, it was quickly forgotten, and the heel Jericho we all love to hate was introducing that new quote I mentioned earlier, and generally achieving greater and greater heat every week.

I think the key to Jericho’s success as a heel is confidence. He is simply not afraid to say anything to anyone, he even tells the crowd to shut up. His recent quote where he says ‘I give you the gift of Jericho, drink it in’ works especially well to this effect.

Keep doing what you do Jericho, face or heel, you’re a brilliant superstar.

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‘The Gift Of Jericho Pose’

– Christian Reeve

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