Welcome to Monday Headlines on this United States Memorial Day with Mr. TJR John Canton. I am not Jacob Lindsey, who is of course the usual Monday Headlines host. He's traveling today and is actually headed to Raw in New Orleans tonight since he lives close by. I've decided to fill in.
It's actually my first time writing a Headlines article, but I think I've got the gist of it after seeing the others on this site do such an awesome job of it. Even though some of them swear too much or make suicide jokes about wrestlers that were relevant twenty years ago, I love each and every one of my writers as much as a Brazilian cop loves Chris Jericho.
Chris Jericho Suspended for 30 Days
The biggest news in WWE over the last week was the suspension of Chris Jericho. From WWE.com or as John Laurinaitis calls it "Dub Dub E dot com":
Chris Jericho has been suspended for 30 days due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE live event in São Paulo on May 24. WWE has apologized to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident.
What happened was prior to Jericho's match in Sao Paulo against CM Punk, Punk brought in the Brazilian flag and posed with it. Jericho grabbed it from him, threw it down and then kicked it. Apparently that's a crime in Brazil, so a bunch of cops went in the ring to stop the match right there. Jericho immediately apologized because he didn't know what the law was. They had the match, Punk won and Jericho left without incident.
My opinion is that flag laws are kind of silly to begin with, but I do understand why some foreign countries get worked over it. I also think that things that happen in wrestling as part of the show should be looked at for what they are: a show. I'm Canadian. Remember when Shawn Michaels, while feuding with Bret Hart in 1997, shoved the tip of the Canadian flag up his nostril and also humped the flag while it was in the ring? We didn't care. It's part of the show. He's a heel getting heat. That's what Jericho is. He was likely unaware of this law, which is not a common thing in most countries.
My other opinion is that CM Punk brought the flag into the ring in the first place, so it's his fault. Blame CM Punk! I'm only kidding. I think.
Jericho released a statement on WWE.com as well:
"I made a bad judgment call in the course of entertaining [WWE] fans in Brazil. I apologized to the people in the crowd for showing disrespect. It was a bad move. I did it with [our] fans’ entertainment in mind and I’ll accept the consequences for that."
I understand WWE's position with this. They had to suspend him. This was their first ever show in Brazil and it ended with a main eventer nearly getting arrested. Their product is still on TV there and they will likely go back there next year, so to keep things happy over there they had to suspend the guy that forced the cops into the ring.
What I find interesting is that in reading fan reports a lot of people said it wasn't that big of a deal. Jericho was a heel doing a heel thing. The fans got it. The cops didn't.
If you're wondering if this Jericho incident was a work I can assure you it was not. He was booked for house shows next week. He was scheduled to miss a weekend in June due to Fozzy commitments, but he was also scheduled to face Randy Orton at No Way Out. His scheduled time off is from mid August through September when he has events with his band Fozzy. Before and after those dates he's expected to be in WWE. For the next 30 days, though, he won't be. They'll be fine without him of course, but I'll miss him.
My final take? Cops are idiots. Except Chief Wiggum. That guy is a genius. "Bake 'em away toys."
In Other News…
- This just in: WWE loves the New York/New Jersey area! That's not really news. You should already know that. In addition to the June 17 No Way Out PPV in East Rutherford, New Jersey and WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013 also in East Rutherford, New Jersey it was announced this weekend that December's TLC PPV will be held in Brooklyn, New York at the brand new Barclays Center. If you can't count (I figure that's about 35% of the audience) that means that three of the next ten PPVs are in the same area of the country. I guess that also means the New York area loves WWE huh? Maybe they should open up a restaurant there! Or not. (Prowrestling.net)
- Brock Lesnar appeared at UFC 146 over the weekend in Las Vegas to watch the show. Normally if you go to watch a show it's not a big deal, but for Wrestling/MMA fans it's a huge deal of course. I don't think there's much to it other than WWE likely paid for him to go there since they know a lot of people were watching it. This is Brock Lesnar we're talking about here and it's not like he's going to…wait a second my sources tell me Lesnar is leaving WWE…no wait he's staying….oh no he's going to TNA Impact Wrest…I can't even finish that joke!
We're not sure what is up with Brock, but my feeling is there's very little to this. Like I said I'd assume that Vince McMahon sent him there. If they mention it on Raw then you will know that they definitely sent him there. He left UFC because he got his ass kicked in his last fight. He should have retired. I'm a Lesnar fan, but he should stick to his decision and commit to pro wrestling because he can be very good at it. (Prowrestling.net)
- The Rock said on Twitter that WWE asked him to come back at the beginning of 2013. Of course they did. He's winning the Royal Rumble. Sorry for the spoiler. Of course now it will be changed 473 times before that because WWE likes to swerve us internet folks. They're just so crafty aren't they!?!? (Twitter.com/TheRock)
In other Rock news, his big summer movie G.I. Joe has been pushed back from a July release all the way to the end of March 2013, which is one week before WrestleMania 29. The reason is because they want to release the movie in 3D. I don't think that will affect Rock's match at WrestleMania (assuming he has one), but I'm sure people on the internet will speculate about it. Do movies regularly get pushed back nine months this close to their release? I don't think so. That must mean it's pretty bad. At least The Rock still has three other movies to film this year and the ability to make jokes about his Johnson on Twitter on a regular basis. He's a multi-talented guy. (IGN)
Did I mention that I squaled like a school girl when I was in Miami to see The Rock beat the Fruity Pebble Kid John Cena? Because I did. I'm not afraid to admit that. Because I have a big...website.
- Spike TV released a video promoting this Thursday's live edition of TNA Impact Wrestling. Instead of promoting it with actual wrestlers on the show that their viewers might be interested in seeing, the video features Brooke Hogan ripping off a shirt just like her dad has done many times over the years. (Youtube)
I'm not sure what's worse here. It's either the fact that right now more people dislike the video than they like it or if Spike TV and TNA think that promoting the 24 year old daughter of a guy a lot of fans are sick of is a good idea. At least she has experience in wrestling…from watching it! Yeah. That's experience. I think I may have to write about it live on Thursday. With liquor by my side. At least TNA has some good wrestlers like Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, AJ Styles and Kurt Angle to name a few. It's not like you'd know that from the promo, though. It's about the chick that looks way too much like her dad for me to ever think she's an attractive woman…brother. Oh crap, is she going to say "brother" in her promos too? Total Nepotism in Action. Brother.
- Check out my User Guide to TJRWrestling in case you missed it on the weekend. I didn't write it because I think anybody reading this is stupid because we wrestling fans are the smartest people in the world. That's why Vince McMahon changes storylines on us. We know too much. So give yourself a pat on the back, Barry Horowitz style. You deserve it.
That wraps this up. Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends out there. Have some BBQ, throw back a few beers and enjoy some fireworks. Then sit by your computers (or mobile phones) to read the live edition of The Raw Deal that I'll be starting at 9pmET as usual.
Even though it's Memorial Day and I'm not American nor is the woman pictured below (Maryse) an American, I felt the need to share the following photo simply because I believe in bringing the world together as one. You're welcome.
How'd I do? If you want to judge me solely because I posted the Maryse pic that's fine. I believe in cheap pops.
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