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Politics suck.

Last week, Chris Jericho was suspended for 30 days by WWE, and was nearly arrested after a live event in Brazil. Here’s why:

watch?v=Q0iJLWVA_3o

Wrestling has a long history of flag antics. Shawn Michaels stuck a Canadian flag up his nose, slid it between his legs, tossed it on the mat and thrust his crotch against it. Bret Hart took an American flag and snapped it in the middle of the ring.

Jericho is a heel. He was being a heel, that’s it. He didn’t spit on the flag, he didn’t burn the flag and he didn’t shove it up his nostrils. He crumpled it up into a ball and kicked it out of the ring, And, it’s not like any of this was premeditated. According to reports, a fan tossed the flag into the ring, and Jericho reacted as any good heel would.

The 30-day suspension is a joke, and was nothing more than WWE trying to protect a good working relationship with Brazil. Fine. So blame the Brazilian authorities for their over-sensitive reaction to a wrestling show.

To use WWE’s own terms, they make live-action movies. Anthony Hopkins once played a serial killer, is he getting thrown in prison the next time he steps foot in Brazil? Of course not.

This reminded me a lot of the Vader situation in Kuwait in the mid-1990s. Vader “attacked” a television show host (what he did was grab his suit) and was ordered not to leave the country for a few days. Did WWE suspend him? Nope. They stood behind their guy and tried to get him out of the country.

If Jericho feels a bit abandoned in this mess, I don’t blame him.

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6 Responses

  1. Audra Durk says:

    *sigh

    Kids, he’s leaving to tour. It was a fricken work!

  2. -J- says:

    Jericho fights the world alone.

  3. Kerry says:

    Audra Durk – If it was a work, and considering that Jericho is in the role of a heel, Y2J the character would never have apologized.

  4. thegio says:

    Adura its not fake look up your laws stupid mark

  5. Marissa says:

    Brazil is a completely different country than the US or Canada. They have different rules and different laws. If WWE was doing a show in the Middle East and two of the divas or two of the wrestlers kissed, they’d be arrested because its highly illegal over there. Jericho knows what he did and that he took it too far. That’s why he’s not bitching about this suspension. He’ll be back before we know it and the entire incident will be old news.

  6. N. Gaijin says:

    Look at the video, it’s not even a real flag, for f*ck’s sake!

    What an incredible farce of a reason to suspend anyone.

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