– If you were with us over the holiday weekend, you might’ve seen our Brock Lesnar: The Beast in the East Live From Tokyo open discussion thread. We love you for getting up that early and hanging out with us, so as a thank you, here’s a recap and rundown of the show. We’re posting it on Monday instead of in the middle of afternoon cookouts so people might actually read it.
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And now, the Brock Lesnar: The Beast in the East Live From Tokyo.
Beast: Where The Hell Has This Chris Jericho Been, And How Do We Get Him Back Full-Time?
So, WWE BROCK LESNAR: THE BEAST IN THE EAST LIVE FROM TOKYO words words words begins with Neville vs. a guest-starring Chris Jericho, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much from Jericho. As big of a fan of his work as I’ve been — WCW Conspiracy Victim Jericho is my undisputed favorite wrestling character of all time, and the Best There Is At What I Do suit-wearing Jericho isn’t far behind — my image of modern Jericho is “cool dad.” He clearly knows what he’s doing, but his work since his LED Jacket return had been disappointing. The stuff with Punk wasn’t as good as it should’ve been, the WrestleMania match with Fandango was a disaster area, and his babyface stuff seemed like a relic of a Trash Bag Ho era gone by. He showed up to this looking … well, not great, and I adjusted my expectations accordingly.
Jericho bent those expectations upside down and put a knee in the back of their heads.
Jericho vs. Neville was outstanding, and man, where has this Chris Jericho been for the past five years? If he came back into full-time rotation on WWE shows as this cocky, cagey-ass veteran babyface who derisively kicks you in the face when you’re down and goes into overkill mode to put you away because he’s been here before, dammit and knows what he has to do to survive, sh*t, I’d love him the most. Jericho’s always gone to the extreme on either side of the alignment spectrum, but him as WWE’s version of Genichiro Tenry would be the best. Just let him be tough enough (cough) to defeat some upper-level opponents like Neville, but still be vulnerable enough due to his age to take a fall to a Finn Bálor. Sorta like how Rob Van Dam is treated when he’s around, but with a personality.