Jim Ross Comments On Chris Jericho’s Return To WWE

Jim Ross has a new blog entry on his official website where he discusses Chris Jericho’s return to WWE as well as his appearance on Fox Sports Oklahoma last night. Below is an excerpt:

The return of Chris Jericho to Monday Night Raw in Memphis as the mystery person in the series of vignettes that aired on WWE TV has been met with a great deal of discussion from fans and pundits.

For the record, I liked it. Also, to be honest, about half way through the presentation, I was having my doubts. Then I saw what I perceived that Jericho was attempting to accomplish and thought that his presentation was unique and certainly unpredictable.

The theory behind producing an episodic, entertainment program like Monday Night Raw is to always provide some measure of a pay off, don’t give away the farm, and to always make sure that the broadcast leaves the air with the fans wanting more and willing to return next week to see the ‘rest of the story.’

Even though, like many fans, I would have enjoyed hearing what Y2J had to say about why he has chosen this point in time to return, I fully understand the episodic nature of the beast. I am interested in Jericho’s return and will tune in next Monday night to hopefully learn more of this storyline.

By saying absolutely nothing and by using facial expressions and body English, Jericho actually said volumes. At least that’s how I felt after the segment ended. The fans in Memphis seemed to be getting peeved at Jericho who they had just cheered moments earlier. Was that the intent? Stay tuned.

Many more questions were figuratively asked than answered and when all was said and done I was left wanting more. In my view and as someone who has helped produce weekly TV for many years, that’s a win.

Today’s fans, specifically the younger ones, seem to want instant gratification and seemingly are uncomfortable waiting for stories to evolve. Some even complain when two, skilled talents have multiple matches. Those types of fans would have had a tough time of it back in the territory days when some rivalries between main event level talents lasted, at times, a year.

I now have a specific reason, based on what I saw this past Monday, to invest my time in Monday Night Raw this coming week. This time will Y2J speak or communicate in yet another unique and unpredictable manner?

Onto another crazy topic and one that has zero impact on the big picture in sports entertainment…my ‘new look.’ I showed up on Fox Sports Oklahoma’s TV broadcast of the @okcthunder game Tuesday night sporting a new, gray goatee. Why? Well, the gray aspect is easy…I’m a ‘mature gentleman.’ (No jokes please.) The reason I grew the goatee was simply because I hadn’t shaved in about a week or so during the holidays and when I decided to shave I thought, what the hell, let’s see what a goatee would look like as I have never displayed any facial hair to speak of in my life.

My appearance, which was simply a cameo to promote the OKC RAW on February 6 in the arena in OKC, made the late edition of ESPN’s Sports Center of which you can find likely on line and on our Twitter timeline @JRsBBQ. (By the way, it was fun attending an OKC event and not getting ‘fired.’)

The goatee likely isn’t going to last long term, too high maintenance, but it surprisingly has folks talking. I guess it has been a slow, news week. For the record, I call it my “Rooster Cogburn” look.

Click here to read the full blog.

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  • Ace

    Hey I like Chris Jericho but I've got to comment, that is the stupidest way of announcing his return w/ him running to the corners of the ring, then outside the squared circle wasting as much time as he did and then finally going to the back. Evidently they needed some filler big time so Jericho did a great job doing that. Guess the divas match ended to quick prior too. Seems like to me the WWE doesn't respect the viewing audience and also putting commercials in the middle of a main event match is ridiculous too, that's been going on for a while now but another example of them not respecting their viewing audience.

    • christopher525

      You are obviously ignorant to what has become so painfully obvious since Monday to anyone who watched and has a functioning brain. Jericho wasn't out there to "fill time" he was very deliberate with his actions. When someone has been gone for a long time, it's hard (if not impossible sometimes) for someone to return as a heel, especially someone was loved and respected as Jericho. What better way to do the "impossible" than to come out, overwork the crowd, tease a speech, just to toss down the mic and head to the back.

  • Abe

    I don't think its that us younger fans have a hard time waiting for a good payout. It's that we've spent the last couple of years getting bad payoff after bad payoff.

    • christopher525

      I'm a somewhat younger fan myself, but there are a TON of the younger fans (especially younger than myself), who do complain about just seeing 2 or 3 matches in a rivalry. I do love the longer, slow building rivalries myself. The last one I can remember, actually involved Jericho. HBK vs. Y2J was an awesome rivalry, can't wait to see if they do something like that with Jericho and Punk.

  • jonathon212

    i got to say if wwe actually had a pay off to their long drawn out angles then fans wouldnt mind it so much . but it seems almost every angle that has an extended shelf life either gets dropped such as anonymous raw gm , never explained like who is lauranitas texting , or the storyline gets completely messed up like nash power bombing punk which somehow led to a feud of nash vs tripleh .

    so instead of saying the fans have no patience, maybe blame the writers for not following through on their story lines and understand that fans are impatient because very rarely are we left with a satisfying conclusion to a long drawn out angle

  • Prprince

    I have to say that I was not expecting a silent return it was different and I was like wtf but I must say that’s the wwe trying something different. It was really not a waste of time we get to see a familiar face and get to see a new and hopefully exciting story unfold instead of the same crap. All we had as of lately is Kane come back good thing and were waiting for rock and cena at wm so silent or not I can’t wait to see the new jerico story unfold. Maybe the she is stephani and maybe she is gonna try to get back at punk for all the crap he said about her!!!!

    • Kev

      I hope the she is stephanie. After seeing those pics the other day I want to see her back.

  • Razmos01

    All the younger fans just wana see any old wreatlers jumping around a ring with no reason behind the match, if thats what your looking for tune in to TNA, Jericho did what he was suppose to, he is suppose to be back as a heel, just be patient and stop wetting ya pants over 10 minutes of long story line, its gona be a few good weeks before we find out the whole story behind the promos!!

  • Mike

    Watching the build up and matches between the rock and austin or anybody from the attitude era is nothing compared to now. I could watch them wrestle back then as many times as they did and I was only 10. Its torture everytime cena wrestles the same person or even orton wrestling the same person.

  • Crane

    Jericho is an absolute joke. The WWE dont need him again (for one or two years), plz.
    I hope that Lesnar get’s back sometimes near. That will be an Impact. Jericho is nothing but a washed up heel.

    • Prprince

      Jerico is far from washed up, every time he returns he is a good main eventer. As for lesner he turned his back on us just like Goldberg did and said f u to us. Look at his match with Goldberg at wm20 he flipped the bird to us and the wwe

  • Dave L

    Ross hit the nail on the head, todays fans want instant gratification, yet I feel like if WWE or TNA did make a few rivalries last close to a year fans would still appreciate it. Theres so many distractions today that if you miss a PPV or raw/smackdown you might miss the match building towards the blowoff. Back in the day you could miss a match here or there but get the jist of the rivalry because it lasted so long.