We all knew it was coming. All great friendships always come to an end in the WWE. WWE fans rode the wave of JeriKO and the beauty of their BFF status for a long while now. We laughed with them; we laughed at them; we hopped on Twitter and hashtagged the many tag lines that they spewed during segments. We marveled at who would make the list each and ever week and we drank in it (mmmaaannn); all the moments from them getting the better of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and even Goldberg.
Alas, we knew it was coming and as soon as Chris Jericho uttered the words, ‘Festival of Friendship’, during the February 6th edition of RAW; we knew it would be coming this past Monday night.
I’ve often said one the best things about pro wrestling is the surprises. Fair enough, ‘rasslin’ would surprise me far more as a child than nowadays (not only do I have internet spoilers to contend with, as a long-time fan I can often see a storyline swerve coming from a mile away). Still, there is something about expecting something to happen and still being entertained when it unravels; and that sums up how I feel about the JeriKO breakup this past Monday night. I knew it was coming, especially when HHH entered the picture and had his one-on-one with KO (sans Jericho). But the segment was highly entertaining to say the least. On final hoorah of quirky, and borderline creepy, affection between these two. The statue, the painting, and then Owens handing Y2J the ‘list of KO’, with Jericho wondering why his name was the only one on the paper.
Well it was brilliant and I can’t think of a better way to end a friendship that the WWE Universe was truly invested in. And while we don’t know exactly why Owens has turned on Jericho, the fact that Triple H is behind the whole thing may extend this entire idea into an even bigger concept. Generally, alliances in the WWE end due to jealousy, misunderstanding in matches, championships, or women/men come between them. The HHH element adds something different and KO is clearly driven by his need for acceptance by his mentor and the ‘WWE higher ups’, as well as keeping that Universal Championship around his waist.
Could HHH be re-organizing a heel faction for his return to television? He seems to have Samoa Joe in his pocket and we all know how high he’s always been on KO. We haven’t seen much of Hunter since the brand extension hit, minus his involvement in the Universal title match back in late August, and with WWE’s largest pay-per-view of the year taking place in about a month and a bit, HHH may be assembling an army to head down the Road to Wrestlemania.
I guess we will just have to wait and see, WWE Creative. Regardless, kudos on a job well done. As much as I hate to see the end of JeriKO, and I worry about who will carry RAW (they have been the only source of entertainment for weeks/months now), the friendship was bound to break up. And the way it did this past Monday night was well done.