Chris Jericho spoke with IBTimes.com and was asked about the Roman Reigns suspension being addressed on WWE television. “I think they have to because he’s the top guy in the company and his push over the last few years has been astronomical, and he gets a huge reaction,” Jericho said. “Whether you like him or not, he’s definitely a polarizing figure, and people make noise for him. So I think by acknowledging it, you own it. You’ve got a big zit on the end of your nose and you say “look at my zit on the end of my nose” and people kind of get disarmed. They can’t use that as ammunition anymore. It’s the elephant in the room. They’ve said it enough times, so I don’t think it really matters.
“It’s not like the guy shot somebody or robbed a bank or something like that. There was a suspension and in less than two weeks he’s gonna be back and they’ll be one night of people heckling him probably for a bit and then it’s gonna be gone, move onto the next thing. So I think it was a smart move for them to take ownership of it because if you don’t then you’re almost manifesting it to a bigger thing. It’s like you’re trying to hide it, and they’re not trying to hide it. It shows that the wellness policy is 1,000 percent legit. Because if there was anybody they’d try to protect it would be him.” Read the full interview at IBTimes.com.
Powell’s POV: Jericho summed up the situation well. I’m not sure if some fans will let it blow over as quickly as he suggests, but only time will tell. Jericho also discussed his new podcast network that is launching with Konnan as the first host. He also spoke about how everything he has done since returning to WWE was planned, shutting down fans who cheer him, and how he believes the business will evolve into people cheering wrestlers the same way they cheer for their favorite teams in the NFL and NHL.