Professional wrestling, like life, is all about the decisions you make. Of course, the decisions made in WWE will affect the lives of hundreds of employees, millions of fans, and the future of a billion-dollar industry, so it’s not quite the same thing. Which is why most of the decisions which WWE made in regards to the booking of the final Raw before the Royal Rumble were confusing at best and highly questionable at worst. At every turn, it seemed like WWE was determined to make the strangest choice possible whenever they were presented with the option, and the result was one of the most underwhelming go-home shows for a major Pay Per View that has been seen in a long time. Read on to find out the biggest issues we had with last night’s show.
10. Everyone Hates Chris Jericho
It’s fair to say at this point that Chris Jericho’s latest return to WWE has been painful to watch. At some point, Jericho became that guy who can’t let go of the past and still tries to live like it’s the good ol’ days when he was a big deal. He literally said on Raw that he wished it was still 1999, and while he was doing it to set up a joke (one which Stephanie McMahon absolutely buried him for attempting, and rightly so), the statement rings true in everything he’s been doing since he came back to announce his entry into this year’s Royal Rumble. Now, this being Chris Jericho, it may all turn out to be another bit of performance art, and at some point he’ll snap and turn heel over people constantly pointing out that he’s living in the past, but that might actually be worse, because it means that we’re deliberately being given weeks of terrible TV to set up yet another Jericho heel turn. This week was pretty much the lowest point, because Chris Jericho was all over the show. He interrupted the opening segment, he refereed the first match and made himself the center of attention, he got in a war of words with Stephanie, and he closed the show with The Highlight Reel. Plus, he’s still apparently feuding with The New Day over Francesca. Maybe if he were actually wrestling, we’d have that to fall back on, but he isn’t. Oh, and someone tell him to put a shirt on underneath his blazer, because he looks like an idiot who can’t dress himself.