The WWE are in a good place right now regarding their faces and heels; Dean Ambrose is sitting pretty at the top with his World Championship title as the main face while the likes of Seth Rollins and AJ Styles are doing fantastic work as heels.
The strength in depth continues, Cesaro and Sami Zayn are face while Rusev and Kevin Owens are strong heels as the roster continues to grow. However, it’s safe to say that the real stand out heel over the past couple of months has been Chris Jericho.
DRINK IT IN, MAN
Despite being one of the greatest stars in WWE history, Jericho has been heavily criticised over the past few years, mainly because his recurring returns haven’t always lived up to expectations, and he’s hardly added any value to whichever feud or match he’s slotted himself in.
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Most recently, the surprising return at Night of Champions in 2015 where he aligned himself with Roman Reigns and Ambrose felt like a wasted opportunity, with no continuation of the actions that followed whatsoever.
Although he’s come under scrutiny numerous times, Jericho has proven why he should never be doubted because he is arguably the best heel in the WWE today. He may be highly entertaining now, but there are ways in which WWE can capitalise on this momentum and help him become an even bigger heel.
TEAM WITH OWENS
This sounds like a ludicrous idea at first, especially when you consider that both men are doing fantastic work as individuals and are two of the funniest and entertaining heels we have in the WWE.
The advantage Owens has is that not only is he amusing, but on his day he can be the biggest monster in the company, whenever he needs to play that role. However, it’s clear that the WWE aren’t planning on putting either man in the World Championship picture right now, and that was made clear when Owens’ status as favourite for the Money in the Bank was ended when Ambrose picked up the win.
Whether he’ll be in the picture in the upcoming months remains to be seen, but fans will have noticed during this entire feud that the dynamic between Jericho, Owens and even Alberto Del Rio has been nothing short of brilliant.
They’re fantastic at displaying hate for each other, but the comedy they have instilled into their promos has kept the fans hooked into it, and we can only hope that the two share TV time some more. With both men portraying bad guys, the best way to do that would be to have Owens and Jericho team up.
They don’t need a serious tag team run, they don’t need the championships, but they can use each other to stay relevant while this would be a great experience for Owens, learning from a legend which could help him in the future.
Although they’re heels, if they team up and continue to entertain it would be very difficult to boo them.
FEUD WITH THE SMACKDOWN WORLD CHAMPION
One of the things fans are hoping takes place following the brand split is that we have two World Champions if we don’t then it’s clear one brand will be falling behind, and that’s something the WWE will want to avoid at all costs.
If the likes of Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins are battling it out for one championship, then Jericho should take his talents to SmackDown. SmackDown will need a lot of talent and Jericho can use his experience positively there, rather than sitting in the mid-card scene on Raw; he could end up as a main event player on Tuesday nights.
He has the talent to do it, and the brand will want a heel champion to rival the opposing face champion, and we all know how entertaining and dominant Jericho can be when he has a World Championship around his waist.
I feel that he could set the tone for the title picture over on SmackDown, and at the same time, he could help establish new faces by using his experience to increase their fan base. Either way, he could be an even bigger heel if he’s given more importance, and a championship is the way to do that.
HOLD THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE – FEUD WITH SAMI ZAYN
If the WWE won’t put Jericho in the World Championship picture, then he needs to capture the championship that hasn’t appeared on television for quite some time, the Intercontinental Championship held by The Miz.
Although The Miz can add a lot of value to the championship because he too is a unique heel, the time is right for the title to move on and it’s clear Jericho has a history with the title, and he’s always proven to do great things with the title.
Jericho is enjoying a great run as a heel, and the WWE need to capitalise on this before he leaves again and before he does he needs to help give another talent a great rub and set him up for the future, and it must be Zayn.
Like Owens, Zayn has been involved in the Money in the Bank feud and every participant shined in the build-up. We’re all going to remember the Appleton/Apple moment for quite some time and the chemistry is there between them.
Despite being a huge Zayn fan, I do think he could struggle in the long run so Jericho should enter a feud with him. By doing this, he can help Zayn pick up a massive win and potentially a championship which could be the start of big things for him in the coming years.
He’s a unique talent, and it doesn’t look like Jericho will be stopping anytime soon.
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