For those of you who didn’t see the big wrestling news last night, Chris Jericho has apparently upset the entire country of Brazil. While wrestling at a HUGE WWE live event. The biggest (first?) in the country. Here’s what happened, according to TMZ.com (and it hurts me every single time I have to cite them):
A WWE event in Brazil came to a screeching halt Thursday evening … when local law enforcement stopped a live match and threatened to arrest Chris Jericho for desecrating the Brazilian flag.
It all went down during a match between Jericho and C.M. Punk — who was proudly waving the flag in the ring. Jericho took the flag away, crumpled it up and kicked the flag out of the ring … and that’s when police stepped in and put a stop to the event.
We’re told Jericho was informed that desecrating the national flag is a crime in Brazil … punishable by incarceration.
Cops gave Jericho an option — apologize to the arena … or go to jail. Chris chose the former … grabbing the mic and telling the crowd he immediately regretted his actions. Cops allowed the event to continue.
Sources connected to the WWE tell TMZ … the flag stunt was NOT planned or approved by WWE officials.
The WWE has just released an official statement saying, “Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE event in Sao Paulo on May 24. The WWE has apologized to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident.”
Jericho has tweeted about the incident … saying, ” Just for the record I love Brazil and wish we could’ve spent more time here. Beautiful country!”
They also found videos of the event:
Do you hear the fans? Does anyone sound ready to riot? Does anyone actually sound upset? No! They realize its a joke, Jericho is playing a bad guy, and its all part of the show. No one took it seriously nor did anyone feel threatened by Chris Jericho’s actions.
And yet, here is Chris Jericho, now indefinitely suspended from WWE due to his actions. Actions WWE says they had no part of.
What a crock of shit.
Once again, WWE deflects any responsibility by having one of their wrestlers take the fall. Add this to a long line of wrestlers being fired, or suspended, for their actions while WWE washes their hands of the incidents and feigns ignorance.
Remember when JBL did the goose step in Germany?
Or when Daniel Bryan choked Justin Roberts and was then fired – thus missing out on the huge Nexus angle.
Fit Finlay was fired after the Miz interrupted the Star Spangled Banner. You know, being a heel.
If anyone had a problem with desecrating a flag then footage of Shawn Michaels shoving the Canadian flag up his nose and then humping it on the mat before the infamous Survivor Series match would not be shown on a regular basis.
Where was the uproar over Ariel Celeste and Chandella Powell in the Brazil Flag ring girl outfit for UFC? Isn’t that desecrating the flag in a way? (Yes, its not the actual flag blah blah, I’m trying to make an overall point here.)
Chris Jericho = Scapegoat and its not right.