I like how he moves on from every catch phrase before it gets old, he's had like a million oft-repeated lines that he's one day moved on from never, everrrrr to be spoken of, a-gain.
I remember a house show in Detroit from when he was always saying "assclown," and he cut this promo saying it's a joke for Detroit to be called Hockeytown, saying the real Hockeytown was Toronto or whatever (no Winnapeg NHL team at the time), and that an appropriate monicker for Detroit was "Assclowntown!" Great heat, and hilarious.
Very good point. This definitely lends to staying fresh. I never thought of that, but he doesn't hang onto gimmicks or catchphrases for too long, so his "schtick" (which never actually has the chance to become a schtick) never gets old. In that regard, he might be the most versatile gimmick performer of all time.
Even the biggest stars ever, Hogan, Austin, Flair, Rock, etc. all still come back and at the end of the day, do and say the same shit. I'm not knocking them for that, as they're money making machines, but what Jericho has done and continues to do is pretty amazing in a business where once you get to a certain level of stardom it's almost a bad idea to walk back on your money making tools and reboot, knowing full well you could just show up, mail it in, and still be over just by virtue of your name. WWE PERFORMERS WOULD BE WELL-SERVED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS.
It's no wonder no one watches their shit anymore. If, say, Stone Cold comes back on RAW, there is a 100% chance he's going to cut a promo on the opening segment, have the face come out, have the heel come out with whom the face is feuding, have a three-way promo, hit the stunner on the heel, and then drink beer with the face. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
But I guess that's the WWE way of doing things. Just mass produce, homogenize, and disseminate as much bland, brainless shit as possible for the masses.
It's no wonder Jericho takes these hiatuses. He actually has the artistic and creative integrity to give enough of a shit about what he does to do so. His signing with AEW is a huge coup in the wrestling business, because he's a credible big name that has the creativity and team-oriented mindset to help elevate the younger guys.