Anyone else would have been reprimanded for it. I wasn't surprised he made the appearance but holding the belt over his head, even with a brace on, a few hours after it's announced he will "need surgery" was mind-blowingly dumb to me. It's good to be king.
When Christian left WWE for TNA and then came back, he was a much more prominently featured Superstar then ever before with a run with the ECW Title and WHC twice, even thought they weren't that impressive of runs to begin with. Based on that here are a couple of questions:
1. Was his rise to bigger and better things when he returned a slight to TNA or a realization of seeing what he had all along and giving him the higher profile matches/feuds/etc.?
2. Have there been any other WWE-to-TNA-to-WWE performers who have done something like this?
3. Anyone on the WWE roster who can "accomplish" what Christian did?
I believe Christian's return was more because they needed someone to carry the ball and since he had long been a good soldier, they decided to turn to him since they had very little else as a solution. Plus, with Edge retiring, it made sense to give him the nod. The reality is that the audience wanted him at that level to begin with and when Vince McMahon didn't agree, Christian left. Nothing was done to slight TNA, since if you remember, he came back from TNA to the company's third tier brand of the time, ECW. To me, that's more of a shot at TNA than Christian winning the World title. No one else has left and returned and then risen up like that, at least upon returning from TNA, but to date, the only names who have are Christian and Mick Foley and well, Foley is pretty much retired. Everyone can do what he did - it's all based on creative decisions. We will see if anyone else does.
Do you think that after his Summerslam hiatus, will Jericho return as a babyface again? Will he ever be one again? I admit that he is an excellent heel, and that WWE has a lack of real heels, I do however, enjoy his roles of a sarcastic, smartass troblemaker work as a a face too.
It's possible, but we haven't heard anything about whether he'll go in that direction yet.
I know that bringing back Brock Lesnar will probably give a boost to PPV buyrates and TV ratings, but at what cost? Less than one month into his return his inner diva has already shown itself through backstage blowups and the open knowledge that his sole reason for returning is a one year and one paycheck. If you add that to his seemingly dangerous disregard for the safety of other he works with, I ask again, is he really worth the trouble?
He is. I ask you, what else would WWE have on top if it hadn't been for Lesnar?