Jericho Responds to Flag Incident, FCW Diva Debuts a New Look, WWE-Brazil News

Posted by Matt Boone May 25, 2012 8 Comments

- Fan reports from Sao Paulo indicate that there was about 5,000 to 6,000 fans present for WWE’s debut in Brazil last night. The venue holds up to 12,000 fans. Word is that WWE having to postpone the show made a lot of people from cities outside of Sao Paulo not able to come.

– Current FCW Divas Champion Raquel Diaz (Shaul Guerrero) debuted a new look at last night’s FCW TV tapings, one that may have been previously discussed for Layla on WWE’s main roster. There were rumors over a year ago of WWE doing a character similar to pop star Lady Gaga with Layla. Diaz debuted a new blonde look with new make-up at last night’s tapings and a group of friends in attendance noted that it reminded them of Gaga.

– Since WWE has suspended Chris Jericho for the flag incident in Brazil last night, Edu sent word that he has already been replaced by Daniel Bryan in WWE Title matches against CM Punk for WWE’s upcoming tour of Spain in June.

Regarding the incident, Jericho told WWE’s website:

“I made a bad judgment call in the course of entertaining [WWE] fans in Brazil. I apologized to the people in the crowd for showing disrespect. It was a bad move. I did it with [our] fans’ entertainment in mind and I’ll accept the consequences for that.”

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    • iRox420

      Jericho didn’t do anything that hadn’t been done already, Shawn Michaels had the canadian flag up his nose and dry humped it in the ring. So Brazil fans need to chill out. I think Jericho shouldn’t have been made to apologize, he was doing his job and getting heat like any good heel would.

      • rog

        It’s not much the fans as much as it’s a law! Fans booed and stuff but Ibirapuera Arena and the fact that it was a great event brings a lot of police around to secure the place. You’re right nothing that hasn’t been done before but Y2J disrespected a Constitutional law. He actually got way easily, wich is great ’cause I’m a big Y2J fan!!! BTW he’s idea was actually great as a heel but again, law!

        • Wrestlehead

          Don’t forget that JBL did the goose step in Germany which could have gotten him arrested there and WWE never suspended him. If anything, blame WWE and their new ‘family friendly’ image they are trying to portray. They have pushed these types of buttons multiple times in the past and the only reason it’s getting this type of attention is because of this image they’ve tried to project since 2009. It’s a joke and everyone needs to get over it.

          • Peter

            The difference is no one tried to arrest JBL. I hate it when people blame WWE and their new family friendly image when it has nothing to do with the situation. The image hasn’t been THAT family friendly for a while now, Truth smoked on TV, Jericho poured liquor on Punk, Lesnar made Cena bleed like a pig.

            It just so happens that Brazil takes their law and national pride very seriously. The thing is, Jericho should be blamed for this. Because technically, he brought it to himself. But he can’t be blamed because he probably wasn’t aware of the law and he’s just acting in character. Brazil is a big audience for WWE, it just makes sense to suspend Jericho on a professional level, not a personal level, to avoid any more bad publicity they would be getting.

            It’s not the PG image that is at play here, its the company’s image as a whole to one of their biggest market. Yes, they have pushed this type of button before but never in a situation where the superstar was confronted by local authority. It just happens that Canada doesn’t take pro wrestling as reality.

      • Broski

        Maybe Canada is ok with, but Brazilliian weren’t. It depends on the country.

    • iRox420

      I agree with that, but in jericho’s defense traveling to a different place every week I can’t imagine he would keep up with obscure laws for every place he travels to, im sure the act was a spontaneous in the moment type thing, as much as a lot of what happens in WWE is, I doubt he was in the back with david otunga discussing his intention to kick the flag during the show. I don’t think he got off “easy,” i mean having to go back out and apologize anyway, what else would u expect of the man for kicking a flag. It’s not like he burnt the dam thing.

    • Reina1684

      This is just WWE’s excuse to get Jericho of TV so he can tour with Fozzy over the summer.

    • Broski

      I though Jericho kicking the flag was in the script. I guess WWE is not totally scripted. I don’t think he should be suspended though because what he did was just a heel thing. But still, Jericho is still a gentleman for apologising.

      Maybe it was a big deal because US senate election is near and it may affect Linda McMahon’s reputation.

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