With WrestleMania fast approaching, I was bouncing around in my skull any horrible WrestleMania stuff we hadn’t covered over the years. And there it was, way back in the recesses of my gray matter. Something I had long repressed because of just how much I hated the whole thing.
The Saga of the Undisputed Champion and a Dog Named Lucy.
Sweet Christmas this was horrible.
And you know what? It should have been a great moment for one of my favorite wrestlers of the last 20 years, that being Chris Jericho. It was his time to main event WWE’s biggest show of the year, a moment that he no doubt dreamed of since he was a little kid first watching wrestling. He was on a roll, no doubt, as he was the first ever “Undisputed Champion”, merging the “WCW” and “WWF” belts into one title, beating no less than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock in the process.
Life sure was great for Chris Jericho.
Seriously, how could anything go wrong?
I mean, he beat Austin AND Rock, and if he could beat them, who on earth would stand a chance against him?
Well, yeah, of course.
Look, I’ve made it clear in the past that I am no fan of Trips. Has he had some good matches over the years? Certainly. Can he cut a good promo? Yeah. Do I still think his rise to the top of the business is tainted?
My biggest issue is that the guy seemed to have problems letting anyone else ever see the spotlight. I know some folks say that’s just part of the Triple H character, but I trust me, I’ve seen enough promising careers hit the skids after running into his ‘character’ to question that.
So when it was apparent Jericho was heading into Mania in 2002 as the defending champ, and his opponent was to be The Game, well…I didn’t have high hopes.
Little did I know, though, that Jericho’s WrestleMania dream would go to the dogs.
And I mean that in the most literal sense of the word.
See, Steph and Hunter were in an onscreen feud at the time, going through a divorce. Steph was doing everything she could to make life miserable for her soon to be ex, and for some reason had his dog with her.
You all remember Lucy, right?
The dog Trips loved so much that he talks about him constantly?
What do you mean you never heard Hunter mention his dog in his whole WWF career?
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