I personally think that professional wrestler Chris Jericho has been one of the most talented and charismatic professional wrestlers of the past 25 years. He’s phenomenal on the microphone, he has wrestling moves that are still strong, and he has wrestled five-star matches with everyone from Stone Cold Steve Austin to Kenny Omega. He’s currently one of the top stars in the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) company, and is currently involved in a white-hot feud with independent wrestler and “King of Sloth Style” Orange Cassidy.
Jericho is also the lead singer of an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band known as Fozzy, and they’ve recorded their own albums of various material and compositions. When the wrestling companies were still doing shows, Jericho could compete at one venue, and later that evening (or the next night) his band Fozzy would play at a local club. Heck, Fozzy even had a Top 40 hit in 2014 with the song “Lights Go Out.”
In fact, Fozzy – like nearly EVERYTHING ELSE ON THIS PLANET – has had to curtail their concert tours due to COVID-19. Even in a July interview with Blabbermouth.net, Jericho talks about making mask-wearing mandatory at his concerts, if he were to resume concerts at all.
Meanwhile, back at AEW, all their broadcast shows – as well as their top supercards like Fight for the Fallen and Fyter Fest – are taking place at an arena in Jacksonville, with “fans in the stands” made up of independent wrestlers and carefully screened and COVID-tested individuals. AEW has been extremely prescient on making sure all their talent – wrestlers, broadcasters, announces, you name it – are tested as much as possible, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Which makes last night’s image … well …
This was last night, in Minot, North Dakota. That’s Chris Jericho, second from left, and it’s plenty obvious the name of the band performing. From the photo, the crowd looks plenty packed in that concert venue.
Granted, I’m seeing backs of heads, so I have no idea if anyone in the audience is wearing a mask. But still …
What the actual fuck?
Look, I get it. We’re all suffering from COVID Quarantine Fatigue. We all want to go back to some semblance of normalcy.
But a rock concert in a small venue in Minot, North Dakota?
Even IF there were masks on all the patrons, and even IF they were only doing a “one-off” to release some tension…
No. They have a second concert scheduled for tonight.
At a place called the Iron Horse Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Right in the middle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. You know, the one with 250,000 non-mask-wearing bikers?
And we pretty much know the Iron Horse Saloon’s policy towards those who wear masks. I mean, take a look at some of their available merchandise.
America’s greatest saloon, my ass. Everyone knows that the greatest saloon in Sturgis is Full Throttle. At least there you know you’ll see Jackyl once a year.
Okay, back to the main topic. Chris Jericho and his band are playing live events this weekend. Chris Jericho will then return to Florida to film next Wednesday’s AEW match with Orange Cassidy. Or, will AEW make Jericho stay away from the arena and quarantine for two weeks?
Right now, we don’t have a vaccine. We don’t have treatments. The only things that currently mitigate the spread of COVID-19 involves wearing a mask and staying six feet away from everyone, until this pandemic is over. And COVID-19 doesn’t give a shit about whether you ride a Harley or an Indian. All it cares about is jumping from one host to the next.
What Chris Jericho is doing right now isn’t going to help anyone. And if he comes back to Florida and there’s even the SLIGHTEST possibility that he picked up COVID-19 during his little concert tour… and he spreads it in AEW…
Ugh. Maybe it’s time for the storyline where someone injures Jericho off-camera and he can’t compete for two weeks.
That maybe the only solution to a problem that shouldn’t have existed.