Photo Credit: Fozzy (Judas music video)
Once he left WWE, Chris Jericho started to use “Judas,” by Fozzy, his own band, as his entrance theme. This made perfect sense in NJPW, where the lyrical themes of betrayal and cheating fit the “Painmaker,” character like a glove. As “Le Champion,” Jericho leant into the idea of the aging and egotistical rockstar heel using his own song- a concept that made perfect sense.
No Longer Judas
But times, and alignments change. Now Jericho and his Inner Circle are the firm babyfaces in their feud with MJF and his Four Horsemen tribute act, otherwise known as the Pinnacle. Wouldn’t a song about betrayal and a gradual loss of sanity be a far better fit for the sadistic traitor?
The Circle entered Blood and Guts and Stadium Stampede, using “Judas,” to large crowd pops. So, I don’t expect AEW to stop using the song for Jericho or the Inner Circle, it’s far too over with crowds for that. Yet, I would argue that the song doesn’t fit a face group because of the themes and ideas it’s about.
As well as this, we must not forget that the Inner Circle has a (perfectly good, if somewhat standard) theme of its own, which would have certainly fit the group’s entrance. The Inner Circle Titantron video is synced to this theme, and was visibly out of sync with “Judas,” in the same way Moxley and Kingston’s trons don’t fit with “Wild Thing.”
Ultimately, this is probably just me splitting hairs. I do like “Judas,” as a song and it works as a means to invest the AEW faithful. I mean, any song that an entire arena can sing along to is a mark of a good theme. However, I stand by my argument that the themes and lyrics don’t quite fit with a babyface Chris Jericho or Inner Circle.
Sorry for the shorter article this week everyone, I’m quite busy prepping for some real life changes. Normal service resumes after Tuesday! Stay well, stay safe!