On this week’s “Talk Is Jericho“, Le Champion was joined by Britt Baker and among the multitude of subjects they covered, the accusation of gimmick theft was raised.
According to certain Bayley fans, Baker’s “Role Model” character has been lifted verbatim from the former hugger, something that Britt firmly denies while citing the show’s host as the inspiration for it;
No, we did not steal the role model gimmick from Bayley…the inspiration came from you, from Chris Jericho, for the role model gimmick. I don’t want to say I don’t know totally what’s going on with Raw and SmackDown, because I try to stay in touch with it, but at the same time, I’m a dentist and a professional wrestler. I don’t know every single storyline going on each week. So it wasn’t until I actually said the word ‘role model’ on TV, and then I’ve got the Bayley army coming at me – ‘You’re stealing her gimmick!’, that I even knew that she was calling herself that too. Granted, totally different uses of the words, totally different gimmicks, as we call it. But I want to set the record straight, that no we didn’t steal that from anybody. Well I stole it from you, not from her.”
This explanation was backed up by Jericho himself who replied;
Yeah and she probably stole it from me too, because I think her and Sasha watch a lot of my stuff and Eddie’s stuff…and I probably stole it from somebody too, so I wouldn’t worry about it. I never saw it as a Bayley thing, I just saw it as a great idea for you to do.”
The fact is that there isn’t anything left in wrestling that is original anymore unless your name actually is Chris Jericho, as every gimmick you see is just a variation on something someone else has done.
Hell, even the Greatest Of All Time, Ric Flair, took the Nature Boy character from Buddy Rogers.
So when fans react like this it just strengthens my belief that there are certain sections of the WWE Universe that are so secular in their mindset that they firmly believe that if it happens within “their” company, that it can’t have possibly happened anywhere else before.