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Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho as the World Heavyweight Champion in November 2008.
Ring name(s) Chris Jericho[1]
Corazón de León[2][3]
Lion Do[3]
Lionheart[2]
Mongoose McQueen[3]
Super Liger[3]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[4][5]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 226 lb (103 kg)[1]
Born November 9, 1970 (1970-11-09) (age 39)
Manhasset, New York[2]
Resides Tampa, Florida[3]
Billed from Manhasset, New York[1]
Winnipeg, Manitoba[2]
Calgary, Alberta
Trained by Ed Langley
Katsuji Adachi
Keith Hart[3]
Stu Hart
Debut October 2, 1990[3]

Christopher Keith "Chris" Irvine (born November 9, 1970)[2] better known by his ring name Chris Jericho, is an American-born Canadian professional wrestler, television and stage actor, author, radio host, television host and rock musician. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), wrestling on its SmackDown brand, where he is the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. He is also known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and internationally in Canadian, Mexican, and Japanese promotions.

He is credited as being the first-ever Undisputed Champion in WWE. Also, he has won the WWE Intercontinental Championship a record nine times.[1] Jericho is a six-time World Champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the World Wrestling Federation Championship once, and the World Heavyweight Championship three times. In addition, he is the ninth Triple Crown Champion and the fourth Grand Slam Champion. Jericho's Grand Slam accomplishment is notable in that he is the only wrestler to have ever held every championship considered eligible for the Grand Slam (both those under the original definition and alternate championships).

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Professional wrestling career

Early years (1990–1996)

At age nineteen, he entered the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling where, on his first day, he met Lance Evers, the future Lance Storm. The two remain close friends to this day. Two months later, he was ready to start wrestling on independent shows, making his debut in October 1990 in a draw against Storm. The pair would go on to work as a tag-team, initially called "Sudden Impact". He took the name "Jericho" from the Helloween album, Walls of Jericho.[6]

Jericho and Storm worked for Tony Condello in the tours of Northern Manitoba with future superstars Adam Copeland (Edge), Jason Reso (Christian Cage), and Terry Gerin (Rhino).[2] The pair also wrestled in Calgary's Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (CNWA) and Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling (CRMW). In 1991, Jericho and Storm started touring in Japan for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, where he would befriend Ricky Fuji, who also trained under Stu Hart. In the winter of 1992, he traveled to Mexico where he wrestled for several small wrestling companies as well as the largest in the country, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). In CMLL, Jericho took on Silver King, Negro Casas, and Último Dragón en route to an eleven-month reign as the NWA Middleweight Champion that began in December 1993.[2] His burgeoning wrestling skills also took him to Japan in 1994 where he competed for the Wrestling and Romance (WAR) promotion, facing the likes of Gedo and Último Dragón, to whom he lost the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship. 1994 also saw Jericho reunited with his former teammate from CRMW, Storm, as the Thrillseekers in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion. In December 1995, Jericho competed in the second Super J Cup Tournament, hosted by WAR, losing to Wild Pegasus.[2]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996)

In 1996, thanks to a recommendation by Chris Benoit to promoter Paul Heyman, Jericho began wrestling for the Philadelphia-based Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) promotion, winning the ECW World Television Championship in June 1996. While in ECW, Chris Jericho made a name for himself, wrestling top talent such as Taz, Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Cactus Jack, Shane Douglas, and 2 Cold Scorpio. It was during this time that he drew the attention of WCW.

World Championship Wrestling (1996–1999)

Cruiserweight Champion (1996–1998)

On August 26, 1996 Jericho made his first appearance with WCW, and on September 15, he appeared at his first pay-per-view show in a match against Chris Benoit at Fall Brawl.[7] On June 28, 1997, Jericho defeated Syxx in Los Angeles, California to win the Cruiserweight Championship for the first time. He won the title again on August 12, 1997, by defeating Alex Wright.

Jericho began his WCW heel run when he won the title a third time by defeating Rey Mysterio, Jr. at Souled Out by forcing him to submit to the Liontamer. After the match, Jericho assaulted Mysterio's knee with a toolbox.[8] Mysterio (kayfabe) needed six months of recovery before he could return to the ring. Jericho then had a short feud with Juventud Guerrera in which Guerrera repeatedly requested a shot at Jericho's Cruiserweight Championship, but Jericho constantly rebuffed him. The feud culminated in a Title vs. Mask match at SuperBrawl VIII. Guerrera lost the match and was forced to remove his mask.[9] Following this match, Jericho began his ongoing gimmick of collecting and wearing to the ring trophy items from his defeated opponents, such as Guerrera's mask, Prince Iaukea's Hawaiian dress, and a headband from Disco Inferno.

Jericho then began a long feud with Dean Malenko in which Jericho repeatedly claimed he was a better wrestler than Malenko, but refused to wrestle him. Because of his mastery of technical wrestling, Malenko was known as "The Man of 1000 Holds," so Jericho claimed to be "The Man of 1004 Holds." During the March 30, 1998 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, after defeating Marty Jannetty, Jericho pulled out a long pile of paper that allegedly listed each of the 1004 holds he knew and then recited them to the audience. Many of the "holds" were fictional, and every other hold was an armbar. On the March 12, 1998 episode of WCW Thunder, Malenko defeated a wrestler wearing Juventud Guerrera's mask who appeared to be Jericho. However, the masked wrestler was actually Lenny Lane, who Jericho bribed to appear in the match. This started a minor feud between Lane and Jericho after Jericho refused to pay Lane. At Uncensored Jericho finally wrestled Malenko and defeated him, after which Malenko took a leave of absence from wrestling.[10] Jericho then proceeded to bring with him to the ring a portrait of Malenko that he insulted and demeaned. Just prior to Slamboree, J.J. Dillon (referred to by Jericho as "Jo Jo") scheduled a cruiserweight Battle Royal in which the wrestler who won would immediately have a shot at Jericho's Cruiserweight Championship. Jericho accepted on the grounds that whoever had to face him would not have nearly enough energy to wrestle two matches in a row. At Slamboree, Jericho came out to announce the competitors in an insulting fashion before the match started and then went backstage for coffee. An individual who appeared to be Ciclope won the battle royal after Juventud Guerrera shook his hand then eliminated himself. However, the winner was not Ciclope, but instead a returning Malenko in disguise. Malenko proceeded to defeat Jericho for the championship. Jericho claiming he was the victim of a carefully planned conspiracy to get the belt off of him. He at first blamed the WCW locker room, then added J.J. Dillon, Ted Turner, and finally in a vignette, he walked around Washington, D.C. with the sign "conspiracy victim" and accused President Bill Clinton of being one of the conspirators after being rejected from a meeting. Eventually, Malenko vacated the title. Jericho ended up defeating Malenko at The Great American Bash to win the vacant title after Malenko was disqualified after hitting Jericho with a chair.[11] The next night, Malenko was suspended for his actions.

At Bash at the Beach, the recently returned Rey Mysterio, Jr. (who had recovered from his knee injury) defeated Jericho in a No Disqualification match after the still-suspended Malenko interfered.[12] Jericho regained the Cruiserweight Championship from Mysterio the next night after he interrupted J.J. Dillon while Dillon was giving the championship to Mysterio. Jericho was again awarded the championship.[13] Eventually, Jericho decisively lost the title to Juventud Guerrera in a match at Road Wild with Malenko as special referee.[14]

World Television Champion and departure (1998–1999)

On August 10, Jericho defeated Stevie Ray to win the World Television Championship (Stevie Ray substituting for the champion Booker T).[15] Soon after this, Jericho repeatedly called out World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg, in an attempt to begin a feud with him, but never actually wrestled him.[2] Jericho began referring to Goldberg as "Greenberg". During an episode of WCW Thunder Jericho, Ralphus, and the Jerichoholic Ninja participated in a scene where they attempted to replicate Goldberg's guided ring entrance from his locker room but got lost repeatedly. At one point Jericho yelled "Rock and Roll! Hello Winston-Salem!" in reference to a similar scene from the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. When Jericho finally reached the entrance to simulate Goldberg's pyro, the resulting pyro was so poor it caused Jericho to flip out and start kicking it. Instead of Goldberg, a four and a half foot tall person came out to face Jericho. Jericho easily defeated this individual, and then Jericho claimed to be 1-0 against Goldberg in order to satirize Goldberg's undefeated streak. Similar matches occurred three more times. In the end, Jericho claimed to be 4-0 against Goldberg, though they never actually wrestled.[16] Jericho cites Eric Bischoff, Goldberg, and Hulk Hogan's reluctance to book Jericho in a pay-per-view squash match loss against Goldberg, which Jericho felt would be a big draw, as a major reason for his deciding to leave the company.

On November 30, 1998 Jericho lost the Television Championship to Konnan.[17] In early 1999, Jericho began a feud with Perry Saturn. The feud saw Jericho and Saturn instigating bizarre stipulation matches, such as at Souled Out, where Jericho defeated Saturn in a "loser must wear a dress" match.[18] At SuperBrawl IX Jericho and Saturn wrestled in a "dress" match in which Jericho once again defeated Saturn. Saturn finally defeated Jericho at Uncensored in a Dog Collar match.[19]

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2005)

Various feuds (1999–2000)

Jericho on SmackDown! with Mr. Hughes, his enforcer during his rivalry with Ken Shamrock.

Jericho alternated between WCW and a number of Japanese tours before he debuted in the World Wrestling Federation. In the weeks before Jericho's debut, a clock labeled "countdown to the new millennium" appeared on WWF programming. On the home video, Break the Walls Down, Jericho states he was inspired to do this as his entrance when he saw a similar clock in a post office. Vince McMahon gave him the green light to use it as his intro to the WWF. The clock finally ran down on August 9, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois while The Rock was in the ring doing a promo. Jericho entered the arena and proclaimed himself "Y2J" (a play on the Y2K bug). The Rock proceeded to verbally mock him for his interruption.[20] Later that month, Jericho made his in-ring debut on August 26, 1999 in a match against Road Dogg on the inaugural edition of SmackDown!. He would lose the match by disqualification after powerbombing Road Dogg through a table.[21]

Through the next couple of months, Jericho would proceed to go through a series of short-lived feuds with the likes of Road Dogg, X-Pac and Ken Shamrock, his pay-per-view debut being a DQ loss to X-Pac at Unforgiven. Jericho's first long-term feud was with Chyna, for the Intercontinental Championship. After losing to Chyna at the Survivor Series 1999,[22] Jericho won his first Intercontinental title at Armageddon.[23] This feud with Chyna lasted for many months. It included a controversial decision during a rematch in which two separate referees declared each one of them the winner of a match for the title.[24] As a result, they became co-owners of the title until Jericho attained sole ownership at the Royal Rumble.[25] Jericho's subsequent alliance with Chyna, coupled with growing enthusiasm for his ring work and mic skills, effectively turned him into a face. Shortly thereafter, he began a feud with Kurt Angle, and lost the title to Angle at No Way Out.[26]

Jericho performing his entrance on Raw.

On April 2, Jericho competed in a Triple Threat match against Chris Benoit and Angle at WrestleMania 2000. At the time, Angle held both the WWE European Championship and the WWF Intercontinental Championship. According to the match stipulations, the first man to score a pinfall or submission would win the Intercontinental Championship, and the second man to score a pinfall or submission would win the European Championship. Benoit pinned Jericho to win the Intercontinental Championship, and Jericho then pinned Benoit to win the European Championship.[27] Jericho lost the title the next day to Eddie Guerrero on Raw after Chyna, claiming she could not resist Guerrero's Latino Heat, turned heel to side with him. On the April 17 edition of Raw, Jericho upset Triple H in a WWF Championship match. Referee Earl Hebner made a fast count when Jericho pinned Triple H, causing Jericho to win the title.[28] After previous weeks of assault on referee Earl Hebner, Triple H told him that if Hebner reversed the decision, he would never touch Hebner while he was under contract. Hebner reversed the decision, and Triple H fired Hebner and assaulted him. Despite Jericho's pinfall win over Triple H, WWE does not recognize Jericho's reign as champion. After the controversial decision, Jericho feuded with Chris Benoit. On the May 4 edition of SmackDown!, Jericho defeated Benoit to become Intercontinental Champion for the third time,[29] but lost the title to Benoit four days later on Raw.[30]

Jericho's popularity skyrocketed when he feuded with Triple H and his wife (just married in the storyline at the time) Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Fans took particular delight in his promos toward Stephanie in which he showered her with insults, such as calling her a "filthy, dirty, disgusting, brutal, bottom-feeding, trash-bag ho" and throwing a pie in her face. He got the best of Triple H on more than one occasion, even helping the Brooklyn Brawler, a renowned jobber, gain an upset victory over the then four-time WWF Champion. Their feud climaxed at Fully Loaded, when they competed in a Last Man Standing match. Jericho lost the match to Triple H only by one second, despite the repeated assistance Stephanie provided Triple H in the match, especially in its final moments.[31]

Undisputed Champion (2001–2002)

Jericho signing autographs

At the 2001 Royal Rumble, Jericho defeated Chris Benoit in a Ladder match to win the Intercontinental Championship for the fourth time.[32] At WrestleMania X-Seven, he successfully defended his title in a match against William Regal,[33] only to lose it four days later to Triple H.

At Judgment Day, Jericho and Benoit won a "Tag Team Turmoil" match [34] and earned a shot at Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H for their WWF Tag Team Championship on Raw the next night. Benoit and Jericho won the match, in which Triple H legitimately tore his quadriceps and spent the rest of the year injured, and Jericho became WWF Tag Team Champion for the first time.[1] The team defended their title in the first Fatal Four-Way Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match where Benoit sustained a year-long injury doing a diving headbutt through a table. Though Benoit was carried out on a stretcher, he returned to the match to climb the ladder and retain the championship. The duo lost the titles one month later to the Dudley Boyz on June 19, 2001.[35]

In the following months, Jericho became a major force in The Invasion storyline in which WCW and ECW joined forces to overtake the WWF. Jericho remained on the side of the WWF despite previously competing in WCW and ECW and retained his status as a face. However, signs of a heel turn slowly became obvious as Jericho began to show jealousy toward fellow WWF member The Rock. The Rock repeatedly reminded Jericho that Jericho had never won "the big one" (a world championship) and wrote Jericho off as a "comedy act." Jericho faced The Rock in a match at No Mercy for the WCW Championship after Jericho defeated Rob Van Dam in a number one contenders match. Jericho won the WCW Championship when he pinned The Rock after debuting a new finisher, the Breakdown.[36] One night later, the two put their differences aside and won the WWF Tag Team titles from the Dudley Boyz.[35] After they lost the titles to Test and Booker T,[35] they continued their feud. On the November 5 edition of Raw, The Rock defeated Jericho to regain the WCW Championship with a surprise roll up. Following the match, Jericho savagely attacked The Rock with a steel chair, thus marking a full-fledged heel turn that lasted for two years. At the Survivor Series, Jericho would almost cost The Rock, and the WWF, victory in their elimination matchup by attacking The Rock again.[37] On December 9, at Vengeance, Chris Jericho defeated both The Rock for the WCW Championship (unbranded and only referred to as the World Championship following Survivor Series) and Stone Cold Steve Austin for his WWF Championship on the same night to become the first wrestler to hold both championships at the same time, which made him the first WWF Undisputed Champion.[1][38] He fought both of the men he defeated at Vengeance on separate occasions and retained his title at the next two pay-per-views, Royal Rumble (vs. The Rock)[39] and No Way Out (vs. Stone Cold).[40]

Jericho lost the title to Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania X8.[1] After his title loss, Jericho became a member of the SmackDown! roster and continued his feud with Triple H. He helped cost Triple H his newly won Undisputed Championship at Backlash.[41] The rivalry culminated at Judgment Day when Triple H defeated Jericho in a Hell in a Cell match.[42] Jericho then started a short feud with Edge.[43] Shortly thereafter, Jericho was drafted back to Raw, where he won the Intercontinental Championship from Rob Van Dam and teamed with Christian to win the tag team titles from The Hurricane and Kane on October 14, 2002.[44][45]

Teaming and Feuding with Christian (2003–2004)

Jericho's ring entrance during Raw.

On January 13, 2003, Jericho won an over-the-top-rope challenge against Kane, RVD, and Batista to select his entry number for the Royal Rumble match. He chose number two in order to start the match with Shawn Michaels, who had challenged Jericho to prove his claims that he was better than Michaels. After Michaels' entrance, Jericho entered as the second participant. Christian, in Jericho's attire, appeared while the real Jericho attacked Shawn from behind. He eliminated Michaels shortly afterwards, but Michaels got his revenge later in the match by causing Test to eliminate Jericho. Jericho spent the most time of any other wrestler in that same Royal Rumble. Jericho simultaneously feuded with Test, Michaels, and Jeff Hardy.[46] Jericho and Michaels fought again at WrestleMania XIX. In the end, Michaels managed to get a roll-up and score the victory. Jericho, however, hit Michaels with a low blow after the match following an embrace.[47] After this, Jericho entered a rivalry with Goldberg, which was fueled by Goldberg's refusal to fight Jericho in WCW. During this period Jericho became involved in a legitimate backstage feud with Goldberg over issues stemming from Goldberg's refusal to work with Jericho in WCW. An legit altercation arose when Goldberg approached Jericho backstage and grabbed him by the throat however Jericho easily fought off Goldberg. He lost to Goldberg at Bad Blood.[48]

Later in 2003, Jericho began a romance with Trish Stratus while his tag team partner Christian began one with Lita. This, however, turned out to be a bet over who could sleep with their respective paramour first, with a Canadian Dollar at stake. Stratus overheard this and ended her relationship with Jericho, who tried to make it up to her by saving her from Kane. Stratus agreed that the two of them could just be "friends". After Christian put Stratus in the Walls of Jericho while competing against her in a match, Jericho sought revenge on Christian, which led to a match at WrestleMania XX. Christian defeated Jericho after Stratus ran down and "inadvertently" struck Jericho (thinking it was Christian) and Christian got the roll-up.[49] After the match, Stratus turned on Jericho and revealed that she and Christian were a couple. This led to a handicap match at Backlash that Jericho won.[50]

Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels after their match at WrestleMania XIX in March 2003

Jericho won his seventh Intercontinental Championship at that year's Unforgiven in a ladder match against Christian. The title had been stripped from an injured Edge.[51] Jericho's seventh reign was short lived, as he lost it at Taboo Tuesday to Shelton Benjamin, who the fans voted to be his opponent.[52]

Chasing the World Title and departure (2005)

Jericho teamed up with Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, and Maven to take on Triple H, Batista, Edge, and Snitsky at Survivor Series. The match's stipulation stated that each member of the winning team would become the General Manager of Raw throughout the next four weeks. Jericho's team was victorious, so they took turns as General Manager.[53] During Jericho's turn as General Manager, he stripped Triple H of his World Heavyweight Championship because a Triple Threat match for the title a week earlier ended in a draw. At New Year's Revolution, Jericho competed in the Elimination Chamber against Triple H, Chris Benoit, Batista, Randy Orton, and Edge for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee. Jericho began the match with Benoit but Batista ultimately eliminated Jericho.[54]

At WrestleMania 21, Jericho participated in the first-ever Money in the Bank ladder match. Jericho suggested the match concept, and he competed in the match against Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Kane, Christian, and Edge. Jericho lost the match when Edge claimed the briefcase.[55] At Backlash, Chris Jericho yet again challenged Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Championship, but lost the match.[56] On June 12, 2005 Jericho wrestled in the first match of the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view event against Lance Storm.[57] Jericho used his 'Lionheart' gimmick, instead of his more well known 'Y2J' gimmick. Jericho lost after Jason and Justin Credible hit him in the head with a Singapore Cane, which allowed Storm to pin Jericho.[2]

Later that June, Jericho became a heel for the third time in the WWE by turning on WWE Champion John Cena. Jericho lost a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at Vengeance which also involved Christian and Cena.[58] The feud continued throughout the summer and Jericho lost to Cena in a championship match at SummerSlam.[59] The next night on Raw, Jericho faced Cena in a rematch, this time in a "You're fired" match.[1] Cena won again, and Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff kayfabe fired a pleading Jericho, who was carried out of the arena by security.[60] WWE's official website confirmed on July 28, 2005 that Chris Jericho signed a short-term contract extension to stay with the company after his long-term contract expired, which presumably ended after his loss to Cena on August 22. On August 25, Jericho announced his departure from WWE in a statement on (and later pulled from) his official website. Jericho said that after 15 years of wrestling, he was mentally burnt out and no longer challenged by wrestling at that point in time. He noted that he had done everything he ever wanted to do in the business. He said that the "you're fired" match with John Cena was his last match "for now," but said he was not done with wrestling or WWE. He said that if he returned to wrestling, it would be with WWE. He released a press release on his official website that stated he was touring with Fozzy, acting, hosting his XM Radio show The Rock of Jericho, appearing on VH1's Best Week Ever, and being a guest commentator on MuchMusic's Video on Trial.

Return to WWE (2007-present)

Raw (2007–2009)

Jericho facing Umaga on Raw.

WWE promoted Jericho's return since September 24, 2007 with a viral marketing campaign using a series of 15-second cryptic binary code videos, similar to the matrix digital rain featured in The Matrix series. The videos contained hidden messages and biblical links related to Jericho.[61][62] The phrases "Save Us" and "2nd Coming" were most prominent in the videos. The campaign spread throughout the Internet as numerous websites featured hidden messages and biblical links hinting at Jericho's return.

Jericho made his return to WWE television on the November 19, 2007 edition of Raw when he interrupted Randy Orton during Orton's orchestrated "passing of the torch" ceremony. Jericho revealed his intentions to reclaim the WWE Championship in order to "save" WWE fans from Orton. Jericho was now clean-shaven with a new short haircut, and he used his Y2J gimmick thus becoming a face once again.[62] On the November 26 edition of Raw, Jericho defeated Santino Marella and debuted a new finishing maneuver called the Codebreaker,[63] to defeat Santino Marella. At Armageddon, he competed in a WWE title match against Randy Orton. Jericho defeated Orton by disqualification when John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) interfered in the match, but Orton retained the title.[64] He began a feud with JBL and met him at the Royal Rumble. Jericho was disqualified after hitting JBL with a steel chair.[65] At No Way Out, Jericho competed in his fourth Elimination Chamber match alongside Triple H, Shawn Michaels, JBL, Umaga, and Jeff Hardy. He was the third man eliminated when Hardy pinned him following Michaels' Sweet Chin Music.[66] On the March 10 edition of Raw, Jericho captured the Intercontinental Championship for a record eighth time when he defeated Jeff Hardy.[67]

Chris Jericho attacking Shawn Michaels' injured eye at The Great American Bash

On the June 9 edition of Raw, Jericho turned heel once again by attacking Shawn Michaels during his talk show segment The Highlight Reel. Feeling the fans were cheering Michaels despite doing wrong and not caring for Jericho, who was doing the right thing, he put Michaels through the television that was in the ring, damaging his eye.[68] At Night of Champions, he lost the Intercontinental title to Kofi Kingston after a successful distraction by Shawn Michaels. He hosted the final version of The Highlight Reel on the July 28 edition of Raw,[69][70] and after that developed a suit-wearing "self-righteous honest man" gimmick inspired by Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) from the film No Country for Old Men.[71][72][73] In doing so, Jericho purposely shed many of the trademarks associated with the "Y2J" character, taking "every characteristic that made him popular, and strip[ping] those traits away from himself."[74] Paul Heyman was enthusiastic about the transformation, claiming "all that's left is an articulate villain who delivers his lines with little emotion but lots of conviction. Jericho's contempt for all those who dare to oppose him is a 180 degree turn from the fun-loving Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla whose fan base had few peers in terms of numbers and volume."[74]

The two met at The Great American Bash, which Jericho won after attacking the cut on Michaels' eye.[75] Michaels later announced that his eye damage would force him to retire, Jericho then went to attack him but punched Rebecca, his wife, instead.[76] Because of this, they met in an Unsanctioned match at Unforgiven which Jericho lost. In the main event, Jericho entered the Championship Scramble as a replacement for the defending champion CM Punk and subsequently won the World Heavyweight Championship.[77] Jericho then successfully defended his title against Shawn Michaels at No Mercy in a ladder match. At Cyber Sunday, Jericho lost the title to Batista in a match with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee. Eight days later, on a three hour special episode of Raw, Jericho defeated Batista to win back the title in a steel cage match.[78] This reign would last until the 2008 Survivor Series, where Jericho lost to the returning John Cena. On the December 8 edition of Raw, he won a Slammy Award for the Superstar of the Year.[79]

On the January 12, 2009 episode of Raw, WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon fired (kayfabe) Jericho.[80] The next week, Stephanie McMahon rehired Jericho after he made a forced apology to her and the fans.[81] One week later, Jericho qualified for the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out when he defeated CM Punk.[82] At the pay-per-view, he started the match with Rey Mysterio and survived to the final three. He eliminated Mike Knox and helped eliminate Kane and the champion John Cena. Mysterio pinned Jericho after reversing the Walls of Jericho.[83] Jericho had an onscreen feud with The Wrestler movie star Mickey Rourke and with four WWE Hall of Famers. He challenged and attacked Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat. Jericho won an elimination match at WrestleMania XXV against Snuka, Steamboat, and Piper. Jericho then fought Ric Flair and finished the fight with a Codebreaker. Jericho then challenged Mickey Rourke, who was at ringside for the event. Rourke kayfabe knocked Jericho out after a left hook to the jaw.[84]

SmackDown (2009-present)

On the April 13 episode of Raw, Jericho was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 WWE Draft.[85] Ricky Steamboat interrupted Jericho's Raw farewell address, which led to the two facing off at Backlash where Jericho came out victorious.[86] In his SmackDown return, Jericho participated in a fatal-four-way elimination match against Kane, Jeff Hardy, and Rey Mysterio. Mysterio executed a 619 on Jericho and then attempted to pin him with a seated senton. Jericho retaliated by throwing a chair at Mysterio and was disqualified. This sparked a feud between the two.[87] Mysterio pinned Jericho after a 619 at Judgment Day to retain the Intercontinental Championship.[88] Jericho defeated Mysterio in a No Holds Barred Match at Extreme Rules to win his ninth Intercontinental Championship, breaking his own record again.[89] At The Bash Jericho lost the Intercontinental title to Mysterio. Later in the pay-per-view, Jericho and his partner Edge won the Unified Tag Team Championship.[90]

Shortly thereafter, Edge suffered an injury, and Jericho announced that he had a clause in his contract stating that should Edge become injured during their title reign, Jericho would be allowed to select a new partner.[91] At Night of Champions, he revealed The Big Show as his partner and they defeated Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase to retain the championship. Their 140 day reign as unified tag team champions came to an end at the TLC pay-per-view at the hands of DX. After DX disqualified themselves on purpose in Jericho/Big Show's title rematch on Raw 24 hours later (as titles cannot change hands on a disqualification), the stipulation being if Jericho and Show couldn't win the title he no longer had legal reason to be on Raw, Jericho was forced out of the building by a team of (actually non-Raw) Superstars in DX attire. A few weeks later, DX would soon face Jericho and the Big Show in a serious rematch on Raw with the same stipulations intact. DX won the match and would leave the arena as Jericho then slowly walked out to a chant of the audience singing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". On the January 11 edition of Raw, Jericho had another match that if he had won he would have been able to appear on any show. His partner was Mike Tyson, who towards the end turned on Jericho reminiscent to how he turned on DX at WrestleMania XIV. Tyson knocked Jericho out and Shawn Michaels pinned him to win the match. At Royal Rumble Jericho entered the Royal Rumble match at number 28, but was eliminated by the returning Edge, his former tag team partner and tag title holder. At WWE Elimination Chamber, Jericho won the World Heavyweight Championship in an Elimination Chamber match, lastly eliminating the defending champion The Undertaker following interference from Shawn Michaels. On the inaugural episode of WWE NXT, Jericho faced The Miz's WWE rookie, Daniel Bryan defeating Bryan by submission.

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Jericho is the lead singer for the heavy metal band Fozzy. In 2000, a VHS tape documenting Jericho's career titled Break The Walls Down[92] was released. He also started his own weekly XM Satellite Radio show in March 2005 called Rock of Jericho, which aired Sunday nights at 8:00 on XM 41 The Boneyard. Jericho is also a contributor to the VH1 pop culture shows Best Week Ever and I Love the '80s.[1] On July 12, 2006, he made an appearance on G4's Attack of the Show!; he made a second appearance on August 21, 2009. In May 2006, Jericho appeared on VH1's "40 Greatest Metal Songs" and "HEAVY: The Story of Metal" as a commentator. On June 24, 2006 Jericho premiered in his first Sci Fi Channel movie, Android Apocalypse, alongside Joey Lawrence. Jericho debuted as a stage actor in a Bird entertainment theatre comedy play "Opening Night", which premiered at the Toronto Centre for the Arts during July 20–22, 2006 in Toronto. During his stay in Toronto, Jericho hosted the sketch comedy show "Sunday Night Live" with sketch troupe The Sketchersons at The Brunswick House.[93] Jericho was also the first wrestler attached and interviewed for the wrestling documentary, Bloodstained Memoirs. The interview was recorded in the UK during a Fozzy tour in 2006.[94]

In the mid 90s, Jericho wrote a monthly column for Metal Edge magazine focused on the heavy metal scene. The column only ran for about a year.[95]

Jericho performing onstage as part of Fozzy in 2005.

He was one of eight celebrities in the 2006 Fox Television singing reality show, Celebrity Duets, executive-produced by Simon Cowell, and was the first contestant eliminated.[96] A video shown on TMZ.com featured Jericho working at a McDonald's to show off his skills while prepping for the show.[97] Jericho also appeared on Larry King Live on July 9, 2007 to discuss the double murder-suicide of Chris Benoit and his family. Jericho later reappeared on Larry King Live to further a kayfabe feud with actor Mickey Rourke.

Jericho wrote a New York Times bestselling autobiography A Lion's Tale which was released in 2007. He took part in an extensive interview on the November 2007 MWF Xtra television program to promote the book.[citation needed] Jericho will write a sequel to A Lion's Tale, tentatively called Undisputed Attitude. The book was scheduled to be released in fall 2009.[98]

He made a guest appearance on Dream Theater's album, Systematic Chaos on the song "Repentance", as one of several musical guests recorded apologizing to important people in their lives for wrongdoings in the past. In 2005, Jericho performed vocals on a cover of "The Evil That Men Do" on the Iron Maiden tribute album, Numbers from the Beast.

Jericho hosted his own reality show in 2008, titled Redemption Song, in which 11 women tried their hand at getting into the music scene. It was shown on Fuse TV.[99]

Jericho appearred in the 2009 film Albino Farm.[100] He guest starred in "Xero Control", an episode of the Disney XD original series Aaron Stone.[101]

Jericho also hosted VH1's 100 Most Shocking Music Moments, which began airing in December 2009.

Personal life

His father Ted Irvine is a former National Hockey League (NHL) player.[1]

Jericho currently divides his time between homes in Los Angeles, California and Tampa, Florida. Jericho's wife is Jessica Lee Lockhart. They have three children—a son, Ash Edward Irvine (born September 24, 2003) and two daughters, twins Cheyenne Lee Irvine and Sierra Lorreta Irvine (born July 18, 2006).

Jericho is a born-again Christian.[102]

Though he was born in the prominent Long Island neighborhood of Manhasset, New York, Jericho was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[103] Vince McMahon felt that by introducing him as "born in Manhasset, New York", American fans would be more likely to get behind him.[104] He has dual citizenship of Canada and the United States.[citation needed]

Jericho was inducted into the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame on September 25, 1997. On July 5, 2004, Jericho was awarded The Order of the Buffalo Hunt in a ceremony held in Manitoba for his achievements in wrestling and his commitment to working with underprivileged children.[105] The award has previously been given to Pope John Paul II, Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa.[105]

In 2008, while wrestling against Shawn Michaels in a ladder match at No Mercy, Jericho broke one of his front teeth when Michaels hit him in the face with a ladder.[106] The damaged tooth has since been fixed.[citation needed]

On February 7, 2009, Jericho punched a fan after she spit at him with fans outside Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia after a World Wrestling Entertainment live event. As a result of the incident, police detained them, but released them without charge.[107] Police later announced that they would not press charges against anyone in the brawl as it was "hard to determine who provoked who".[108]

On January 27, 2010, Chris Jericho and fellow WWE wrestler Gregory Helms were arrested in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky after leaving a bar. A police report stated that Helms punched Jericho and the other passengers in the cab. The two were given tickets for public intoxication and released. On February 16th, 2010 after not going to court or paying his ticket, Kenton County Police issued an arrest warrant for the WWE star. However, later that day the court dropped the warrant saying that earlier that day Jericho had paid the ticket.[109]

In the March issue, Chris Jericho will be the cover of men's fitness.

In wrestling

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Jericho applying the Walls of Jericho on Batista

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Jericho performs the Codebreaker (Double knee facebreaker) on Batista

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Jericho performing a one-handed bulldog on Booker T

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Jericho performs an enzuigiri on Randy Orton

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Jericho performs a Lionsault on Kurt Angle at King of the Ring 2000.
  • Nicknames
    • "Y2J"[3][110] (Used as a parody of Y2K; originally "The Y2J Problem" upon his WWF debut, it was shortened to just Y2J)
    • "The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla"[1][110]
    • "Lionheart"[110]
    • "The King of the World"[110]
    • "The Face of SmackDown"[114]
    • "The Best In The World At What He Does"

Championships and accomplishments

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Jericho during his ninth WWE Intercontinental Championship reign in June 2009.

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Chris Jericho and The Big Show as the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions in September 2009.

1 ^ Despite still using the NWA initials, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre is no longer a member of the National Wrestling Alliance. As a result, the NWA doesn't recognize or sanction this championship.
2 ^ Both reigns were won during and right after The Invasion with the second reign being the unification with the WWF Championship and becoming the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion.[1]
3 ^ Jericho held the title jointly with Chyna during his second reign.
4 ^ After Edge suffered an injury, Jericho chose The Big Show as a replacement without interrupting the championship reign.
5 ^ Jericho's reign occurred after unifying the WWF Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, making him the first ever WWF Undisputed Champion.

Luchas de Apuestas record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Corazón de León Cro-Magnon Mexico City, Mexico May 30, 1993
Mask Chris Jericho Juventud Guerrera Daly City, California 01998-02-22 February 22, 1998 Mask vs. Title match at SuperBrawl VIII[9]
Hair Chris Jericho Kevin Nash Grand Rapids, Michigan August 18, 2003 Raw
Title Rey Mysterio Chris Jericho Sacramento, California June 28, 2009 Mask vs. Title match at The Bash

Notes

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