Hi, I am Chris Jericho. I am a Wrestler. Musician. Writer. Podcaster.
Like every good boy should, Chris Jericho grew up in Winnipeg, Canada dreaming of becoming a rock star and professional wrestler. Like so few others have, he would soon embark on a life journey that allowed him to become “the best in the world at what he does” in both worlds, as well as others.
Jericho would first conquer the world of professional wrestling. At the Moose Hall in Ponoka, Alberta in 1990, he would begin a wrestling career that would span the better part of three decades. He would hone his craft all over the world, specifically to Mexico, Germany, and Japan, before landing permanently in America as part of Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1996. He would then transition to World Championship Wrestling, and then to World Wrestling Entertainment. In his career, he would take part in iconic rivalries with the likes of “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, John Cena, and Rey Mysterio en route to becoming a six-time World Champion. He is still an imperative member of the WWE roster to this day, working with the next generation of wrestling superstars during the WWE’s “New Era”.
While dominating the world of professional wrestling, Jericho found the time to pursue is other dream of becoming a HUGE ROCK STAR. Founding member of rap metal band Stuck Mojo, Rich Ward, met up with Chris in San Antonio, Texas in 1999 and invited him to jam with his band. This invite birthed a band devoted to producing six (working on a seventh) albums compacted with what can best be described as arena rock soaked in blood. Since its inception, Fozzy has gone on to tour with acts such as Shinedown, Metallica, and Avenged Sevenfold. Their 2014 album, Do You Wanna Start a War, debuted at #54 on the Billboard 200, continuing Jericho’s everlasting legacy as an eclectic performer.
Outside of his two boyhood dreams, Chris would go on to pursue a plethora of other goals within the world of pop culture and entertainment. He has become a New York Time Bestselling Author while writing three autobiographies (currently working on a fourth), he has been a frequent contributor to VH1 specials, G4’s Attack of the Show!, and was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. In 2013, Chris started his own podcast, Talk is Jericho, a fortress of solitude for his never-ending creative juices. TIJ has recently been ranked #8 under ITunes “US Sports and Recreation Podcasts”.
His professional accomplishments are many, but his greatest accomplishment comes in the form of the family formed with his wife Jessica, whom he married in 2000. Together they have had three beautiful children, Ash, born in 2003, and identical twin daughters, Sierra and Cheyenne. All three of his kids have appeared as guest experts on their father’s podcast.
Years ago in Winnipeg, Chris Jericho responded to an advertisement regarding a wrestling camp run by Stampede Wrestling’s famous Hart Brothers. Little did he know that the letter he wrote to them as an aspiring wrestler would begin a journey that would lead to a career in professional wrestling defined by consistent reinvention and a smorgasbord of iconic moments and matches that few others could ever hope to hold a candle to.
After training in the Hart Brothers Wresting School (run by non-Harts and based on a training book written by Stu), Jericho would take his talents to Canadian bars, and then to Mexico, Germany, Japan, and Memphis-based Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Each of these areas specialized in different aspects of professional wrestling that allowed the “Lion Heart” to construct a blue print that would set the tone for a Hall of Fame-worthy career.
Jericho’s incendiary performances as part of Japan’s WAR (Wrestling and Romance) promotion, specifically a July 1995 encounter with the great Ultimo Dragon, would soon catch the eye of Mick Foley. In turn, Foley would pass a copy of this match along to ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) promoter Paul Heyman. This exchange would lead to Jericho signing with ECW, and then a year later with World Championship Wrestling. As a member of WCW, Jericho was a member of an infamous midcard that consisted of himself, Dean Malenko, Juventud Guerrera, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio Jr., among other savvy technicians, high-flyers, and Luchadores. This group of performers would serve as the backbone of a company that frequently featured main events stars of yesteryear. Despite putting on innovative, fast-paced, psychological performances, this midcard would go rather unappreciated. However, this lack of attention, accompanied by the self-awareness of what he was capable of, Jericho would soon embark on his ultimate destination: Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment).
On August 9, 1999, the “Millennium Clock” would hit zero in the midst The Rock’s in-ring promo. Within moments, the WWE audience would be commanded to “break the walls down” for the first time. The Chicago crowd erupted as the “Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla” emerged. The fortitude shown by interrupting “The People’s Champion” would begin to circumscribe a career built on in-ring expertise, a lack of rhetorical filter, and the innate ability to be a key contributor to various iconic moments in the annals of World Wrestling Entertainment. These moments were and still are archetypal for all performers who would follow.
Jericho’s first stint with World Wrestling Entertainment lasted from 1999 to 2005. In that period of time, he would fulfill seven of his record nine Intercontinental Championship reigns and the World Tag Team Championships three times with three different opponents. He would also form an infamous rivalry with Stephanie McMahon, and he would also get to put on a spectacular performance with his wrestling idol Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 19. His biggest accomplishment during this first stint, however, would come at Vengeance 2001 when he was able to pin The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the same night to become WWE’s first ever Undisputed Champion.
What would transpire after his return to the WWE in 2007 would allow Jericho to truly earn his self-prophesized moniker of being “the best in the world at what he does.” WWE fans would see him transform from the fan favorite, charismatic jokester, to a vicious, blood and title-thirsty, brooding villain. This would put on full display against a rejuvenated rivalry with Shawn Michaels that would result that were as iconic as they were disturbing. This same villainous side would be seen in rivalries with the likes of Rey Mysterio and Edge. The transformed Jericho would go on to win the World Heavyweight Championship three times during this second stint, which ended in September 2010.
Since then, Jericho has performed off-and-on for the WWE. He continues to perform at the top of his game both in the ring and on the microphone. Currently, Jericho is a key figurehead within WWE’s current renaissance called the New Era. Now, future world champions such as Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Cesaro get to share the ring with Jericho as they forge their own path in the hopes of completing a wrestling career with comparable longevity and accolades.
In an interesting juxtaposition with his professional wrestling past, the success of his band Fozzy would begin with a storyline much like that could be seen on WWE programming.
After his initial meeting with founder Rich Ward, member of the band Stuck Mojo, Jericho would simply sit in on a few of the band’s sessions without the intention of becoming a permanent member. However, his childhood itch needed to be scratched, and he soon became Fozzy’s lead singer using the name “Mongoose McQueen”, sporting outfits that made David Lee Roth look like Glen Campbell.
Soon, wrestling and heavy metal fans alike were scratching their heads, wondering why someone who appeared to be Jericho was delivering high notes rather than Lionsaults. The world spread that the “Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla” was more than a unique wrestling nickname. The nickname came armed with vocal chops.
Although this “storyline” drew the attention of fans and was delivering on Fozzy’s promise of having a good time, they soon wanted to transition into creating the bloody arena rock that has since become their trademark. It was time to put the cover songs to bed and begin getting down to creating original music. Soon, the 80’s rock gear was shed, and Fozzy would release their 2005 album All That Remains.
This album was the first to contain all original Fozzy tracks and would feature one their more popular songs in “Enemy”. The music world also began to take notice as several members of influential metal bands (including Zack Wylde and Marty Friedman) took the time to lend their talents for the studio recording of the album.
The next six years would find Fozzy continuing to expand their fan base, as they released three more studio albums: Chasing the Grail, Sin and Bones, and Do You Wanna Start a War. During this time, they would also play the Sonisphere Festival in England, the Download Festival in the United Kingdom (sharing the same stage with the likes of Killswitch Engage and Theory of a Deadman), the Uproar Festival (playing with bands such as Godsmack, Shinedown, and Staind), as well as various other completed tour dates. 2014’s Do You Wanna Start a War would feature the single “Lights Go Out”, Fozzy’s biggest hit single to date that would spawn a tour of a same name and a #29 position on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
Fozzy is currently working on producing a seventh studio album that will most likely be completed after Chris has completed his current full-time stint with the WWE. Regardless of this completion date, this album will undoubtedly allow Fozzy to continue to plunge their musical dagger into the heart of the heavy metal music industry, and will give Chris yet another reason to claim to be the “best in the world as what he does.”
Chris Jericho is a New York Times bestselling author with four memoirs released.
Chris’s first memoir, was published in October 2007. In A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex, Chris documents his journey from the Hart Brothers Wrestling School in Canada, to travelling the globe before finally landing in WWE. Along the way, Chris gives readers an insight into what it is like for a young, prospective Canadian trying to make an name for himself and develop his soon-to-be legendary personality and in-ring craft in Mexico, Germany, and Japan before heading back to America to make his mark in ECW and WCW before being signed by Vince McMahon. This compelling book pulls no punches and is a must for wresting fans (especially Jerichoholics) worldwide.
Chris followed up in February 2011 with Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps. In this second memoir, Chris takes fans behind the curtain of wrestling’s premier promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment. Although he was able to become a champion and legend as a member of the WWE locker room, Undisputed makes it clear that Chris, among others, still had a surplus of obstacles to overcome in order to grab WWE’s infamous brass ring.
His third book, The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea, was published in October 2014. In this most recent memoir, Chris picks up with his return to WWE after a sabbatical and chronicles his attempts to recreate himself into one of wrestling’s biggest villains and his award- winning feud with WWE Hall of Famer and personal idol Shawn Michaels.
Chris recently released his fourth installment entitled No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded In Life.
In December 2013, Chris Jericho launched his very own podcast Talk is Jericho on PodcastOne.com. The inaugural show started with non-other than WWE Hall of Famer, and fellow podcaster Stone Cold Steve Austin as guest, and debuted at #13 in the US iTunes podcast chart, a remarkable achievement for any new podcast. With Chris never to be one to set any aspect of his career on cruise control, subsequent episodes would go on to hit #1 in the US, Canada and UK charts.
With guests that are the envy of the podcast world, Chris uses his vast contact list to bring a veritable who’s who to each and every episode. The list includes Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Gene Simmons, Corey Taylor, Eli Roth, Bruce Dickinson, ICP and the late great Lemmy, lead singer of the legendary band Motorhead. Chris’s eclectic guest list shows that when his is not on a particular stage, his lifelong love affair with music and the squared circle still occupy his thoughts.
With two new episodes every week, and over two-hundred archived shows available, Jerichoholics from the wrestling and music worlds have the opportunity to drink in the gift of Jericho. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe now on iTunes and listen to the Pod of Thunder!