Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho

Professional Wrestler and lead singer, Fozzy

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Chris Jericho in legends match WrestleMania with Mickey Rourke and WWE legends angle

Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970), better known by his ring name Chris Jericho, is an American/Canadian television and stage actor, author, radio host, rock musician, and professional wrestler. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestling on its RAW brand. As a part of WWE, he is credited as being the first-ever Undisputed Champion, in WWE and a record-setting seven-time WWE Intercontinental Champion.

In the United States, Jericho is also known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and internationally in Canadian, Mexican and Japanese promotions.

His father, Ted Irvine, is a former National Hockey League player. Jericho has strong Christian beliefs, and his stage name was partly inspired by the ancient Biblical city of Jericho, and partly by the heavy metal album entitled Walls of Jericho by the German power metal band Helloween.

Wrestling career

ECW & Independent Promotions (1990-1996)

A year after graduating from college, Jericho was setting up rings for promoter Bob Holliday. At 19, he entered the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling. Two months later, he was ready to start wrestling on independent shows, making his debut in October 1990. He took the name "Jericho" from the Helloween album, Walls of Jericho.

Jericho worked for Tony Condello, working the tours of Northern Manitoba that would become the stuff of legends with future superstars Adam Copeland (Edge), Jay Reso (Christian Cage), and Terry Gerin (Rhino). He also wrestled in Calgary's CNWA and Rocky Mountain Wrestling.

In the winter of 1992, he traveled to Mexico where he wrestled for several small wrestling companies as well as EMLL. In EMLL, Jericho took on Silver King, Negro Casas and the Ultimo Dragon en route to an eleven month reign as the NWA Middleweight Champion that began in December 1993. His burgeoning wrestling skills also took him to Japan in 1994 where he competed for the WAR promotion, facing the likes of the Gedo and Ultimo Dragon to which he lost the WAR International Junior Heavyweight title.

1994 also saw Jericho reunited with his former teammate from Rocky Mountain Wrestling, Lance Storm as the Thrillseekers in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling organization.

In 1995, Jericho competed in the New Japan Pro Wrestling Super J Cup Tournament, losing to Chris Benoit.

In 1996, thanks to Mick Foley, Jericho began wrestling for the Philadelphia-based Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion, winning the ECW World Television Title in June 1996. This was his first singles title in the United States. 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


In August 1996 Jericho made his first appearance with WCW and on September 15, 1996, he appeared at his first pay-per-view show, in a match against Chris Benoit at Fall Brawl 1996.

Jericho had much early success in WCW (he also made his own finisher, the Lion Tamer). On June 28, 1997, Jericho defeated Syxx in Los Angeles, California to win the WCW 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, defeating Rey Mysterio Jr. on January 24, 1998 at Souled Out by forcing him submit to the Liontamer. After the match, Jericho assaulted Mysterio's knee with a toolbox. Mysterio needed six months of recovery before he could return to the ring.

Jericho then had a short feud with Juventud Guerrera with Guerrera repeatedly wanting a shot at Jericho's Cruiserweight Championship but constantly being rebuffed. This resulted in a Title vs. Mask match at SuperBrawl VIII on February 22, 1998 in San Francisco, California. Guerrera lost the match and was forced to remove his mask. 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 which saw Jericho constantly claim to be a superior wrestler but refused to wrestle Malenko. A large part of this feud was that Malenko, due to his mastery of technical wrestling, was known as "The Man of 1000 Holds" which Jericho satirized by claiming to be "The Man of 1004 Holds". Most famously during an episode of WCW Monday Nitro, after defeating Marty Jannetty, Jericho pulled out a long pile of paper in which he meticulously listed every one of the 1004 holds he knew and proceeded to recite them to the audience. On an episode of WCW Thunder, Malenko appeared to defeat Jericho who was wearing the mask of Guerrera, however, this was revealed to have been a bribed Lenny Lane, resulting in a minor feud over Jericho not paying Lane for his role. On March 15, 1998 at Uncensored Jericho finally wrestled Malenko and defeated him leading to Malenko taking a leave of absence from wrestling. Jericho then proceeded to bring with him to the ring a portrait of Malenko, which he insulted and demeaned.

Just prior to Slamboree 1998, 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 title. 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 on May 17, 1998, Jericho came out to announce the competitors in the Royal in insulting fashion before the match started and then went backstage for a coffee. The royal was won by what appeared to be Ciclope after Juventud Guerrera shook Ciclope's hand then eliminated himself but was in fact a returning Malenko in disguise who proceeded to defeat Jericho for the championship. This led to Jericho claiming to be a 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 famous vignette walked around Washington, D.C. with the sign "conspiracy victim" adding President Bill Clinton to the list of conspirators after being rejected from a meeting.

Eventually Malenko vacated the title. In the match to decide the champion Jericho ended up defeating Malenko at the Great American Bash 1998 on June 14 to win the vacant title due to Malenko being disqualified after hitting Jericho with a chair. The next night Malenko was suspended for his actions.

At Bash at the Beach on July 12, 1998 Jericho was defeated by the recently returned Rey Mysterio Jr. (who had recovered from his knee injury) in a No Disqualification match when the still suspended Malenko interfered. However the next night on July 13, Jericho regained the Cruiserweight Championship from Rey Mysterio Jr. after he interrupted J.J. Dillon, who was at the time giving the championship to Mysterio. Jericho was again awarded the title.

Eventually, Jericho decisively lost the title to Juventud Guerrera at Road Wild 1998 with Dean Malenko as special referee. On August 10, Jericho defeated Stevie Ray to win the WCW World Television Championship (Stevie Ray substituting for the champion Booker T).

Soon after this, Jericho attempted to instigate a feud with the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Goldberg, calling him out repeatedly but never actually wrestling him. Jericho began referring to him as "Greenberg". At Fall Brawl 1998 on September 13, 1998 Jericho, Ralphus, and the Ninja participated in a famous scene where before coming to the ring 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. Then, a four and a half foot tall midget instead of Goldberg came out and was easily defeated by Jericho now claiming to be 1-0 against Goldberg to satirize Goldberg's undefeated streak. This occurred three more times, eventually ending with Jericho claiming to be 4-0 against Goldberg, though they never actually wrestled once.

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

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment


Jericho alternated between WCW and a number of Japanese tours before his debut with the World Wrestling Federation. The build-up to Jericho's arrival was a clock labeled "countdown to the new millennium", counting down over the weeks prior to his arrival. 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, a heel who was actually being cheered instead of getting booed entered the arena and proclaimed himself "Y2J" (a play on the Y2K bug). The Rock proceeded to verbally mock him for his interruption.

Chris Jericho feuded with Chyna for her Intercontinental Championship . After losing to Chyna at the 1999 Survivor Series, Jericho would win his first Intercontinental Title on December 12, 1999 at Armageddon. This feud with Chyna lasted for many months, including a controversial decision during a rematch in which two separate referees declared each one of them the winner of a match for the title on January 3, 2000. As a result, they became co-owners of the title until Jericho attained sole ownership at the Royal Rumble in January 2000. He ended up dropping the title to Kurt Angle on February 27, 2000 at No Way Out.

On April 2, 2000, Jericho participated in his very first WrestleMania in a Triple Threat match against Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle with unique rules. Angle entered the match-up as both the WWF European and WWF Intercontinental Champion. The first man to score a pinfall or submission would be declared Intercontinental Champion. The second man to score a pinfall or submission would be declared European Champion. Jericho was first pinned by Benoit and pinned Benoit later on in the match, making Jericho the new European Champion. Jericho lost the title the next day to Eddie Guerrero on RAW after Chyna turned heel to side with Guerrero, claiming she couldn't resist his Latino Heat.

On the April 17, 2000 edition of RAW, Chris Jericho upset Triple H in a WWF Championship match. Referee Earl Hebner had made a fast count when Jericho pinned HHH, giving Jericho the title. After previous weeks of assault on referee Earl Hebner, Triple H told him that if he reversed the decision, then he would never touch him while he was under contract. After Hebner reversed the decision, he fired Hebner and assaulted him. Despite the pinfall win over Triple H, WWE does not recognize Chris Jericho's reign as champion. After the controversial decision, Jericho went on to feud with Chris Benoit. On the May 4, 2000 edition of SmackDown! Jericho defeated Benoit to become WWF Intercontinental Champion for the second time, but lost the title back to Benoit four days later on RAW.

Jericho's popularity skyrocketed when he started feuding with Triple H and his wife (just in storyline at the time) Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Fans took particular delight in his promos toward Stephanie, as he showered her with insults, 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 2000, when they competed in a Last Man Standing Match, with Jericho only losing the match to Triple H by one second and thanks to multiple occasions of Stephanie helping Triple H, especially in the final moments.

Jericho spent the rest of the year feuding with the likes of X-Pac and Kane. He won a Last Man Standing match against Kane at Armageddon.


At the 2001 Royal Rumble, Jericho defeated Benoit in a ladder match to win the Intercontinental Title for a third time. He was a dominant champion defending it against the likes of X-Pac, Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero. At WrestleMania X-Seven, he successfully defended his title in a match against William Regal, only to lose it four days later to Triple H.

In May at Judgment Day, Jericho and Benoit won a "Tag Team Turmoil" match, earning a shot at 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 (legit) tore his quadraceps and spent the rest of the year injured, and Jericho became WWF Tag Team Champion for the first time. The team defended their title in the first fatal four way Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match where Chris Benoit sustained a year-long injury doing a diving headbutt through a table. Despite being 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

In the following months, Jericho became a major force in the "Invasion" storyline in which WCW and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) joined forces to overtake the WWF. Jericho remained on the side of the WWF 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 kept reminding Jericho that he 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 #1 contenders match. Jericho finally won "the big one", pinning The Rock after debuting a new finisher, the Breakdown.[14] This championship victory was Jericho's first official World championship victory (Jericho had actually won the WWF Title from HHH on April 17, 2000 only to have that match stricken from the record 15 minutes later.) One night later, the two put their differences aside and won the WWF Tag Team titles from ECW's Dudley Boyz, with Jericho became a double champion.[15] After they lost the titles to Test and Booker T[16], they continued their feud. On the November 5 edition of RAW, The Rock defeated Jericho to regain the WCW Championship with a surprise rollup. 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 him again.

On December 9, at Vengeance, Chris Jericho defeated both The Rock, for the rechristened World Championship, and Steve Austin, for his WWF Championship, on the same night to become the first-ever wrestler to hold both championships at the same time, making him the first WWF Undisputed Champion. The next night on Raw Jericho was seen over the titan tron relaxing in a pool with both titles speaking of himself now becoming the most decorated grand slam champion of them all by winning the Hardcore title and Cruiserweight title on top of the necessary titles needed to be credited as a grand slam champion, and that if you did not believe him to "look it up". 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) and No Way Out (vs. Stone Cold).

Jericho lost the title to Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania X8. After his title loss Jericho became a member of the SmackDown! roster and continued his feud with Triple H, helping cost Triple H his newly won Undisputed Title at Backlash 2002. [21] The rivalry culminated at Judgment Day when Triple H defeated Jericho in a Hell in a Cell match.[22] Jericho then started a short feud with Edge.

Shortly thereafter, Jericho was drafted back to RAW, where he captured the Intercontinental Championship from Rob Van Dam, and teamed with Christian to capture the tag team titles from The Hurricane and Kane on October 14, 2002.

At the 2002 Survivor Series, Jericho participated in the very first Elimination Chamber match along with Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, and Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship, which was won by Michaels.[26] Jericho soon started a rivalry with Michaels in late 2002 that carried over into the next year.


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, choosing number two in order to start the match with Michaels. After Michaels' entrance, Jericho entered as the second participant. Christian, in Jericho's attire, appeared as Jericho and attacked Shawn from behind. He eliminated Michaels shortly afterwards, but Shawn got his revenge later in the match by causing Jericho to be eliminated. The two fought again at WrestleMania XIX. In the end, Michaels managed to get a rollup and score the victory. Jericho, however, low-blowed Michaels after the match following an embrace.

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

Jerciho won his seventh Intercontinental Championship at that year's Unforgiven in a ladder match against Christian, the title previously being stripped from Edge due to an injury. Jericho's seventh reign was short lived, as he lost it at the next RAW pay-per-view Taboo Tuesday to Shelton Benjamin, who the fans voted to be his opponent.

Jericho then teamed up with Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, and Maven to take on Triple H, Batista, Edge, and Snitsky at Survivor Series 2004, where the stipulation stated that the winning team would become the General Manager of RAW throughout the next four weeks. Jericho's team were victorious, so they took turns as General Manager. During Jericho's turn as General Manager, Triple H was stripped of his World Heavyweight Championship because a triple threat match for the title a week earlier had ended in a tie. 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 was ultimately eliminated by Batista.

At WrestleMania 21, Jericho participated in the first-ever Money in the Bank ladder match. The match concept was suggested by Jericho, and he competed in the match against Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Kane, Christian, and Edge. Despite coming up with the idea for the match, he was lost the match when Edge claimed the briefcase. At Backlash 2005, Chris Jericho yet again challenged Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Title, but failed in his attempt to win the belt.[36] On June 12, 2005 Jericho wrestled in the first match of the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view event, against Lance Storm. Jericho used his 'Lionheart' gimmick, instead of his more well known 'Y2J' gimmick. Jericho lost after interference from Jason and Justin Credible; Jericho was hit in the head with a Singapore Cane, allowing Storm to pin him.

Later that June, Jericho turned heel once more by turning on WWE Champion John Cena. Jericho lost a triple threat match for the WWE Championship at Vengeance which also involved Christian and the Champion John Cena in which Cena came out on top. The feud continued throughout the Summer and Jericho lost to Cena in a championship match at SummerSlam.[39] The next night on Raw, Jericho faced Cena in a rematch, this time in a "You're fired" match, where the loser would be fired. Cena won again, and Eric Bischoff kayfabe fired a pleading Jericho, who was carried out of the arena by security.

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, saying that after 15 years of wrestling he was mentally burnt out and no longer challenged by wrestling at that point in time, noting that he has done everything he has 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 wasn't done with wrestling or WWE, and that if he returned to wrestling, it would be with WWE. On his official website he added a press release saying he is 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.


His return had been promoted 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, although speculation existed throughout WWE fans over who the campaign targeted. The text "Save_Us" and "2nd coming" were most prominent in the videos. The campaign spread throughout the internet with numerous websites featuring hidden messages and biblical links to further hint at Jericho's return.

Chris Jericho made his return to World Wrestling Entertainment on the November 19, 2007 edition of RAW, where 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 wrestled his first match in over two years on the November 26, 2007 episode of RAW, debuting a new finishing maneuver called The Codebreaker [46] to defeat Santino Marella. At his first pay-per-view since his return, Armageddon, he defeated Randy Orton by disqualification when JBL interfered in the match. Due to WWE rules, Jericho could not win the WWE Championship by DQ, and Orton retained. He has recently begun a feud with John "Bradshaw" Layfield

In wrestling
Jericho with the Walls of Jericho on Shawn Michaels
Jericho performing a One-handed bulldog on Booker T

* Finishing and signature moves
o Codebreaker (Running double knee facebreaker)
o Walls of Jericho (Elevated Boston crab)
o Lionsault (Middle rope springboard moonsault)
o Liontamer (Elevated Boston crab with knee to the back) - WCW
o Breakdown (Full nelson facebuster)
o Flashback (Falling sleeper slam)
o Top rope headscissors takedown
o Double powerbomb pin
o Cocky pinfall with one foot on opponent, arms flexed inwards and yelling "Come on, baby!"
o Double underhook backbreaker
o One-handed bulldog
o Springboard dropkick to an opponent on the ring apron
o Spinning back elbow from the top rope
o Leapfrog body guillotine to an opponent draped over the second rope preceded by theatrics - 2003

* Managers
o Theodore Long
o Howard Finkel
o Chyna
o Curtis Hughes
o Ralphus
o Stephanie McMahon
o Trish Stratus
o Triple H

* Nicknames

o Y2J (parody of Y2K; originally "The Y2J Problem" upon his WWF debut, shortened to just "Y2J" since)
o The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla [3]
o The Sexy Beast
o The Savior
o Lionheart (Mexico, Japan, ECW, WCW)
o The Man of 1,004 Holds (WCW)
o The King of the World
o The King of Bling-Bling

* Theme songs
o "Soul Crusher" by White Zombie (Extreme Championship Wrestling)
o "Electric Head part 2 - The Ecstacy" by White Zombie (Extreme Championship Wrestling)
o "The Days Of My Life" (World Championship Wrestling) (The instrumental version of a production song)
o "One Crazed Anarchist" (A generic instrumental of "Even Flow" by Pearl Jam, made by Aircraft Music Library)
o "Break Down The Walls" (WWF/E) (written by Jim Johnston; Sevendust did a version of the song for WWF Forceable Entry)
o "King Of My World" (WWE, 2002) (written by Jim Johnston, performed by Saliva)
o "Don't You Wish You Were Me?" (WWE, 2004) (Performed by Fozzy)

Championships and accomplishments

* Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling
o CRMW Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
o CRMW North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
o CRMW North American Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Lance Storm

* Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
o NWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)1

* Extreme Championship Wrestling
o ECW World Television Championship (1 time)

* West Coast Wrestling Association
o WCWA Tag Team Champion (2 times) - with Lance Storm

* World Championship Wrestling
o WCW Cruiserweight Championship (4 times)
o WCW World Television Championship (1 time)

* World Wrestling Federation | World Wrestling Entertainment
o WCW Championship (2 times) (Last) 2
o WWF Championship (1 time)3
o WWF European Championship (1 time)
o WWF Hardcore Championship (1 time)
o WWF/WWE Intercontinental Championship (7 times) [3]
o WWF/WWE World Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Chris Benoit (1), The Rock (1), and Christian (1) [3]
o Ninth Triple Crown Champion
o Third Grand Slam Champion

* World Wrestling Association
o WWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with El Dandy

* Wrestle Association "R"
o WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
o WAR International Junior Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Gedo

* Pro Wrestling Illustrated
o PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year award in 2002
o PWI ranked him #4 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2002. [48]
o PWI ranked him # 109 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003.

* Wrestling Observer Newsletter
o Most Underrated Wrestler award in 1999
o Most Underrated Wrestler award in 2000
o Best Interviews award in 2003

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.[3]
3. ^ Jericho's reign occurred after unifying the WWF Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, making him the first WWF Undisputed Champion.

Other media

Jericho is the lead singer for the heavy metal band Fozzy. He also started his own weekly XM Satellite Radio show in March 2005 called "Rock of Jericho", which could be heard on 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. On July 12, 2006, he made an appearance on G4's Attack of the Show!

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 in Toronto Centre for the Arts during July 20-22, 2006 in Toronto.

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. A video shown on featured Jericho working at a McDonald's to show off his skills while prepping for the show.

Jericho wrote a New York Times Bestselling autobiography A Lion's Tale which was released in 2007.

Jericho appeared on Larry King Live on July 9, 2007 to discuss the double murder-suicide of Chris Benoit and his family.

Personal life

Jericho currently divides his time between homes in Los Angeles, California and Tampa, Florida. Jericho's wife is named Jessica Lee Lockhart, with whom he has a son, Ash Edward Irvine (born September 24, 2003) and two daughters, twins Cheyenne Lee Irvine and Sierra Lorreta Irvine (born July 18, 2006). Cheyenne and Sierra's births were premature, at the 27 week mark, and they weighed 2 pounds 7 ounces and 2 pounds 5 ounces.

Despite being born in the prominent Long Island neighborhood of Manhasset, New York, (his father, Ted Irvine, played pro NHL hockey for the New York Rangers in the early 70s, and Chris was born during his tenure with the Rangers while living in Manhasset), Jericho is a proud Canadian, having been raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also mentioned that he was pulling for Canada when Canada played the United States in the 2002 Olympic gold medal hockey game. In fact, Vince McMahon felt that by introducing him as "born in Manhasset, New York", American fans would be more likely to get behind him (the same occurred to Chris Benoit when they started introducing him as "now residing in Atlanta, Georgia"). He shares dual citizenship with both Canada and the United States.

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 continual commitment to working with underprivileged children. The award has previously been given to Pope John Paul II, Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa.

Chris attended his good friend Eddie Guerrero's funeral along with Chris Benoit and other wrestling personalities. The day after Guerrero's death, Jericho was interviewed on WWE's official website where Jericho said that Eddie was like a brother to him and talked about the time they shared together along with Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko.

In the December issue of WWE Magazine, Jericho stated his favorite band was The Beatles. (Credit: Wikipedia).



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