After traveling “Around the World in Spandex”, it would be a masterful performance with the legendary Ultimo Dragon in July 1995 that would let Mick Foley (and then Paul Heyman) know that Chris Jericho was meant for the major American wrestling promotions. Heyman would soon sign Jericho to Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) before white-hot World Championship Wrestling (WCW) would sign him a year later.
Jericho would then debut in WWE in August 1999, having the pills to verbally joust with The Rock on his first night. His legendary “Millennium Clock” debut would set the tone for a legendary stint in WWE lasting the better part of two decades. After spending his initial years as WWE’s resident workhorse, Jericho would defeat “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night at Vengeance 2001 to become the company’s first-ever Undisputed Champion. As great as this win was, Chris will admit that his greatest accomplishments were his feuds with Shawn Michaels and Kevin Owens, two feuds as personal as any in the history of the company, and the habitual reinvention of his character that allowed him to be a main event player since stepping foot through Vince McMahon’s door.
The Greatest Royal Rumble in 2017 would be Jericho’s last appearance in WWE. In January 2018, he would have his first match outside of WWE since 1999 when he brought the house down with Kenny Omega at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12. NJPW would give Jericho the canvas to remind wrestling fans of the excellence he can produce when given full creative freedom. In January 2019, Jericho signed a three-year deal with All Elite Wrestling, where he will be the veteran leader to help AEW’s rise to the top of professional wrestling.
Chris Jericho had two dreams in life: to be a professional wrestler and a rock star. Only Chris Jericho could rise to the top of both industries.
Jericho and Stuck Mojo’s Rich Ward would form the band Fozzy. After increasing success with the albums All Than Remain, Chasing the Grail, Sina and Bones, and Do You Wanna Start a War, Fozzy would release Judas on October 13, 2017. The lead single “Judas” would go on to spend 26 weeks on the Mainstream Rock chart and would have a stint at #1 on the Sirius/XM Octane charts.
In December 2013, Jericho would set out to conquer another form of media as he launched his own podcast, “Talk Is Jericho”, which revolves primarily around interviews with members of the wrestling, metal, or horror community (and excellent fish lessons from his son, Ash). “Talk is Jericho” debuted at #13 on the US iTunes podcast chart and has remained one of the most revered podcasts available.
PSA: If you haven’t already, subscribe to “Talk is Jericho” on iTunes or go and listen to the show on Westwood One, junior.
Adding to a career defined by reinvention, Chris Jericho is also a four-time New York Times Bestselling Author.
Each of the following Jericho memoirs became New York Times best-sellers: A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex, Undisputed: How to Become a Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps, The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea, and No is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life. Jerichoholics receive an education regarding their hero’s journey through three decades of being one of the last journeymen who combined the tools learned in multiple countries to become the “Alpha” of professional wrestling.
Over the years, Jericho has added to his already-plentiful resume through trying his hand in acting and television.
In 2010, Jericho would have a supporting as “Frank Korver” in the hit comedy MacGruber. In addition, he would star in his own comedy web series “But I’m Chris Jericho” (which you can, or SHOULD, check out at www.butimchrisjericho.com) and appear in series such as “Dancing With the Stars”, “I Love the 90s”, “That Metal Show”, among others.
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.