Chris Jericho is, as of this writing, the AEW World Champion - completing his phenomenal rise to the top of the pro wrestling industry (or continue his rise, depending on who you ask and whether or not you actually like the guy).
While it's all well and good to praise him for the work he's done throughout the course of his career, we also want to try and debunk some myths about Jericho that always seem to linger. Some are more important than others, but they're all pretty intriguing for a man that has often been viewed as quite a divisive figure.
10 WrestleMania 18 Main Event Was Super Bad
Look, we all know that The Rock vs Hulk Hogan was the showstealer at WrestleMania 18 and anything that had to go on after it was always going to struggle. Even with that being the case, though, we felt as if Chris Jericho and Triple H did a pretty solid job in the main event.
It wasn’t what it could’ve been, but we think The Game being an unnatural face and the fact that the crowd were so tired played big roles in that. Nothing is perfect in wrestling these days, or even back then.
9 Best Wrestler Of His Generation
Shawn Michaels was the best wrestler of his generation and if you argue that Chris Jericho is also part of that same generation, there’s just no way on earth that he qualifies under this title.
We’d certainly put him in the top 10 but when you scan across all of the companies and all of the eras, it just seems odd to make the claim that Jericho was up there with the best of them. He was very good and still is, but longevity isn’t the only factor to success and the man himself probably knows that.
8 Left WWE Due To Creative Issues
Back in 2005 there was an argument to be made that Jericho left WWE as a direct result of creative issues that he wasn’t all too pleased with. While some wholeheartedly believe that to be the case, it truly does feel like he was just burned out and wanted a break from the business.
We can understand and appreciate that, mainly because he’s the one who has pretty much confirmed it. Jericho has certainly had moments throughout his career where he hasn’t exactly agreed with everything put in front of him, but so have many superstars.
7 He Was Happy With WrestleMania 29
Sorry, but how can you be 100% happy with going up against Fandango and losing? It was, in many ways, the last straw for Jericho who started appearing much more sporadically over the next few years for WWE.
He was okay with the idea of actually working with Fandango, but the fact that he wound up having to job to the guy on the grandest stage of them all just didn’t make any sense. To this day, we just cannot even begin to fathom the logic behind it, so just imagine how Chris feels.
6 No Personal Controversies
In addition to reports coming out a year or so ago that he was fooling around with a woman that threatened to out him (it was all over Instagram at the time), Chris has also been embroiled in a controversy that indicates he had an affair with Kelly Kelly back in the day.
Nobody really knows one way or the other whether or not it’s true or accurate, and they could just be really good friends. Either way, it’s not the sort of front page news you ever want to see about yourself.
5 Upset About The Chris Benoit Exile
Some people had indicated that Chris Jericho was upset about the fact that Chris Benoit, his good friend, had been wiped from the record books of WWE following the controversy surrounding his death. As it turns out, that isn’t true at all. Jericho completely understood WWE’s decision to distance themselves from Benoit due to the horrendous nature of the attacks that he committed.
A tragedy of that nature shouldn’t even be spoken of for longer than is required, and instead, we should all continue to respect those who were affected by this tragedy.
4 2012 Return Was A Good Idea
A series of incredibly cryptic vignettes in early 2012 seemed to indicate the return of someone to WWE, and after it became clear that it wasn’t going to be The Undertaker, there was a great deal of speculation online as to who it was going to be.
In the end it was Chris Jericho, but the cryptic videos turned out to be a hoax as Y2J wound up trolling the crowd upon his return. He’s spoken about how he loved the idea at the time but we simply cannot bring ourselves to agree.
3 He Wanted To Fight Mickey Rourke
There was an implication following WrestleMania 25 that Chris Jericho legitimately wanted to fight Mickey Rourke, and it was one that left Rourke himself feeling more than a little bit paranoid.
As it turns out he simply wanted to run a really cool angle with him and even get him involved in a one on one match as opposed to a legitimate fight. They had their little segment after Jericho’s match against the legends at Mania, and for the most part, it all turned out okay – mainly because of Ricky Steamboat.
2 He’s The Royal Rumble King
Jericho has spent an incredibly long amount of time in the Royal Rumble match and has given us a series of great moments over the years at the pay per view, but let’s face it, you can’t be called Mr. Royal Rumble if you never actually win the damn match.
He came incredibly close back in 2012 when he went toe to toe with The Celtic Warrior Sheamus in one of the best final two sequences we’ve seen in years. It wasn’t to be, though, with Sheamus being the one to secure the victory.
1 He’s AEW’s Only Hope
Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Allie, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, Darby Allin. Those are just a few of the many names that come to mind when discussing the big stars of All Elite Wrestling and who can go on to do some really special things with the promotion.
Jericho is an important piece of the puzzle and he’s done a great job of holding the AEW World Championship, but if he was to retire or go back to WWE tomorrow, AEW would be absolutely fine without him. That’s not an insult, just a fact.