Chris Jericho is one of the greatest professional wrestlers in the history of the business. He has competed against nearly all of the top stars in the business in Japan, Mexico, Canada, ECW, WCW and WWE. Jericho has held nearly every major title in the companies in which he has worked and is one of the most decorated wrestlers in WWE history.
Anyone who is a fan of Chris Jericho knows about his wrestling career; he is a Triple Crown Champion, a Grand Slam Champion, and is the first WWE Undisputed Champion. He has held tag titles in WWE with six different partners, and is a record nine-time former Intercontinental Champion. Most wrestling fans who are fans of Jericho’s know all of these facts about him and more. However, there are a lot of things about Chris Jericho that are not as widely known.
Jericho was born Chris Irvine and his father is a former professional hockey player. These are also facts that everyone knows, but this list will feature 15 facts that are not as widely known to the average wrestling fan or to fans of Y2J. Here now, are 15 interesting facts from the life and career of Chris Jericho.
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15 He's Actually American
For much of his career, Chris Jericho was billed as being from Canada, particularly since he is born from Canadian ancestry. However, Jericho was actually born in Long Island, New York, which makes him a natural born American Citizen. Like many Canadian stars, Jericho has switched between being billed from America and being from Canada depending on which side of the locker room they were representing.
Jericho’s father, Ted Irvine, played for the New York Rangers when Chris was born, which is how Jericho came to be born in New York, but shortly after his birth, Ted retired and moved the family back to Canada, where Chris was raised and developed his love for professional wrestling. Chris toured Canada and Mexico before working in an American company, and once he did, his career took off. Jericho has traveled the world in professional wrestling and calls Canada his home, but America is his birthplace.
14 He Is The Lead Singer Of A Real Rock Band
Now, we realize a lot of fans know this already, but younger fans might not and it leads into our next point, so bear with us!
There are more than a few professional wrestlers who are members of music groups or who performed musically. Petey Williams, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin play together in a band called The High Crusade. Mickie James and John Cena have released albums with varying degrees of success, and have gained entrance music from their work. But Chris Jericho is the lead singer of the band Fozzy and this, with all due respect to the others, is a real rock band.
Fozzy has released six studio albums, one live album, and has toured the world, sharing billings with Motorhead, Megadeath, Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. During Jericho’s absences from WWE, he is either recording or touring with his band. Fozzy’s albums have even reached the charts and the band is still going strong. Music is not just a hobby or a sideline for Jericho; he is a true rock musician in a real rock band.
13 But He Can’t Sing
In 2006, during a hiatus from WWE, Chris Jericho appeared on a singing competition show called Celebrity Duets, where people who were not thought of as singers sang duets with accomplished music stars. Each week, one or more celebrities were eliminated until a champion was crowned. By 2006, Jericho was already seven years and three albums into his career with Fozzy, but because he performed with the band under the name Moongoose McQueen, few knew that it was actually him who was in the band, so he was listed simply as a“WWE Wrestler” on the show.
Jericho performed duets with country music star Lee Ann Womack and 70s guitar god Peter Frampton. However, since neither singer performed in a style that Jericho was comfortable with, Jericho’s performances were subpar and Jericho was the first celebrity eliminated from the competition. Alfonso Ribeiro was the winner of the competition and Jericho left viewers of the show believing that he was a talented professional wrestler who was not much of a singer.
12 And He Can’t Dance
As the leader of a rock band, Chris Jericho is not expected to be a classically-trained dancer; so much was not expected of him in 2011 when he appeared on the 12th session of Dancing With the Stars. Jericho was the first, and so far the only, professional wrestler to appear on the show and he acquitted himself better than many expected. Jericho teamed with Cheryl Burke, who was on the winning team in two of the first three seasons, so Jericho had a partner with championship experience.
Jericho ultimately did not win the competition, finishing in seventh place out of eleven competitors. Jericho finished better than Hall of Fane Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and TV Talk Show Host Wendy Williams, but behind “The Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio, Kirstie Alley and NFL Wide Receiver Hines Ward, the eventual champion. Though Jericho didn’t win, he didn’t embarrass himself or his industry and perhaps, another wrestler has better luck in the future.
11 His Music Was Used In WWE And TNA
Wrestlers like Ron “The Truth” Killings, Mickie James, John Cena and others have used their own compositions as entrance music or have had music of theirs used in professional wrestling in some way. Chris Jericho and Fozzy are no exception. Fozzy’s “Don’t You Wish You Were Me” was used as Jericho’s entrance music during 2004, but where the group makes history is in the fact that, like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit, Fozzy had music used in both WWE and another company, in this instance, TNA.
“Enemy”, from Fozzy’s “All That Remains” album, was used by WWE as the theme song for the company’s No Way Out PPV in 2005. A little over a year later, the song was used by TNA Wrestling as the theme song for that company’s premiere event, Bound for Glory 2006. Though Chris Jericho’s voice appeared at a TNA PPV, everyone knows that his heart belongs exclusively to WWE.
10 He was Once a Game Show Host
During one of his many hiatuses from WWE, Chris Jericho hosted a game show entitled Downfall. The object of the show was for the contestants to answer as many trivia questions as they could in a specified amount of time in order to win cash and prizes, and the more questions that they were able to answer, the more money and prizes they won. What made the show unique was that it was held on the roof of a 10-story building in Los Angeles and as the time ran for the contestants to answer questions, the prizes fell off of a conveyor belt, 10 stories to the ground below.
The sight of grand pianos and expensive furniture falling ten stories was an interesting dynamic, but the show itself was not a hit. The show only aired five episodes during its first season and was not renewed. It is not a memorable segment of Jericho’s non-wrestling career, but it is one his résumé nonetheless.
9 He Also Hosted a Reality Competition Show
Prior to hosting Downfall, Jericho hosted a singing reality competition show. This show actually played on Jericho’s second career as a rock musician. The show, called Redemption Song, was about a group of women who were competing for a recording deal. The show was constructed like a combination of American Idol and The Bachelor, where at the end of each episode, Jericho would break one girl’s record and let them know that the girl had been “dropped from the record label.”
With eleven contestants on the show, the show lasted eight episodes, with two contestants quitting the show and three contestants appearing in the final episode. At the end of the season, with the champion being crowned, the network elected not to renew the show for a second season. Just as with Downfall, Jericho showed that he is more than just a professional wrestler, but he has been unlucky with regards to his television work.
8 And a Robot Competition Show
Another of Jericho’s many diverse hosting jobs outside of professional wrestling was the time he spent hosting the Robot Combat League. The show was a tournament-style robot fighting show where contestants and their robot creations competed for the crown of Combat League Champion. The robots were controlled by a team of contestants, with one member controlling the robot’s top half and its weapons and the other contestant controlling the robot’s bottom half and other weapons.
Like Jericho’s other hosting stints, the show lasted a single season of a few episodes and was not renewed for a second season. This show did not really allow Jericho to display much of his personality, as it was completely about the robots and the technology that was on display. However, as with the other shows, it showed that Jericho was capable of doing anything that he felt that he was qualified to do.
7 He Was A Regular Contributor To VH1 Countdown Shows
VH1 has become synonymous with pop culture countdown shows like I Love the 70s, 80s and 90s, I Love Toys and Best Week Ever. On these shows, celebrities discuss whatever person, thing or situation is being discussed at the time, in conjunction with what is being counted. Usually, the celebrities make fun of the thing that they are discussing and among the celebrities on many of those shows is none other than Chris Jericho.
Jericho has appeared regularly on many of the VH1 countdown shows and his sense of humor is always on full display. Jericho, the performer who seems to enjoy life, is who shows up on these types of shows. The hope is, if VH1 or TruTV continues to produce these types of shows, that Chris Jericho is invited back again and again so that the new generation of fans can appreciate the other side of the talented performer.
6 And He Was Eaten By A Shark In Sharknado 3
The Sharknado film series is legendary for three things; fun films, the many celebrity guest spots and cameos, and the many celebrities who can claim to have been eaten by a shark. In Sharknado 3, Chris Jericho takes his turn in battling the shark menace.
Jericho stars as Bruce, who is a ride attendant at the Universal theme park in Orlando, Florida. Bruce is running a roller coaster when Fin and April Shepard, played by Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, are looking for their daughter by tracking her cell phone. When the attack starts, Bruce stands in the line of fire in order to help the patrons exit the ride because there are sharks on the track, while he also helps the couple locate the daughter’s cell phone.
Sadly, while Bruce’s actions are heroic, Jericho’s time in the film ends as Bruce ultimately gets eaten by a shark, just as many of the guest stars do in this film series.
5 He Created The Money In The Bank Match, But Has Never Won One
According to his biography, Chris Jericho proposed the concept for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. In the match, five or more wrestlers compete in a ladder match where the winner must climb a ladder and claim a briefcase that is hung above the ring. Inside of the briefcase is a guaranteed match for one of the World Titles, which can be claimed whenever the briefcase holder wishes. Since the match’s inception, Jericho has appeared in five such matches and he has the distinction of being one of only six competitors who have competed in at least four MIB matches without ever having won one.
Jericho’s 0-for-5 record ties him with Shelton Benjamin, and places him one behind Christian and Kofi Kingston (0 for 6), for the most appearances without a win. While Kane can claim only one win in seven tries, he at least has the one win. Sadly, Jericho, the inventor of the match, has never been able to reap the rewards of his creation.
4 But He Is Undefeated In Hair vs. Hair Matches
While Jericho has never won a Money in the Bank ladder match, Jericho is undefeated in Luchas de Apuestas. Luchas de Apuestas, translated into English means a betting match, where two wrestlers settle their feud by putting something important to them on the line against another wrestler who is doing the same. In Mexico, the most popular is mask versus mask, but in America, it is hair versus hair and Jericho is undefeated in hair versus hair matches.
In the early part of his career, Jericho, wrestling as Corazón de León in Mexico, defeated a wrestler named Cro-Magnon in a hair versus hair match. Ten years later, on an episode of Raw, Jericho defeated Kevin Nash in Jericho’s only other hair versus hair match, forcing Big Sexy to cut his legendary mane.
The victory over Nash extended Jericho’s record in betting matches to 3-0, but sadly, Jericho has lost his last three betting matches. However, Jericho has not wagered his hair in any of those matches, so Jericho is still undefeated in hair versus hair matches.
3 He Literally Won a Four-Team TLC Match by Himself
Judgment Day 2001 and the days that followed were perhaps the busiest three days in the life of Chris Jericho and those associated with him. While Jericho was not originally booked onto the card, Chris Benoit, after competing in three matches against Kurt Angle, entered a tag team gauntlet match and chose Jericho as his partner. The duo won two matches and a shot at the WWE Tag Titles, held by Triple H and Steve Austin. At the Raw following the PPV, Benoit and Jericho won the match and the titles, only to be asked to defend them on Smackdown.
In 2001, Smackdown was taped on Tuesday, so the day after winning the tag titles, and two days after Judgment Day, Jericho and Benoit had to defend the titles in a four-team TLC match. Early in the match, Benoit suffered an injury and was taken into the locker room, leaving Jericho alone against three top-caliber teams. Jericho held down the fort until Benoit made his return just in time to climb the ladder and retain the titles.
While history will show that Benoit climbed the ladder and claimed the title belts, it was Jericho who had to fight to keep the other teams from winning until Benoit made his return.
2 He Also Once Carried a Title Through Four Companies And Three Continents
Early in his career, Jericho competed in Mexico, and while there, he won the NWA Middleweight Championship, which we held for 11 months. After winning the title, Jericho went on a tour of Germany before going to America to team with Lance Storm in Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling. From SMW, Jericho went on a tour of Japan with for Genichiro Tenryu's Wrestling and Romance (WAR) promotion. While there, Jericho dropped the NWA Middleweight Championship to Último Dragón.
In total, Jericho won the title in Mexico, held it while working in Germany and the United States, before losing it in Japan. That’s four companies, in four countries in three continents. Many wrestlers have gone on similar tours and some with titles, but few are given this kind of responsibility just three years after their debuts in the business. Little did these promoters know that Chris Jericho would go on to become “Chris Jericho.” Drink it in mannnn.
1 Only Person To Win Both Superstar And Tag Team Of The Year Slammy Awards
The Slammy Awards are given out every year and many of the awards are for comedy purposes or are used to further storylines and feuds. However, there are some awards that are taken somewhat seriously, as they truly recognize the achievements of the performers. Two of those awards are the Tag Team of the Year and the Superstar of the Year Awards. These awards are so prestigious that only one performer has ever won both of these awards. That performer is Chris Jericho.
In 2008, thanks to a feud with Shawn Michaels, and runs with both the Intercontinental and World Titles, Jericho was voted as the Superstar of the Year. The following year, after winning the SmackDown Tag Titles with Edge, an injury to Edge allowed Jericho to choose the Big Show as his partner. A reign of nearly five months helped the team of Jeri-Show win the 2009 Tag Team of the Year Slammy Award. These two Slammy Award wins placed Jericho in some rarified air as the only superstar to win both awards. This historic feat serves to further illustrate the greatness of Chris Jericho.
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