Here’s How Chris Jericho Diversified His Career Choices, His Wrestling Legacy and Family Facts

Rated among the greatest pro wrestlers across the globe, Chris Jericho has striking career achievements, having been associated with many Wrestling promotions including World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, Extreme Championship Wrestling, the New Japan Pro Wrestling, and All Elite Wrestling which he recently signed to. His achievements include winning four Grand Slam Championships, the undisputed World Wrestling Federation Championship, and World Heavyweight Championship in WCW.

He was also inaugurated into the Hall of Fame of Wrestling Observer Newsletter and was awarded Tag Team of the Year alongside Big Show in 2009. Along with being a wrestler, Jericho is also a widely recognized music artist, writer, actor, podcaster, and TV personality. Despite his successful efforts in other career fields, Chris Jericho would always be remembered for his wrestling exploits, having imprinted his name in the sand of time.

Chris Jericho’s Wrestling Career Has Spanned Over Two Decades

To hone his wrestling skills, Chris Jericho enrolled in the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling where he was coached by Brad Young, a local wrestler, and Ed Langley. Few months after completion of his training, he kick-started his career in the independent leagues and subsequently contested in other minor promotions such as Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and Wrestling Association “R”, where he achieved impressive feats by winning many Middleweight and Heavyweight Championships.

Later on, he contested in World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. During that time, he fought against the likes of Dwayne Johnson”The Rock”, Kurt Angle, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, John Cena, Bautista, Shawn Michaels, Braun Strowman, among several others. He then returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling in November 2017 and the next month, he had his first NJPW match against Kenny Omega at World Tag League.

In May 2018, he scored a victory over Tetsuya Naito at Dominion 6.9 in Osako-jo Hall to become the IWGP Intercontinental Champion. He eventually lost the title to Naito and made a return to the independent circuit, appearing at the All In Show, as well as the Southern Honor Wrestling event before signing a contract with the All Elite Wrestling.

He Emerged as the Inaugural AEW World Champion When He Joined in 2019

Following the expiration of his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in 2018, Chris Jericho sealed a deal with the All Elite Wrestling in 2019, penning down a three-year contract with the wrestling promotion. In May 2019, at AEW’s inaugural event, Double or Nothing, he scored a victory over Kenny Omega and equally defeated Adam Page at All Out to become the inaugural AEW World Champion. However, his reign ended at 182 days after suffering defeat at the hands of Jon Moxley at Revolution in February 2020.

As a member of The Inner Circle, Chris Jericho and his teammates challenged for the AEW World Tag Team Championship in November 2018 and failed to capture the title. The Inner Circle also suffered another defeat at Double or Nothing in May 2020.

Following the illustrious career he has achieved so far, having been a competitive wrestler for over two decades and a half, Jericho has been a recipient of many accolades including being an Intercontinental Champion (9 times), World Championship Wrestling/World Champion (twice), The 9th Triple Crown Champion, among several others.

The Wrestler Has Released Many Studio Albums With His Band

In 1999, Jericho along with Richard Ward (guitarist) and Frank Fontsere (drummer) formed an American heavy metal band called Fozzy. He serves as the lead singer of the band. Rhythm guitarist, Billy Grey, and bassist, Rand Drake, subsequently joined the group, making it a five-man band.

So far, they have released seven studio albums, two compilation albums, two video albums, one live album, twenty-three singles, and ten music videos.

After releasing their debut studio album ‘Fozzy’ in October 2000, which clinched the No. 27 spot on US Heatseekers Album chart and No. 32 on US Indie Album chart, the group has forged on to drop more albums including ‘Happenstance’ (2002), ‘All That Remains’ (2005), ‘Chasing the Grail’ (2010), ‘Sin and Bones’ (2012), ‘Do You Wanna Start a War’ (2014), and ‘Judas’ (2017).

Jericho and his bandmates have been on tour in countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany.

He Ventured into Acting in 2006

Chris Jericho made his acting debut in the 2006 sci-fi movie, Android Apocalypse, portraying TeeDee. He then moved on to appear in the stage production of Opening Night at the Toronto Center for Arts in the same year.

Later in 2009, he featured as himself in the documentary, Bloodstained Memoirs and also played Levi in the movie, Albino Farm. He further scored the role of Frank Korver in the 2010 film, MacGruber.

From 2013-17, he wrote and starred in the comedy Web series, But I’m Chris Jericho! which landed him a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Writing in a Web Series. Then in 2015, the pro wrestler had a role in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and was also cast along with Mike Tyson in the documentary film, Nine Legends, the next year.

He additionally played the role of RKK Grand Wizard in the 2019 film, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and is set to appear in the upcoming movie, Killroy Was Here, slated for a release in 2021.

On the TV front, Chris Jericho has made appearances in many TV shows. After scoring the role of Billy Cobb in Aaron Stone (2009), the former IWGP Champion subsequently appeared as himself in Z Rock, Talking Dead, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Hot Ones, and Dark Side of the Ring.

He has so far accrued over 20 acting credits to his name. More so, he has served as the host of many TV shows such as VH1 special, 100 Most Shocking Music Moments, Redemption Song, and Downfall. He equally contested in Celebrity Duets and Dancing with the Stars.

The TV Personality Is Also a Best-Selling Author 

Over the years, the Nine Legends actor has penned down multiple books that contain details of his personal life experiences and career. They include his New York Times best selling autobiography entitled “A Lion’s Tale Around the World in Spandex”, released in October 2007. He published his second autobiography entitled “Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps” four years later and his third book “The Best In The World…At What I Have No Idea” was published in October 2014.

In August 2017, the former WWE World Champion published his fourth book entitled “No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded In Life” and the fifth “The Complete List Of Jericho” was released in 2020. Meanwhile, in 2013, he launched his podcast titled, Talk is Jericho, wherein he serves as the host and has featured many WWE big names such as John Cena and Stephanie McMahon as guests. He has equally featured director Kevin Smith and Bruce Dickinson on the podcast. After his move to AEW, Jericho was prohibited from having WWE stars as guests on Talk is Jericho.

Chris Jericho Has Achieved More in Wrestling than in His Other Endeavors

Having been present in the wrestling arena for over 40 years, Chris Jericho has proved his mettle in several wrestling promotions, winning numerous accolades in the process.

He has left an indelible mark in the wrestling world with his groundbreaking achievements. Popularly recognized for his over-the-top, rockstar persona, the highly skilled wrestler has been dubbed by many wrestling commentators, as well as journalists, as one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time.

With his uncanny ability to evolve his gimmick consistently, Chris has equally garnered admiration from his fellow wrestlers such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kenny Omega, Kevin Owens, Jon Moxley, and Matt Striker who also regard him as an all-time great. He was rated among the ten most prolific pay-per-view performers in the World Wrestling Entertainment in the year 2019.

He Has Been Married to Jessica Lockhart for Over 20 Years

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Chris Jericho and family image source

The accomplished author first got acquainted with Jessica Lockhart at a Japanese restaurant in Tampa, Florida, where Jericho performed with the World Championship Wrestling, thanks to Glenn Gilberti, professionally known as Disco Inferno, who introduced the two. Afterward, Jericho and Jessica got to know each other for weeks before kickstarting a romantic affair.

Chris Jericho walked down the aisle with the love of his life on the 30th of July 2000. Three years later, Jessica gave birth to their son, Ash Edward Irvine, and in 2006, their twin daughters named Sierra Loretta Irvine and Cheyenne Irvine arrived.

Jericho’s better half is a homemaker who has been his support system over the years. The love between the two is still growing strong with each passing year and there is no sign of any marital issue.

The lovely couple who celebrated their 20th anniversary on July 30th, 2020 renewed their marital vows on 2019 New Year’s Eve, committing to loving one another for the rest of their lives.

The Rock Star Is the Son of a Manitoba Hockey Hall of Famer

One of the most luxuriant pay-per-view performers in the annals of World Wrestling Entertainment was born into the family of Ted Irvine and Bonnie Davis in Manhasset, New York, the United States, on the 9th of November, 1970.

His father was a Canadian National Hockey Player who was active during the 1960s and 1970s. During his active career, he amassed a total of 331 points in 774 games played in over a 15-year career as a pro. More so, he is an honored member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Member of Konnan’s Keepin’ It 100 Hall of Fame.

Jericho has a sister named Vanessa Gerads who works as a music instructor. He was raised by his parents in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Following his interest in watching the local wrestling events that were held at the Winnipeg Arena along with his family, the pro athlete grew a huge ardor for the sport and decided to pursue it as a career.

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