Chris Jericho is scheduled to make his feature movie debut in the 2009 horror film Albino Farm. He plays a character named Levi, who he considers quite the opposite who he is.
Chris's former ring names/nicknames include: Last Survivor, Corazón de León, Super Liger, Lionheart.
On August 22, 2005, Chris Jericho lost to John Cena in his first ever "You're Fired" match. This led to his hiatus from pro wrestling of approximately two years, the longest he has had in his career.
WCW nicknames for opponents
Prince Nakamaki (Prince Iaukea)
Bore-Us Malenko (Dean Malenko's dad)
Stinko Malenko (Dean Malenko)
Jo-Jo Dillon (J.J. Dillon)
Gene Mean (Mean Gene Okerlund)
WWF nicknames for opponents
Kirk Angel (Kurt Angle)
Mr. Roboto (Chris Benoit)
Mr. T (Booker T)
Trip (Triple H)
Stone Cold Steve Ass-Clown (Stone Cold Steve Austin)
Disgusting, Dirty, Filthy, Ugly, Two Dollar, Bottom-Feeding, Trashbag Ho (Stephanie McMahon)
In an exclusive interview with Dale Thompson in HM magazine in 2003, Chris mentions that his favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This is also a favorite quote by WWE superstar Shawn Michaels and mentioned in an interview with ECW wrestler Kevin Kelly.
In October 25, 2007, Chris Jericho released an autobiography called A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex highlighting 15 years in the wrestling business.
In WCW when Chris had his "feud" with headliner Bill Goldberg, he felt that as a champion he should also have a group of security guards to escort him to the ring. So he hired two guys: Ralphus, a middle-aged fat, bald guy with a t-shirt that read Jericho Personal Security, and another guy with a mullet named Jericholic Ninja. They would parody Goldberg's entrance, but with results closer to Spinal Tap as Chris would get lost and end up walking into closets or out of the arena. When he did finally get to the ring, he would only get a small pop of sparkles instead of the major fireworks show. Later appearances only had Ralphus escorting Chris to the ring until Goldberg finally arrived and accepted the challenge.
Chris Jericho said in a recent interview that he got his new finisher, The Codebreaker, from watching Naomichi Marufuji do it on a Ring of Honor tape. He figured it would be a cool finisher and so he's using it now.
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" to defeat Santino Marella.
Some of Chris' vast Championships include:
4-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion
2-time WCW Champion
7-time WWE Intercontinental Title (most title reigns)
3-time WWF Tag Team Champion
1-time WWF European Championship
First WWE Undisputed Champion (unifies WWE and World Heavyweight Championship)
Third Grand Slam champion
Ninth Triple Crown champion
On April 2, 2000, Jericho participated in his very first WrestleMania in a Triple Threat match against Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle.
Chris Jericho's dad played hockey in the NHL for the New York Rangers.
According to Chris Jericho, the match between Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage at WrestleMania 3 was the reason he wanted to become a wrestler.
Before he became a wrestler, he was a model and a bouncer in Canada.
He was named "Most Underrated Wrestler" in 1999 & 2000 by Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Some of his wrestling managers and valets include: Teddy Long, Howard Finkel, Ralphus and Jericholic Ninja, Chyna (more because he was forced to share the championship belt with her), Curtis Hughes, Stephanie McMahon, and Trish Stratus.
Chris married Jessica Lee Lockhart on July 30, 2000. They have three children together: Ash Edward Irvine (born September 24, 2003), and twin daughters Cheyenne Lee Irvine and Sierra Lorreta Irvine (born July 18, 2006).
He was once voted "Manitoba's Sexiest Man" in a Canadian newspaper poll in "The Winnipeg Sun."
Some of his finishing moves include:
The Codebreaker - a running facebreaker move upon his return to the WWE in 2007.
Walls of Jericho - a Boston crab submission move when he started as Y2J.
Lionsault - back flip falling moonsault from jumping off a rope
Lion Tamer - another Boston crab submission move pre-WWF
Breakdown - facebuster move
He also does the Arrogant Pin, where he stands and puts his leg on the fallen wrestler, doing a forward bodybuilding flex pose with his arms and arrogantly yelling "Come on Baby!" This typically only lasts for a two count.
He made his first wrestling debut on October 2, 1990.
Jericho's stage name was not directly inspired by the ancient city of Jericho, but by a heavy metal album entitled Walls of Jericho by the German band Helloween.
Jericho trained at Stu Hart's pro-wrestling camp in Calgary, Alberta from June to September in 1990.
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.
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, entered the arena and proclaimed himself "Y2J". The Rock proceeded to verbally mock him for his interruption.
Jericho currently divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles, California and Tampa, Florida.
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 superstars. The day after Guerrero's death, Jericho was interviewed on WWE's official website where he said that Eddie was like a brother to him and talked about the time they shared together along with Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko. Jericho began his friendship with Eddie when they were working for New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Making use of his journalism degree and musicianship, Chris appeared on the Iron Maiden tribute CD Numbers from the Beast, where he provided the vocals for "The Evil That Men Do." He also wrote a semi-regular column for Metal Edge magazine.
Chris 'Jericho' Irvine also started his own weekly XM Satellite Radio show in March 2005 called "Rock of Jericho," which could be heard on Sunday Nights 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 June 24, 2006, Chris 'Jericho' Irvine appeared in his first Sci-Fi channel movie, Android Apocalypse alongside Joseph Lawrence.
In WWE, he is billed as being 6 feet tall and weighing 231 pounds. Earlier in WCW, he had a one-time gimmick that he would only wrestle cruiserweights that weighed under the limit of 225 pounds. He would get one of the challengers to stand on a bathroom scale. The challenger would qualify but after some distraction, Chris would pick up the bathroom scale and clock the challenger on the back of his head.
Chris Jericho: Very simple!, Me Want Title Match! Randy can even understand it and if you don't, I either brought visual aids, just for you Mr. O.
(This quote led to his recurring catchphrase "Me want title match!")
(During the August 13th episode of Monday Night Raw, setting up a Summerslam match between him and Rhyno.)
Chris Jericho: Wait a second, wait a second, Rock. That was a good one, but you're forgetting one half of the family. I mean take a look at what's standing in the ring right now: you've got a man-beast (Rhyno), and a ho's-beast (Stephanie McMahon). I mean, we're dealing with the Gore, and the Whore!
Chris: And I promise to ignite you, to excite you, to delight you, and I invite you to strap on your seatbelts, ease the seat back, click it into gear, and go into overdrive, cause from this point forward, it's 100% entertainment, 100% electricity, 100% Jericho!
Chris: And this is not a mirage! This is real! This is here! This is now! This is the second coming of Y… 2… J!
(In a WWE Magazine interview November 2007 concerning his new haircut.)
Chris Jericho: I've always considered myself the Madonna of sports entertainment. I may not walk around in corsets and coo and purr, but I'm constantly changing my look, my hair, my costume. Whether it's a new ponytail or beard or long beard or no beard or whiskers or whatever. If I see a picture of myself from two or three years ago and I look the same, then I know there's something wrong.
Chris Jericho: You people like me, you really like me!
Chris Jericho: I am a living legend, larger than life. Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla!!
Chris Jericho: I am the human highlight reel!
Chris Jericho: You will never ever be the same again!
Chris Jericho: Raw is Jericho!
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