February 5, 2011
Jericho's latest book an Undisputed winner
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
The Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla, The King of the World, The Man of 1,004 Holds, Y2J.
But mostly we know Chris Irvine as Chris Jericho, the charismatic Canadian with a storied wrestling career and a burgeoning career as an author.
Jericho’s wit and wisdom serve him well in Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps, coming soon to a book shelf near you.
The book, a whirlwind tour through the inner mechanisms of WWE and the rock and roll world, is the second for Jericho, whose A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex reached a standard established by few men who wear tights and sometimes use tables and ladders and chairs as weapons to earn a few bucks.
Jericho takes us from the whimsical to the comedic to the tragic.
We see how Jericho falls flat on his face, at least by his standards, in his early WWE days. Jericho lifts the curtain on the politics, the egos and the omnipresent Vince McMahon.
We get perspective on Chris Benoit, a “kind, funny, excitable, supportive, level-headed, polite and humble man” Jericho trusted more than anybody in the business. But after Benoit murdered his wife, child, then himself, Jericho took on a new perspective, saying he’ll “always despise the man who murdered his family and ruined his entire legacy in the last two days of his life.”
Through Jericho’s storytelling and connection as the frontman for metal band Fozzy, we get to spend some time with Axl Rose. We discover Jericho spent time with the Stanley Cup — in a closet. And he is recognized by Wayne Gretzky — as Jeff Jericho.
We find out that McMahon has a thing for apes. And we read about Jericho’s electricity when working with The Rock.
Jericho dishes some dirt while staying true to himself. He is funny, cutting, sensitive, with a touch of anger thrown in. It’s a good read. But what did you expect from a guy who is proud to be Canadian, proud to call Winnipeg his home?
AROUND THE RING
Kevin Nash and Booker T returned to WWE at Sunday’s Royal Rumble. Winner Alberto Del Rio will face Edge for the title at Wrestlemania ... Eve won the Divas title at the Rumble ... Jerry Lawler is the No. 1 contender for the WWE title at Elimination Chamber after winning a mini-rumble on RAW ... Apparently, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner are “They” in TNA.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.