Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970) is an American-Canadian professional wrestler and vocalist better known by his ring name Chris Jericho. He has been hailed by journalists and industry colleagues as one of the best professional wrestlers of all time, owing to his over-the-top rock star image. He is now signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he is the stable Jericho Appreciation Society leader.
Jericho wrestled for American organizations Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the 1990s and promotions in Canada, Japan, and Mexico. He made his World Wrestling Federation debut towards the end of 1999. (WWF).
In 2001, he became the first Undisputed WWF Champion, and thus the final holder of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (then known as the World Championship), after defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night.
During his time with the WWF/WWE, Jericho headlined several pay-per-view (PPV) events, including WrestleMania X8, the inaugural TLC, the Elimination Chamber contests, and the shows themselves. In 2010, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Chris Jericho was born in Manhasset, New York, in 1970 as Christopher Keith Irvine, the son of a Canadian couple. After his father, ice hockey player Ted Irvine, retired, he and his family relocated to his father's homeland of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
When he visited local American Wrestling Association events at the Winnipeg Arena, Jericho became interested in professional wrestling. Jericho attended Red River College as a young adult, graduating in 1990 with a BA in creative communications.
Jericho enrolled in the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling when he was 19. After finishing his training, he began wrestling in independent shows, making his debut in Ponoka, Alberta. Jericho competed in Calgary's Canadian National Wrestling Alliance and Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling as Storm.
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The couple toured Japan for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling in 1991. In the years since, Jericho has competed in Mexico under the identities Leon D'Oro and Corazón de León. Later, in 1994, he began frequently wrestling in Japan for Genichiro Tenryu's Wrestling and Romance banner.
World Wrestling Federation Successes
Before obtaining a deal with the World Wrestling Federation in 1999, Jericho alternated between World Championship Wrestling and several Japanese tours. Jericho had a long-running battle with Chyna for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, which he eventually defeated to earn his first Championship at Armageddon.
As a result, he lost the title to Kurt Angle. Jericho won another Championship over Chris Benoit, and at the 2001 Royal Rumble, he defeated Benoit once more to earn a fourth Championship.
Jericho won the WCW Championship at No Mercy in 2001 after pinning The Rock on a steel chair. The following night, Jericho and The Rock won the WWF Tag Team Championship. However, the feud between the two persisted in subsequent fights.
At Vengeance, Jericho defeated The Rock for the World Championship for the second time; the next night, he defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin for his first WWF Championship. In the process, Jericho became the first wrestler to hold both titles simultaneously, making him the first-ever Undisputed WWF Champion.
He defended it against The Rock at the Royal Rumble and Austin at No Way Out.
Chris Jericho's Net Worth
Chris Jericho's net worth is USD 18 million. He is a Canadian-American professional wrestler and musician. Chris Jericho is recognized in the ring for his overblown rock-star demeanor.
He wrestled for organizations, including Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s and made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1999. Jericho was a six-time world champion and held the WWE Intercontinental Championship a record nine times during his career.
Aside from wrestling, Jericho is the lead singer of the heavy metal band Fozzy, whose self-titled first album was released in 2000. Early albums mainly included cover songs, with later albums focusing more on original material. “All That Remains,” “Sin and Bones,” “Do You Wanna Start a War,” and “Judas” are among Fozzy's albums.
In the year 2000, Jericho married Jessica Lockhart. The couple has three children: son Ash and identical twin daughters Sierra and Cheyenne, who live in Odessa, Florida. All three have appeared on “Talk Is Jericho,” Jericho's podcast.
Throughout his career, Jericho has appeared in several different media ventures. Android Apocalypse” was his debut appearance on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2006. The following year, he made his theatrical debut in “Opening Night,” a comedic play that opened at The Toronto Centre for the Arts in Toronto, Canada. Jericho also appeared in “Albino Farm,” “MacGruber,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” after that.
“100 Most Shocking Music Moments” was a five-part VH1 program presented by Jericho. The Fox singing reality show “Celebrity Duets” in 2006, and his reality show “Redemption Song” in 2008, are two of his notable achievements.
The ABC primetime game program “Downfall” and the SyFy competition show “Robot Combat League” provided more hosting opportunities. On “Dancing with the Stars,” Jericho was partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke in 2011.