Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chris Jericho vs. The Internet

I just finished reading both of Chris Jericho's books, A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex and Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps, both absolutely fantastic reads. I could not put these books down, I was late to work last week after staying up too late reading them because they were just so damn entertaining.

I'll have more on Jericho's books in the future, but there was one bit in Undisputed that I had to share. As I'm sure you remember, when Jericho left WWE in 2005 after being fired by Eric Bischoff, he was literally dragged out of the arena kicking and screaming by security. I was unaware this was completely improvised by Jericho on the spot and the fallout is absolutely hysterical. I'll let Jericho tell you himself:

I whispered under my breath to the guards, "Pick me up and carry me out of here."

It took them a few seconds to figure out I was serious, as we hadn't discussed it in rehearsal, but they eventually lifted me up and carried me up the ramp like a Mayan sacrifice.

I had no pride and that's the way I wanted it. As a craven heel, there was no way I was going out with my head held high, riding off into the sunset with my loyal fans chanting my name. I wanted to be forcefully removed, kicking, screaming and crying like a coward. That was the last time I was seen in the WWE for more than two years.

Over the next few days, I had a blast reading Internet feedback from fans who were livid that the WWE would treat me so dishonorably and have me exit in such a demeaning manner. Little did they know that pathetic exit was all my idea.

Brilliant. There are a lot of bits from Jericho's autobiographies that really stand out to me, his relationship with Vince McMahon should be a book all on his own, and the chapter on Benoit was perhaps the most heart-wrenching thing I've ever read, but the above quote might be my favorite excerpt from either book. It sums up everything I've thought about the Internet Wrestling Community for several years now and does it more cleverly than I could ever dream. Make sure you pick up the new book and the old one if you missed it the first time around like I did, because "Best in the world at what I do" isn't just a nickname. Jericho is the best storyteller in wrestling, in or out of the ring.

Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy StepsBreaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris JerichoA Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex

2 comments:

  1. My favorite part was learning that being in a segment with gorillas is a good way to get on McMahon's good side.

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