1. Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970), better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is an American Canadian professional wrestler, musician, media personality, actor, author, and businessman, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
2. He is best known for his time with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and internationally in Canadian, German, Japanese, and Mexican promotions.
3. He is known for his over-the-top, rock star persona dubbed “The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla” and for a contrasting run as an aloof, manicured villain in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
4. Jericho has won 30 championships between WWE, WCW, and ECW the three most prominent American promotions in the 1990s and early 2000s.
5. In WWE, Jericho is a six-time world champion, having won the WWF Championship once, the WCW/World Championship twice, and the World Heavyweight Championship three times.
6. He is also a record nine-time Intercontinental Champion, beating out four other contenders in a 2013 WWE fan poll to determine the greatest Intercontinental champion in history with a landslide 63% of the vote.
7. Outside of wrestling, Jericho became the lead vocalist of the band Fozzy in 1999.
8. Their eponymous debut album (2000) and Happenstance (2002) consist of cover songs and original music; later records All That Remains (2005), Chasing the Grail (2010), Sin and Bones (2012), and Do You Wanna Start a War (2014) are comprised entirely or predominantly of original compositions.
9. Jericho also competed in the 2011 series of Dancing With the Stars, lasting until the sixth week.
10. Prior to this, he hosted the ABC game show Downfall and the Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
11. Chris Irvine was born in Manhasset, New York, when his father, ice hockey player Ted Irvine, had relocated to play for the New York Rangers.
12. His interest in professional wrestling began when he started watching the local American Wrestling Association events that took place at the Winnipeg Arena with his family, and his desire to become a wrestler himself began when he saw footage of Owen Hart, then appearing with Stampede Wrestling, performing various high-flying wrestling moves.
13. In addition to Owen Hart, Irvine also cites Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Shawn Michaels as inspirations for his becoming a wrestler.
14. His first experience with a wrestling promotion was when he acted as part of the ring crew for the first tour of the newly opened Keystone Wrestling Alliance promotion,
15. At age 19, Irvine entered the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling where, on his first day, he met Lance Storm.
16. He was trained by Ed Langley and local Calgary wrestler Brad Young.
17. Two months later, he was ready to start wrestling on independent shows, making his debut at the Moose Hall in Ponoka, Alberta as “Cowboy” Chris Jericho, on October 2, 1990, in a 10-minute time limit draw against Storm.
18. The pair then worked as a tag team, initially called “Sudden Impact”.
19. He took the name “Jericho” from an album, Walls of Jericho, by German power metal band, Helloween. The pair also wrestled in Calgary’s Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (CNWA) and Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling (CRMW).
20. In 1991, Jericho and Storm started touring in Japan for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, where he befriended Ricky Fuji, who also trained under Stu Hart.