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A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex Hardcover – October 25, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
This funny, insightful and compulsively readable autobiography by professional wrestling superstar Lion Heart Jericho matches fellow wrestler Mick Foley's bestselling Have a Nice Day! Jericho reached international stardom after joining the media juggernaut World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly WWF) in 1999, but this book neglects his many accomplishments since then, such as his legendary same-night defeat of wrestling powerhouses the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin to become the WWE's first undisputed heavyweight champion. Instead, Jericho recounts the fascinating story of his early years—in effect, a short history of world wrestling trends since 1960—from his brutal early training in his native Canada through finally being invited to join the WWE. Jericho ignores or glosses over controversial topics like steroid use, preferring to keep things light and cheery. His hilarious and detailed descriptions of his many bouts, especially his 1995 calling card match in Japan before 10,000 fans, will leave readers hoping for a sequel. (Oct. 25)
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About the Author
Chris Jericho lives in Los Angeles and Florida. He has been named one of the 50 greatest wrestlers of all time by the WWE.
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If you are into sports you will like it, if you are into wrestling, you will really like it, if you are into knitting, maybe not so much.
His passion would grow as he would be the wrestling "groupie" and attempt to get autographs and pictures. His depictions of the wrestlers were funny as hell and dead on as far as accents go. For the entire book Jericho really makes the reader relate as he paints himself the "wrestling mark" during the early stages of his career meeting some of wrestling's big names. From starting out in the infamous "Hart Dungeon" wrestling school in Calgary (and "graduating" with Lance Storm) to his famous entrance and stand off with the Rock on WWF's Monday Night Raw; the reader is transported all over the world on a journey of paying dues, learning true life lessons, the making and losing of friends along the way, to making a name for yourself in a business where the odds are against you from the start. In the grand scheme of his wrestling career, as the reader I found myself cheering him on as the ultimate babyface underdog.
I'd never seen Jericho until his debut in WCW in '96. And I admit I wasn't impressed. He was great in the ring but he had no character. And as I read these chapters I found myself remembering all the Monday nights I watched Nitro. He even admits that WCW basically made him a generic babyface with "Basketball Highlights #12" as his entrance theme. LOL! It wasn't until he turned heel that I started paying more attention and becoming a "Jeric-aholic." The reader also gets to share in the frustrations of yet another victim of the backstage BS of Eric Bischoff and WCW. Though I had given up on the WWF in the mid 90's, I tuned in just for the debut of Y2J! Not once did I think "Traitor" or "sell out" because I KNEW that WCW was a mess and a wrestler with Jericho's amazing ring ability and tremendous mic skills would only suffer there. Proof positive that if you're doing what you love for a living but find yourself miserable? Time to change companies!
I was VERY interested to read about his time in Germany, Mexico, Japan (FMW,WAR,New Japan), SMW, and ECW. Some of which I'd had a taste of reading Lance Storm's commentaries. Reliving WCW in the mid to late 90's through his eyes. Just a great read cheering him on, laughing out loud, and getting a little choked up with the Owen Hart tragedy's impact on him.
There are a good collection of full color pictures in the middle of the book through the different stages of his life and career. You don't have to be a Jericho-holic to enjoy this book as any wrestling fan would find it both interesting and entertaining. But, you might become one after you finish the final page.
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