Jericho defeats Benoit in ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental championship at Royal Rumble.
Jericho defeats Benoit to capture the WWE Intercontinental championship.
Chris was my best friend in the business, and had been since ’93, ’94.
Wrestlemania 2000 is the 16th annual event and the first of the new millennium it is held at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The event features Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle vs Chris Jericho and Triple H vs The Rock vs Mick Foley vs Big Show.
Jericho defeats Angle and Benoit to win the WWE European championship at Wrestlemania.
Jericho defeats Chyna to claim his first championship title in WWE.
Jericho makes his first appearance in WWE as the countdown clock runs down to reveal him as the millennium man. Jericho trades verbal blows with The Rock.
Jericho defeats Waltman for the WCW Cruiserweight championship on Monday Night Nitro.
Jericho makes first WCW appearance and defeates Alex Wright in single’s competition.
When I came to World Championship Wrestling, I came here to fight to the best of my ability.
Jericho defeats Pitbull 2 for the ECW television championship. This is Jericho’s first televised American wrestling championship.
ECW was the first time I really had a job nationally in the states and it was a real almost like cult atmosphere in the way that people treated it as fans and the way the wrestlers treated it just being part of the company. Everybody was really dedicated to it and they really gave 100 percent in their belief to the company and to their matches. It didn’t matter if there were 300 people there or 200 people there, the show was always quality and it was an almost Japanese style of wrestling in the fact that the matches were very hard hitting.
Jericho begins professional wrestling training at the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling at the age of 19. Jericho meets best friend, Lance Storm at the school.
I went to train with the Hart brothers pro wrestling camp in Calgary, which was about 12 hours away from Winnipeg, where I grew up in Canada. That was Bret Hart’s father and that’s where a lot of the guys trained – Chris Benoit, Brian Pillman, a lot of guys like that.
Jericho is born in Manhasset, New York as the son of hockey legend, Ted Irvine of New York Rangers fame. Jericho would be raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His interest in wrestling an music begin at a young age.
When I was a kid, I started playing in bands when I was 12. I had two dreams and I was able to pursue both of them. That is a pretty rare thing. I don’t take it for granted. Some people go, ‘You can’t do both.’ I say, ‘Yes, I can. Watch me.’ I’ve been nothing but a wrestling fan and a music fan since I was a young kid. I just couldn’t decide which one of them I wanted to do. So I said, ‘I’ll do them both.’