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23 championships held in the WWE. 9 time intercontinental champion, and a 6 time World Champion in his professional wrestling career, most notably as one of the most intelligent, soft spoken, and devious superstar during his memorable feud with Shawn Michaels in 2008. Chris Jericho, in many people’s opinion, can make any wrestler look great between the ropes. That is such a drastic understatement, almost to the point of absolute ignorance. Paul Levesque once spoke of Jericho as a guy who didn’t have the makings of a WrestleMania main event superstar. His track record has proven otherwise, along with his ability to drastically change characters on a moments notice, and succeed. Let me be upfront, this is not a “mark” type column, but more of a wake up call to people who take certain superstars for granted.
When the arrival of Jericho in 1999 came, there was a buzz, not one you get from drinking six Bud Lights in a few hours, or a few Goose and Sprite drinks, but this one felt more realistic. One of the biggest jumping of ships, from WCW to WWE, was the arrival of Y2J. Going from a “dog collar match” between Saturn, who was nothing more than a lower mid card talent who had no charisma, to interrupting the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, The Rock, Jericho immediately became relevant. He would quickly become the topic of conversation in chat rooms, on instant messenger, and in the classroom the next day. (Remember this was in 1999) He treaded the path of mid card success in WWE until his break came as he beat Austin and The Rock for the Undisputed Championship on December 9, 2001 at Vengeance in San Diego, California.
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