When Chris Jericho decreed that there would be a third autobiography entitled The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea, the Jerichoholic inside of me screamed out “Yeah BOY!” It was time to Break Down the Walls, download a fresh copy on my kindle, which became KINDLE IS JERICHO!!!, and take another froot journey with Papa Jericho! Because it would be the End of the World as we knew it.
I remember how much people were praising Jericho’s debut book A Lion’s Tale, saying it was the best wrestling book they had ever read (Sorry Mick). So when I read it, my expectations were high to say the least, but dear lord was it a phenomenal book! Yet people were upset that it ended just as the millennial clock counted down to zero before his infamous debut in the WWE. I felt it was a stroke of genius because the journey Around the World in Spandex lead to that moment.
Then he released his second book Undisputed covering his first stint in the WWE: his journey on becoming the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps; and the start of his rock band Fozzy. A very froot read, but I found myself enjoying the Fozzy chapters more than the chapters dealing with Jericho being ostracized in the WWE for being a WCW guy. And I knew following the cliffhanger from A Lion’s Tale, Undisputed would end right before his “Second Coming” in 2007.
So having read the first two, I was more than hyped about The Best in the World because I wanted to read Chris’ in depth perspective into his killer feuds with Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, and CM Punk. Especially the HBK feud. While watching that rivalry unfold, I knew it was special. But I also knew that one day Chris would pen it into a new book.
Despite how hyped I was about The Best in the World, there was a slight downside to reading this book considering that most of the stories were already discussed on Chris Jericho’s podcast Talk is Jericho. He’s had Rey Mysterio on the podcast; he’s had his buddy Speewee to talk about the great “Boots” rib; he’s had Wade Barrett to talk about NXT; he spoke about CM Punk at the open of one episode; he’s had Snookie to talk about his experience on Dancing With The Stars… so reading The Best in the World felt like reading a transcript of the TIJ podcast.
Don’t get me wrong, The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea is still a great read, and for as long as he continues writing, I will always be down to go for a ride with Papa Jericho. And Chris, if you’re reading this: Switzerland Beach, I promise to find the time.
Blogger’s note: I was sort of mentioned in this book seeing as how me and my friend Surge Awesome, of WTX Video Podcast fame (subscribe here), went to see Chris Jericho live at B.B. Kings in NYC to watch him perform with Fozzy–the first show of the Chasing the Grail tour. So if you see Chris, tell him the Tastic One sent ya!
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