Friday, February 25, 2011

Undisputed : How To Become World Champion In 1,372 Easy Steps

I enjoyed Chris Jericho's first autobiography - A Lion's Tale - which was released in the autumn of 2007 and, as it ended at the point where he was about to go through the curtain for his WWE debut, the second installment was high on my 'look out for' list.

Well, Undisputed: How to become world champion in 1,372 easy steps landed on my doormat last week and I've spent the past six days hooked on it.

This book takes off at the exact point where the original left off with Jericho about to interrupt The Rock on Monday Night Raw and make his first appearance in the then named World Wrestling Federation.

The story then chronicles Jericho's first stint with the company. This involves having to get over some heat in the locker room a few months into his debut, having great matches with some of the established names in the wrestling business and ultimately becoming the first ever undisputed world heavyweight champion when he defeated The Rock and Steve Austin in a tournament on the same night back in December of 2001.

Although the sub-title of the book is 'How to become world champion in 1,372 easy steps (the 1,372 being symbolic of the amount of matches it took him to reach the pinnacle) it doesn't end there.

Jericho tells his reader how he felt when he had to lose the title to Triple H at WrestleMania X8 as well as how robbed he felt when the cheque came in for that match.

His disillusionment with professional wrestling in 2005 is also noted. He explains his decision to leave wrestling and then he covers some of the things he did when he walked away.

And he did quite a lot.

His band, Fozzy, are mentioned a lot in the autobiography because it's pretty evident that this is one of the things he is passionate about. We are also treated to some crazy and fun tales from his times touring the world.

There were some laugh out loud moments in there, trust me.

Jericho also writes about his attempt to make it in Hollywood and how hard he found it to open doors even when he had made it past door number one.

There is a lot of sadness in it too as he covers the passing of his mother, Eddy Guerrero and Chris Benoit's double murder-suicide. With that said, the biography also notes the positive in his marriage and birth of his three children.

The book ends in late-2007 with him just about to return to World Wrestling Entertainment for stint number two. I suppose we'll have to wait another three years for the third installment but, if the wait from Lion's Tale is anything to go by, it will be worth it.

This is one of the best wrestling autobiographies I have read, and I've read a lot. It's froot.

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