Sixteen years ago Chris Jericho debuted in World Wrestling (Federation) Entertainment. That ‘Countdown To The Millennium’ clock finally hit 0 and the walls were broken down.
It was a probably the last time in professional wrestling that I was surprised and shocked. I had no idea what this clock was counting down to, I wasn’t part of the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) so had no access to news and rumours, contracts or otherwise. Also, living in the UK I was shielded from the competition, I can’t remember WCW airing on UK television since the Stiener Brothers and Surfer Sting days, it certainly wasn’t advertised nor had as much of an impact on me as WWE did.
When that sparkly shirt, pineapple haired young buck stepped through the curtain, I had no idea who he was, but the crowd certainly did. I remember thinking this was a disappointment, but then, he spoke. I was hooked. This was a charismatic guy going toe to toe in a war of words with The Rock, surely WWE’s greatest stick man. This was incredible and it was that night that I became a Jericholic.
Sixteen years later and it’s been an incredible career for Y2J, the first ever Undisputed Champion – I was pretty surprised and shocked by that too! Now more of an occasional act, currently only appearing at live shows whilst recording a twice weekly podcast. Actor, wrestler, singer, is there nothing this man can’t do?
As a wrestling fan, a thank you. Thank you Chris Jericho! You will always be one of my all time favourites.
WWE’s Y2J Playlist: http://www.wwe.com/videos/playlists/chris-jericho-debuts