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Chris Jericho
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13 Nov 2008

Chris Jericho worked his way into the big time of wrestling after training in Canada. He had his first pro fight at just 19, but it wasn't until he was 25 that he made the big time, joining the WCW. Within a year he had won his first title. Finally, in August 1999 he moved to the WWF (now WWE) where he would eventually become one of the biggest names on their books, and become the undisputed Heavyweight Champion.

In this fascinating account, he relives his early days in the sport in Mexico and Japan, and working his way up alongside Chris Benoit and Lance Storm. He also recalls his rivalries with The Rock, Steve Austin and Triple H among others. He retired from the sport in August 2005, but there have been many rumours since then of a comeback. A Lion's Tale is as honest, outspoken and direct as the man himself.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (13 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752884468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752884462
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So charming and funny is Chris Jericho's journey from body-slammingly painful naivety to worldly wrestling champ, that his memoirs will leave cynics finding time for a private read. (GQ)

Almost certainly the best wrestling autobiography I¿ve read, and I don¿t give that accolade lightly. I¿ve read this book several times and it¿s not any less enjoyable... for anyone who enjoys wrestling or Jericho this is a must-read. (WRESTLING101.COM)

This is the first true epic of wrestling books and should be on the shelf of every true wrestling fan... Hilarious, empathetic, heart warming, gross, scary and down right bleeding interesting. (THEWRESTLINGTRUTH.COM) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The controversial story of the former undisputed Heavyweight Champion of WWE

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is superb. It's the most entertaining wrestling book I've ever read, and as a journey there are few as unique as that of Chris Jericho. If you are looking at this page and therefore have a modicom of interest in this book, buy it immediately.

The purpose for this review is actually to address one issue. In a number of the reviews you'll read on this page; the principle gripe is with where the book ends; i.e. with the countdown to Jericho's August 1999 WWF debut. There is good news. A second book is in development.

Jericho has confirmed the release of a second book via Lance Storm's official website, StormWrestling.com. He wrote an article on Storm's website regarding his book and the reaction to it thus far. Jericho said the first book left the book open for a sequel because the first one only focuses on the stage in his life in which he is trying to achieve his dream of joining WWE. Once he got to WWE, that stage in his life was over. He has signed a new book deal for the second book with Grand Central. The second book will be called "Undisputed Attitude," which as you would imagine, will be an indepth look into his WWE tenure. The title is a reference to both the Attitude Era and his Undisputed Championship reign. It is also an homage to the Slayer compilation album of the same name. The second book will be released in the US and Canada in Autumn 2009, with a UK release following shortly after that.

Hope that helps you guys out. In the meantime, pick up this book. Even if you've never watched professional wrestling, this book will entertain you. Jericho's writing style is very inviting, witty and down to earth, with more Spinal Tap references than you can shake a stick at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL BECOME A JERICHOLIC! 17 May 2009
There's no doubting that Chris Jericho is one of the biggest names in wrestling right now, but it always wasn't that way. One read of this book will tell you that. For people expecting a full account of his wwe run will be disappointed as this book stops just as he makes his debut on raw is war in 1999 (he is writing a second book to cover that part of his career).

This book covers his early career from his time in Canada, Mexico, Japan and finally getting a chance in the United States with Paul Heyman's ecw. You will learn of his frustration of been in wcw and being wasted because he wasn't big enough. You will learn about his personal life and how he dealt with his mother being a paraplegic.

But what stands out most is that this is one of the funniest books you will ever read and that Jericho has a funny story for every event that takes place.

What becomes obvious from this book is that Jericho is part of a dying breed of wrestler, one that has to pay his dues and doesn't get to main event status in six months. You will learn of his friendship with Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero and how their careers took similar paths.

This book is highly recommended and when your done reading this you will be counting the days to his next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex 28 Feb 2008
By Lovejoy
Wrestling superstar and heavy metal singer Chris Jericho has seen it all and done it all, and until now we assumed he had done it in style. He climbed the ladder in the WWF/WWE, capturing every title (save the Women's) the company had to offer and eventually defeating The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin on the same night to become the first Undisputed Champion. He is known throughout the world as The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla, our party host, and one of the few wrestlers in the WWE today who can pull off a bloody good wrestling match.

But "A Lion's Tale" barely bats an eyelid at this. Instead the focus of the book is on Jericho's rise to fame as he tackles through the hardships of life, love and the wrestling business, and Y2J spares no details. If he's not being held at gunpoint or hounded by Japanese "dogs", he's simply learning the harsh facts that will only push him further towards his dream. That or he has the squits.

What separates "A Lion's Tale" from other Autobiographies is that it's almost impossible to put down. Deducting time for eating, sleeping, working and travelling, the longest I put this book down for was about five minutes, and it took a lot of restraint to do it too. Jericho has an amazing knack for storytelling, and with each passing chapter you feel compelled to read on regardless of what time it is or why the police are outside.

If you like the wrestling business or not, A Lion's Tale is one book you have to buy. Jericho tells his inspirational story of a young boy's dream with brutal honesty and brilliant humour, and is quite possibly better then Mick Foley's. I guess only time will tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the undisputed champ of wrestling bio's! 17 Oct 2009
This is such an entertaining book from start ti finish i had me hooked. Like most wrestling bio's it tells the story of how he got into the business and how he got to where he is, in this case he takes us up up until the moment he debuts with wwe. It is full of great backstage stories that are both interesting and funny. Jericho knows how to tell a story and how to keep you entertained one story in particular involving a red neck fan made video is very funny. In the end he has you in the palm of his hand demanding more! Its good to hear then that he is in the process of writing the follow up i cant wait to read it
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Published 3 months ago by proud
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Superb, funny, sad and touching. Great book. Don't hesitate just buy it. You won't regret it. The man has a gift for telling a tale.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great autobiography
Chris Jericho is one of the best wrestlers of all times, and in my opinion, his life story is worth reading. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good book which gives you an in depth look at how Chris Managed to follow his dream and get to the WWF
Published 6 months ago by Moscow
5.0 out of 5 stars the best wrestling book out there and maybe the best book ive read in...
As a life long fan of Chris Jericho, from hearing about his career in Japan and Mexico, to seeing him feud with 'Goldberg' in WCW and to finally seeing his debut as the 'Millennium... Read more
Published 6 months ago by madidus
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Chris Jericho has always been one of my favourite wwe wrestlers and learning more about his journey has been an awesome and fulfilling read.
Published 7 months ago by Ashley Scorah
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This book not only provided a serious yet comical insight into the crazy world of professional wrestling but it gave me a look into the mind of one of the most charismatic... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who has a passion for wrestling...
...will love this book.
Jericho's personality is key; he has opinions, stories and ultimately an insight into a world that we all think we know until we read a book like this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Povey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tales by jericho
An amazing and interesting read. Very informative but yet funny at the same time. Only wish he told us more about life in the wwf/e but hope that will be in his other book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Doug frew
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