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Chris Jericho
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21 Feb 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 bedcome 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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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752891715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752891712
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 16 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,042 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 Ive read, and I dont give that accolade lightly. Ive read this book several times and its 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 )

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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU WILL BECOME A JERICHOLIC! 17 May 2009
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best wrestler auto-biography. 22 Oct 2009
I own every single wrestler book out there from Batista to Shawm Michaels and I have to say this ranks up as one of my favourite.

I'm not really one for long reviews but even if you are remotely interested in old school wrestling, Chris Jericho or hilarious tales of around the world travel then buy this book.

A sequel is coming soon picking up where this book left off right at his WWE debut so hurry up and read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy 2 Aug 2009
A great book, covers off the aspects from training right through to the start of his career in WWF(E), leaving room for a sequel. A must read for any wrestling fan to get an insight into the biz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ayatollah indeed... 30 Mar 2009
I thought this book was brilliant, even managed to finish it in two days with about 15 hours of complete reading. I've always like Jericho, but to be fair knew very little about him before his debut in WWF, so this book was very insightful in to his career prior to that point. Reading about his honesty about past events, his meetings with future colleagues and funny uses of words he precedes with Jeri made this book definitely worth reading for me. I actually felt excitement when I read the final chapter and I hope he writes a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Break down the walls! 2 Mar 2009
Having been a wrestling fan for around a decade now and grown up with it, Chris Jericho has always been a favourite of mine, whether he's a fan favourite or a heel. It was also wrestling that turned me back to reading books as a teenager, with great autobiographies such as those written by the Kurt Angle, Ric Flair, The Rock, Stone Cold, Edge, The Hardys, Jerry Lawler and of course the literary God that is Mick Foley. However A lion's tale by Chris Jericho is by far the most entertaining wrestling literature I have read thus far, and it is great news to hear that a sequel is indeed in the works.

Starting with the infamous countdown, the story begins and as with any Chris Jericho match, there are many twists and turns that always leave you second guessing just what will happen next. The book then ends with the countdown clock once again ticking down as Jericho prepares to finally realise his life long dream of performing in the WWF as it was then called! This sets us up perfectly for the sequel (which in case you haven't noticed, I can't wait for JUNIOR!).

Overall, if you're a wrestling fan, you will absolutely love this book! If you're not a wrestling fan, well, I'm afraid you'll also love this book! A must buy!
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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 1 month ago by Jamie Panter
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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 months ago by Ashley Scorah
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
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 7 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 7 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 10 months ago by Doug frew
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual, funny, exciting - just like the author
A book i thoroughly enjoyed reading, especially as a fan of Y2J Chris Jericho. A master story teller, i look forward to reading his next book.
Published 11 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lion's Tale
Probably in the top 3 sporting autobiographies that I have read, Jericho's personality comes across very well in his writing style. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Josh Forde
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