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Undisputed: How to Become World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps [Hardcover]

Chris Jericho , Peter Thomas Fornatale
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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17 Feb 2011
Picking up right where his New York Times bestseller A Lion's Tale left off, with his legendary 1999 entrance into the WWE, Jericho takes us from Chicago to Tokyo, New Delhi to Kuala Lumpur, Winnipeg to Madison Square Garden, as he details his classic rivalries with the Rock, Steve Austin, HHH, Shawn Michaels, and John Cena, along with all the politics and backstage machinations he faced outside the ring. He also describes his unique relationship with Vince McMahon and the long road they travelled to find respect for each other. But it was only after Jericho became the first Undisputed World Champion in the history of the wrestling business that he became disenchanted with the WWE and decided to walk away, turning his back on fifteen years in the ring to further his other lifelong dream: that of being a rock star. His band, Fozzy, proceeded to tour the world playing everywhere from the smallest sports bars in Pennsylvania to Monsters of Rock at Castle Donnington festival in England, all the while experiencing the same kinds of glorifying highs and embarrassing lows he faced while building his wrestling career. As if that weren't enough, Chris recounts his hilarious escapades of breaking in with the Hollywood elite via doomed auditions, short-lived reality shows, made-for-television movies, and red-carpet interviewing fiascos. Along the way he was forced to deal with the heart-wrenching deaths of his mother and his long-time confidant Eddy Guerrero, as well as the horrific murder/suicide of his best friend Chris Benoit and his family. Jam packed with Chris Jericho's trademark self-effacing humor, one-of-a-kind writing style, and ridiculous random encounters with everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Axl Rose, and Paul McCartney, UNDISPUTED is one of the most highly anticipated follow-ups of its kind and one of a rare breed - a sequel that might be better than the original.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (17 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409111490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409111498
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Simply put, you MUST own this book... If his acclaimed bestseller "A Lions Tale" set a standard for wrestling tomes, his long-awaited follow-up "Undisputed" has raised the bar again Jericho is now the proud scribe of two out of the top three wrestling books of all time.' (DAILY STAR )

'If Jericho had never made it as a wrestler or a rock star he could have easily found a suitable career as a writer. His style of writing anc consistent wityy sense of humour makes the book very addictive... Just like the first book, this sequel belongs on the bookshelf of any wrestling fan past or present.' (THE WRESTLING PRESS )

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Sequel to the worldwide hit: A LION'S TALE.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lion's Tale. The impossible follow up. 17 Feb 2011
By Jimmy
If your considering buying this book, you have probably read it's prequel already. And if you have, you probably understand why this might be the most hotly anticipated wrestling book in modern memory. Expectations for Undisputed were high.

I have only read it once (so far) but it does not disappoint. Jericho has proved himself as an established writer, who knows his fanbase. The same in-jokes return from A Lion's Tale, as well as a whole bunch of new ones. Remember the Jericho curse? It's back, with a vengeance.

Undisputed also spends a lot more time looking at some of Chris' non-wrestling work, especially Fozzy. Fans of the band will definitely enjoy it, but so will people that are interested in the music business in general. It's an eye opener for anyone that didn't previously think record companies were slightly evil. But it's also testament to Chris' hard work and determination to make the band succeed.

The book also covers Chris Benoit, with more humanity than any account I have read before. It was well known tht Benoit & Jericho were close friends, and for once it doesn't seem like someone is trying to cash in on the dark event for personal gain. With both Benoit and Eddy I was in tears reading, it was incredibly moving.

In comparison, does it live up to all the hype? Maybe. After one highly enjoyable read, its a little hard to tell. A Lion's Tale is one of my all time favourite books period, I have read it at least 20 times. I think Undisputed is a brilliant book in its own right, and strongly recommend it to all wrestling and non-wrestling fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i'm the king of the world 2 Dec 2011
By veg316
I'm a long time wrestling fan and proud of it. I've been watching wrestling and reading the books longer than I care to remember, so it is with great honour that I call this one of THE greatest wrestler books of recent time.

In fairness, both the lion's tale and undisputed are great books on their own but for them to both come from Chris is amazing. I think this more than the lion's tale interested me as a reader due to the fact that I was never really a fan of the wcw, main reason being I didn't have the channel it was on. So this book's wrestling stories are mainly wwf stuff which took me on a bit of an emotional journey. I loved how honest he was, didn't dumb it down and spoke his mind. This not being true of some other superstar's books due to ghost writers but I think he wrote this all himself but don't quote me on that. Other books have always been from the wrestler's point of view but written by someone else and most of the time you can tell too but this sounded all Jericho.

Not only does he talk about his wrestling but also about his band fozzy and some TV / movie work he has been involved in too. Be this as it may I couldn't help but feel that his career was mediocre at best. This is not my personal opinion but more so, his. He talks about matches and quickly states that it was not his best match or feud and when talking about gigs he would say that the crowds were never there but he would always do his best for the fans that were, but mostly you got the impression that he loves his life. Believe me he has reason not too and he doesn't hold back on that either.

In total Chris tells it as he sees it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Other autobiographies are ass clowns 13 Sep 2011
Wow, I thought the first book was good but this legacy just keeps getting better and he is working on a third, the sexy beast. Unlike many others before him he has followed suit with Foley and Edge and written himself an awesome story and insight into Chris Irvine rather than just his wrestling character. Jericho is both funny and frank as well as humble and easy to relate to with how he has written the book. It is an indepth account of his life both in the ring and on the stage "Fozzy" and a fair bit of the inbetween stuff that very few ever talk about. If you liked the first book then this is a no brainer buy this book now. If you are new then you must read the first book "around the world in spandex" because this is the second part of Jericho's life (where he joined the WWE from WCW). I just cannot wait for the third instalment!!! In short this second coming of his autobiographies is awesome and makes all other pretenders to the throne look like ass clowns. Buy this book you will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still A Great Read But Hampered By Poor Writing 17 Feb 2011
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If you've read the first autobiography by Chris Irvine aka "Chris Jericho"; "A Lion's Tale: Around The World In Spandex", you'd understand what made his book a more entertaining read than many of the other wrestling books. It was goofy, self-deprecating, and done in total character to how Chris Jericho, the wrestling legend the world has gotten to know, acts. What also made it unique was that, done when he was not wrestling anymore and so he had a lot of time on his hands, it chronicalled his life and his aspiration to become a WWF (not addressed as WWE in the book) superstar, and the amazing journey he went on chasing that dream in great detail, word-checked and as completely accurate as he could be. Ending just as he left the Gorilla position to finally become an actual WWF performer on television, it left the rest of his journey that the majority of people reading the book would already know and as a result not essentially needed to be written about, and has since gone on to be classed as one of the definitive wrestling autobiographies of all time.

After the first book was a an unsurprising success, the follow-up; "Undisputed: How To Become The World Champion In 1,372 Easy Steps" continues the more identifiable period of Jericho's wrestling career in the WWF/E. Still fully of his witty anecdotes and Jerichoisms (The Embarrassed Author's Note, anyone?), "Undisputed" certainly feels like a Jericho book and is easily comparable to "A Lion's Tale".

So why only four stars?

Simply put, "Undisputed" feels rushed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
It's not that great as Jericho thinks. It's only about meaningless jokes and not really showing the art of pro-wrestling.
Beliave me, buy Bret Hart's Hitman instead. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Francesco Mandolini
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
No-one else could tell such an amazing story in a brilliant way with both wrestling and fozzy detailed to the max. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ashley Scorah
5.0 out of 5 stars less of a sequel and more of a continuation of the best story ever...
Starting right where 'A Lions Tale' ended this book tells the story of Jericho from his WWF debut and times with his Band Fozzy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by madidus
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 just as good if not better than a lions tale
10/10 just as good if not better than a lions tale.

Excellent tales of his trials and tribulations within the wwe and some very entertaining fozzy stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by theryanwatkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant book. The first one was brilliant and the second one was better. Despite being a huge chris Irvine fan this was a great read.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Behan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Funny
Jericho`s 2nd book is at times hilarious and well written keeps u interested all the way through never wanting to put it down.
Can't wait for the next one this October.
Published 5 months ago by Steven Porter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not interested in Fozzy
I love A Lions Tale.

This book is well written but every other chapter is devoted to his band, and I'm personally just not interested.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. G. MCGUINNESS
5.0 out of 5 stars Undisputed: One of the best biographies out there.
Chris "Jericho" Irvine does a lot of things well, weather its wrestle, rock, dance or just straight up entertain. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Quick Word
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent seller
excellent product, very fast fast delivery, product was exactly as described and in very goood condition. would use again. excellent seller
Published 11 months ago by Mr P R Ging
5.0 out of 5 stars chris jerico
not a subject im interested in! Bought this as a gift for someone. They loved it. No more to say.
Published 13 months ago by Lynette Henshall
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