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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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This review is from: Undisputed: How to Become World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps (Hardcover)
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. Whereas with "A Lion's Tale", Jericho took his time to detail his life story and provide a slow but page-turning timeline, referring to companies how they were at the time as he was unsigned to a particular company at the time; "Undisputed" feels like Jericho had Vince McMahon breathing down his neck, scrutinising every word of every sentence of every paragraph of every page of every chapter of the book. Throughout the book the company is referred to as WWE, no big thing, but to read the books one after another causes a slight shock to the system. Another big problem is large chunks of the story are missing. At one point Jericho talks about his debut at WrestleMania, and after a chapter about the journey of Fozzy, he is talking about his next WrestleMania...sort of...

The opening sentence to Chapter 10: Vince Loves Apes reads "WrestleMania X8 was looming and it was decided that I would work with my old friend from WCW, William Regal". Except Jericho's match with Regal was X-Seven, a year earlier. No biggie, except WrestleMania X8 was the most important match of Jericho's career, the main event against Triple H for the WWE Undisputed Championship, the first and only WrestleMania Main Event match Jericho would have until 8 years later at WrestleMania XXVI.

The book feels like it was not read through once, double-checked to make sure there were no typos, no misinformation, no, dare I say it, mistakes.

Sure, there is the same witty charm, the same behind-the-scenes exclusives, such as how Vince McMahon was as a boss, the elitist lockeroom, and how Jericho's first year in the company, despite who normal viewers thought everything was fine; was gearing up to be his last.

Overall, still a good book, but somehow only just in the same league as its predecessor, and really no way near as good.
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2011 21:10:59 GMT
Pete McCue says:
Biggest problem i had was the constant references to how he is undefeated against Foley. Like he was copying Foleys jibes at Al Snow in his books

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011 10:46:13 GMT
Lucas says:
This was also a problem with me, an enjoyable book but it kind of fell flat when he was discussing Foley due to his constant jabs at how he is Undefeated against the Hardcore Legend.

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 12:19:12 BDT
I was about to write a review of this, but you've pretty much summed up all of my positives and negatives so I'm not bothering.
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