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A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex Paperback – 13 Nov 2008
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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 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.
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.
Would recommend to any wrestling fans out there because it could be the greatest autobiography EVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEERRR and after reading it you may never be the same AGGGGGGAIN!
By Chris Jericho.
Published by Grand Central Publishing.
Released October 25, 2007.
432 Pages, paperback.
A record setting 9 time WWE intercontinental champion, the first ever undisputed WWE heavyweight champion, 3 time world heavyweight champion, author of two autobiographies, lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Fozzy, radio show host, and a 22 year professional wrestling veteran who has entertained millions of fans across the globe. That is just some of Chris Jericho's many accolades, many of which he doesn't accomplish in A Lion's Tale, this is his story along the long and winding road to what he considered growing up, the promise land.
Canadian born Chris Jericho is well know as one of the most charismatic performers in recent memory, as you would imagine this transcends through his words for the entire read. Jericho naturally starts by telling the reader of a life growing up as the son of a famous National Hockey League player, Ted Irvine, and the reason he has such a passion to lead him to pursue a dream of being apart of what appears to be the glamorous scene of professional wrestling. Recounting applying for the training undertook, where he would meet Lance Storm, with members of the famous Hart wrestling family, only to find out things aren't quite what they seem. The story really begins to accelerate when Chris leaves Canada and America to go to Mexico where he would start to meet up rising talent such as Rey Mysterio Jr. and Eddie Guerrero, the humour in the events that occur really excels from this point forward also.Read more ›
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Excellent book. A must for all Jericho fans and wrestling fansPublished 4 months ago by Daniel Grinton
I ordered this, but it never downloaded to my kindle. I'm sure it is a good book due to other reviews online. But it never downloaded. Refund was given.Published 7 months ago by Martyn
This is an excellent wrestling biography, not just of Chris Jericho, of any wrestler. We think we understand the wrestling world because of blogs and websites but this book shows... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ian Morroll
Fantastic non PG look at the long hard road making out to the WWE. Also very well written and recounted.Published 12 months ago by Dave Boy Cooke.
Excellent tale of making your name in the wrestling world, and enjoyed the anecdotes regarding wrestling greats.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer