Chris Jericho has worked hard to establish himself as one of the most well-respected wrestlers in the pro wrestling business. Jericho has competed in various promotions all over the world in his career that has spanned more than 30 years.

Chris Jericho became the Undisputed Champion after beating both The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night at Vengeance 2001. While it was a historic moment, his reign was anything but.

While speaking on the most recent Swerve City podcast, Chris Jericho recalled the difficulties he faced while still being a rising star in WWE. Jericho stated that he believes he became the Undisputed Champion too early in WWE.

”Timing really is everything. I try to tell some of our younger guys this: you can’t have it all, it takes time. It takes time for the story to be right, it takes time for the audience to be intrigued and hooked by it. Also, it takes time as a performer.


You look back to when I was Undisputed Champion? ‘Oh, you beat The Rock and Steve Austin?’ Was I really ready for that? It was as good a time as any but it wasn’t like if it was now! It was the first taste of being a main event guy, a champion, but I wasn’t really the champion. I wasn’t the top guy in the company, that didn’t happen until 2008. It was too early for me, but I was the best guy for the job when Triple H was hurt. But it wasn’t killer.”

Chris Jericho is currently the Leader of The Jericho Appreciation Society and is likely to begin a feud with Bryan Danielson. We’ll have to see how the feud will be booked in the coming weeks.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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