"Lionheart" Chris Jericho
Real name: Chris Irvine
Quick, small wrestler who has already held world titles in Japan, Mexico, and the U.S.
From Winnipeg. Son of NHL forward Ted Irvine, a Boston Bruins farmhand who became a regular with
the expansion Los Angeles Kings in 1967. He went on to become a 20 goal scorer with
the New York Rangers and finished his career with the St. Louis Blues in 1977.
Born in New York while his father was a Ranger, and grew up in Winnipeg.
Trained at the Hart school in Calgary for two months and received some early
exposure with Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling in Calgary.
Formed a tag team called Sudden Impact with Lance Storm which became the first
holders of the CRMW tag title in 1992. Jericho went on to defeat Biff Wellington
to become the CRMW champion in 1993, and feuded with Storm for the CRMW junior heavyweight
belt in 1994 and 95.
He wrestled for "garbage wrestling" specialists FMW in Japan in the early 90s, and
for the WWA in Monterrey, Mexico, where, wrestling as "Corazon de Leon" (Lionheart)
he and Dandy held the tag belts. With Mexico's EMLL, Jericho won the NWA world
middleweight title in 1993, losing it to Ultimo Dragon (Yoshihiro Asai) in Japan
In Japan -- wrestling as "Lion Do" -- Chris moved to the WAR promotion and captured
their International junior heavyweight belt in 1995 (and, again, lost it to Ultimo
Big break in North America came in 1996 when he joined Philadelphia-based
ECW and became their TV champion. He used this exposure to get a contract with
WCW, where he was pushed as a top wrestler in their cruiserweight division.
Jumped to the WWF in 1999.
- WWA tag champion (Mexico), with Dandy, 1993
- NWA Middleweight champion (as Corazon de Leon), 1993-94
- WAR International Junior Heavyweight champion (as Lion Do), 1995
- WAR International Junior Heavyweight tag champion (as Lion Do), with Gedo, 1996
- ECW TV champion, 1996
- 4-time WCW Cruiserweight champion, 1997-98
- WCW TV champion, 1998
- WWF Intercontinental champion, 1999