Chris Jericho Explains the Interesting Influences Behind His Timeless Character

Published 02/08/2021, 12:35 PM EST


Chris Jericho has worked in the wrestling industry for over three decades now and has seen every corner of its vast universe. To this day, unlike many stars, he manages to stay relevant and pivotal to the industry. 

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Jericho’s character and his hateable yet equally admirable heel role never ceases to entertain. This makes Y2J one of the greatest performers. 
OSAKA, JAPAN – JUNE 09: Chris Jericho enters the ring during the Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall of NJPW on June 09, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
As a wrestling fan, you’d probably start to wonder what went into the creation of this timeless gimmick that draws in viewership even today. 

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“Well, I mean they always say the best characters are your real-life persona just turned up to the 10th degree. So like yeah, there’s a lot of Chris Jericho in the character of ‘Chris Jericho’, but the best way I can put it is like Jerry Seinfeld plays the character of Jerry Seinfeld on ‘Seinfeld’,” explained Jericho, speaking with Hollywood Raw. 
OSAKA, JAPAN – JUNE 09: Chris Jericho looks on at the post match press conference during the Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall of NJPW on June 09, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
“There’s elements of the real guy and there there’s exaggerations, there’s certain things that are turned up, certain things that are turned down. That’s what ‘Chris Jericho’ the character is like,” said Y2J. 
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Chris Jericho draws influence from legendary Rockstars

‘The Ayatollah of Rock ’n Rolla’ is heavily influenced by rock and metal music. His wrestling persona is based on the charisma of Jericho’s childhood heroes which were mostly rock legends. 
OSAKA, JAPAN – JUNE 09: Chris Jericho and Kazuchika Okada compete in the IWGP Heavy Weight Championship bout during the Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall of NJPW on June 09, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
 “I always wanted to be kind of the ultimate Rock ’n Roll frontman in a wrestling ring like a Paul Stanley or a Mick Jagger or a David Lee Roth in the ring,” admitted Jericho. “So I took those characteristics that those guys had about how to work a crowd and connect with an audience and then put that into my wrestling Persona, which I then put into my Fozzy Persona.” 

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In real life, Y2J is the frontman of his own successful band Fozzy. He is loving every dream he had as a child and is still one of the top performers for AEW. 
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 04: Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho visit Build Studio on October 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
The heel character of Jericho only got better as it encapsulated the influence of fan-favorite rockstars. Although, it would be a lie to say that Chris Jericho didn’t make it a lot better with a tinge of his own personality. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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