Chris Jericho & the Monday Night War

This week's episode of the Monday Night War focusing on Chris Jericho got me wondering:  does Y2J "deserve" his own episode of the series?  Sure, most of us love Jericho.  He's a fantastic promo and he's one of the elite performers in the ring in the history of the sport.  However, was he really so integral to the feud between WCW & the WWF that he "earned" (I keep using quotes because it's ultimately, pretty trivial) a focal entry into the series?  He was held back to where he never moved beyond midcard status in WCW, despite great performances, and after his AMAZING debut in the WWF, he was immediately shuffled into meandering, innocuous feuds with Bob Holly, Chyna, etc.  Even when he was put over Austin & Rock as the first WWF Undisputed Champion, he never seemed to be a major draw.

I'm not arguing his talent or ability, I'm just not sure he "moved the needle" enough to warrant his own episode of the show in the same way that Austin, Goldberg, the nWo, DX, Foley & the like did.  Am I missing something?

I will acknowledge that it's nice he gets some well-deserved recognition.  That, in and of itself, is pretty cool. 

Thoughts?

​Here's the thought process of original programming on the Network broken down for you:  
1)  Do we have enough existing footage of something or someone tangentially related to the subject at hand to base an episode on?  If yes, there's an episode.  If no, go to 2.
2)  Do we have the person available to shoot more footage to pad out the existing footage so we don't have to pay someone out of the company?  If yes, there's your episode.  If no, go to 3.
3)  Blame it on WCW if it failed or say it was all because of DX if it succeeded.  There's your show.  
End program creation algorithm.  
​Basically, Jericho is around, so he's suddenly important to the Monday Night Wars.  At this point they're just fluffing out the runtime anyway.  

September Classics: Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam – Unforgiven 2001

We get to the Invasion angle here. RVD has won the Hardcore title and puts it on the line against Jericho. RVD’s overness was evident from the get go but yet they anchored him with The Alliance. I feel Jericho was getting rather stale as a babyface here, and would in fact turn heel not long after this in his feud with The Rock. Pretty good match between the two here, maybe even forgotten since this is the show where Angle beat Austin for the title.


Chris Jericho vs Rob Van Dam – Unforgiven 2001 by Geylow

August Classics: Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit – SummerSlam 2000

Following up on yesterday’s post, SummerSlam 2000 also gave us this great match; a 2 out of 3 Falls Match between two guys who matched up well. Jericho was the smart-ass babyface and Benoit was the ruthless all-business-in-the-ring type who happened to be a Shane McMahon associate around this time, as a stable was being built with Shane at the head, leading Benoit, Kurt Angle, The Big Show and Edge & Christian. That stable would be short-lived, however. This match is a personal favorite of mine.


SummerSlam.2000 – Y2J Vs Chris Benoit – 2.Out… by dido67

QOTD #11: Forgotten Chris Jericho moments

It’s Tuesday morning, and the status quo remains large and
in charge. However, there was a bright spot on RAW, and that takes us to our
question:
Today’s Question:
What’s your favorite
forgotten Chris Jericho moment?
While you take some time to come up with some gold, we’ll
tackle yesterday’s answers. As always, if you want to jump right in to the
discussion, please hit the comments button or scroll to the end.

We were talking about your favorite World Title win, amongst
North American promotions. Let’s jump to it.
mattindeed: 1908. Frank Gotch beat George Hackenschmidt
for the title. Hell of a contest. Still have one of Frank’s teeth.
Awful choice. They could have easily shaved 90 minutes off
this with a little bit better planning.
Uncrusimatic_Buck_Nasty:
i’m gonna go with ones i’ve seen live, so
i’ll have to say when edge cashed in on taker in ’07
White Thunder: Anytime Ric Flair won the belt. Royal Rumble
92′ and Starrcade 95′ really stick out in my mind. For some reason his last
title win in 2000 on Nitro against Jeff Jarrett holds a sentimental place for
me.
I wish I could remember the Flair win in 2000, but I
remember being so sour about the fact they were changing the strap twice a week
that I literally can’t remember how it happened. I do recall he had another
fake heart attack that somehow led to the end of that run about 2 days later,
however. Speaking of Flair…
THE YETAAAAY: Flair beating Vader at Starrcade ’93 is a
great one. One of the last really great WCW moments before the Hogan entry
changed the fabric of the company.
The whole build-up to this was phenomenal; incredible when
you consider that it was slapped together at the last minute thanks to Sid’s
inability to keep his cool.
Marv Cresto: The end of WM20, duh, it was the culmination
of almost seven years of “smart fans” pushing for a guy to get the
big chance despite having no ability to cut a promo or make himself at all
relatable to people at large, and it worked. This would be damn near every
single person’s comment had the guy not gone on to do what he did.
Chris Hirsch: Jericho beating the Rock and Austin in the
same night to become the first undisputed champion.
You know it’s memorable when 13 years later he’s still
bringing it up.
Lenny Vowels: Probably have to go with Bret winning at
WMX. As bad as ’94 was overall, that title change was huge. I was tired of Yoko
as champion, and Bret was my favorite wrestler in the company at the time, so
seeing him win the title back was just such a glorious moment.
Knuckleberry Pinn:
Bryan winning the triple threat this year
might actually be mine. I was just totally sucked in to everything that was
going on with the fans not letting Batista’s inevitable win take place. A bunch
of us ordered the Rumble and were so so happy with what that Pittsburgh crowd
did, just like we were happy for that awesome hot crowd the night of the cage
double-cross, and just like we were proud of that basketball crowd that did the
Yes chants. Then, at Elimination Chamber, I remember feeling upset that Bryan
lost yet again, but the way Cole reacted to the loss (as was picked up on by
several commenters here), let me know that this might not be the end of things.
Then, we go to the awesome HHH / Bryan Raw segments, which set up the winner
gets the shot match. The icing on the cake was how much drama took place into
that triple threat main event. The table spot, the stretcher job, the hot near
falls. It was perfect. It was like one last time for me to feel like a mark
(albeit, in this new internet age where tweeting about how Bryan should have
been in the Rumble is akin to cheering for Austin 15 years ago). I said this before
on the blog but when Bryan won that main event and won the title, it was the
first time since Backlash 2000 where I was genuinely excited and celebrating
because “my guy” had won the belt. And like I’ve also said, I don’t
foresee that happening again anytime soon, if ever.
I was on vacation during Wrestlemania, and saw the show from
a Buffalo Wild Wings in Charlotte, NC. The entire place exploded when he won,
screaming “YES YES YES!” I wish I’d had the foresight to catch it on my cell;
it was the most amazing “bar reaction” I’ve ever seen.
Basscase: Take it back old school, and we’ll go with
Ricky Steamboat winning the NWA world title from Ric Flair at Chi-Town Rumble
89.
Extant1979: Edge cashing in on John Cena after the
Elimination Chamber at New Year’s Revolution. I was a little disappointed at
the #CenaWinsLOL – I was pulling for Kurt to win that match, so double
disappointment with his early exit. Then the cash-in happened. It was fucking
fantastic.
I had goosebumps when Edge handed the briefcase to Vince
that night. The rules of the briefcase hadn’t been fully established, other
than he was allowed a match anytime, anyplace. Would he have to give the champ
warning? Would he have to pick the venue in advance? All the questions were
answered; truly a great swerve.
Daltonimperial: Jericho beating HHH for the title on Raw in
2000. I don’t care if it wasn’t official and was reversed that same night.
Dr. Facts: I’ve always enjoyed the buildup and
execution of Rock winning at Survivor Series 98. I really enjoyed how they
booked that whole thing.
This might be the greatest “Sportz Entertainment”
pay-per-view of all time, where all the angles wrapped up into a tight little
package. The entire premise led us to believe Foley was going to be anointed the
corporate champion; the perfect red herring to keep us distracted from all the
things that went “right” for Rock.
 Jon Eks: My sentimental
favorite is, of course, Mankind’s first title win. Such a great episode of Raw
with HBK getting his comeuppance from screwing over basically everybody, DX and
the Corporation as appropriate window dressing for the match, Tony Schiavone’s
“butts in the seats” comment on Nitro, and Austin’s return to a
MASSIVE pop. Fantastic all the way around.
Adam “Colorado”
Curry:
Tommy Dreamer FINALLY winning
the ECW title. Too bad that a few minutes later it was followed by my least
favorite title change ever.
Despite the opponent, I think the moment so perfectly
cemented Tommy Dreamer’s career – as the guy who could always come so close but
just never get there. I know a lot of people definitely wanted to see him get a
run with the belt, but with better booking they could have milked this for
crazy sympathy forever.
James: Austin at WrestleMania 14. The crowd pop,
JR’s commentary, and Austin finally winning it after years of adversity.
Completely changed the WWF
Peyton_Drinking: I’m kind of surprised no one has mentioned
Hulk/Goldberg I mean had Hulk jobbed like that since WM VI?
This one gets severely underappreciated over time, as I
think Hogan’s remembered as an over-the-hill politician doing the deed in an
effort to later syphon off his heat; and Goldberg is remembered as a selfish “what’s
in it for me” pain in the ass. At the time, the entire air around this was
euphoric – FINALLY we had the guy who did to Hogan what Sting SHOULD have 8
months earlier. One of the most emotional pops you’ll ever see coming from the
hometown Georgia crowd.
Chris B: Maybe its because of Scott’s Raw rants, but
I’ll never stop loving Backlund winning the title from Bret in one of the most
awesome, incomprehensibly effective heel turns ever. Of course they pissed it
away.
JohnPetuka: A lot of picks for Foley, but from my
personal view, I don’t see how you don’t go with Punk winning it at MitB 2011.
This was more than just a feel good moment. You had an emergent superstar who
seemed to talk directly to the fans with Punk. You had the #1 heel in the
smarks’ eyes in a stale Cena. You had the complete uncertainty of what the hell
was going to happen (Is this Punk’s last match? CenaWinsLOL? What are they
going to do if Punk wins?). So, the biggest face beats the most genuinely hated
heel in an unpredictable moment with promises of more unpredictable moments to
come. Yes, I was marking out, bro (TM Striker). Shit, sometimes it seems like
half the people here skipped watching WWE most of the years between 2007 and
2011 only to come back immediately prior or right after this title change.
Lots of votes for this one, no surprises here. The fact we
knew Punk hadn’t signed his new contract made it seem impossible for them to
put the belt on him; but he was so over, and the place was ready to riot if
they dared the LOLCENAWINS route that it seemed impossible for them NOT to put
the belt on him. The explosion when he won, followed by the missed cash in, and
the blowing of the kiss was the cherry on top. It was so disappointing he came
back so fast, because the angle was perfection to that point.
BooBoo1782: I will always have a personal soft spot for
Bret Hart’s first two title wins, over Flair and Yokozuna. I attended a Nassau
Coliseum house show four days after Bret beat Flair in Saskatoon, and got the
awesome surprise of hearing about the match in the arena before it had been on
TV, and learning that Bret’s scheduled match with Nailz had been upgraded to a
title match and made the main event (the scheduled main, Warrior-Flair no
longer for the title, went on just before intermission). The Coliseum video
that featured the title change (along with the Bret-Shawn ladder match that
Vince wanted as a demonstration) was a great find, both when I rented it as a
kid and bought it used in college. I was disappointed to think that Flair
didn’t like the match from a technical standpoint, but of course, he’s entitled
to his opinion.
MC Hesher: A retrospective disappointment: Orton’s win
at Summerslam ’04. I came back after a two year hiatus and literally shouted,
“Holy Shit! Benoit’s champ!” upon turning on Raw. Obviously a
transitional champ, but hey, repeated victories over HHH and Michaels. Once it
became clear he was putting Orton over at Summerslam, I was thrilled. I cannot
overstate how much I loved Orton’s Legend Killer gimmick, and he was awesome to
watch in the ring. The Summerslam title match was as good as I’d hoped, and I
was so happy he got a world title before Cena did. This was gonna push my boy
Randy to top heel, and give us a great ‘Evolution Implodes’ slow-burn
storyline. I figured HHH would turn face after getting turfed out, beat him at
Wrestlemania, and that was cool by me.
I was at SummerSlam 2004, and you were not alone. There was
a shockingly large number of Orton fans in the house, wearing the Legend Killer
shirt, and just waiting for the moment. I was on a bus heading back to Ottawa
about an hour after the show, and there was a group of about a dozen friends
who could not stop carrying on about how they were there, the night Randy Orton
won his first World Championship. Granted, they were drunker than Bobby Heenan
on a regular Monday Nitro, but they couldn’t get over it.
 

Michael Weyer: Always loved Rock at Backlash 2000, against
the McMahon grouping with Shane as ref, he and HHH going at it hard and fast,
the McMahons ganging up on him…and then the glass shatters, Stone Cold comes
out to destroy everyone with a chair and Rock gets a pin to a mega pop. That’s
how you nicely overbook and great highlight of a great year for WWF.

dirtyearsbill: Eddie beating Brock. Hands down my favorite
wrestling moment. Being there in person at the Cow Palace was surreal.
I happen to agree with you.
I don’t think any of us truly thought they’d go the distance
with Guerrero, even when the whispers started about Angle and Eddie potentially
working Mania for the strap. Between the strange decision to have the Big Show
beat him for the US title, and their failed attempts to make him a heel, there
seemed to be a disconnect between bookers and fans.
The match itself couldn’t have been built up any sweeter,
with your classic Rocky vs Drago setup; or more classically David vs Goliath.
The pint-sized fighter with the heart of gold takes on the unstoppable monster,
and gives it everything he has. Still, he can’t put the beast down, and things
look bleak a number of times – but the hero escapes at the last second.
Yes, it took a Goldberg run-in, but I didn’t care then and I
don’t care now. It led to the sweetest championship moment I ever got to witness
when Eddie overcame drugs, near death, and everything else that plagued him to
beat Lesnar and capture the gold. I can still see the frog splash in my mind
clear as day.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day, and I’ll be here
again with you tomorrow.

Benoit, Jericho and KOTR 2001

Hey, Scott! I have something to bring before the BOD crowd. I was reviewing some Raws and Smackdowns from June 2001 for my website (kingsrecaps.wordpress.com, BTW) and was wondering how frustrating it was to watch Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho during the build to King of the Ring '01. Benoit and Jerihco get the big tag title win over Austin and Triple H, making you think they were finally getting thier chance, but in the weeks they repeatedly jobbed to Austin in title matches, Jericho lost in a handicap match to a pair of midcarders (Big Show and Rhyno), Benoit lost the famed cage match to Angle that he should have won, and only got one other big win along the way, and that was the six man tag on the raw before KOTR. Plus if you watch the last three shows before the pay-per-view, you'll notice Benoit and Jericho were hardly featured, while Austin was allowed to run wild with all his wacky segments and skits. Was it worth seeing Benoit and Jericho win
 the tag titles and get to be in the KOTR main event if it meant they would get buried along the way? Just wanted to get some thoughts.

This was actually well documented in the Observer at the time, and basically it was a case of Vince pulling the trigger with the tag title switch and then changing his mind when it became obvious that Benoit and Jericho weren't going to do business on top.  And then Benoit needed the neck surgery, so they basically decided to pull the plug on the whole thing and let Austin regain some heat and then rebuild Jericho later.  That's why King of the Ring ended up structured how it was. And given Benoit's injury, they were kind of right to change it anyway.  

Jericho on Nerdist Podcast

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Date: Jan 15, 2013 8:57 PM
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Second wrestler in a few weeks on the Nerdist podcast, and Hartwick remarks in the beginning how he's been awesomely surprised by the Punk and Jericho interviews and their nerdishness.

http://www.nerdist.com/2013/01/nerdist-podcast-chris-jericho/

While you're there, search for the Tom Hanks podcast. Best single edition of a podcast I've ever heard and well worth the hour-and-a-half.

Why no WWE Jericho movies

Long time listener, first time caller: with all the generally crappy movies the WWE puts out in a given year, and given that Chris Jericho has, y'know, some modicum of actual acting talent, why hasn't Jericho been in a WWE production yet?  Is he more about the music nowadays, or just not interested/too smart to spend three months shooting some crappy action/comedy film that's going to go straight to video?


Thanks and keep up the good work as always.

I think Jericho's very protective of his own brand and wouldn't want a project where he didn't have control.  

Chris Jericho

I know we're Brock-obsessed, but how lame is/was Chris Jericho's latest run? Everyone was pretty excited when showed up and did his "rile the crowd up too long & leave" bit. Then he promised to change the world, or whatever. But once he didn't win the Royal Rumble, it's like his heat evaporated. The feud with CM Punk was a relative dud. Their matches were good but the WrestleMania match started out with crickets chirping.
 
I just thought it was a huge waste of Chris Jericho. The run certainly didn't do CM Punk any favors either. 

It was pretty lame.  The intro videos led to nothing, the Rumble win got aborted, and they started the CM Drunk storyline a week before Wrestlemania, when it would have seemed more logical to have Jericho lose and then do the psych warfare thing to get a rematch.  Instead he torments the babyface, babyface wins clean, and then they have a rematch just because.  Plus they just didn't have the main event chemistry together that people thought they would.  I'd call it a good diversion for Punk and it led to a good brawl at the PPV, but it's nothing we're gonna be remembering years from now, and I was glad to see it done with after Extreme Rules.  

Smackdown – March 30, 2012 (Wrestlemania Axxess Show)

Smackdown
Date: March 30, 2012
Location: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Matt Striker

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

This is going to be a different kind of show. There were only a few matches taped on Monday and if this show is like last year’s, the majority of this show will be partially taped from Miami and Axxess. It’ll mostly be a big commercial for Wrestlemania with some wrestling thrown in on the side. That’s the same thing the shows all week have done and it’s really all they can do this week. Let’s get to it.

Do You Know Your Enemy? Mine is the Louisville Cardinals. They’re evil and need to be destroyed.

As some of you probably know, usually I watch this show online on Friday afternoon so I can save time in the reviews. Well I did that today, and the show had no new matches and was a collection of old Mania matches. Apparently that’s totally different than what the US broadcast had so this is the second Smackdown I’ve done tonight.

Zack Ryder vs. Drew McIntyre

Drew starts off with a slam but Zack comes back with some speed and a dropkick. They go to the corner where Drew gets punched in the face. He manages to throw Zack up in the air and brings up a knee to take over. Off to an armbar now and Ryder is in trouble. A gutbuster puts Ryder down and Drew hooks a combination camel clutch/armbar. Ryder escapes but charges into a boot to put him right back down.

McIntyre does the go to the middle rope and jump off with the clear intention of jumping into the other guy’s raised boot spot. Ryder makes his comeback and hits the Broski Boot but walks into ANOTHER big boot for two. Zack escapes a powerbomb and Drew chases him into the corner but runs into a pair of knees. The Rough Ryder gets the pin at 5:38.

Rating: C. This was all you needed it to be. It covered both teams and hyped up the match a little bit. Not a great match or anything but it’s good to see Ryder getting clean wins, even over someone like McIntyre. I’m thinking Eve is going to play a role in the Mania match though, which isn’t a good thing.

We go to Miami where Lawler and Cole are on a set at Axxess. We see some of the stuff there, such as Undertaker’s Graveyard and the entrance you could walk down.

Video on Taker vs. HHH for the End of an Era.

Video on the Divas tag. I have no issue with looking at Maria Menunos. We’re never going to talk about Beth and Eve’s teased feud over Ryder again are we?

We see some of the art auction which goes to a children’s cancer center. Nothing wrong with that.

Recap of Punk vs. Jericho, I believe the same one from NXT.

Cole and King get in a flag waving contest.

We go back to Raw for the segment on Teddy vs. Johnny with the end of Otunga vs. Santino (they can’t show a full 90 second match?) which resulted in Miz joining Team Ace. We also get the Christian beatdown where he was put out of the match, and finally the Henry vs. Khali bit where Booker made the save for Teddy and joined the team.

Here’s Big Show in the ring to talk about his match on Sunday. He’s had some good success in this business. He won the world title in his first match and he’s won more since, but he doesn’t have a Wrestlemania moment. Wrestling in the main event for the world title isn’t a Wrestlemania moment? He says this is a bit different than most times he’s been at Mania. He can feel it in his mind, his gut and his heart. Cody is going to lose. Cody’s career isn’t going to get made. It’s going to get broken.

Video on Bryan vs. Sheamus.

Some legends weigh in on the Cell match.

Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho

Jericho grabs the arm to start and works a hammerlock. Kofi speeds things up and hits a jumping back elbow followed by a clothesline to send Jericho to the outside. Back inside Kofi tries a springboard but Jericho takes out the ropes to knock him down and we go to a break. Back with Jericho in control but Kofi grabs a rollup for two.

A knee to the head gets two for Jericho. Jericho misses the crotch to the back of Kofi’s head while Kofi is in 619 position (that really needs a name) and Kofi hits the SOS for two. Boom Drop hits but Chris avoids Trouble in Paradise. The top rope cross body gets two. Lionsault eats knees but Kofi’s kick is countered into the Liontamer for the tap at 11:12.

Rating: B. Pretty solid TV match here but the ending was never in doubt. There was no way Jericho was going to lose two days before a world title match at Wrestlemania. I wish Kofi didn’t have to do the job, especially when he’s in a big match on Sunday but when you have 12 people in one match, that’s hard to avoid. Good match though.

We get the Rock vs. Cena segment from Raw to end the show.

Overall Rating: B. This was a very good final push for Wrestlemania. I get that a lot of people aren’t going to be fans of this and that’s ok. The wrestling we got was limited but fine, as there was no way they were going to run the risk of a bunch of injuries. I’m really surprised Jericho performed at all. Good final push for the show, as this was more about getting us fired up for Mania than a regular show.

Results
Zack Ryder b. Drew McIntyre – Rough Ryder
Chris Jericho b. Kofi Kingston – Walls of Jericho

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Marion Cobretti Reviews Chris Jericho DVD

The Cobra Kai Review of Chris Jericho: Breaking The Code
In my mind, Chris Jericho is the greatest wrestler of all time. He was able to bring it as a face, then even more so as a heel, and he’s never sucked in the ring.
The documentary is great, as you’d expect. There’s a pretty good group of bonus features, including The Man of 1,004 Holds, Hello Cleveland!, Conspiracy Victim, and 2 Thrillseeker’s vignettes. Man, are those terrible. I was bummed to find out that Strange Kentucky People wasn’t on here.

 

 

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“Cowboy” Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm
Calagary, Alberta – October 2nd, 1990
Duration:11:21

The Review: If it weren’t for Lance Storm, this would have probably read “Cowboy” Jack Action. Chris had to be from Casper, Wyoming. For 1990, this match is incredible. They were really doing things, at least here in the states [I know, it’s Canada, same thing in the wrestling world] that Brian Pillman was really only doing, and not on a huge scale. For a first match, this is great. After the bout, Lance Storm told Chris that “you were like Hulk Hogan out there! That was amazing!” Chris received $30 for the bout, and thought he was rich.
Rating:* * * 1/4

The Thrill Seekers vs. The Infernos
Smoke Mountain Wrestling – March 12, 1994
Duration:3:01

Review: Why is this even on here? I guess just to show some Thrill Seeker action, but I want the bout with The Heavenly Bodies. Chris wrestled with a broken arm, and also bled like crazy. Some hillbilly in the crowd thought the blood was fake, and loudly proclaimed so. Then he put his finger in a pool of Jericho’s blood and tasted it, confirming is belief it wasn’t real.
Rating:No rating

Chris Jericho [C] vs. The Ultimo Dragon
IJ Heavyweight Championship Match
Japan – July 7th, 1995

Review: This was probably the match that made Chris. Tapes got around, and earned him a lot of work. Most important was the tape landing in the hands of Mick Foley, then in the hands of Paul Heyman. It’s no surprise this bout caused his star to rise, because it’s fantastic. They’re all over the place, doing things peeps hadn’t ever seen, at least stateside.
Rating:* * * * 1/4

Chris Jericho vs. Cactus Jack
Hardcore TV – March 12, 1996
Duration:12:45

Review: This match is just fun. I love Mick in ECW, easily one of their top characters. Him and Chris just go out there and enjoy themselves. Not a technical masterpiece, but it in no way needs to be.
Rating:* * *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Eddie Guerrero
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Fall Brawl – September 14th, 1997
Duration: 16:44

Review: This match is a clear indication of everything that was wrong with WCW. First off, two of their most talented workers are opening, and while they’re putting on a hell of a clinic, all the stupid announcers can talk about is the nWo. God, it must have been seriously terrible to work for WCW while coming up in the business. As I stated earlier, this match is awesome. It’s non-stop, and watching it, you have to believe that the higher ups at WCW have brain damage, because these two have star written all over them.
Rating:* * * 3/4

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Juventud Guerrera
Mask vs. WCW Crusierweight Championship
SuperBrawl VIII – February 22nd, 1998
Duration:13: 27

Review: This show also featured Scott Steiner turning on his brother. So, what do you think was the highlight of the PPV? Scott Steiner doing this, or Juventud being forced to remove his mask? Yup. Jericho lobbied to have Juvi lose by Jericho cheating, but nope, instead he tapped out in the middle of the ring, clean as a sheet. Of course, Bish promised to push everyone to the moon for being able to lose their masks. Juvi was pushed as a Rock rip off, and Rey Mysterio became the World’s least threatening gangster. Everything you’d expect about this match is there. It’s great.
Rating:* * * 1/2

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Dean Malenko
WCW Crusierweight Championship
Nitro – July 27th, 1998
Duration:6:19

Review: I have no idea why they have this match. Out of the entire feud between these two, this is what we get? Couldn’t they give us the end of the battle royal that Dean snuck into, and the match proceeding it? Bastards.
Rating:* *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Kurt Angle
IC Title match
No Way Out – February 27, 2000
Duration:10:12

Review: This came after Jericho finally becomes the sole owner of the IC Title, after having to share it with Chyna. Why the hell did they think that would be a good idea? Anyways, this match is decent, but I would have liked to see the bout go a little longer. If you ask me, Angle needs to head back to this heel character, it’s one of the all time greats. He was an arrogant jerk who was funny as hell.
Rating:* * *

Triple H [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WWE Championship Match
Raw – April 17th, 2000
Duration:9:50

Review: I can understand why this is on here, but c’mon. Where’s their LMS match from Fully Loaded? That’s a 5 star bout. This match is alright, and the crowd reaction for Jericho’s win is monsterous. I’m surprised they didn’t decide to just keep the belt on Jericho, hell, even Michael Hayes says they should have.
Rating: * * 3/4

The Rock [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
No Mercy – October 21st, 2001
Duration:23:47

Review: Are you kidding me? How on Earth is it I’ve never heard of this match before now? It’s absolutely incredible. They go non-stop for over 20 minutes. It’s fantastic back and forth from beginning to end, neither one of them gets the upper hand for too long, and we even get some hardcore aspects as The Rock drags Jericho outside and delivers a Rock Bottom through the table. We have reversals, kick outs when you’re sure the bout is over with, and a relatively clean finish. I totally forgot about Jericho using the Skull Crushing Finale years before the hack started using it. These two are each others greatest opponents.
Rating:* * * * *

Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Chris Jericho [C]
Undisputed Heavyweight Title Match
Vengeance – December 9th, 2001
Duration:12:37

Review: I think having these two go at it right after Jericho beat Rock was a mistake. If they’d had a little more time to take a breather, I think they could have really delivered. It’s still a solid match, and a complete display of the WWE main event style. No one in the World thought Jericho would end up the winner here, but it was a damn fine move, I think. I just wish it would have been clean, and not having exactly 39 people interfere. Of course, the subsequent angle where Jericho is pussy-whipped without the pussy, and WM18 was headlined by Triple H vs. Steph almost makes you wish he hadn’t won.
Rating:* * * 1/4

DISC 3

Chris Jericho vs Hulk Hogan [C] – No DQ for the WWE Title
Duration:  12 minutes or so
Review: If it wasn’t for The Rock v Hogan at WMX8, than this would be the Hulkster’s best match. Jericho once again proves why he’s the man by giving the Hulkster one of the matches of his life. They go back and forth, and there’s none of that rest hold BS that you see with a lot of Hulk’s matches, nor is it cookie cutter. Most Hogan matches you could call in your sleep, but not this one. A more than worth while inclusion.
Rating: * * * *

Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels
Duration:22:33
Review:  This is one of the most heralded matches of all time, and for a reason. The angle was great, with Jericho admitting that Shawn was his hero, and he’d tried to emulate him his whole career. When it came to the bout, these guys had perfect chemistry, and the match stole the show, no doubt. It’s awesome that Shawn wasn’t able to defeat Jericho with assurance, but in fact squeaked by with a roll up. It made the two look pitch perfect to their parts, especially when Jericho kicks Shawn in the ding-a-ling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs John Cena [C] – You’re Fired Match For The WWE Title
Duration: 13 minutes or so

Review:  Jericho states that people get on John about not being a very good worker, and Jericho, much like those who are half intelligent, know that John is a hell of a worker and will always deliver, especially with another great wrestler. Well, this is certainly no exception. They go out there and tear the joint down. It’s face paced with a ton of back and forth, and although the end of the match had no mystery, it didn’t effect it. Bischoff was ring side and aided Jericho whenever he could, which helped to elevate the match quality wise because it stacked the deck even more against Cena, and flowed with the match so well.
Rating: * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 10 minutes or so

Review: Honestly, I don’t really know why it’s included here. It’s a great match though. Especially the ending, because it went back and forth back and forth in about 30 seconds.
Rating: * * * 1/2
Chris Jericho vs  Shawn Micheals – Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Duration: 22:22

Review: The reason this match is so damn great is because it went the complete opposite way of most ladder matches. Ever since No Mercy 1999, anytime there was a ladder match people kept trying to one-up the last one. With this one, they built an awesome match along with the ladders, instead of trying to build a match with just the ladders. There were no over-the-top spots or anything, but a lot of innovative uses for the ladder. Some really great stuff.
Rating: * * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio – No Holds Barred Match for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 14:32

Review: I don’t know why they have this one here, when their Great American Bash match is an easy 5 stars. Not that this match is slacking, and I guess they put this one in instead because it’s Jericho’s 9th IC Title Win. This was during a time when Rey was open about trying to bring prestige back to the IC title, and having him and Jericho putting on all-time classics over the strap really was helping it. Jericho’s pre-match promo is great, as he keeps yelling at people to not touch him. Great finish, great match. It’s funny that they have it as No Holds Barred, because they didn’t even take advantage of the stipulation.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs The Undertaker
Duration: 10:00

Review:  This was done simply because they hadn’t fought before. Ever. They really should have saved that selling point for PPV or something. It’s a great match, but it should have been a lot more.
Rating: * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs Edge for the World Heavyweight Title
Duration: 15:43

Review: Oooh, now we’re talking. This right here is a bonafied Wrestlemania classic, and my vote for match of the night. These guys went out there and tore the place apart. They didn’t let up for a single second. All the flawless counters and incredible near falls were all built upon fantastic wrestling with Jericho trying to snap Edge’s foot while the same time cowering from Edge’s spear. A fantastic match that earns the full monty, and then we even get the awesome table/spear spot. 5 stars all day, baby.
Rating: * * * * *


Bottom line, this is a fantastic set. One of the best, and I’m sure I’m being partial since Chris Jericho is my all time favorite wrestler. Great documentary, that not only includes a huge chunk of great Jericho matches, but we also get his classic moments that include the Man of 1,004 Holds, his trip to DC, and Jericho getting in a verbal throw down with an old man. This DVD is greater than the moss cover three handled family grudunzle.
This is Marion Cobretti saying, you don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.
ou don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.

Marion Cobretti Reviews Chris Jericho DVD

The Cobra Kai Review of Chris Jericho: Breaking The Code
In my mind, Chris Jericho is the greatest wrestler of all time. He was able to bring it as a face, then even more so as a heel, and he’s never sucked in the ring.
The documentary is great, as you’d expect. There’s a pretty good group of bonus features, including The Man of 1,004 Holds, Hello Cleveland!, Conspiracy Victim, and 2 Thrillseeker’s vignettes. Man, are those terrible. I was bummed to find out that Strange Kentucky People wasn’t on here.

 

 

DISC 2

“Cowboy” Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm
Calagary, Alberta – October 2nd, 1990
Duration:11:21

The Review: If it weren’t for Lance Storm, this would have probably read “Cowboy” Jack Action. Chris had to be from Casper, Wyoming. For 1990, this match is incredible. They were really doing things, at least here in the states [I know, it’s Canada, same thing in the wrestling world] that Brian Pillman was really only doing, and not on a huge scale. For a first match, this is great. After the bout, Lance Storm told Chris that “you were like Hulk Hogan out there! That was amazing!” Chris received $30 for the bout, and thought he was rich.
Rating:* * * 1/4

The Thrill Seekers vs. The Infernos
Smoke Mountain Wrestling – March 12, 1994
Duration:3:01

Review: Why is this even on here? I guess just to show some Thrill Seeker action, but I want the bout with The Heavenly Bodies. Chris wrestled with a broken arm, and also bled like crazy. Some hillbilly in the crowd thought the blood was fake, and loudly proclaimed so. Then he put his finger in a pool of Jericho’s blood and tasted it, confirming is belief it wasn’t real.
Rating:No rating

Chris Jericho [C] vs. The Ultimo Dragon
IJ Heavyweight Championship Match
Japan – July 7th, 1995

Review: This was probably the match that made Chris. Tapes got around, and earned him a lot of work. Most important was the tape landing in the hands of Mick Foley, then in the hands of Paul Heyman. It’s no surprise this bout caused his star to rise, because it’s fantastic. They’re all over the place, doing things peeps hadn’t ever seen, at least stateside.
Rating:* * * * 1/4

Chris Jericho vs. Cactus Jack
Hardcore TV – March 12, 1996
Duration:12:45

Review: This match is just fun. I love Mick in ECW, easily one of their top characters. Him and Chris just go out there and enjoy themselves. Not a technical masterpiece, but it in no way needs to be.
Rating:* * *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Eddie Guerrero
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Fall Brawl – September 14th, 1997
Duration: 16:44

Review: This match is a clear indication of everything that was wrong with WCW. First off, two of their most talented workers are opening, and while they’re putting on a hell of a clinic, all the stupid announcers can talk about is the nWo. God, it must have been seriously terrible to work for WCW while coming up in the business. As I stated earlier, this match is awesome. It’s non-stop, and watching it, you have to believe that the higher ups at WCW have brain damage, because these two have star written all over them.
Rating:* * * 3/4

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Juventud Guerrera
Mask vs. WCW Crusierweight Championship
SuperBrawl VIII – February 22nd, 1998
Duration:13: 27

Review: This show also featured Scott Steiner turning on his brother. So, what do you think was the highlight of the PPV? Scott Steiner doing this, or Juventud being forced to remove his mask? Yup. Jericho lobbied to have Juvi lose by Jericho cheating, but nope, instead he tapped out in the middle of the ring, clean as a sheet. Of course, Bish promised to push everyone to the moon for being able to lose their masks. Juvi was pushed as a Rock rip off, and Rey Mysterio became the World’s least threatening gangster. Everything you’d expect about this match is there. It’s great.
Rating:* * * 1/2

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Dean Malenko
WCW Crusierweight Championship
Nitro – July 27th, 1998
Duration:6:19

Review: I have no idea why they have this match. Out of the entire feud between these two, this is what we get? Couldn’t they give us the end of the battle royal that Dean snuck into, and the match proceeding it? Bastards.
Rating:* *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Kurt Angle
IC Title match
No Way Out – February 27, 2000
Duration:10:12

Review: This came after Jericho finally becomes the sole owner of the IC Title, after having to share it with Chyna. Why the hell did they think that would be a good idea? Anyways, this match is decent, but I would have liked to see the bout go a little longer. If you ask me, Angle needs to head back to this heel character, it’s one of the all time greats. He was an arrogant jerk who was funny as hell.
Rating:* * *

Triple H [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WWE Championship Match
Raw – April 17th, 2000
Duration:9:50

Review: I can understand why this is on here, but c’mon. Where’s their LMS match from Fully Loaded? That’s a 5 star bout. This match is alright, and the crowd reaction for Jericho’s win is monsterous. I’m surprised they didn’t decide to just keep the belt on Jericho, hell, even Michael Hayes says they should have.
Rating: * * 3/4

The Rock [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
No Mercy – October 21st, 2001
Duration:23:47

Review: Are you kidding me? How on Earth is it I’ve never heard of this match before now? It’s absolutely incredible. They go non-stop for over 20 minutes. It’s fantastic back and forth from beginning to end, neither one of them gets the upper hand for too long, and we even get some hardcore aspects as The Rock drags Jericho outside and delivers a Rock Bottom through the table. We have reversals, kick outs when you’re sure the bout is over with, and a relatively clean finish. I totally forgot about Jericho using the Skull Crushing Finale years before the hack started using it. These two are each others greatest opponents.
Rating:* * * * *

Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Chris Jericho [C]
Undisputed Heavyweight Title Match
Vengeance – December 9th, 2001
Duration:12:37

Review: I think having these two go at it right after Jericho beat Rock was a mistake. If they’d had a little more time to take a breather, I think they could have really delivered. It’s still a solid match, and a complete display of the WWE main event style. No one in the World thought Jericho would end up the winner here, but it was a damn fine move, I think. I just wish it would have been clean, and not having exactly 39 people interfere. Of course, the subsequent angle where Jericho is pussy-whipped without the pussy, and WM18 was headlined by Triple H vs. Steph almost makes you wish he hadn’t won.
Rating:* * * 1/4

DISC 3

Chris Jericho vs Hulk Hogan [C] – No DQ for the WWE Title
Duration:  12 minutes or so
Review: If it wasn’t for The Rock v Hogan at WMX8, than this would be the Hulkster’s best match. Jericho once again proves why he’s the man by giving the Hulkster one of the matches of his life. They go back and forth, and there’s none of that rest hold BS that you see with a lot of Hulk’s matches, nor is it cookie cutter. Most Hogan matches you could call in your sleep, but not this one. A more than worth while inclusion.
Rating: * * * *

Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels
Duration:22:33
Review:  This is one of the most heralded matches of all time, and for a reason. The angle was great, with Jericho admitting that Shawn was his hero, and he’d tried to emulate him his whole career. When it came to the bout, these guys had perfect chemistry, and the match stole the show, no doubt. It’s awesome that Shawn wasn’t able to defeat Jericho with assurance, but in fact squeaked by with a roll up. It made the two look pitch perfect to their parts, especially when Jericho kicks Shawn in the ding-a-ling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs John Cena [C] – You’re Fired Match For The WWE Title
Duration: 13 minutes or so

Review:  Jericho states that people get on John about not being a very good worker, and Jericho, much like those who are half intelligent, know that John is a hell of a worker and will always deliver, especially with another great wrestler. Well, this is certainly no exception. They go out there and tear the joint down. It’s face paced with a ton of back and forth, and although the end of the match had no mystery, it didn’t effect it. Bischoff was ring side and aided Jericho whenever he could, which helped to elevate the match quality wise because it stacked the deck even more against Cena, and flowed with the match so well.
Rating: * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 10 minutes or so

Review: Honestly, I don’t really know why it’s included here. It’s a great match though. Especially the ending, because it went back and forth back and forth in about 30 seconds.
Rating: * * * 1/2
Chris Jericho vs  Shawn Micheals – Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Duration: 22:22

Review: The reason this match is so damn great is because it went the complete opposite way of most ladder matches. Ever since No Mercy 1999, anytime there was a ladder match people kept trying to one-up the last one. With this one, they built an awesome match along with the ladders, instead of trying to build a match with just the ladders. There were no over-the-top spots or anything, but a lot of innovative uses for the ladder. Some really great stuff.
Rating: * * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio – No Holds Barred Match for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 14:32

Review: I don’t know why they have this one here, when their Great American Bash match is an easy 5 stars. Not that this match is slacking, and I guess they put this one in instead because it’s Jericho’s 9th IC Title Win. This was during a time when Rey was open about trying to bring prestige back to the IC title, and having him and Jericho putting on all-time classics over the strap really was helping it. Jericho’s pre-match promo is great, as he keeps yelling at people to not touch him. Great finish, great match. It’s funny that they have it as No Holds Barred, because they didn’t even take advantage of the stipulation.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs The Undertaker
Duration: 10:00

Review:  This was done simply because they hadn’t fought before. Ever. They really should have saved that selling point for PPV or something. It’s a great match, but it should have been a lot more.
Rating: * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs Edge for the World Heavyweight Title
Duration: 15:43

Review: Oooh, now we’re talking. This right here is a bonafied Wrestlemania classic, and my vote for match of the night. These guys went out there and tore the place apart. They didn’t let up for a single second. All the flawless counters and incredible near falls were all built upon fantastic wrestling with Jericho trying to snap Edge’s foot while the same time cowering from Edge’s spear. A fantastic match that earns the full monty, and then we even get the awesome table/spear spot. 5 stars all day, baby.
Rating: * * * * *


Bottom line, this is a fantastic set. One of the best, and I’m sure I’m being partial since Chris Jericho is my all time favorite wrestler. Great documentary, that not only includes a huge chunk of great Jericho matches, but we also get his classic moments that include the Man of 1,004 Holds, his trip to DC, and Jericho getting in a verbal throw down with an old man. This DVD is greater than the moss cover three handled family grudunzle.
This is Marion Cobretti saying, you don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.
ou don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.

Marion Cobretti Reviews Chris Jericho DVD

The Cobra Kai Review of Chris Jericho: Breaking The Code
In my mind, Chris Jericho is the greatest wrestler of all time. He was able to bring it as a face, then even more so as a heel, and he’s never sucked in the ring.
The documentary is great, as you’d expect. There’s a pretty good group of bonus features, including The Man of 1,004 Holds, Hello Cleveland!, Conspiracy Victim, and 2 Thrillseeker’s vignettes. Man, are those terrible. I was bummed to find out that Strange Kentucky People wasn’t on here.

 

 

DISC 2

“Cowboy” Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm
Calagary, Alberta – October 2nd, 1990
Duration:11:21

The Review: If it weren’t for Lance Storm, this would have probably read “Cowboy” Jack Action. Chris had to be from Casper, Wyoming. For 1990, this match is incredible. They were really doing things, at least here in the states [I know, it’s Canada, same thing in the wrestling world] that Brian Pillman was really only doing, and not on a huge scale. For a first match, this is great. After the bout, Lance Storm told Chris that “you were like Hulk Hogan out there! That was amazing!” Chris received $30 for the bout, and thought he was rich.
Rating:* * * 1/4

The Thrill Seekers vs. The Infernos
Smoke Mountain Wrestling – March 12, 1994
Duration:3:01

Review: Why is this even on here? I guess just to show some Thrill Seeker action, but I want the bout with The Heavenly Bodies. Chris wrestled with a broken arm, and also bled like crazy. Some hillbilly in the crowd thought the blood was fake, and loudly proclaimed so. Then he put his finger in a pool of Jericho’s blood and tasted it, confirming is belief it wasn’t real.
Rating:No rating

Chris Jericho [C] vs. The Ultimo Dragon
IJ Heavyweight Championship Match
Japan – July 7th, 1995

Review: This was probably the match that made Chris. Tapes got around, and earned him a lot of work. Most important was the tape landing in the hands of Mick Foley, then in the hands of Paul Heyman. It’s no surprise this bout caused his star to rise, because it’s fantastic. They’re all over the place, doing things peeps hadn’t ever seen, at least stateside.
Rating:* * * * 1/4

Chris Jericho vs. Cactus Jack
Hardcore TV – March 12, 1996
Duration:12:45

Review: This match is just fun. I love Mick in ECW, easily one of their top characters. Him and Chris just go out there and enjoy themselves. Not a technical masterpiece, but it in no way needs to be.
Rating:* * *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Eddie Guerrero
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Fall Brawl – September 14th, 1997
Duration: 16:44

Review: This match is a clear indication of everything that was wrong with WCW. First off, two of their most talented workers are opening, and while they’re putting on a hell of a clinic, all the stupid announcers can talk about is the nWo. God, it must have been seriously terrible to work for WCW while coming up in the business. As I stated earlier, this match is awesome. It’s non-stop, and watching it, you have to believe that the higher ups at WCW have brain damage, because these two have star written all over them.
Rating:* * * 3/4

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Juventud Guerrera
Mask vs. WCW Crusierweight Championship
SuperBrawl VIII – February 22nd, 1998
Duration:13: 27

Review: This show also featured Scott Steiner turning on his brother. So, what do you think was the highlight of the PPV? Scott Steiner doing this, or Juventud being forced to remove his mask? Yup. Jericho lobbied to have Juvi lose by Jericho cheating, but nope, instead he tapped out in the middle of the ring, clean as a sheet. Of course, Bish promised to push everyone to the moon for being able to lose their masks. Juvi was pushed as a Rock rip off, and Rey Mysterio became the World’s least threatening gangster. Everything you’d expect about this match is there. It’s great.
Rating:* * * 1/2

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Dean Malenko
WCW Crusierweight Championship
Nitro – July 27th, 1998
Duration:6:19

Review: I have no idea why they have this match. Out of the entire feud between these two, this is what we get? Couldn’t they give us the end of the battle royal that Dean snuck into, and the match proceeding it? Bastards.
Rating:* *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Kurt Angle
IC Title match
No Way Out – February 27, 2000
Duration:10:12

Review: This came after Jericho finally becomes the sole owner of the IC Title, after having to share it with Chyna. Why the hell did they think that would be a good idea? Anyways, this match is decent, but I would have liked to see the bout go a little longer. If you ask me, Angle needs to head back to this heel character, it’s one of the all time greats. He was an arrogant jerk who was funny as hell.
Rating:* * *

Triple H [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WWE Championship Match
Raw – April 17th, 2000
Duration:9:50

Review: I can understand why this is on here, but c’mon. Where’s their LMS match from Fully Loaded? That’s a 5 star bout. This match is alright, and the crowd reaction for Jericho’s win is monsterous. I’m surprised they didn’t decide to just keep the belt on Jericho, hell, even Michael Hayes says they should have.
Rating: * * 3/4

The Rock [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
No Mercy – October 21st, 2001
Duration:23:47

Review: Are you kidding me? How on Earth is it I’ve never heard of this match before now? It’s absolutely incredible. They go non-stop for over 20 minutes. It’s fantastic back and forth from beginning to end, neither one of them gets the upper hand for too long, and we even get some hardcore aspects as The Rock drags Jericho outside and delivers a Rock Bottom through the table. We have reversals, kick outs when you’re sure the bout is over with, and a relatively clean finish. I totally forgot about Jericho using the Skull Crushing Finale years before the hack started using it. These two are each others greatest opponents.
Rating:* * * * *

Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Chris Jericho [C]
Undisputed Heavyweight Title Match
Vengeance – December 9th, 2001
Duration:12:37

Review: I think having these two go at it right after Jericho beat Rock was a mistake. If they’d had a little more time to take a breather, I think they could have really delivered. It’s still a solid match, and a complete display of the WWE main event style. No one in the World thought Jericho would end up the winner here, but it was a damn fine move, I think. I just wish it would have been clean, and not having exactly 39 people interfere. Of course, the subsequent angle where Jericho is pussy-whipped without the pussy, and WM18 was headlined by Triple H vs. Steph almost makes you wish he hadn’t won.
Rating:* * * 1/4

DISC 3

Chris Jericho vs Hulk Hogan [C] – No DQ for the WWE Title
Duration:  12 minutes or so
Review: If it wasn’t for The Rock v Hogan at WMX8, than this would be the Hulkster’s best match. Jericho once again proves why he’s the man by giving the Hulkster one of the matches of his life. They go back and forth, and there’s none of that rest hold BS that you see with a lot of Hulk’s matches, nor is it cookie cutter. Most Hogan matches you could call in your sleep, but not this one. A more than worth while inclusion.
Rating: * * * *

Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels
Duration:22:33
Review:  This is one of the most heralded matches of all time, and for a reason. The angle was great, with Jericho admitting that Shawn was his hero, and he’d tried to emulate him his whole career. When it came to the bout, these guys had perfect chemistry, and the match stole the show, no doubt. It’s awesome that Shawn wasn’t able to defeat Jericho with assurance, but in fact squeaked by with a roll up. It made the two look pitch perfect to their parts, especially when Jericho kicks Shawn in the ding-a-ling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs John Cena [C] – You’re Fired Match For The WWE Title
Duration: 13 minutes or so

Review:  Jericho states that people get on John about not being a very good worker, and Jericho, much like those who are half intelligent, know that John is a hell of a worker and will always deliver, especially with another great wrestler. Well, this is certainly no exception. They go out there and tear the joint down. It’s face paced with a ton of back and forth, and although the end of the match had no mystery, it didn’t effect it. Bischoff was ring side and aided Jericho whenever he could, which helped to elevate the match quality wise because it stacked the deck even more against Cena, and flowed with the match so well.
Rating: * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 10 minutes or so

Review: Honestly, I don’t really know why it’s included here. It’s a great match though. Especially the ending, because it went back and forth back and forth in about 30 seconds.
Rating: * * * 1/2
Chris Jericho vs  Shawn Micheals – Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Duration: 22:22

Review: The reason this match is so damn great is because it went the complete opposite way of most ladder matches. Ever since No Mercy 1999, anytime there was a ladder match people kept trying to one-up the last one. With this one, they built an awesome match along with the ladders, instead of trying to build a match with just the ladders. There were no over-the-top spots or anything, but a lot of innovative uses for the ladder. Some really great stuff.
Rating: * * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio – No Holds Barred Match for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 14:32

Review: I don’t know why they have this one here, when their Great American Bash match is an easy 5 stars. Not that this match is slacking, and I guess they put this one in instead because it’s Jericho’s 9th IC Title Win. This was during a time when Rey was open about trying to bring prestige back to the IC title, and having him and Jericho putting on all-time classics over the strap really was helping it. Jericho’s pre-match promo is great, as he keeps yelling at people to not touch him. Great finish, great match. It’s funny that they have it as No Holds Barred, because they didn’t even take advantage of the stipulation.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs The Undertaker
Duration: 10:00

Review:  This was done simply because they hadn’t fought before. Ever. They really should have saved that selling point for PPV or something. It’s a great match, but it should have been a lot more.
Rating: * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs Edge for the World Heavyweight Title
Duration: 15:43

Review: Oooh, now we’re talking. This right here is a bonafied Wrestlemania classic, and my vote for match of the night. These guys went out there and tore the place apart. They didn’t let up for a single second. All the flawless counters and incredible near falls were all built upon fantastic wrestling with Jericho trying to snap Edge’s foot while the same time cowering from Edge’s spear. A fantastic match that earns the full monty, and then we even get the awesome table/spear spot. 5 stars all day, baby.
Rating: * * * * *


Bottom line, this is a fantastic set. One of the best, and I’m sure I’m being partial since Chris Jericho is my all time favorite wrestler. Great documentary, that not only includes a huge chunk of great Jericho matches, but we also get his classic moments that include the Man of 1,004 Holds, his trip to DC, and Jericho getting in a verbal throw down with an old man. This DVD is greater than the moss cover three handled family grudunzle.
This is Marion Cobretti saying, you don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.
ou don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.

Marion Cobretti Reviews Chris Jericho DVD

The Cobra Kai Review of Chris Jericho: Breaking The Code
In my mind, Chris Jericho is the greatest wrestler of all time. He was able to bring it as a face, then even more so as a heel, and he’s never sucked in the ring.
The documentary is great, as you’d expect. There’s a pretty good group of bonus features, including The Man of 1,004 Holds, Hello Cleveland!, Conspiracy Victim, and 2 Thrillseeker’s vignettes. Man, are those terrible. I was bummed to find out that Strange Kentucky People wasn’t on here.

 

 

DISC 2

“Cowboy” Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm
Calagary, Alberta – October 2nd, 1990
Duration:11:21

The Review: If it weren’t for Lance Storm, this would have probably read “Cowboy” Jack Action. Chris had to be from Casper, Wyoming. For 1990, this match is incredible. They were really doing things, at least here in the states [I know, it’s Canada, same thing in the wrestling world] that Brian Pillman was really only doing, and not on a huge scale. For a first match, this is great. After the bout, Lance Storm told Chris that “you were like Hulk Hogan out there! That was amazing!” Chris received $30 for the bout, and thought he was rich.
Rating:* * * 1/4

The Thrill Seekers vs. The Infernos
Smoke Mountain Wrestling – March 12, 1994
Duration:3:01

Review: Why is this even on here? I guess just to show some Thrill Seeker action, but I want the bout with The Heavenly Bodies. Chris wrestled with a broken arm, and also bled like crazy. Some hillbilly in the crowd thought the blood was fake, and loudly proclaimed so. Then he put his finger in a pool of Jericho’s blood and tasted it, confirming is belief it wasn’t real.
Rating:No rating

Chris Jericho [C] vs. The Ultimo Dragon
IJ Heavyweight Championship Match
Japan – July 7th, 1995

Review: This was probably the match that made Chris. Tapes got around, and earned him a lot of work. Most important was the tape landing in the hands of Mick Foley, then in the hands of Paul Heyman. It’s no surprise this bout caused his star to rise, because it’s fantastic. They’re all over the place, doing things peeps hadn’t ever seen, at least stateside.
Rating:* * * * 1/4

Chris Jericho vs. Cactus Jack
Hardcore TV – March 12, 1996
Duration:12:45

Review: This match is just fun. I love Mick in ECW, easily one of their top characters. Him and Chris just go out there and enjoy themselves. Not a technical masterpiece, but it in no way needs to be.
Rating:* * *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Eddie Guerrero
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Fall Brawl – September 14th, 1997
Duration: 16:44

Review: This match is a clear indication of everything that was wrong with WCW. First off, two of their most talented workers are opening, and while they’re putting on a hell of a clinic, all the stupid announcers can talk about is the nWo. God, it must have been seriously terrible to work for WCW while coming up in the business. As I stated earlier, this match is awesome. It’s non-stop, and watching it, you have to believe that the higher ups at WCW have brain damage, because these two have star written all over them.
Rating:* * * 3/4

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Juventud Guerrera
Mask vs. WCW Crusierweight Championship
SuperBrawl VIII – February 22nd, 1998
Duration:13: 27

Review: This show also featured Scott Steiner turning on his brother. So, what do you think was the highlight of the PPV? Scott Steiner doing this, or Juventud being forced to remove his mask? Yup. Jericho lobbied to have Juvi lose by Jericho cheating, but nope, instead he tapped out in the middle of the ring, clean as a sheet. Of course, Bish promised to push everyone to the moon for being able to lose their masks. Juvi was pushed as a Rock rip off, and Rey Mysterio became the World’s least threatening gangster. Everything you’d expect about this match is there. It’s great.
Rating:* * * 1/2

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Dean Malenko
WCW Crusierweight Championship
Nitro – July 27th, 1998
Duration:6:19

Review: I have no idea why they have this match. Out of the entire feud between these two, this is what we get? Couldn’t they give us the end of the battle royal that Dean snuck into, and the match proceeding it? Bastards.
Rating:* *

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Kurt Angle
IC Title match
No Way Out – February 27, 2000
Duration:10:12

Review: This came after Jericho finally becomes the sole owner of the IC Title, after having to share it with Chyna. Why the hell did they think that would be a good idea? Anyways, this match is decent, but I would have liked to see the bout go a little longer. If you ask me, Angle needs to head back to this heel character, it’s one of the all time greats. He was an arrogant jerk who was funny as hell.
Rating:* * *

Triple H [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WWE Championship Match
Raw – April 17th, 2000
Duration:9:50

Review: I can understand why this is on here, but c’mon. Where’s their LMS match from Fully Loaded? That’s a 5 star bout. This match is alright, and the crowd reaction for Jericho’s win is monsterous. I’m surprised they didn’t decide to just keep the belt on Jericho, hell, even Michael Hayes says they should have.
Rating: * * 3/4

The Rock [C] vs. Chris Jericho
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
No Mercy – October 21st, 2001
Duration:23:47

Review: Are you kidding me? How on Earth is it I’ve never heard of this match before now? It’s absolutely incredible. They go non-stop for over 20 minutes. It’s fantastic back and forth from beginning to end, neither one of them gets the upper hand for too long, and we even get some hardcore aspects as The Rock drags Jericho outside and delivers a Rock Bottom through the table. We have reversals, kick outs when you’re sure the bout is over with, and a relatively clean finish. I totally forgot about Jericho using the Skull Crushing Finale years before the hack started using it. These two are each others greatest opponents.
Rating:* * * * *

Stone Cold Steve Austin [C] vs. Chris Jericho [C]
Undisputed Heavyweight Title Match
Vengeance – December 9th, 2001
Duration:12:37

Review: I think having these two go at it right after Jericho beat Rock was a mistake. If they’d had a little more time to take a breather, I think they could have really delivered. It’s still a solid match, and a complete display of the WWE main event style. No one in the World thought Jericho would end up the winner here, but it was a damn fine move, I think. I just wish it would have been clean, and not having exactly 39 people interfere. Of course, the subsequent angle where Jericho is pussy-whipped without the pussy, and WM18 was headlined by Triple H vs. Steph almost makes you wish he hadn’t won.
Rating:* * * 1/4

DISC 3

Chris Jericho vs Hulk Hogan [C] – No DQ for the WWE Title
Duration:  12 minutes or so
Review: If it wasn’t for The Rock v Hogan at WMX8, than this would be the Hulkster’s best match. Jericho once again proves why he’s the man by giving the Hulkster one of the matches of his life. They go back and forth, and there’s none of that rest hold BS that you see with a lot of Hulk’s matches, nor is it cookie cutter. Most Hogan matches you could call in your sleep, but not this one. A more than worth while inclusion.
Rating: * * * *

Chris Jericho vs Shawn Michaels
Duration:22:33
Review:  This is one of the most heralded matches of all time, and for a reason. The angle was great, with Jericho admitting that Shawn was his hero, and he’d tried to emulate him his whole career. When it came to the bout, these guys had perfect chemistry, and the match stole the show, no doubt. It’s awesome that Shawn wasn’t able to defeat Jericho with assurance, but in fact squeaked by with a roll up. It made the two look pitch perfect to their parts, especially when Jericho kicks Shawn in the ding-a-ling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs John Cena [C] – You’re Fired Match For The WWE Title
Duration: 13 minutes or so

Review:  Jericho states that people get on John about not being a very good worker, and Jericho, much like those who are half intelligent, know that John is a hell of a worker and will always deliver, especially with another great wrestler. Well, this is certainly no exception. They go out there and tear the joint down. It’s face paced with a ton of back and forth, and although the end of the match had no mystery, it didn’t effect it. Bischoff was ring side and aided Jericho whenever he could, which helped to elevate the match quality wise because it stacked the deck even more against Cena, and flowed with the match so well.
Rating: * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 10 minutes or so

Review: Honestly, I don’t really know why it’s included here. It’s a great match though. Especially the ending, because it went back and forth back and forth in about 30 seconds.
Rating: * * * 1/2
Chris Jericho vs  Shawn Micheals – Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Duration: 22:22

Review: The reason this match is so damn great is because it went the complete opposite way of most ladder matches. Ever since No Mercy 1999, anytime there was a ladder match people kept trying to one-up the last one. With this one, they built an awesome match along with the ladders, instead of trying to build a match with just the ladders. There were no over-the-top spots or anything, but a lot of innovative uses for the ladder. Some really great stuff.
Rating: * * * * 3/4

Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio – No Holds Barred Match for the Intercontinental Title
Duration: 14:32

Review: I don’t know why they have this one here, when their Great American Bash match is an easy 5 stars. Not that this match is slacking, and I guess they put this one in instead because it’s Jericho’s 9th IC Title Win. This was during a time when Rey was open about trying to bring prestige back to the IC title, and having him and Jericho putting on all-time classics over the strap really was helping it. Jericho’s pre-match promo is great, as he keeps yelling at people to not touch him. Great finish, great match. It’s funny that they have it as No Holds Barred, because they didn’t even take advantage of the stipulation.
Rating: * * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs The Undertaker
Duration: 10:00

Review:  This was done simply because they hadn’t fought before. Ever. They really should have saved that selling point for PPV or something. It’s a great match, but it should have been a lot more.
Rating: * * * 1/2

Chris Jericho vs Edge for the World Heavyweight Title
Duration: 15:43

Review: Oooh, now we’re talking. This right here is a bonafied Wrestlemania classic, and my vote for match of the night. These guys went out there and tore the place apart. They didn’t let up for a single second. All the flawless counters and incredible near falls were all built upon fantastic wrestling with Jericho trying to snap Edge’s foot while the same time cowering from Edge’s spear. A fantastic match that earns the full monty, and then we even get the awesome table/spear spot. 5 stars all day, baby.
Rating: * * * * *


Bottom line, this is a fantastic set. One of the best, and I’m sure I’m being partial since Chris Jericho is my all time favorite wrestler. Great documentary, that not only includes a huge chunk of great Jericho matches, but we also get his classic moments that include the Man of 1,004 Holds, his trip to DC, and Jericho getting in a verbal throw down with an old man. This DVD is greater than the moss cover three handled family grudunzle.
This is Marion Cobretti saying, you don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.
ou don’t come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.