The history of wrestling books has seen the biggest names choose to tell their story in the most profound way. Wrestlers have proven to be multi-faceted with many names writing great books after their stints in WWE and other promotions. The stories vary between books that impressed wrestling fans and those that translated beyond the public to win over readers without association with wrestling.
Chris Jericho deserves credit for being a big name for proving that wrestlers could write great books. The various books written by Jericho all tell of his career in radically different ways. Few wrestlers have matched his success in beloved books that truly provide insight into the business. Jericho changed the game and has possibly the best book series ever written by a wrestler.
They give enough time for each stage of his career
All five of Chris Jericho’s books feature him each giving plenty of time each time in his career without rushing it. Bryan Danielson has revealed he regrets writing his book with WWE because he rushed his story and left a lot on the table. Jericho’s first book was about his early years training in Canada, traveling the world and signing with WCW.
A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex quit before joining WWE and is often called the best of his streak. The attention to detail in the stories that precede the “making” has inspired many wrestlers and helped wrestling fans learn more about the company. Undisputed: How to become the world champion in 1,372 easy steps was the next book to look at life in WWE.
Jericho knew the WWE era deserved its own book and showed how hard it was to fit in before getting over it. Future books like No is a four letter word, the best in the world: what I have no idea, and his recent The Complete Jericho List each tackled different versions of the narrative than his first two. Each book felt different from the next while keeping the same theme that won over Jericho fans.
They contain fascinating stories
The stories shared in the wrestling books tend to be the most interesting part since fans have memories of the on-screen moments. Chris Jericho has shared plenty of juicy details about what made some chapters of his career more memorable than others. The time he got robbed in Mexico at gunpoint while riding in a car with the wrong person showed just how unpredictable life can be for an uphill wrestler.
WCW’s backstage mayhem was referenced in his first book, from Goldberg refusing to fight him to Hulk Hogan suggesting he go to WWE when his contract expired. Jericho also shared details about Triple H being rude to him and The Undertaker chewing him out for cutting out a rude promo in the first few months, showing how he struggled to find friends.
Even the interactions with Vince McMahon are on another level than the other great books written by Mick Foley, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. Jericho had the perspective of someone who saw Vince as a father figure but also as someone who challenged him. The honest stories you get from the Jericho books are enough to keep any diehard wrestling fan entertained for hours.
Jericho books are better than others
Only a handful of wrestling books would have realistic arguments to challenge Chris Jericho’s series. Mick Foley is the biggest name to ever come because of his early books which were smash hits. The wrestling world was proud of Foley for opening the door for aspiring wrestlers to secure book deals from popular publishing houses. However, Foley’s later works fell more than Jericho’s to even things out.
Jon Moxley’s recent book is receiving rave reviews and discussions for being an all-time great wrestling read. It’s too early to tell if this one will stand up to the way Jericho’s first two books are beloved all these years later. Moxley may also retire from writing after a book since he has transcribed his career up to the current point.
Other wrestlers like Bryan Danielson, William Regal, Roddy Piper and a few others have released books to win the love of the public. Unfortunately, none of them were successful enough to take an instant interest in their followings. Jericho chronicled his entire career through a few books and had additional content to share other parts of his life in unique ways. No other wrestler has had as much consistent success as Jericho in the world of the book.
Professional wrestlers often have many great stories to tell. However, some wrestling biographies fly under the radar despite their excellent quality.
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