One of Chris Jericho's numerous catchphrases is that he is "the best in the world at what he does" (a quote he stole from Wolverine of X-Men comics). Jericho has done a lot, in fact, from pro wrestling across the globe, to touring with his metal band Fozzy, to competing on Dancing with the Stars. It's the first of these achievements that is the focus of his first autobiography, A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex. Covering the time frame of his youth right up to his memorable debut in the WWF (now WWE), the book follows his trials and triumphs, from starting to learn to wrestling in Canada, to trips through Mexico and Japan, to hitting the big leagues in WCW (and all the headaches that the company caused him).
Jericho's writing style is energetic and insightful, but also very honest as well. He doesn't hold back on his feelings about the other wrestlers he encountered on his rise to stardom, positive or negative. It gives the book an earnest feel, which helps when dealing with the often over-the-top and theatrical world of professional wrestling. This book is a must-read for anyone who was a wrestling fan during the late mid-to-late nineties, and an entertaining read for anyone who likes biographies where hard work and a lot of charisma lead to making it to the top. For those wanting to see Jericho in action, check out these DVD titles available from MPL.
Tim @ Central