Chris Jericho's wrestling career began in 1990 when he started fighting on the independent circuit; in the early years of his career he also fought in Mexico and Japan. His debut match is against Lance Storm in Stampede, the legendary Canadian federation of Stu Hart.
In the winter of 1992, he worked in Mexico fighting with the ring name of Corazón de León, where he worked for several small companies until he arrived at the prestigious Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).
In CMLL, Jericho won the NWA World Middleweight Championship by defeating Último Dragón in December 1993. Shortly thereafter, he left Mexico to go to fight in Germany and then again in Japan, at the court of Genichiro Tenryu.
Here he won the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship together with Gedo. Back in the USA, Jericho fought briefly in Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW), just before the federation closed. Here he formed a Tag Team with Lance Storm known as the Thrillseekers, but never managed to get to the couple titles.
During a long interview with Newsweek, Y2J talked about AEW returning to live shows: “I think everybody kind of wants to get back to work. We’re trying to start slowly and integrate back into life and I think it’s perfect.
Obviously, we’ll take precautions and all that sort of stuff but it’s time to get back on track and I’m looking forward to it. I’m the leader of the Inner Circle, and I’m Le Champion. I think that was a great kind of stopgap measure to keep the star power on the show because we had a smaller crew for those four weeks that will plug up the gaps and I can kind of be one of the focuses of the show without being the focus of the show if that makes sense … As fun as it is to commentate, that’s maybe something I’ll do more in the future,” says Jericho.
“But I think it’s time to kind of take control again, outside of the commentary booth. I’m doing something different every day and keeping creatively stimulated. I find that the worst thing you could do is kind of fall into the trap of, ‘Oh, it’s like Groundhog Day, it’s like every other day because that’s just the way it is’ … The more you kind of basically entertain yourself, the better off you’re going to be."