Chris Jericho on why he reinvented himself



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Chris Jericho on why he reinvented himself

Chris Jericho can be counted among the longest-lived superstars of any era. The Canadian veteran made his mark on countless wrestling federations such as WCW, WWE, ECW, NWA and NJPW, before moving to fledgling All Elite Wrestling.

Y2J is a seven-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship and AEW World Championship once, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Championship three times. Jericho is also one of four wrestlers to have completed the WWE Grand Slam in both the old and the new format.

During a recent interview with Richard Deitsch for 'Sports Media', Chris analyzed his ability to reinvent himself during his very long career.

Chris Jericho has been a godsend to professional wrestling

“When I started working every week in WCW and subsequently WWE on SmackDown, I realized that my TV appearances were all too frequent.

I explained to the management that people would quickly get bored of me if I continued to go on television twice a week. Continuous changes were needed to make my character always interesting in the eyes of the fans” - explained Chris Jericho.

“I remember the legendary Pat Patterson advised me to have a slightly different beard every week. A series of small changes would have helped people stay interested in my character. I wore different tights every week, then there was the question of the beard, things like that.

This has made me more marketable than many other superstars” - he added. Y2J then focused on the recent vicissitudes of NXT: “As an outside observer, I feel like saying that NXT shows aired on Wednesday nights for the purpose of fighting AEW.

That move ended up backfiring on them. When they positioned NXT against the AEW, they clearly damaged the 'Black and Gold' brand. NXT has lost the appeal it had previously gained. Vince McMahon was disappointed and now holds a grudge against NXT." The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla is one of the best wrestlers of all time in WWE.

He is a six-time world champion. He has held the WCW Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Championship three times. Chris Jericho was WWE's first undisputed champion. An ardent fan of wrestling from a young age, he was trained at the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling and made his debut at the age of 19.

A master of the sport, Jericho has become a true inspiration for future wrestlers. His most recent spell with WWE saw him form an alliance with Kevin Owens as well as capture his first United States Championship.