Chris Jericho is a seven-time world champion, having once held the WWF Championship and the AEW World Championship, twice the WCW Championship and three times the World Heavyweight Championship; he is also a nine-time Intercontinental Champion (realm record) and a two-time United States Champion, making him one of four wrestlers to complete the Grand Slam with both the old (fourth) and new (seventh) formats.
After his departure from WWE in 2018, Jericho signed with NJPW, where he became a one-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, becoming the first man to have held both the WWE and IWGP Intercontinental Championships. Jericho joined AEW in January 2019 and became the inaugural holder of the AEW World Championship in August of that year.
All totalled, between ECW, WCW, WWE, NJPW and AEW, Jericho has held 36 championships (including seven World Championships, and 10 Intercontinental Championships). In an interview with The Rich Eisen Show, Y2J discussed how he and Triple H did not like each other in the early 2000s: “I think that there were guys in the past that I had issues with.
Triple H is one of them, he’ll tell you the same. In the early 2000s, we didn’t have much like for each other but we always had great matches and I think this might be one of the reasons why. We just had this professional rivalry, maybe a little personal dislike, but then fast forward four, five, six years, you get to be a little bit older and wiser and you think back, like, why did we have so many problems? Why did we hate each other? Why did we not like each other? And now we’re friends.
I think that there is always that little bit of animosity that drives you to become better and if you have a case like Jericho and Triple H, our matches were always great because there was a little bit of real life animosity.
I’m gonna show him, well I’m gonna him. And I think that’s good in a certain way and I would almost suggest that back in those days, Vince McMahon would subtly encourage that because he knew you were always going to get better results inside the ring”.