The legendary career of Chris Jericho almost defies being condensed into a single list. Over an incredible career spanning decades, Jericho has won almost everything there is to win in the world of pro wrestling, a laundry list of titles and accomplishments that will guarantee him easy entry into the WWE Hall of Fame. Along the way, he’s also been one of the most entertaining figures in the industry, constantly coming up with new ideas and new ways to evolve his character and keep himself in the spotlight, while wrestling fantastic matches and still being unselfish enough to be willing to put over almost anybody in an effort to make new stars and help the next generation. We’ve managed to pare down his career to some of the absolute biggest and best moments of his career, in an effort to help people understand just what it was that made Chris Jericho the very best in the world at what he does.
11. Man Of 1,004 Holds
Yes, Jericho actually had a fairly successful career in Mexico and Japan before he signed with WCW, but the moment that really thrust him into the public eye was his feud with Dean “Stinko” Malenko. It was quite literally a feud of opposites, as Malenko had phenomenal wrestling abilities and almost no charisma, while Jericho’s character has always been more about his mouth than his in-ring skills (although don’t get us wrong, he’s a really good wrestler, too). Malenko billed himself as “the Master of 1,001 Holds”, a reference to his encyclopedic knowledge of technical wrestling, and the flamboyant Jericho decided that the best way to upstage his opponent was to declare that he, in fact, knew 3 more holds than Malenko. For those who did not believe him, Jericho proceeded to pull out a massive roll of paper, and began reading a list that purported to contain all 1,004 holds that he knew, a reading which proceeded through a commercial break, and sadly, he was not allowed to finish. Also, he repeated “armbar” several times, throwing the veracity of his list into question, but in the process, creating a joke that lives among wrestling fans to this day.