WINNIPEG - Surprising to many, an intriguing amount of famous people originate from Winnipeg, including wrestling star Chris Jericho.
Jericho was born in Manhasset, New York as Christopher Keith Irvine to the NHL professional Ted Irvine. When his dad retired from playing with the New York Rangers, Jericho and his family returned to his dad’s home town in Winnipeg.
Though given plenty of incentive to wear his father’s ice skates, Chris Irvine choose to follow his passion of wrestling ever since he started watching the local American Wrestling Association.
After graduating from the Red River college in 1990 with a degree in Creative Communications, Chris Irvine would soon make his wrestling debut at the tender age of 19, donning the name “Cowboy” Chris Jericho on October 2, 1990.
Jericho was actually planning to name himself “Jack Action,” but because an interviewer regarded that name as stupid and insisted Jericho to tell him what his real name was, Jericho nervously replied with the name that would be eternally highlighted across the wrestling entertainment world.
Jericho’s wrestling career continues today, currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), as well as hosting his own podcast and singing in the band Fozzy with the alias Mongoose McQueen.
Because of Jericho’s raging success in the wrestling business, many collectibles have been made in honour of his reputation, including this unboxed 2002 Smackdown Stage of Rage action figure playset, which was sold on eBay this year for over $1200!
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