It’s primarily a motivational book with twenty different principles to live your life by, all with interesting stories as to why Chris himself follows said principles.
The book starts off with Jericho telling the story of how he ended up facing Fandango at WrestleMania 29, and how originally the plan was for him to face Ryback. It’s an engaging tale that shows you a lot of what happens behind the scenes at a WWE event, especially one as large as WrestleMania, which requires months of build up and storylines. While Jericho wasn’t particularly happy that he was facing a debuting Fandango at ‘Mania, he was even less thrilled about losing said match, and to put the cherry on the cake, he was losing it clean. However, he turned this around and made a workable match with somebody who at the time had a decent amount of buzz within the WWE Universe (remember when everybody was still doing the Fandango dance?).
Undoubtedly one of Chris’ best points with regards to his writing style is that reading this book just feels like you’re having a long conversation with him. You could just as easily be sitting at a bar buying him a few rounds and having him recount all these anecdotes about who he has met and how it all worked out. It’s a very natural read and you feel compelled to continue reading just to find out more interesting stories about Chris’ life (and there are a few, junior!).
Also, it turns out that Chris is quite the name-dropper. While each principle was named after a celebrity or somebody Chris knew well, every story dropped the biggest names from the worlds of wrestling and rock ‘n’ roll. Whether he’s telling stories about the likes of Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker in the WWE locker room, or tales from the road with the likes of Gene Simmons and James Hetfield. Honestly, if Jericho had filled his famous list with all of the names he dropped in this book, it’d be almost as long as that time he dropped the list with his 1,004 holds back in WCW.
This book is a definite must read for any wrestling fan, or any fan of music, as the stories Chris tells about undoubted legends of the businesses are pure gold. My favourite is one he tells of the time he met Yoko Ono in the creepiest way I’ve ever heard of somebody meeting anyone. While Chris has undoubtedly met a lot of fanboys for his work over the years, it’s evident that even “The Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah” gets overcome with that kind of emotion when he meets his idols. It’s refreshing to know that even if you think you’d go to some weird lengths to meet somebody you consider a hero, Chris Jericho will probably top that.
For those of you who do not have the resources to purchase Chris’ book, yet somehow do have the resources to read this article, here are the twenty principles to live your life by as follows:
The Mike Damone Principle: Wherever you are, that’s the place to be
The Jericho PrInciple: Believe in yourself or nobody else will
The Keith Richards Principle: Find a way to make it work
The Vince McMahon Principle: Work hard… then work harder!
The Richard Hayden Principle: Don’t take no for an answer
The Negro Casas Principle: Know your audience
The Yoda Principle: There is no try… only do (Do or do not. There is no try)
The Paul Stanley Principle: Eliminate negativity
The Viv Savage Principle: Have a good time all the time
The Twelfth Ninja Principle: Enjoy the moment
The Groundlings Principle: Always Commit
The Pillman Principle: Do something different
The America’s Funniest Home Videos Principle: Let it go
The Mike Lozanski Principle: Stand up for what you believe in
The Ted Irvine Principle: You gotta sell yourself
The Shep Gordon Principle: You never know who’s watching you
The Ronnie James Dio Principle: Give everyone their moment
The Gene Simmons Principle: Always look like a star
The Steve Austin Principle: Sometimes you have to be an asshole
The Bowie Principle: Reinvent yourself
No Is A Four Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded In Life is available right now on all available platforms and you can find it right here:
Also, if you want more Jericho (and who doesn’t), listen to his podcast: