Chris Jericho Reveals Who He Wanted To Work With At WrestleMania 29 (Book Review)

Three-time New York Times bestselling author, Chris Jericho, is back with his fourth book titled, No Is a Four Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life.

If you are a fan of the Books of Jericho, then this book is for you. This book was intended for three different types of audiences: those who enjoy reading books about positive thinking, rock and roll fans, and pro wrestling fans, and I believe two out of three will truly enjoy the book.

Each chapter is broken down with principles; for example, the first chapter is titled 'The Mike Damone Principle,' who fans will remember from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. When he describes the principle, he brings up stories from his past that connect the reader with his description of the principle.

The 'motivation' in his books comes from a time when he told one of his friends, Pete LeDrew, that he wanted to be a professional wrestler. LeDrew told him that he was too small for it.

Some inside stories from the book include a match that was scratched between himself and Ryback for WrestleMania 29, which ended up being changed to him facing Fandango. Below is an excerpt from Chapter 1 about his match with Ryback at WrestleMania:

For whatever reason, things didn't go the way I had planned. Ryback lost to Punk and didn't win the world championship. But he was still over in a big way, and I thought a great way to build him back would be to work with me. When I pitched the story to the creative team for me to come back for a six-month run through Mania ending at SummerSlam, my two tent-pole ideas were a surprise return at the Rumble and a Mania match with Ryback.

Jericho went on to write about creative going ahead and booking Ryback with Mark Henry, but that his opponent was still yet to be determined. Vince McMahon hadn't told him yet who he was going to face, so Jericho, who throughout the book goes on to talk about his close connection with McMahon, even dedicating a chapter to him titled the 'Vince McMahon Principle' that you can read in Chapter 4, recalled McMahon pitching him his eventual opponent.

"Well, I know we talked about you and Ryback," says Vince. "I want to go in a different direction. I have another idea for you."

I waited in silence for him to continue. The pause was intentionally uncomfortable and Vince continued in a serious tone.

"We have this new kid called Fandango..."

Jericho believes that the reason why Fandango was even created was because of a conversation that he and McMahon had years earlier when he was on Dancing with the Stars where Vince brought up the male dancers on DWTS, which planted the seeds for the character.

If you are looking to be entertained with the Personality of Jericho, then you will definitely love this book. From barfing next to Hulk Hogan on a plane, to high fiving Paul McCartney at an awards show, to sharing a restroom with Yoko Ono, Chris Jericho certainly does not disappoint when it comes to storytelling.

You can purchase No Is a Four Letter Word at by clicking here.


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