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Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps

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The eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestselling A Lion's Tale documents Chris Jericho's meteoric rise to wrestling glory in the WWE.

A Lion's Tale gave readers a portrait of Jericho as a young man. Fighting his way through Mexico, rinky-dink leagues and a battery of thieving, sleazy promoters/managers, the book ended with the author's WWE (World Wrestling En
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 16th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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Dan Schwent
Dec 16, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, lendable
Undisputed covers Chris Jericho's career from the time he made his WWF debut to the time he made his comeback two years later.

As you can see by the rating, I did not like this one nearly as much as the first volume. First, the good parts.

Chris Jericho covers his arrival in the WWF, which was surprisingly rocky, and his relationship with his new co-workers. He talks about working with the Rock and Chyna while other wrestlers were trying to poison the office against him. He also talks about how th
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Brandon
Jan 03, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pro wrestling fans
For the longest time, Foley was the undisputed "king" of pro wrestling memoirs and deservedly so, until Chris Jericho's A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex was released in 2007 - Jericho began giving Foley a run for his money. Now, in 2011, Chris Jericho gives us his follow up, Undisputed.

In the 2nd part of what appears to be at minimum, a 3 part memoir, Jericho shares some backstage stories, his ventures into Hollywood, touring with Fozzy and tales of fatherhood. All of which, are just a
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Matt Murphy
Feb 17, 2011 Matt Murphy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wrestling fans, wrestlers, heavy metal fans, people who love awesome memoirs
It was fitting that Mick Foley wrote the foreword to Chris Jericho's memoir, UNDISPUTED, and passed the torch to Jericho as the new champion of wrestling books. Jericho uses the formula that made Foley's books so successful, creating a personal connection with his readers with his openness and wit, and in the process does it even better than the long-reigning king of wrestling authors.

Unlike his autobiography A LION'S TALE, Jericho's new book UNDISPUTED is a memoir, chronicling his journey thro
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Tin
First of all, I don't think I'll be able to review this "objectively" because I've always been a biased fan of Chris Jericho (whether he's playing a heel or face). I also think I prefer this one more (by just a bit) than A Lion's Tale. Basically, Undisputed starts off where his last book, A Lion's Tale, left off, with his amazing WWE (WWF then) debut where he interrupts The Rock. I think the wrestling geeks will get a kick out of the behind-the-scenes look in wrestling, especially with how the b ...more
Robert Risher
Mar 17, 2011 Robert Risher rated it really liked it
Jericho surpasses his last effort with this book, and it is definitely one of the better pro-wrestling memoirs out there. It is fast-paced and entertaining from start to finish, and while I expected to want to gloss over his musical and acting endeavors, Jericho makes them every bit as interesting as anything he did in the WWE. He includes some great stories of his time on the road, both in wrestling and music, and provides some excellent glimpses into the lives and personalities of numerous pop ...more
Jennifer
Jul 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I love professional wrestling and professional wrestling memoirs for an almost-anthropological glimpse into a world very foreign to me. The world of wrestling is a bastion of old-fashioned masculine status and dominance rituals, and Chris Jericho details those hierarchy struggles with hilarious gusto. The testosterone-laced narrative, however, falls away at intriguing points to reveal a deep melancholy: the pro wrestling business is a dangerous one in many different ways, and the ghosts of Owen ...more
Tiara
Sep 19, 2015 Tiara rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I would've never thought that one of my favorite wrestlers fought as hard as CJ during his formidable years in the WWE. You couldn't tell me that Chris Jericho wasn't a rock star, so it was sobering to read how much of his career was an uphill battle that he sometimes stumbled on, but never gave up on. I have some little annoyances with this, but overall an interesting follow up. It makes me nostalgic for the Attitude Era in wrestling.
Matt
Apr 23, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a pro wrestling fan for over 20 years. In that time, I've only read a few autobiography's. Mick Foley's Have a nice day being the best one I've ever read.....Until now.

I'm a Chris Jericho fan but not some super fan, I just really like what he does and who knew he could write a book this good. His first autobio was Lion's tale While it is a good book, Undisputed just builds on its predecessor in so many ways.

Firstly, you have to know that Chris Jericho can be very funny. His comedic
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Dillon Divine
Jul 08, 2012 Dillon Divine rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book about the awesome career of my 2nd favorite wrestler of all time: Chris Jericho.

I really enjoyed this book about the original WWE run of Jericho and found it highly entertaining. I read it in only a couple of days in fact(kind of a big deal for yours truly, don't laugh). It's got many of the elements that made 'Y2J's' first book so great, from his terrific story telling, laugh out loud humor, and ability to allow the reader to feel as if they are in the very scenario he is
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Paul Wardman
Chris Jericho's second book which charts his first run in the WWE plus the forming of his band Fozzy and his attempts to get into acting.
Parts of the book I liked and other parts I didn't. While I've seen Fozzy live (they were really good) and know it's an important part of Jericho's life it wasn't why I was reading the book. Plus the constant name dropping of celebrities I either wasn't familiar with, didn't care about or (mostly) both got old quick. Also Jericho's confidence and brash forwar
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George Sirois
Oct 04, 2011 George Sirois rated it it was amazing
If you're going to pick this up, you owe it to yourself - and to Chris - to pick up "A Lion's Tale" first so you can get completely caught up with Chris' life and history with wrestling.

"Undisputed" is the perfect companion to that. It's one of the most in-depth looks behind-the-scenes of the wrestling world that I've ever read and in many ways, it outshines Mick Foley's "Foley Is Good," which was the follow-up to his masterpiece "Have a Nice Day."

Jericho's sense of humor that you saw on RAW a
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Frank Gurrieri
Jan 14, 2015 Frank Gurrieri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shannon
Aug 14, 2011 Shannon rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Reading this was kind of funny because Jericho talks about his transition between WCW and WWE. Starting a new job myself I related to it. (Except my new boss is far nicer than Vince McMahon.) Jericho has a very entertaining voice which makes it easy to keep turning pages. In addition to his wrestling, I mean sports entertainment career, Jericho lets you into his music career with Fozzy, his acting career, and into the good, tough and bittersweet of his real life. It's ...more
Gav Thorpe
Jul 19, 2012 Gav Thorpe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blasted through this on the flight from Hong Kong to Sydney. The writing is slick and entertaining, the subject always engaging (even if I'm not really up on the rock and metal scene as much as in my youth and a lot of the bands and musicians mentioned meant nothing to me). One star off for there not being quite as many behind-the-curtain insights we've been spoiled with in the previous book or Mick Foley's offerings.

All-in-all, proof of why Y2J is the still the frootest cat on the block.
Laura Richard
Jan 03, 2016 Laura Richard rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of Jericho's three books simply because I grew up watching him wrestle when this book takes place. I love his humor in his writing and getting to read about what was going on behind the scenes when I was watching him every week was fascinating.
TheDenizen
Sep 28, 2011 TheDenizen rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies
Jericho's WWE runs aren't nearly as interesting as his stories about Japan and WCW. I couldn't care less about Fozzy, either...his first book was much better.
Christian
Mar 05, 2017 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely incredible. For me, as good as the first. Although it involved a lot of his time away from the wrestling business, it still involved a lot of wrestling and was a wonderful book. There were some laugh out loud parts and some parts that were painful to read, but incredible too. Definitely a great read!
John
Feb 16, 2017 John rated it really liked it
This is the first Jericho book I've read. Enjoyed it, but then again I'm a wrestling fan and of course a Jerichoholic so I'm biased. Will try to read his other books as well.
Brandon
Jan 09, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sixth period students watched Othello, and I managed to finish this book.

Top five wrestlers, go! My top five always has at least ten guys in it, like any good top five should. Number one is The Rock. A rotating cast takes up numbers two through four; currently that cast consists of Macho Man, Ric Flair and CM Punk. Other folks that could fill out those three slots include Edge, D'Lo Brown, Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Brock Lesnar, Bryan Danielson (a.k.a. Daniel Bryan), AJ Styles, Darren Drozdov,
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Adam Ransom
Sep 17, 2012 Adam Ransom rated it it was amazing
The purpose of Chris Jericho's Undisputed is to educate the readers as an autobiography and the story of his pro wrestling career in the WWE and all the trials and tribulations he faced while trying to make it as a huge star during his first stint with the promotion. Undisputed teaches us that we should never give up on our dreams and that when people stop believing in you or have any doubt, you must perform and prove them wrong. Undisputed is an inspirational and touching story that shows compa ...more
Oxana Tomova
Sep 23, 2016 Oxana Tomova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started watching WWE, Jericho was on a break for a Fozzy tour, so when I started reading his books, I haven't even seen him as a wrestler yet. However, I feel as biased towards his books as a hard-core fan would.

Again, I had a lot of fun reading the book because it was open, honest, and witty. I felt like the author not only had something to say but he also really wanted to share it. And, as a reader, this is a great feeling.

The book starts where the last one ended - with Jericho starting
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Victor Orozco
Oct 09, 2014 Victor Orozco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Good in its own way. I have read A Lion's Tale and thought it was great, from his childhood all the way to his 1999 debut. But Undisputed is a little less wrestling and a little bit more of his rock and roll career.

Still there are some wonderful personal stories as well as an amazing personality.

I have to admit I never noticed this much about him in his previous book, not having watched his matches from his earlier career. But unfortunately he does have a high opinion of himself. Now I adm
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Jamil Labaky
Nov 08, 2012 Jamil Labaky rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It contains everything, from humor and comedy to sadness. Chris Jericho is one of the legends in the WWE and in the music industry. He is very realistic and funny. He started out training in the Hart dungeon back when he was about seventeen years old. It was very stark there. Chris and the other students had to endure a lot of pain and agony to make it was they are now. Many wrestling legends from the dungeon became hall of famers. When Jeric ...more
Gef
Dec 20, 2010 Gef rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: wrestling fans, Jerichoholics
At the height of professional wrestling's popularity, through the late 90s and early aughts, Chris Jericho was one of my favorite wrestlers. He's not wrestling these days, on hiatus from WWE to pursue other projects--and likely to heal his body from the relentless slog of a WWE schedule--and I'm not much of a wrestling fan anymore. Watching wrestling on Saturdays as a kid, then on Monday nights as a twenty-something, I have my memories as a fan, and I was curious to read Jericho's memories as a ...more
Artiom Karsiuk
Nov 19, 2011 Artiom Karsiuk rated it really liked it
Jericho is probably the most talented writer the pro-wrestling business has given us since Mick Foley and his first book may be my favorite book ever. I mean ever, regardless of genre. I literally could shut up about it for months.
So you can imagine how high my expectations were for the second one. And when you develop that level of anticipation, you’re almost setting yourself up for a letdown. I’m saying this because this book was a little bit disappointing. Sure, it was still better than 80% o
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John
Sep 03, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps by Chris Jericho was simply a fantastic book to read. The author, Chris Jericho is a huge star. For being a six time World Champion in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and being the first Undisputed WWE Champion in all of professional wrestling history by beating both Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the same night for the WWE and WCW Heavyweight Championship. He is a record breaking nine time Inter ...more
Travis
Apr 21, 2014 Travis rated it liked it
I love the wrestler Jericho. I followed him from WCW (which this book does not cover) through most of his first run in WWE (I fell out of wrestling for about a decade, restarting in 2012). I love his outrageous, egocentric persona in the squared circle. I listen to his podcast, "Talk is Jericho." And while I flew through this book it didn't quite measure up to the previous wrestler biographies I have read (Mick Foley, Steve Austin). Partially this was because I listen to his podcast where he has ...more
Cat
Jan 09, 2011 Cat rated it liked it
I won an advance copy of this book from Goodreads. I have read quite a few wrestler memoirs so I have a fair bit to compare it to. The stories and tales in the book were enjoyable but Chris Jericho is no writer. It was hard to get past the made up words he took it upon himself too create. He used them throughout the book and it was a little bit annoying. Froot is a word he used to replace cool. Not cool. Or froot. It was funny how everytime he mentioned Mick Foley he would add that Mick had neve ...more
Jacobi
Feb 23, 2011 Jacobi rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read
There was a time in my life when wrestling was one of the most important things in my life. Now, I'm just a casual fan, but I still love getting those rare first hand accounts of just exactly what was going on during my favorite era of wrestling. Enter Chris Jericho's latest memoir. This book chronicles his WWE stint from his classic debut against The Rock to his re-debut against Randy Orton a few years ago. From a content aspect this book is great for wrestling dorks like me. There are a lot of ...more
Ben Phillips
Mar 14, 2014 Ben Phillips rated it liked it
Following on from his début in WWE, Chris follows on his wrestling journey to super stardom in the biggest wrestling company on the face of the earth. There are still backstage stories and what it was like being a WCW guy starting in the WWE. The book takes a different path from the first, with the wrestling taking a back seat to that of Chris's rock band Fozzy.

Likes:

Again Jericho brings that same sense of humour over from the last book which helps speed some of the Fozzy stories along.

Relieve
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