Before hitting it big with the WWE, Jericho whos the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion and a seven-time Intercontinental Champion was a villainous wrestler in Japan and says he loved scaring his loyal overseas followers.
Says Jericho: My Japanese fans were and still are very respectful, die-hard fans. They really want to believe in the wrestling characters and storylines. I used to love staying in character when I met Japanese fans on the streets because Id scare and intimidate them until they ran away screaming. Theyd act like they were running away from Godzilla!
And while Jericho insists his tough wrestling persona was just an act and extreme, schizophrenic extension of his personality, he admits scaring the hell out of his fans was somewhat soothing for him.
Jericho adds, If I was in a bad mood, it was kind of fun to yell at them and play along as Chris Jericho. I could just shoot them a crazy look and theyd be so afraid. Id feel a little better afterwards.
For more on Jerichos life and career, check out his new biography, A Lions Tale: Around the World in Spandex (Grand Central), which hits shelves today (Oct. 25).
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