I think I mentioned this back when the title was announced, but "Undisputed: How To Become The World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps” is easily the best name for a pro-wrestling autobiography ever, and is legitimately one of the best titles for an autobiography of any kind I've ever come across.
Go buy this immediately. Only one chapter left to go for me. . . I've been reading it since late Saturday and keep picking it back up a few minutes after I put it down. You'll even get a little extra out of it if you're a fan of metal. . . there are also a TON of Spinal Tap references, but they're not obnoxious at all.
It picks up exactly where "A Lion's Tale" left off, with Jericho making his WWE debut by interrupting The Rock on the August 9, 1999 edition of Raw. It's hard to pick one thing out that was my favorite, but. . .
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I liked that he he really pulls no punches on his interactions with Vince, I was kind of in disbelief when Jericho told Vince to go fuck himself after a match.
The story about Larry Z suing him over the "Living Legend" name (Larry's attorneys argued that it was rightfully his since he won it from Bruno in a match) was awesome enough, but the fact that they tried to use APTER MAGS AS EVIDENCE~ put it over the top.
"The Salad Shooter"~!
Chris and Zakk Wylde hanging out. . . Chris demanded to hear Ozzy stories, while Zakk demanded to hear Ultimate Warrior stories. The actual stories discussed are hilarious. To summarize and not do the full story justice. . . Warrior would sit in catering and crush cookies into tiny pieces, then sniff them but not eat them.
Jericho and Gerwitz came up with the Money in the Bank WM match. . . I believe that fact is at least somewhat known. What wasn't talked about was the original idea - since the first one was at the Hollywood-themed Wrestlemania, it was originally a "Hollywood Dream Match." The winner would essentially be granted a wish. The plan was still for RVD to win, and his wish would be for ECW to come back. Vince thought the gimmick was dumb but liked the match itself, so he changed it to what we have now.
Unsurprisingly he didn't like working with Chyna. After their Survivor Series match in Detroit (where Jericho was cheered despite being the heel), he got ripped a new ass by Vince for giving her a black eye, despite Vince previously saying not to take it easy on her. Actually, the beginning of his WWE career was really discouraging for him in general.
Funny bit about Austin, Jericho, and Bischoff doing a highlight reel segment on house shows during a tour. Before the first show of the tour, Steph kept coming up to them and asking them specifically what they were going to say, being really annoying about it. Eventually Austin put her in her place in as nice a way as possible, saying that all three of them had made a few dollars by talking, so don't worry about it. She left them alone.
Strongest possible recommendation. My only gripe is Mick Foley's annoying, self-serving foreward. But even that is fixed thanks to an awesome SECOND foreward immediately after.