Chris Jericho is recognized as “The Man of 1,004 Holds” — but these days, the WWE star has traded wrestling for rock.
The 46-year-old is currently on tour with his long-time metal band called Fozzy. The group’s latest single, “Judas,” can only be Jericho’s biggest hit outside of the ring. Fozzy also had a spot this month at the Carolina Rebellion festival headlined by Soundgarden, Def Leppard, and Avenged Sevenfold.
“I think a lot of times, when you hear Fozzy, they think I’m going to be on stage in spandex, doing body slams, and a song about jumping of the top rope,” the Canadian-American entertainer, told the Associated Press. “We have had some success with a number of our songs, but this [‘Judas’] has gone through the roof. It really is us to a whole other level.”
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Jericho and his friends formed the group in the late 1990s under the name of Fozzy Osbourne. The original incarnation was mostly a cover band that just a few shows. They released two albums in the early 2000’s which was mostly filled with covers of rock legends Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Scorpions. The band has since shortened its name to Fozzy.
By the beginning of this decade, Fozzy flipped the covers and satirical spins and instead, attacked the music with a more serious approach. Jericho, who once defeated Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the same night to win the WWE undisputed championship, returned to his wrestling career, and now it turns out when it breaks through the band which will allow him to hit the ring.
Jericho (born Chris Irvine, son of former NHL forward Ted Irvine) is thankful that he is not in a position to choose a profession on the other. He deserved the freedom of the WWE to come and go as he plans.
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“WWE, it is a brand name. I am but a cog,” he said. “An important part of the people want. But this is our band. People are here to see us. That is, for me, is a bit more of a rush. It is not under the auspices of a different name.”
Still, Jericho is booked for a few overseas WWE shows this summer. He Is not sure whether he will still be a long time back.
“It will be a long time before I go back,” he said. “If I ever go back, if I never more return, that is fine. If I never wrestle another match, it wouldn’t bother me.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.