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DVD Review: Breaking The Code: Behind The Walls Of Chris Jericho

DVD Review: Breaking The Code: Behind The Walls Of Chris Jericho

by THE INFAMOUS JCITY™ 

A while back I had said that I was going to review this DVD, but never got around to it. I have a ton of DVDs/Blurays that I haven’t had the pleasure of viewing yet and this one has been sitting on a stack of PS3 games for a while now. I thought that maybe I should start going through my collection and begin reviewing shit, so why not start with “Breaking The Code: Behind The Walls Of Chris Jericho”. This DVD set includes 3 DVDs and over 9 hours of Chris Jericho, including an in-depth documentary, various special features and 2 DVDs full of matches spanning the course of his illustrious career. In this DVD review, my first DVD review by the way, I’m going to write about the documentary. I might do the matches at another date, I might not, but for now I’m going to pop this in and break the walls of Chris Jericho.

It all started in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, which is no surprise to me as some of the best wrestlers in the world come from the land up north. Chris Jericho was raised in a good home. His father is Ted Irvine, a sports legend who has played for the NHL for about ten years. His father describes Chris Jericho as a bookworm growing up. Footage of Jericho’s childhood was shown. Chris says he always wanted to either be a wrestler or a Rockstar. Around the age of 13, Jericho and a few of his friends started a band. His band buddies then reminisce about the days when they used to rock out with their cocks out. Ok, so maybe their penises weren’t exposed during the rocking out process, but you know what I mean.
At age 16, Chris started watching Stampede Wrestling and replied to an ad for The Hart Brothers Pro Wrestling Camp. Chris graduated High School when he was 17, but was too young to enroll in the wrestling camp. He had a whole year to kill before he would be able to enroll so he went to Community College and enrolled in a Creative Communications Course. Prior to attending College, Chris had met Jesse “The Body” Ventura at a charity hockey game his father was playing in and Jesse told him, “If you wanna get into wrestling you must first do two things. One, prepare for a lifetime of pain and two, get your degree”. Chris asked Jesse about the The Hart Brothers Pro Wrestling Camp and Jesse assured him that if he can make it there, he can make it anywhere. Jericho got his degree in two years time and then ventured into the world of Professional Wrestling.

At age 19, Chris Jericho made his way to Alberta Canada to start his wrestling training. He met Lance Storm and they became instant friends. Jericho credits Storm as the reason he stuck with the camp. Jericho then says that the only thing that sucked about The Hart Brothers Pro Wrestling Camp was that there was no Hart brothers there to train them. The camp was ran on a book written by Stu Hart in the art of professional wrestling and the most effective ways to train to compete at a high-caliber. Lance Storm goes on to praise Jericho as a perfectionist and talked about how they pushed each other to be the best. Bret Hart says he remembered being impressed with a young Chris Jericho.

After a few years of being on the Canadian independent scene, Jericho changed scenarios by following a friend to Mexico and started competing under the name “Corazon De Leon” which translates to Heart Of The Lion. If you don’t mind the incorrect usage of the phrase then you can just call him Lion Heart like everyone else seems to do. Jericho says this was the first time in his career that he felt what it was like to be famous. He was on the cover of all the wrestling magazines and was one of the most popular guys in Lucha Libre at the time. He then says he wasn’t used to all the attention from the girls, but I’m sure he loved every second of it.
“Corazon De Leon” went on to win all types of championships on his way to Lucha Libre superstardom. While in Mexico Jericho got used to being out on the road. He even wrestled different shows at least three times a day.
Jericho adapted to life on the road pretty fast and figured that he might as well use his new-found fame in wrestling to start taking over the world. Jericho’s next stop was Germany. He wrestled in Germany for about 6 weeks. He says that even though he spent less time in Germany than he did in Mexico that he learned more from the fast lifestyle that was Germany than he did in his time in Mexico. By the way, while in Germany, Chris wrestled at the same arena, night after night, so I’m sure he would perfectly fit in TNA if he ever chose to go that route.

Next stop on the destination to greatness was Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Jericho reunited with Lance Storm to create “The Trill Seekers”. They were a tag team that specialised in Japanese holds and aerial maneuvers. This is where Chris first learned what would later be known as his excellent promo skills.
Chris then found himself in Japan because he says that most of the people he respected in the industry have went to Japan and made a name for themselves. While in Japan, Chris had classic matches with Ultimo Dragon. Jericho says in Japan it was more about the wrestling skills that it was ever about your wrestling character like it was in Mexico.
Chris credits his feud with Ultimo Dragon as the reason he was able to land a contract with ECW. So Jericho trained in Canada, got used to life on the road in Mexico, learned to have a different match every night in Germany, perfected his promos at Smoky Mountain Wrestling and learned the craft of technical wrestling in Japan. He did all of this with aspirations of one day being able to wrestle for the WWE.
Jericho made his way to ECW and Paul Heyman immediately puts him in matches against his top stars. Jericho even suplexed Taz in his first ECW match which was a big deal back in the day. Paul Heyman christened Chris “The last survivor of the Hart Dungeon”. Jericho then credits Cactus Jack as the guy who got him his gig in ECW by showing Paul Heyman his tapes from Japan. They then went on to have great matches as Jericho quickly became an ECW fan favorite.

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Jericho then met Eric Bischoff in Los Angeles at a wrestling show called “The World’s Wrestling Peace Fest” that was being promoted by Antonio Inoki. Eric was so impressed that he offered Jericho a spot in WCW as soon as he met him. Jericho says that he felt his time in the Cruiserweight Division was terrible. Then they show some awesome footage of Jericho wrestling in the Cruiserweight Division so he’s full of crap when he says it was bad. He then explains his frustrations about being a babyface wrestler in the beginning of the Attitude Era and how he would always have to do the job to the heels that were running WCW at the time, mostly known as the NWO.
Jericho gives the NWO props for being a major angle in the history of WCW, but he credits the Cruiserweight Division as the real reason WCW ratings were going up. I fondly remember this time in wrestling and I have to say that he is absolutely right. The Cruiserweights had the best matches in wrestling, period. The division featured guys like Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Ultimo Dragon, Juventu Guerrera and many other international stars. Jericho ended up becoming a heel and reached new heights as a result. Now that he was allowed to have a personality, Jericho became one of WCW’s hottest rising stars. Jericho’s most famous WCW angles were highlighted including, “Conspiracy”, “Man Of 1,004 Holds” and his “Greenburg” angle which can all be found on YouTube. Chris credits his whole ordeal with Goldberg as the reason he wanted to leave WCW. He realized that he would never be a top guy while guys like Goldberg were running backstage politics. The next step proved to be the best step in Chris Jericho’s illustrious career.
The countdown to the millennium started and Jericho soon debuted in the WWF. His debut was a historic promo where he interrupted The Rock. A few months into his WWF career, Chris started to get frustrated with the direction of his character. He felt that he just got there and there was no reason for him to be sitting on the sideline.Vince McMahon offered Chris an opportunity to work with the Intercontinental Champion, Chyna. Chris was hesitant at first to wrestle a woman, but she had a title that he didn’t mind attaining so he took the program and went on to taste championship gold in the WWF. They then showed some great clips of Jericho’s angle with Stephanie McMahon which lead to a great feud with Triple H. His match where he won the WWF Championship from Triple H, just for Triple H to intimidate Earl Hebner into reversing his decision was highlighted. Jericho gained the confidence he needed to go on to bigger and better things.
Jericho goes on to defeat both The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the same night to become the first Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion in the history of the WWF. Sure he didn’t win clean, but who the fuck cares? Chris beat The Rock and Steve Austin in the same night, that was a true accomplishment and should be acknowledged until the end of time. Anyways, Jericho joined forces with Stephanie McMahon, but felt that angle didn’t take off the way he would have thought it did. Chris says it was an honor to main event Wrestlemania 18, but he truly felt that the main event of the night was “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan vs The Rock. I don’t think it had registered in his own mind about how great his career was going at the time, but I do think he down plays his match against Triple H because that’s when he lost the Undisputed Championship. Clips of Jericho’s “Highlight Reel” show were shown. Lots of funny promos edited together. Brings back memories of the good ol wrestling days.
Jericho’s first feud with Shawn Michaels is credited for being the moment where Jericho felt that he really arrived. To face one of his idols at Wrestlemania was such a huge honor to him that he feels like it is a bigger accomplishment than beating The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the same night for and the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship.
Jericho says he had alot of fun working with Christian. He admits that the stuff they did was stupid, but it was funny and he had fun doing it. They even had a run as Tag Team Champions. What would come between these close friends you might ask? Well, it was the always stunning Trish Stratus. Jericho goes on to say that he had more fun with Christian when it was just them 2 being stupid.
Jericho was feeling a lil burnt out from the hectic travel schedule and was starting to miss his family. It was time for him to take a break, but before he left he wanted to help put John Cena over. Jericho says he believed that Cena was going to be the next “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Their feud culminated in a “You’re Fired” match that Jericho ended up losing.
During his time off, Chris remained busy by touring with his rock band, Fozzy. Jericho also appeared on various VH1 shows including, “I Love The 80’s” and “40 Greatest Metal Songs”. Chris then goes in-depth into his band Fozzy and explains how great it is to be a Rockstar. Edge and Christian give Fozzy props and they put over Fozzy’s last album, “Chasing The Grail”.
Jericho put his degree in journalism to use by becoming a New York Times Best Selling Author. Jericho talks about how his mother passed away then says that watching the John Cena vs Shawn Michaels feud made him want to return to wrestling.
Jericho returned to save us all, but once again found his character in limbo. He then decided to ditch the Y2J aspect of his career and go full-fledged heel. A smart, sadistic heel, who wasn’t going to pander to the crowd anymore. His 2008 feud with Shawn Michaels helped usher in this new Jericho. This better Jericho. Clips of the feud were shown. Nice. I love seeing Shawn Michaels go through the Jeritron 5000.
Jericho then wins the World Heavyweight Championship. Chris says he is glad he didn’t retire and that he feels that he is now doing some of the best work of his career.
Highlights of Jericho’s feud with Rey Mysterio was shown.
Jericho and Edge win the Unified Tag Team Championships. Michael Hayes says that they would have been one of the biggest tag teams ever, but then Edge got injured.
Jericho then goes on to hold the Unified Tag Team Championships with Big Show. Jericho puts over Big Show as his favorite tag team partner ever.
They highlight the Jericho and Edge feud which lead to a World Heavyweight Championship run heading into Wrestlemania 26. He won that match by the way.
Jericho puts Wade Barrett over as the future because, well, he was his NXT Pro. Jericho is proud of being able to help the new generation get to where they need to get in their career. A quick rundown of this whole career was shown.
FINAL SAY:
This was a pretty well produced documentary on one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in a professional wrestling ring. There are 2 more DVDs full of matches that I will enjoy more than the documentary because let’s face it, that’s why I bought this shit in the first place.
  1. Chadam
    June 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I bought this DVD the day it came out. It’s the Highlight of my collection.

    • June 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Too bad WWE is running out of wrestlers the caliber of Chris Jericho to give the DVD treatment to. Randy Orton has one coming out soon where he talks about overdosing on drugs. That should be interesting. The DVD I’m waiting for the most is the one highlighting the real life feud between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. That rivalry got me hooked on wrestling more than any other rivalry so I can’t wait for that one.

  2. June 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I love that Chris Jericho DVD. Most DVDs I wait for to get so I don’t have to pay much for it. Hell, I paid like $4 for Bret Hart’s DVD. But for Y2J, I got it almost as soon as it came out. He is worth the full price.

    Great documentary and a rare Superstar DVD that actually features that Superstar’s greatest matches and not just “lost classics” that aren’t available on other DVDs. I hate the fact that if you buy the Stone Cold DVD, it doesn’t have his greatest matches like his first title win and his WM match with Bret Hart. I ended up getting those matches on DVD anyway but it would have been nice if they were all on one DVD set.

    I just wish Jericho’s DVD had his RAW cage match against Batista when he won the World Heavyweight Championship but it was omitted so they could add it to the “Greatest Cage Matches” DVD. And thank God I have the 2001 Royal Rumble because that features was is definitely one of Jericho’s best matches but it wasn’t on his DVD because his opponent was Ch…..[vince mcMahon cuts off power to keyboard].

    • June 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      LMMFAO @ Vince McMahon cuts power to keyboard. Classic.

      • Capt. Smooth
        June 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        AWESOME!!!

  3. Capt. Smooth
    June 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t have the money for DVD sets, but I’m sure it’s a compelling life story for these guys.

    • July 1, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Steal them. Not that I advocate that kind of behavior 🙂

      • Capt. Smooth
        July 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

        Pull an Eddie G.?

      • July 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

        you don’t even need to steal them. You can get them really cheap on Amazon.

        • Capt. Smooth
          July 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

          Can’t order or give out personal info online, due to my company’s contract with the state. It’s a bitch.

          • July 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

            If the price is low enough can it be considered a steal? Lol.

            • Capt. Smooth
              July 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

              HMMMMMM?

  4. June 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Niggy!

  5. June 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Niggy Nuggy Naggy Neggy Noggy

    • Capt. Smooth
      June 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Nyggy?

  6. June 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    ha….i just noticed that Jericho’s right eye looks weird on the inside of the DVD packaging in that first pic you posted..

    • July 1, 2011 at 12:33 am

      He needs to comeback soon. I read that he is looking to return sometime this year.

      • Capt. Smooth
        July 1, 2011 at 5:50 am

        I read that Morrison won’t be back until Sept. or Oct., so that’s another person out.

        • July 1, 2011 at 6:37 am

          Morrison has always been expendable. I do think he would have had a good chance of winning the RAW MITB match. Hopefully he comes back with mic skills or back to the midcard he goes.

          • Capt. Smooth
            July 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

            He’s become less expendable recently. The crowd really responds to him.

            • July 3, 2011 at 7:01 am

              It’s because RAW is lacking on the face side and they have no choice. I liked him better as a heel.

              • Capt. Smooth
                July 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

                He’s personality showed up more as a heel, but his moveset is more in line with a face.

        • Anonymous
          July 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

          I read that the WWE is PISSED that Morrison is taking so long to recover. If Alex Riley steals the show at MITB, I’m writing a “What If” for him because you know he wouldn’t be in the MITB match if Morrison was able to go.

          • July 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

            “anonymous” is me….I don’t know why my name was erased.

            • Anonymous
              July 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

              Morrison would have just beat his body up and stole the show only to have someone like Miz or ADR win.

              The Raw MITB still have Evan, Kofi, and Rey.

              I want either Bourne or Swagger to win, but ADR or Miz are probably going to win. I just hope fucking A-Ry doesn’t win!!!! I have no idea why they are pushing him! He’s awful and shouldn’t be Raw new *exciting* babyface. He doesn’t deserve to win.

  7. Rob
    July 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Did the dancing stars thing end already? What the hell is he waiting for dude needs to hurry up and come back.

    • July 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      He’s waiting for the right time. I heard he wants to write yet another book though.

      • July 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

        Chris Jericho needs to stop writing and dancing and start kicking ass again.

  8. Max
    July 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Chris is simply the best.

  9. July 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Capt. Smooth :
    He’s become less expendable recently. The crowd really responds to him.

    I don’t know why but I’m really rooting for Morrison to come back soon. I’m not a huge Morrison fan but I actually miss him. You don’t know what you got until it is gone. I hate Morrison’s mic work but he’s one of the most entertaining in-ring Superstars in the WWE. It’s a shame that he couldn’t be in the MITB match this year. I love the guys in the RAW MITB but this year will be interesting with no Jericho, Edge, or Morrison in the match. Hopefully a new MITB Legend will be born at the PPV. I don’t recall ever seeing Rey Mysterio in a MITB match so that should be fun. If I’m not mistaken, it will be his first ever MITB match.

    • Capt. Smooth
      July 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      From what I hear, Vince thinks that Morrison doesn’t “fight” in the ring, he “performs”.

      • July 2, 2011 at 12:56 am

        They all perform! Vince is nuts. Maybe someone should ask Vince what HHH’s golden boy Sin Cara does in the ring, becuase that’s performing, not fighting.

        • Capt. Smooth
          July 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

          I know. It’s STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!

        • July 3, 2011 at 6:49 am

          He means that it looks too choreograph and no one will take him as a real threat. Mind you this was said when he had to choose between pushing Morrison or Batista and we all know Vince likes his men HUGE.[||]Pause.

          • Capt. Smooth
            July 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

            It’s all bullshit.

    • July 3, 2011 at 6:57 am

      Rey should be good. I hope Swagger doesn’t win. I want a credible guy to win not another fluke guy. I’m tired of the fluke cash ins. Some guys aren’t worthy and shouldn’t be fast tracked to the title using MITB. Swaggers first run was pathetic. I hope Kofi wins because that way he can finally stay his ass away from Dolph Ziggler.

      • Capt. Smooth
        July 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

        I have a feeling it may be Kofi.

        • July 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

          If he does win I see him cashing it in on the up and up and setting up a match, unless he turns heel.

          • Capt. Smooth
            July 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

            He’s gonna go after the Diva’s title.

  10. July 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    You know what’s dissapointing? Having this short great feud with Punk vs Cena at MITB….but then going to Del Rio vs Cena at the second biggest ppv of the year.

    “I’m gonna win the Championship becuase it’s me destiny!” No thanks Del Rio. I just hope Punk stays around a little longer, becuase Del Rio vs Cena will be the most dissapointing feud of the summer, but you…you already knew that. *wink*

    Del Rio = Santino, but not funny.

    • July 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

      Santino should go back to being “Boris Alexiev”.

      • Anonymous
        July 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

        Definately. But, he was one of “Paul Heyman’s guys”. Paul invented the Alexiev character.

        • Capt. Smooth
          July 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

          That Russian gimmick was great…and his face turn was awesome!

          • July 3, 2011 at 6:41 am

            Too bad he sucks.

            • Capt. Smooth
              July 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

              He doesn’t suck. Im fact he’s grown into his move set and is a lot more fluid in the ring.

              • July 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

                He only has two moves, lol. Cena has more moves.

                • Capt. Smooth
                  July 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

                  They both have SIX moves!!!

  11. Capt. Smooth
    July 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Shaman’s Harvest :
    You know what’s dissapointing? Having this short great feud with Punk vs Cena at MITB….but then going to Del Rio vs Cena at the second biggest ppv of the year.
    “I’m gonna win the Championship becuase it’s me destiny!” No thanks Del Rio. I just hope Punk stays around a little longer, becuase Del Rio vs Cena will be the most dissapointing feud of the summer, but you…you already knew that. *wink*
    Del Rio = Santino, but not funny.

    I like Del Rio as a wrestler and I see the personality(shit-eating grin), but there does seem to be something missing from his character.

    • July 3, 2011 at 6:41 am

      A greencard?

      • Capt. Smooth
        July 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

        No, you’re thinking of Tyson Kidd.

        • July 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

          Canadians need greencards too?

          • Capt. Smooth
            July 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

            Eh?

        • July 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

          I heard Tyson Kidd had a really good tag team match on Superstars recently.

          • Capt. Smooth
            July 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

            Yeah, him and Slater/Gabriel vs. the Usos and somebody else.(Yoshi?)

            • July 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

              trent baretta. I saw him face Curt Hawkins once during a smackdown taping. The guy is very athletic. HE is the one who should be on TV more…fuck Zack Ryder.

              • Capt. Smooth
                July 7, 2011 at 5:48 am

                There’s room for both.

                • Capt. Smooth
                  July 7, 2011 at 5:50 am

                  Shit! That posted before I was done! I still say Trent Beretta looks like the lead singer of Creed.

  12. July 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    JCITY Chatbox expired on TheRealShyt.

    • July 3, 2011 at 6:13 am

      It’s not like anyone has been using it since I started focusing on this site. THEREALSHYT might make a return though since I have to unload these hoes off my hardrive lol.

  13. July 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    THE INFAMOUS JCITY™ :
    Rey should be good. I hope Swagger doesn’t win. I want a credible guy to win not another fluke guy. I’m tired of the fluke cash ins. Some guys aren’t worthy and shouldn’t be fast tracked to the title using MITB. Swaggers first run was pathetic. I hope Kofi wins because that way he can finally stay his ass away from Dolph Ziggler.

    Oh hells no! We need a champ who’s an all American American American American American. Swagger’s way better than Rey, Miz, Del Rio or whoever in the ring and he has a hotter wife than anyother WWE Superstar. Swagger should be main eventing.

    • July 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Swagger sucks. He had potential until they had him jobbing to Santino now I don’t believe in him as a future World Champion.

      • July 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        I feel bad for Swagger. I remember when Swagger was on ECW and he was promoted as the next “John Cena”. They even had a Cena vs. Swagger match on the 800th episode of RAW I think that was supposed to be the Face of Today vs. the Face of Tomorrow.

  14. July 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Capt. Smooth :
    Can’t order or give out personal info online, due to my company’s contract with the state. It’s a bitch.

    What the hell? Really? Wow.

    • Capt. Smooth
      July 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Yeah, my company has a contract with the state. If we lose it, it’ll cost 40 to 50 jobs.

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