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Chris Jericho's Book: No Is a Four Letter Word

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He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, Chris Jericho is back with his fourth book titled, ‘No Is a Four Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life.’

If you are a fan of the Books of Jericho, then this book is for you. If you are looking to be inspired and motivated, this book will be a big let down. This book was intended to garner to three different types of audiences: those who enjoy reading books about positive thinking, rock and roll fans, and pro wrestling fans, and I believe two out of three will truly enjoy the book.

Each chapter is broken down with principles; for example, the first chapter is titled ‘The Mike Damone Principle,’ who fans will remember from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. When he describes the principle, he brings up stories from his past that connect the reader with what he is describing in the principle.

The ‘motivation’ in his books come from his time when he told one of his friends, Pete LeDrew, who said that he was too small to be a professional wrestler. Jericho will not tell you how to do something in his book, he just tells you that he did do it and how, which in a way, is something to be inspired by.

Being a fan of positive thinking books, this book was definitely not up there with a Tony Robbins or The Secret for example, but when you realize who wrote the book you will begin to enjoy it as it is definitely inserted into the other three Jericho books that we all know and love.

Some inside stories from the book regarding a match that was scratched between him and Ryback for WrestleMania 29, which ended up being him and Fandango was a really interesting read. Below is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of his book about his match with Ryback at WrestleMania:

‘For whatever reason, things didn’t go the way I had planned. Ryback lost to Punk and didn’t win the world championship. But he was still over in a big way, and I thought a great way to build him back would be to work with me. When I pitched the story to the creative team for me to come back for a six-month run through Mania ending at SummerSlam, my two tent-pole ideas were a surprise return at the Rumble and a Mania match with Ryback.’

He goes on to say that creative went ahead and booked Ryback with Mark Henry, but that his opponent was still yet to be determined. Vince McMahon hadn’t told him yet who he was going to face, so Jericho, who throughout the book goes on to talk about his close connection with McMahon, even dedicating a chapter to him titled the ‘Vince McMahon Principle’ that you can read in Chapter 4.

“Well, I know we talked about you and Ryback”, says Vince. “I want to go in a different direction. I have another idea for you.”

I waited in silence for him to continue. The pause was intentionally uncomfortable and Vince continued in a serious tone.

“We have this new kid called Fandango..”

Jericho believes that the reason why Fandango was even created was that of a conversation he and McMahon had years earlier when he was on Dancing with the Stars where Vince brought up the male dancers on DWTS which planted the seeds for the character:

“They look ridiculous dancing and prancing across the floor. How can you ever take them seriously?”

If you are looking to be entertained with the Personality of Jericho then you will definitely love this book.

From barfing next to Hulk Hogan on a plane, to high fiving Paul McCartney at an award show to sharing a restroom with Yoko Ono, Chris Jericho certainly does not disappoint when it comes to storytelling.