The Only Review of Breaking The Code: Chris Jericho DVD That You’ll Ever Need
In my mind, Chris Jericho is the greatest wrestler of all time. He’s been at it for 20 years, and he’s never sucked. He’s never had a time where he wasn’t a great wrestler. Now of course, that isn’t what makes a wrestler great, there’s other components, and Chris has nailed all of those too. He’s responsible for two of the most entertaining characters in wrestling history. The whiney, cry-baby heel he portrayed in WCW is probably the funniest character ever. From his Man of a 1004 Holds, to Conspiracy Victim bit, and even little things like wearing sun-glasses, removing them, only to have another pair on are all solid testimonials to his greatness.
He was so entertaining he was able to build, and maintain two awesome feuds without the other person being there. One of them being Dean Malenko, and the other being Goldberg. Of course, Goldberg being the awesome tool that he is had it all squashed before the big pay off. Simply because he’s an insecure moron. He talked a gang of shit and backed it up in the ring.
When he took a hiatus and returned, things seemed business as usual. But then Jericho did a complete 180 and became a totally different character. No jokes. No flash. Just a stone cold narcissist who put the hurt on people. His feud with Shawn Michaels is one of the greatest of all time, both in the ring and out. He also had a phenomenal feud with Mysterio, again, both in the ring and out. His run with Big Show brought dignity back to the tag-team division.
Never before has a wrestler been able to do what Chris Jericho has done. Maintain a high quality workrate their entire career, and have two successful characters. His books also kick ass.
So, finally, the WWE gave us a 3 disc Jericho DVD set that is long, long over due. I’ll tell you now that the first disc is great. Cool documentary and promos and such. So, no need to review that. Let’s get down to the discs. I’m going with disc 3 first, simply because I can.
Hulk Hogan [C] vs. Chris Jericho
No DQ Match for the WWE Undisputed Championship
Smackdown – May 2nd, 2002
Review: This bout was included because Jericho really enjoyed his two matches with Hulk Hogan. It’s nothing spectacular, but for Hogan, it’s damn good. Jericho says that they’re probably 2 of the last good matches Hogan had. He said that The Hulkster really seemed to enjoy working with him, and would always come up to him excited, asking what they were going to do that night. As for the match, it’s nothing to write home about, but it’s worth watching. Jericho pushes Hogan, and it shows.
Rating: * * *
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
Wrestlemania XIX – March 30th, 2003
Review: I was at this WrestleMania. Funny little tid bit, 5 years earlier I told my friend that within 10 years I’d be at WrestleMania, watching Hulk Hogan in the red and yellow. He told me I was insane and said no way. Well, ah ha! This match is fantastic, and I’m sure you already know that. It’s a match that people don’t think is talked about often, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. People always talk about this one, and with good reason. It’s an incredible back and forth between a man who is everything he says he is, and a man who wants to be just that. There isn’t a dull moment, and no one ever gets the upper hand for too long. An awesome bout, and furthered by Jericho’s actions in the end.
Rating: * * * * 1/2
John Cena [C] vs. Chris Jericho
“You’re Fired” Match for the WWE Championship
Raw – August 22nd, 2005
Review: Solid match, but for Jericho’s last bout I would have liked to see a little more. At least let it go for 20 minutes. They had a match the night before at SummerSlam, which is a great match, and I feel a bit better, but Jericho’s opinion was that this was a little better, and since it’s landmark I can understand choosing this instead of the other. Also, Jericho being carried out by security was an awesome, and perfect way for him to go.
Rating: * * *
Raw – November 19th, 2007
It’s Jericho’s return, and it’s pretty awesome stuff. They shouldn’t have had him closeline the guy before appearing, because it gave it away right before the big reveal. I guess it didn’t really matter, since we all knew it was Jericho anyhoo.
Jeff Hardy [C] vs. Chris Jericho
Intercontinental Championship Match
Raw – March 10, 2008
Duration: about 10 minutes or so
Review: Jeff Hardy was nearing his peak in both popularity and in ring quality, so this is a decent little title match. Nothing really sticks out, so there isn’t much to say, other than it’s worth your time.
Rating: * * * 1/4
Chris Jericho [C] vs. Shawn Michaels
Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
No Mercy – October 5th, 2008
Review: Goddamn, this is a ladder match. This isn’t a bout where they try and take the previous ladder match and just spend the whole time one-upping the previous venture and getting more and more reckless. The ladder was used as a legit weapon, and brutalized both guys. They used simple spots that did not fuck around thanks to it. Both guys were out for blood here, and really brought it home. Vince McMahon said it’s the best ladder match he’s ever seen. While I cannot agree with him, I’m not very far from it. Incredible match.
Rating: * * * * *
Rey Mysterio [C] vs. Chris Jericho
No Holds Barred Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Extreme Rules – June 7th, 2009
Review: While this match is nothing to scoff at, they should have used their Great American Bash match-up, because that puppy is an easy 5 star bout. But like I said, this match is no slouch. It’s great in that while it’s no holds barred, it isn’t what you’re use to seeing. They use the fact there’s no limits to just beat on each other, and pick and choose their moments to take it over the top. It’s an amazing back and forth with an ending you’re probably never going to see again. Incredible match.
Rating: * * * * 1/2
Chris Jericho vs. The Undertaker
Smackdown – November 13th, 2009
Review: I don’t get it, the first meeting between these two and they just give it away on Smackdown? They get 10 minutes, and on free TV? It’s an alright match, but not near what these two could have delivered. I think Chris put it on here just because it’s his one bout with ‘Taker. If I had a DVD, I’d put my match with ‘Taker on it. Of course, my match with ‘Taker is merely me siffing through his trash, him catching me, and me screaming rape as I pull his hair while he’s kicking my ass and trying to get me to leave his yard.
Rating: * * *
Chris Jericho [C] vs. Edge
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Wrestlemania XXVI – March 28th, 2010
Review: Now we’re talking. This right here is a bonafied Wrestlemania classic, and my vote for the match of that night. These guys went out there and tore the place apart. They didn’t let up for a single second. All the flawless counters and incredible near falls were all built upon fantastic wrestling with Jericho trying to snap Edge’s foot while the same time cowering from Edge’s spear. A fantastic match that’s worth every star. It’s also great for the fact that Jericho went over, it upped his credibility and no one thought he’d defeat the returning Edge.
Rating: * * * * *
Disc 2 coming tomorrow, you’re welcome.