With his flashy attire, irreverent demeanor and a complete lack of verbal restraint, WCW expat Chris Jericho fit right in when he debuted on Raw during the height of The Attitude Era on Aug. 9, 1999. Boldly interrupting The Rock (more on him later), The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla introduced himself as a “new hero” and the “party host” of the WWE Universe, even having the brass to call The Great One an “idiot.” Needless to say Y2J incurred the wrath of The Brahma Bull that night.
But Jericho’s ability to get under just about anyone’s skin made him stand out in an era defined by microphone masters, with Jericho laying waste to his opponents with acidic insults more than a decade before CM Punk dropped his first “pipe bomb.” Some of the worst recipients of Jericho’s rapier wit were Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon, who received a particularly unflattering and long-winded nickname from Y2J that we can’t publish here.
In the ring, Y2J was equally impressive, making WWE history by becoming the first-ever Undisputed Champion at Vengeance 2001 when he defeated both “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock in a single night.
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