Chris Jericho first made waves in mainstream pro wrestling as a Thrillseeker in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling, having flirted with some endearingly terrible names in a bid to land a career of any renown: as 'Jack Action' and 'Sudden Impact', Jericho was always a man of reinvention, just not prodigiously so.
Jericho, across a legendary career that no fellow professional may ever surpass, appeared on the debut broadcasts of WCW Thunder, WWF SmackDown, WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite. And this is no journeyman career, in which he bounced from promotion to promotion as a mere seasoned, dependable pro: in those matches, he wrestled legends Ric Flair, Daniel Bryan, Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks. Jericho is the line through which modern wrestling history is traced. The man defined through reinvention is, ironically, the one constant of the industry's evolution in the post-expansion mainstream.
This is even more impressive than it reads underneath the surface: Jericho survived and thrived within the total over-exposure of the post-syndication, content-fatigue era. He achieved this by fashioning himself as the Madonna of the mat game. In wrestling, you either die, or live long enough to draw "boring" chants.
It's time to break open a little bit of the bubbly to celebrate the one man who never did...