DVD Review- The Road Is Jericho

chris-jerichoAs a life long Jerichoholic, you can only imagine how happy I was to see this DVD/Blu Ray set get announced. I’ve always been a fan of WWE DVD releases where we get to hear from the superstars themselves about their life as a professional wrestler rather than the DVDs that are just matches. Luckily in this one, we get both. It follows Chris Jericho as he is chauffeured from New York to Pennsylvania in the back of a very swanky limo as he talks us through his favourite and most historic matches from his career.

I liked the way they built this DVD up with us getting Jericho in a casual laid-back way, where he can talk to us about his matches. It did occasionally make me get the image of when you’ve been called into the principal’s office to get a telling off, but I think once the DVD gets going this seems to disappear, as Jericho looks a lot more relaxed.

In terms of content available, any wrestling fan will know that Jericho has a wide variety of matches to choose from to showcase his career. I did feel that there could have been a few more from his ECW/WCW days so that people who haven’t followed his rise to stardom as close can get to see exactly where he came from, especially with his early cruiserweight matches. Luckily the few they chose were instant classics (Especially the very fast paced match with Ultimo Dragon).

One thing I would like to point out from this set is the fact that even though this is a set that is there to highlight the career of Chris Jericho, not all of his matches are wins for him, unlike a lot of other career DVDs that have been released. They have been picked simply to showcase his abilities in putting on a great match for the fans. Also, even though this is a current WWE release, we get all of the matches unedited, so we still get blood (Not blurred or greyed out) and the old WWF logo (Again not blurred out).

There are some fantastic matches to watch but it’s hard to single out one specific event to mention, simply becauseTHE_ROAD_IS_JERICHO_DVD there are so many great moments through his career. I was surprised that we didn’t get his matches at Vengeance 2001 where he beat both The Rock and Steve Austin in the same night to become the first ever Undisputed Champion, but there are still plenty others to watch.

Unfortunately there is one match that didn’t make the cut, but it’s one that has been left out for a reason, and that is it included Chris Benoit where they faced each other in the Ladder match at Royal Rumble 2001, which for me was one of my favourites. Some may argue that it should still be included regardless of the Benoit situation with WWE but until they decide to acknowledge that he has a great wrestling history, we won’t get it.

Overall I feel that this DVD/Blu Ray set should be at the top of any wrestling fans list to watch. It has everything you need, great matches, fast paced, real technical wrestling and we even get that true Jericho humor in there too in between the matches. The only down side to it is the lack of a Benoit appearance (When they have had so many great matches together), but I can understand why he would be left out of a WWE sanctioned DVD.

1/2
Kris Wall

Content Listed

I Don’t Take Time Off

A Big Title To Win

ECW World Television Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Pit Bull #2
ECW Hardcore Heaven • June 22, 1996

Wrestle & Romance

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Ultimo Dragon
WCW Bash at the Beach • July 13, 1997

The Chains Came Off

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Malenko
WCW Uncensored • March 15, 1998

A Really Tough Transition

Steel Cage Match
Chris Jericho vs. X-Pac
No Mercy • October 22, 2000

Scalding Hot Water from the Coffee Machine

Last Man Standing Match
Chris Jericho vs. Kane
Armageddon • December 10, 2000

Things Go By So Fast

WWE Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Special Outside Referee: Mick Foley
RAW • June 4, 2001

DiCaprio

WCW Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Booker T
RAW • July 16, 2001

A Refugee Camp

WCW Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Kurt Angle
Rebellion • November 3, 2001

A Dastardly Finish

WWE Undisputed Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. The Rock
Royal Rumble • January 20, 2002

The George Harrison of WWE

Winner Faces Hulk Hogan for the Undisputed Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Triple H
SmackDown • April 25, 2002

The X-Factor

Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy
RAW • February 10, 2003

Injury-Prone

Chris Jericho vs. Edge
RAW • March 7, 2005

Because It Was There

Last Man Standing Match
Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels
RAW • November 10, 2008

Dark Matches

Street Fight for the World Heavyweight Championship (Dark Match)
Chris Jericho vs. John Cena
Manchester, NH • December 29, 2008

That’s What Bullies Do

Mask vs. Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio
The Bash • June 28, 2009

This Is Where You Can Live Forever

Triple Threat Tag Team Match
Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. John Cena & The Undertaker vs. D-Generation X
RAW • November 16, 2009

Wardrobe Malfunction & Crowd Participation

Chicago Street Fight for the WWE Championship
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Extreme Rules • April 29, 2012

I’m Your Guy

Chris Jericho vs. Rob Van Dam
RAW • July 15, 2013

Something I Can Sink My Teeth Into

Steel Cage Match
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
RAW • September 8, 2014

Stairway to Heaven

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
Night of Champions • September 21, 2014

Great Opponents; Great Moments

EXCLUSIVE BLU RAY CONTENT

Landing Butt-First

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho vs. Christian
Unforgiven • September 12, 2004

Band Collage

Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio
RAW • June 15, 2009

Pushed Out of the Nest

Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne
Fatal 4-Way • June 20, 2010

The Ultimate Violation
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Payback • June 16, 2013

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