Chris Jericho’s style of pro-wrestling is within the tradition of American pro-wrestling and is well suited for TV wrestling (often slow-paced and with an emphasis on safety), thanks in part to his decades with WWE. In his youth, Jericho’s wrestling was much faster-paced than it is today—50-year-olds simply can’t move as swiftly as they did in their twenties and thirties. Jericho’s more acrobatic moments, which were often dazzling and daring, are somewhat behind him. That being said, he retains some of his more Lucha Libre-inflected offense to this day—including his middle-rope springboard Quebrada, which he calls the Lionsault. His transition from a speed character to a power character in his advancing age makes sense, especially as he continues to put on bulk. These days, with his character’s shift into something more comically villainous, he increasingly relies on psychological warfare, underhanded tactics, and outside interventions for wins—as seen in his most recent bouts with Orange Cassidy (a ONE37pm favorite). As evidenced by this latest feud, Jericho can still put on strikingly dynamic matches and create intense suspense. The more recent street fight-oriented style of performance allows him to take matches at his own pace while also giving him plenty of time for trash talking — something he excels at. Jericho’s other signature moves include the Walls of Jericho, a modified Boston crab submission, and (his most recently added finisher) the Judas Effect, a devastating spinning back elbow to the opponent’s neck or skull.
Jericho is probably best equipped to play a lovable heel, although he’s proficient at taking on the role of a babyface, too. The Chris Jericho character is often fame mongering, delightfully stupid (see: The List of Jericho and the aforementioned semi-kayfabe heavyweight belt incident), and overconfident—but there’s an ineffable innocent charm and charisma that keeps him endearing, despite his audaciously terrible outfits. Almost no one can switch between rock star hedonism, quirky humor, real menace, and jubilant heroism with as much ease and malleability as Chris Jericho. Jericho’s mic skills, acting, and catchphrase-generating character work is perhaps the strongest in pro-wrestling history: few wrestlers understand the psychology of their own alter egos better than Chris Jericho.