As Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and Captain Lou Albano have proven in years past, transitioning from the wrestling ring to the music realm can be a tricky business. Better, perhaps, to follow in the footsteps of Jesse “The Body” Ventura and enter the world of politics, a profession that bears a striking resemblance to championship wrestling’s trumped-up conflict and larger-than-life bullshit. Or you could just go the more benign Mr. T route, and be preserved for eternity via online memes and eBay cereal boxes.
Under the circumstances, six-time WWE champion Chris Jericho has done pretty well for himself. His metallic-tinged rock band Fozzy (no relation to the Muppet) now has 10 albums and 20 years under its belt, beginning with a self-titled release that featured back-to-back renditions of Krokus’ “Eat the Rich” and Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry.” Before long, Jericho and company were venturing into nu-metal terrain and writing memorable lyrics of their own: “You said that I’d never make it / But here I am / And it don’t take long to figure out / Who’s the man.” It’s the kind of boast that’s as true now as it ever was.