If you’re a fan of wrestling, you already know there have been few in the business who can get a crowd to despise them, even when they want to love him, like Chris Jericho. The “Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla”, as he was fond of calling himself back in the day, knows just what it takes to get a crowd to turn on you at the drop of a hat, and he did it recently in Chicago using his hockey legend father.
If you aren’t aware, Jericho’s real name is Chris Irvine. He is the son of Ted Irvine who played just over five seasons for the New York Rangers from the early to mid-1970s after coming over from the LA Kings. He was never a superstar scorer, but Irvine was well loved and was ranked 74th in the 2009 book “100 Ranger Greats.” While Jericho grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba he was, and still is, a Rangers fan.
During a recent All Elite Wrestling (AEW) show in Chicago, Jericho got the crowd to boo him in hilarious fashion by bringing out his now 74-year-old father to hurl insults at the hometown Blackhawks while wearing his New York Rangers jersey.
“I used to beat the crap out of some guy named Bobby Hull,” shouted Irvine. He then went on to call Hull and the entire Blackhawks team wimps. Check it out:
Insulting a city’s sports team is Wrestling 101 when it comes to getting a crowd to boo you, and it worked like a charm. The audience, which had been cheering Jericho when he first came out, quickly turned to hate. Given Irvine’s ability to fire up the crowd, it’s not difficult to see how Jericho became so good at it. In his younger years, Irvine could have been a great heel to Hulk Hogan’s babyface!