Published on May 18th, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories0
CHRIS JERICHO ON HOW TO DRINK LIKE A WRESTLER, THE DRUNKEN FOUR HORSEMEN, WHISKEY GARGLING AND OTHER BAR TRICKS
Welcome to the 18th edition of Pro Wrestling Stories! Here are a few excerpts from the first 2 of Chris Jericho’s autobiographies, ‘A Lion’s Tale‘ and ‘Undisputed‘. Both books are highly recommended, along with the third ‘The Best In The World At What I Have No Idea‘. Jericho, well known for his drinking prowess, certainly has some interesting drinking stories to share! This installment admittedly only scrapes the surface. Feel free to respond with other stories revolving around drinking shenanigans and Jericho!
HOW TO DRINK LIKE A WRESTLER:
“[Tim Flowers] taught me some very important lessons about the wrestling biz. More specifically, he taught me how to drink like a wrestler. He took us to a bar and bought rounds of drinks for everybody. When it came time for the second round, I still hadn’t finished my first one and that didn’t fly very well. In his world, you finished your drink as soon as you got it in preparation for the next one.It was also very important to have a drink in your hands at all times even if you weren’t drinking it, because if you did nobody bothered you. If you didn’t, you became a target.
I learned to keep my thumb on the top of the beer bottle at all times, because there were always guys around who thought it was funny to spike your drink with Halcion pills. After you fell asleep from them, you would be the recipient of a free eyebrow shaving and bonus Lloyd Christmas haircut. But I was a fast learner and I’m proud to say that after fifteen years of wrestling, I still have the same eyebrows I had when I was soiling my diapers.
Wrestling is a hierarchy and the guys on top dictate what to do to the guys on the bottom. There is no specific rulebook issued to rookies explaining wrestling etiquette, but you’d better figure out the rules quickly and pick them up fast or you’ll be weeded out. Rule number one is you have to drink with the boys. If you didn’t feel like drinking, you poured some water into a beer bottle and carried it around as if you were. As long as you were smart about it, nobody noticed or cared.”