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Chris Jericho: I Joined 'Dancing With the Stars' to Make My Son Smile

by Chris Jericho, posted Mar 30th 2011 4:00PM
Exclusive: Pro wrestler Chris Jericho guest blogs about why he joined 'Dancing With the Stars.'

A lot of a people have been asking me why I decided to do 'Dancing With the Stars.' There are many reasons, and the feeling I had Monday night when I finished in first place was one of them. (Technically I finished in a three-way tie for first, but that's nitpicking now, isn't it?)

After a case of the jitters in week one, I was ecstatic with my performance in week two. I really felt in the groove, in the pocket and in the moment. I also felt like I was wearing a World War II army helmet with all of the goop and greasy-kid stuff that was squelched (fun word!) in my hair.

But that's part of the fun of 'DWTS,' isn't it? Every day is a veritable Halloween, where everyone can wear as much spandex, rhinestones, guyliner and hair products as they want and still look somewhat cool doing so. It's the epitome of show bizness, baby!

It was also gratifying to hear the judges' positive comments, especially when Bruno Tonioli upgraded me from a "dancing beast" to a "dancing gazelle," which I assume means I have much better posture and stepping qualities. Next time I party in the Serengeti, I'll make sure to check out some gazelles.

It was also good to hear Len Goodman say that, while he was expecting me to be a plodding lump farting across the dance floor, he was pleasantly surprised at how light on my feet I was and how effortless I looked. While I've made a career off of low expectations, being light on my feet could be my secret weapon. It's actually one of the most important qualities of a good wrestler, and I was a good wrestler.

But now I am transforming into a dancer. I am the Black Swan of 'DWTS'! I may be a little beefier than Natalie Portman (and not as pretty), but you get where I'm coming from.

This transformation was evidenced by my 7-year-old son Ash's reaction to my performance. You might have seen him -- the cute little blond guy in the dapper suit who was sitting between two hot blondes (my wife Jessica and WWE diva Maryse) in the front row of the audience. He was holding his arms up in the air and screaming as if he was signaling for a field goal in the world's most exciting football game.

Ash has always appreciated my wrestling career, but he never really paid too much attention to my matches. However, after the 'DWTS' show, he ran across the room and jumped into my arms with the biggest smile on his face. He said, "You were awesome, Dad! You've got nothing to worry about. All my friends are going to vote for you! You were great!" My heart melted.

So that's the real reason why I decided to do 'DWTS' -- I wanted to have my son sit in the front row and tell me I did great. As a father (and a dancing gazelle), it's a moment I'll never forget.


'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.


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Pocahontas

Mr. Chris Irvine, (Jericho)
You are the best at want you do, as a fan I respect and admire your talent as a wrestler and as a person. I'm prund of you!
Love,
Pocahontas

April 07 2011 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sharon Gerving

I have been a Chris Jericho fan since I saw my first wrestling match a decade ago. I have always loved the way he can work a crowd..he is an excellent entertainer! I had only seen DWTS a few times, but when I heard Jericho would be on it, I instantly set my DVR! I love how he is bringing so much of his personality onto the dance floor. I know he can go the distance and prove to the world that wrestlers are more then muscles. After reading both his books, I know theres not much he cant do once he sets his mind to it!

March 31 2011 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sharon Gerving

And, yes, that is Chris Jericho in my picture. It was taken during a book signing at Ft Hood =)
(Like I said, Im a huge fan)

March 31 2011 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol

Chris I have followed your wrestling career and I thought why is he doing Dancing with the Stars??
After reading your blog, I sat here for a few minutes and cried it was so moving, that I had to write to tell you we are all routing for you in Rhode Island. Your friend in Rhode Island Carol
PS every Monday nite all of my friends and I have a texting contest during DWTS and we all voted for you

March 31 2011 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
katladee88

Chris love your wrestling. Really love your dancing. Your a sweet guy. Good Luck on the show!

March 31 2011 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shoobee10

Yeah, GO CHRIS! Chris is a good wrestler and we miss him, especially his conversation. The Rock is back and so is Steve Austin and they had some really great skits, including Kurt Angle. I also like Ralph M., I watch his karate kid movies alot, including My Cousin Vinny. GOOD LUCK CHRIS!!! Good Luck to Ralph.

March 31 2011 at 5:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rldgeruner

whens the show getting rid of that idiot host

March 31 2011 at 5:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
FoxHero007

DWTS is the most disturbing thing I have ever seen. It like watching a seal mate with a shark it don't turn out right or 2 fat people make out and watching the blubber fly its not good

March 31 2011 at 5:10 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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stardancer1012

Reading your blog, with the bad grammar and lack of punctuation, is one of the most disturbing things I've seen in a while. If the show disturbs you, I'd suggest you change the channel unless you're unable to decipher the numbers on the remote.

March 31 2011 at 5:48 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jericho4life

What are you a fool Chris writes perfect .He is way smarter then some ass like you .What he is doing is great and what a father he is get some respect you little fag.

March 31 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pasmuth

Excellent blog. Very well written. It's nice to know what the stars are feeling as they go through the dancing process. Thank you for writing Chris.

March 31 2011 at 4:59 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
kblckdrm777

Ohhhhhhhhh Chris Jerricho's son eats the pudding......... No, He LOVES the pudding

March 31 2011 at 3:40 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Darlene Coleman

Wow! I don't watch DWTS, but I am sorry I missed his performance after reading this blog! Now that he is a "gazelle" tell he can also add "great writer" the the list of things he's accomplished. That was truly touching and beautifully stated! The part about his son, of course, was the best! Nice to see someone step out of the element into new territory and do well! Congrats, Chris!

March 31 2011 at 3:24 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Sharon Gerving

He already has "great writer" on his long list of accomplishments. He has 2 amazing books out

March 31 2011 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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