World Wrestling Entertainment has named Chris Jericho as one of the top ten wrestlers—and one of the top five talkers—of all time. Certainly, the past six years have been spectacular for Jericho. After a sluggish return from his 2005 sabbatical, Jericho found new inspiration in watching No Country for Old Men and completely reinvented his character. He ditched the big talker persona, taking cues from cold, closed-mouth on-screen villains and hard asses.
No more autographs, no more baby-faced interviews, and no more boisterous monologues: Jericho was done talking. It was time to shut-up and do whatever it took to be The Best in the World. What followed from 2007 to 2010 were arguably the best years of Jericho’s noteworthy career to date, with three world title reigns and being named the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON) ‘Wrestler of the Year’ two years in a row.