Back in the 9os, professional wrestling experienced one of the most amazing eras to ever grace its history: the Attitude Era. Most recognized for WWE and WCW’s Monday Night Wars, this was a time when stories were the most engaging and wrestlers were the most athletically entertaining. Chris Jericho is one such wrestler who had a phenomenal rivalry with Dean Malenko in WCW. Back then, Malenko was known as “The Man with 1,000 Holds.” Jericho tried to outdo his rival, saying Malenko only knows sixty while he knows 1,004.
Uproxx reported on that moment 17 years ago on WCW Monday Night Nitro, March 30, 1998. Right after his match with Marty Jannetty (one half of the famous Rockers with Shawn Michaels in WWE), Chris Jericho proved the aforementioned by pulling out a list of holds he knew and read them off to the crowd. Jericho continued throughout the commercial break and only stopped when his microphone cut off. Needless to say, it was one of the funniest bits in wrestling history, given the fact Jericho mentioned “armbar” numerous times as well as moves that don’t really exist, like the “moss-covered, three-handled, family gradunza,” which was taken from the animated musical based off the Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat.
The attached video below showcases Chris Jericho sounding off his list of 1,004 holds. For those who want to watch when the bit starts, it is at the 5:50 mark.
Only 731 holds were sounded off that night. Now, Chris Jericho was given the chance to finish his list of 1,004 holds on Fox Sports Live: Countdown on May 11, 2015, as reported by Wrestling Inc. What is entertaining about the bit was that Jericho didn’t even finish his list as he is abruptly cut off, like when he first introduced the list of 1,004 holds almost two decades ago.
The video of Chris Jericho attempting to finish his list of 1,004 holds is attached below. In this bit, how many times do you think Jericho will say “armbar?”
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