Jericho's first autobiography, "A Lion's Tale", covering his life in wrestling from childhood to his debut in WWE in 1999, is one of the very best in the genre. It was an honest, revealing look at the struggles and squalor involved in making it as a professional wrestler. Jericho was also very frank in assessing the various opponents and promoters he came across.
These are all qualities the sequel lacks. To me, this book was simply a cash-in by Jericho and his publishers on the previous bestseller. It has none of the heart and honesty, and in fact, is frequently boring.
For one thing, Jericho spends much of "Undisputed" describing his life outside of wrestling. Touring with his band, run-ins with musical celebrities, and various other miscellaneous stories. Experiences all having nothing to do with wrestling. As a result, it lacks a focus that the original had.
However, if presented well, these could still have been entertaining on their own. Unfortunately, Jericho is not a writer, and they mostly come across as stilted and forced in his recounting. Either that, or his ghost writer sucks. Even if the core story was potentially interesting, the end result is frequently lame and uninspired.
And the parts of "Undisputed" that actually deal with his life in wrestling (only about half the book) are disappointing, too. It covers just 6 years of his career, from mid-1999 to his return in September 2007, with 2005-2007 being a hiatus period.
And while Jericho was refreshingly honest in "A Lion's Tale", he is very reserved in this memoir, particularly since at the time he was writing "Undisputed", he still wrestled in the WWE with many of the same bosses and figures. (Particularly Vince McMahon and Paul Levesque/HHH)
Many times, it seems like there is far more to be said, or there is a great story Jericho is sitting on, but he neglects to uncover it for fear that it might hurt his future wrestling career.
I understand this, but if that was the case, Jericho should have waited until his career was over. Then again, he wouldn't have capitalized on the previous book's success.
Instead, many matches and angles are recounted in a very dry manner, with limited commentary by Jericho.
In all honesty, I view this book as more "mediocre" than actually "bad", and Jericho's optimistic, fun personality still shines through. A few of the stories are funny, and Jericho is at least partially honest in describing how the WWE botched his reign as Undisputed champion, making him into a joke.
We also catch a glimpse of what an honest follow-up would have looked like when Jericho tears into Joanie "Chyna" Laurer, who he characterizes as an absolute nightmare to work with in the ring and an incredibly deceitful, entitled, little monster outside of it, with both Vince McMahon and HHH wrapped around her finger.
Of course, she is no longer with the company and later became a drug-addled porn slut, so Jericho can be honest there.
But overall, this is a drab, disappointing book, even for a huge Chris Jericho fan like myself. I encourage any wrestling fan to read "A Lion's Tale", but skip "Undisputed".