WWE Superstar Chris Jericho Slated to Host Major ABC Series

Jersey Strong JayCorrespondent IIJune 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08:  Wrestler Chris Jericho arrives at the 2nd annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at Club Nokia on April 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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According to various reports, World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar and "the best in the world at what he does," Chris Jericho is set to host a major network television series.

Here is the report from www.lordsofpain.net reported by Brian Cantor, with the press release by ABC.

WWE Superstar Chris Jericho has been booked as the host of ABC's new summer game show "Downfall," THR reported late Wednesday night.

Jericho, one of WWE's most prominent Superstars, will emcee festivities for the six-episode series that premieres on June 22.

Set to receive lead-in support from sturdy summer performer "Wipeout," "Downfall" is a trivia game show in which contestants answer questions before "largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV" sends prizes, and later the contestants' family members and even themselves, off the roof of a Los Angeles high-rise.

From ABC's press release:

In the six-episode, one-hour weekly series, the addictive, action-packed game will be played atop the roof of a downtown Los Angeles high-rise, where contestants will try to quickly answer a series of trivia questions against the clock in seven rounds. Fabricated facsimiles of all prizes will be placed on the largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV, with a pile of cash at the end that ranges from $5,000 to $1 million. In each round, players will try to answer all the questions before their prizes and cash go over the edge, off the roof and crashing 100 feet to the street below. If the cash goes over the side of the building, the game is over and that player is eliminated.

If a player begins to struggle for answers to the game's category-based questions, there will be two ways to back up the belt: "Surrender a Personal Possession" (where the player offers a personal material possession for the conveyor belt and risks its being dropped over the edge and destroyed); or the "Friend on the Belt" option (where players' own friends or family members, such as their grandmother, can be placed on the belt to help them find the answers). If they don't beat the clock, this person risks going over the side of the building just like the previous prizes -- but in this case wearing a decelerator harness to soften the fall.

After each successful round, the player can leave with prizes already won or risk them all again to keep going toward the $1 million final prize. In the last round, players will be placed on the conveyor belt holding all the cash and will need to answer all 10 questions correctly before time runs out. If not, it's over the edge to their downfall.

The show sounds interesting and definitely something that I can see Chris Jericho sink his teeth into.

Jericho has a knack for doing whatever it takes to be entertaining in any role thrown his way.  He has ventured into many different forms of entertainment outside of the WWE and this seems to be another addition to his resume.

Good for Jericho.  The guy has been busting his ass in the ring since his return in 2007 and has been one of the most valuable commodities for WWE. 

Whether Jericho will take time off from the ring remains to be seen, but regardless, this is a new opportunity for Jericho to build his brand. 

And you know Mr. McMahon.  Any time he can get one of his superstars in a major public outlet, he is going to do it. 

Jason Alletto
The Wrestling Roundtable