Jericho, also of wrestling fame, was awarded this honor by Scott Gillingham, the mayor of his hometown, Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. He was also given the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.
According to a news conference held before Jericho’s show with All Elite Wrestling, Gillingham says about the recognition:
“In recognition of Chris’s accomplishments and for his consistent, constant, years of efforts of being a great ambassador for the City of Winnipeg, the Wordsworth Way between Browning Boulevard and Westwood Drive will receive an honorary street naming as Chris Jericho Way.”
Jericho himself says the honor “is the coolest,” adding:
“It means a lot to me. It’s a huge honor. My mom and my grandma both have passed away, but this is something that would make me legit to both of them. Holy smokes, we named Wordsworth Way after Chris Jericho.”
Manitoba premier Heather Stefanson said when presenting Jericho with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, which honors Manitoban community heroes who have demonstrated selflessness and charitable endeavors:
“Chris has always answered the call, whether it be donating to help victims of the Alberta forest fires or more recently to Damar Hamlin’s charity toy drive. He has also worked with the Inspire Foundation, participated in charity hockey games in support of Cheering for Children and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, and is the spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.”
“I’m a very proud Winnipegger. Always have been, always will be,” Jericho says. “Everywhere I go around the world, I talk about Winnipeg and how great it is.”
This isn’t the first time that Jericho was honored by his area of origin. He has already been awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt and has also received the key to Winnipeg.
Born Christopher Keith Irvine in Manhasset, New York, Jericho takes his wrestling/rock star name from Helloween’s record Walls of Jericho, which is definitely a solid inspiration.
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