Ex-WWE star looks unrecognisable as he’s set to face British champion at Wembley

A WWE legend is set to compete at Wembley Stadium in front of 85k fans for a rival company.

For many, Chris Jericho was synonymous with the WWE from the late 1990s to mid-2000s.

Debuting in a historic segment on Monday Night Raw in 1999 involving Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the now 52-year-old has been mainstay in the industry ever since.

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But having left WWE in 2018, causal fans would be forgiven for not knowing what happened to Jericho since – and how his look has dramatically changed.

The American-Canadian, who once beat Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night to become the first ever Undisputed then-WWF Champion, has been battling it out against some of the best talent in the world as part of the wrestling promotion owned Tony Khan – the son of Premier League side Fulham's owner Shahid – All Elite Wrestling.

Having left WWE in 2018 – having held pretty much every major WWE championship multiple times – and after a brief sting in Japan, the bloke formerly known as the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla was the first major signing announced by AEW.

Fans were shocked by the new persona chosen by Jericho, as he ditched his famous short blonde locks and flashing jacket for a more rock 'n' roll grunge look, as well as growing out his hair similar to how it was in the 90s.

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He also replaced his iconic Break The Walls Down theme song with a song by his own rock band Fozzy, Judas.

But in recent years, Jericho has gone even more drastic, growing his hair very long and ditching the slender physique he once had for a more natural look that comes with aging.

However, he can still go toe-to-toe with the best of them, and will be battling it out against New Japan Pro Wrestling's new UK Champion Will Ospreay when AEW heads to Wembley on Sunday (August 27) for its All In show.

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Having been wrestling regularly for more than 30 years, having debuted at the age of 19 in 1990, it appears that he might be making plans for what he'll do once he can no longer lace up the wrestling boots.

He said, earlier this year: “People say, 'Well, how much longer are you going to do this?'.

“I could end tomorrow.

“I could end five years from now, or who cares?

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“Sting is 63 and still doing great stuff. So who knows, man? To me, as long as you can still compete at a high level – like I have a high standard for myself.

“If I went out there and two, three, four times in a row I felt like, 'Oof, I'm starting to f***ing phone this in,' I would quit.”

He is expected to be inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame whenever he does hang up his boots, especially has he has held the Intercontinental Championship for a record nine times.

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