Wrestler Chris Jericho poses for a portrait at his home in Odessa.
From his Tampa Bay home, the rock star, podcaster and face of All Elite Wrestling is pulling strings inside and outside the ring.
In pay-it-forward fashion, the philanthropist also known as Thad Bullard is trying to transform an inner-city school.
We asked three WWE wrestlers how they manage their diet before the big show.
As WrestleMania nears, Tampa’s retired grapplers recall the days when they put fans in sleeper holds and had to stay in character around the clock.


  1. Stu Schwartz heading back to the locker room followed by a bloody Dick Murdoch.
  2. Tampa native and resident Ettore Ewen, who performs as Big E, celebrates after winning the WWE Championship.
  3. Fans cheer as actor and wrestler John Cena returns to the ring during the WWE Smackdown at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 6, 2021.
  4. Former Brandon High athletic standout Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, seen here wrestling Mr. T, was a co-headliner of the first WrestleMania in 1985.
  5. The first WWE broadcast from Tropicana Field was the Friday Night SmackDown show on Dec. 11, shown here. The dome was transformed into the WWE ThunderDome, which combined a special effects-heavy set full of lasers, pyrotechnics and drones with a virtual fan experience.
  6. Fireworks shoot into the sky during the opening of WrestleMania 37 Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  7. WWE Superstar Roman Reigns reacts after defending his title at WrestleMania 37 on Sunday night.
  8. WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt makes a leaping entrance into the ring during his match with Randy Orton at WrestleMania 37 on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
  9. Everything seems larger than life when it comes to the WWE. WrestleMania 37 at Raymond James Stadium, home of the latest Super Bowl champs, is no exception.
  10. Jon Moxley, on the ground outside the ring, during a professional wrestling match at "Bloodsport 6" at the Cuban Club in Tampa's Ybor City on April 8, 2021.
  11. Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. shows off the WWE championship belt the Bucs received after winning the Super Bowl during the boat parade celebration in February in Tampa.
  12. Before he had the swagger of a WWE champion, Roman Reigns said he went to Tampa nearly 11 years ago to compete in Florida Championship Wrestling not knowing how to do anything inside a ring. "I didn’t have a tool, let alone a box to put anything in."
  13. Learn to take out creeps with these Wrestlemania moves.
  14. Hulk Hogan and WrestleMania will always be tied together. But having WWE's marquee event in his hometown is extra special.
  15. WWE global ambassador Titus O'Neil thanks executives from the Tampa Bay area's four professional sports teams during a community event on Tuesday.
  16. Bianca Belair will face Sasha Banks for the SmackDown women's title at WrestleMania 37 on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.
  17. WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil will receive the Warrior Award during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremonies as part of this year's WrestleMania event.
  18. The "Gimmick Attorney" Michael Dockins is pictured with wrestler clients Dax Harwood, left, and Cash Wheeler of All Elite Wrestling.
  19. A photo of the sold-out crowd in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, which hosted 2019's WrestleMania. Tampa is set to host WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on April 10 and 11.
  20. "Thee Technical Alchemist" David Mercury, top, wrestles with Boots during a Generation Championship Wrestling match at Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa in February 2020.
  21. Fifteen Tampa Bay wrestlers have been in a men’s heavyweight title match at a WrestleMania. These four are among them: from left, Dave Bautista, John Cena, Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns.
  22. The first WWE broadcast from Tropicana Field was the Friday Night SmackDown show on Dec. 11, shown here. The ThunderDome set will relocate from the Trop to the Yuengling Center on USF's campus starting April 12.
  23. Hulk Hogan and Titus O'Neil will be the hosts of next month's WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium.
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