June 3rd, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Chris Jericho steps into 'Downfall' ring

ABC is looking toward the squared circle to host the upcoming game show "Downfall."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, pro wrestler Chris Jericho has been tapped to host the show, which premieres June 22 for a six-episode run.

Jericho, a former World Wrestling Entertainment champion, can currently be seen on "WWE Monday Night Raw."  His non-wrestling resume includes fronting the rock group Fozzy, writing the 2007 memoir "A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex" and appearing in the recently released film "MacGruber."

Jericho may sound like an unusual choice to host such a program, but "Downfall" doesn't appear to be your typical game show.

According to ABC, the show features contestants answering trivia questions on top of a 10-story building in downtown Los Angeles.  Joining Jericho and the contestants on the building is what's described as the "largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV." "Fabricated facsimiles" of all available prizes will be placed on the belt as the contestants try and answer trivia questions as quickly as possible before their prizes - which include cash - fall down to the street below.

If the contestants can't answer their questions right, they can either "surrender a personal possession" or get help from a friend or family member on a question, risking the personal item or helpful friend being thrown off the building if the contestant can't beat the clock (People on the conveyor belt will wear safety harnesses to prevent injury).

When all is said and done, one contestant can go home with one million dollars in cash, or face being tossed off the building.

Will you watch "Downfall" when it premieres?

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  1. saurabh

    jerichho i likee your personility

    June 21, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Head Diva In Charge

    I used to LOVE me some wrestling. Glad to see he is trying to get a real job! Yay Chris!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. SeenThisBefore

    Didn't FOX have a game show like this a couple of years ago? I seem to remember one where people had to do things like drop their televisions from a 50 foot crane on a target, if they got it in the center, they got a newer/better television.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. laura

    I'll check it out, I have enjoyed game shows .I'll give it a chance.......

    June 4, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ben Richards

    We are offically six months away from The Running Man.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |

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