Chris Jericho got his shot at Kazuchika Okada this weekend and their match for the IWGP Championship ended in chaos.
Despite being 48 years old, Chris Jericho is still making quite the impression on the wrestling world. Whether it be putting on match of the year candidates with Kenny Omega or popping up in New Japan to shake things up, Y2J is as relevant today as he was 15 years ago. His latest challenge came in the form of an IWGP Championship match against Kazuchika Okada.
Jericho effectively declared himself the number one contender to Okada's title not too long ago, and that the match would go down at Dominion. The match deservedly main evented the show this weekend, but unfortunately for Jericho, he failed to knock off The Rainmaker. New Japan's top prize is still one that alludes on the greatest of all time.
After another terrific match from the pair, Jericho was left titleless. Following on from the confidence boost he gained after his win over Omega, a loss against Okada brought him crashing back down to Earth. So much so that the former World Champion snapped and went about decimating Okada. Eventually, Okada's fellow NJPW legend Hiroshi Tanahashi came to the ring to make the save.
After being chased away by Tanahashi, Jericho grabbed a mic and declared himself the greatest of all time. He signed off by yelling "happy championship, b***h!" to Okada. However, it would appear that Y2J's next challenger in New Japan will be Tanahashi. He's battled Omega, been to war with Tetsuya Naito, and taught Okada a lesson. Who better to go after next than Tanahashi?
Wrestlers are continuing to show fans and their peers that there is indeed life outside of WWE for performers. That doesn't necessarily mean just AEW as well, as you can see. AEW can't take everybody, but promotions such as New Japan are still entirely viable options for wrestlers looking for something fresh. Jericho continues to do so at the age of 48, and Jon Moxley also popped up at Dominion to do the same thing.