Apparently, we came extremely close to having a WWE versus NJPW super match at this year's SummerSlam.
Whenever we see a wrestler from one promotion appear on another, it's exciting. Ever since the 1990s when men and women were hopping between WWE and WCW it has been a surefire way to get people talking. Lex Luger on the first ever episode of Nitro, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall showing up, or when Sting eventually came to WWE all those years later.
Even though WWE currently has no direct equal like it did back then, the phenomenon still happens today. The best example of it in recent times is Chris Jericho. When Y2J first appeared on New Japan television it sent the wrestling world into a frenzy. Since then, everything he has done has frankly been awesome, and he has bounced between both NJPW and WWE.
According to Jericho, he tried to put his unique relationships with both companies to good use. On the latest episode of Talk Is Jericho he revealed that he pitched an Intercontinental Champion versus Intercontinental Champion match to Vince McMahon for SummerSlam. Y2J is the NJPW IC Champion of course, and when he pitched the idea, Seth Rollins was the WWE equivalent.
The most shocking part of this idea and the pitch was that apparently Mr. McMahon initially liked the idea. However, Jericho sadly heard no follow up about it. A real shame as seeing an IWGP title on WWE television would have been a huge deal. Jericho also revealed that he offered to replace Shane McMahon at this year's WrestleMania after the SmackDown Live commissioner fell ill, but as we know now, the boss's son managed to power through.
Even though the news that the IC Champion versus IC Champion match almost happened is extremely frustrating, there is a silver lining. If Jericho had revealed that Mr. McMahon showed absolutely no interest in the idea then that would have just been sad. The fact that he is receptive to working with New Japan is extremely promising and perhaps we will see the two companies on the same show one day soon.