WWE legend Chris Jericho is set to face Kenny Omega of New Japan Pro-Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom on Jan. 12, 2017. At first, many would assume that this would upset WWE chairman, Vince McMahon. Jericho has been in-and-out of the WWE for the past 10 years as he balances life as a superstar and singer for his band, Fozzy.
But according to Jericho, McMahon was actually not bothered by the news that one of his top stars will compete in a hyped-up match for a rival promotion. Appearing on J.R.’s The Ross Report podcast, Y2J shared Vince’s reaction and thoughts on the Jericho vs. Omega bout. Jericho said that Vince “was cool with him doing this match,” as well as this:
“I think he appreciates the fact that when the business is healthy, I think that he knows that it’s better for his business as well, so for Chris Jericho to go to New Japan, I mean, everybody knows that I’m a WWE guy…I have been for 17 years, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime dream match… And, for me to not pursue that I thought would have been a crime. And I think Vince felt the same way. As I said, the timing of this is perfect.”
There’s no doubting how huge this match could be between Jericho and Omega. The latter is one of the greatest non-WWE wrestlers in the world, and both men are from Winnipeg. With Jericho a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame and Omega still one of the biggest names out there, this match has all the makings to be a classic.
In his most recent run with the WWE, Jericho helped put younger competition over, losing to the likes of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, and Kevin Owens. He’s once again doing the wrestling business a huge favor by pushing the younger competition—regardless of who wins.
As for his return to the WWE, Jericho is expected to appear on the Raw 25th Anniversary special on Jan. 22. Fans will still be seeing a lot of Jericho in 2018, so drink it in man.
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