Chris Jericho seems to have gotten a taste for New Japan Pro Wrestling, and who can blame him? Ever since Y2J first appeared on New Japan television and challenged Kenny Omega to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 12, the eyes of the wrestling world have been on him. On the back of that, his match with The Cleaner was an incredible one and now he has his sights set on another of the promotion’s top guys.
That top guy is Tetsuya Naito, the latest man to fail in his attempts to strip Kazuchika Okada of the IWGP Heavyweight Title. The night after WK12 Jericho blindsided Naito and wound up having to be dragged off of the charismatic performer. While not confirmed it seems as if the two will meet in the ring at NJPW USA: Strong Style Evolved, an event taking place in Long Beach, California on March 25th.
It seems as if Jericho’s stay with New Japan may extend beyond even that match too. The nine time Intercontinental Champion posted some fan art on Instagram this week featuring the New Japan logo with his face in the middle of it. The emblem also has ‘Alpha of Sports’ and ‘New Japan Is Jericho’ written around the edge of it. Y2J wrote underneath the photo ‘Hmmm that’s got a nice ring to it….maybe I’ll stick around for awhile?’.
While Jericho initially gave off the impression that his match with Omega would be a one and done when it came to his foray into New Japan, it really is impossible to tell with him. To move on to a rivalry with Naito and then perhaps stick around for even longer may be a spur of the moment decision or it may have been the plan all along. Unless Y2J reveals the real truth then there really is no way of knowing.
Chris Jericho’s stay in New Japan is beneficial for all parties involved. For Y2J, it’s helping him tick off even more firsts on the already extensive list of things he has achieved in wrestling. NJPW also benefits as they have an experienced and talented wrestler performing for them, and even WWE could benefit if their ‘WWE guy’ manages to talk up the promotion to some of the currently unattainable New Japan talent.
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