Chris Jericho's next match for New Japan could very well take plan on US soil at the promotion's event in Long Beach, California.
It has only been a few days since Chris Jericho had his history-making match against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 but it already feels like an awful lot has happened since. As is often the case with the pro wrestling industry, there is never time to pause and admire what you've just accomplished and wrestlers tend to immediately move on to their next project.
It took just 24 hours for the defeated Jericho to move on, and to the surprise of quite a few people, he will be continuing his work with New Japan. At New Year Dash the six-time World Champion attacked Tetsuya Naito, who had also lost the night before. The two of them had to be pulled apart and Y2J even hinted a week prior that Naito didn't like his match with Kazuchika Okada having to co-headline the Tokyo Dome with Jericho and Omega.
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With New Japan's biggest event of the year already in the rearview mirror, that raises the question of when exactly Jericho and Naito would be squaring off. Well, according to Wrestler Observer Radio the current plan is to have them wrestle at NJPW USA: Strong Style Evolved. The event will take place in Long Beach, California on Mar. 25, 2017.
The show in Long Beach will be the second time in as many years that New Japan put on a show of this kind. The promotion trialed the idea in 2017 and it proved to be a massive success. Presumably, they will attempt to fill a larger building this time, and with matches such as Jericho versus Naito potentially on the card then they will likely have no trouble filling it. Tickets go on sale Jan. 29, 2017, so expect confirmation of the match one way or another before then.
Many likely hoped that Jericho would now be returning to WWE following his foray into New Japan Pro Wrestling. That he would make a surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble or begin a build to a match at WrestleMania 34. Unfortunately for Jericholics, those two dates are already occupied by Fozzy concerts. The prospect of Y2J wrestling Naito on US soil, however, is an exciting one.