Chris Jericho appeared via a video package at New Japan's Power Struggle to challenge Hiroshi Tanahashi to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 14.
Despite Chris Jericho's career spanning almost three decades, it could be argued that he has done some of his best work over the past few years. His matches with Kenny Omega in NJPW, his work so far with AEW, even the Festival of Friendship with Kevin Owens in WWE. The best part? Y2J shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
AEW's first and current World Champion is preparing for a title defense against Cody Rhodes this Saturday at Full Gear. He also has the benefit of having a brand new heel faction watching his back in the form of The Inner Circle. That might come in handy as this weekend, it has become apparent that Jericho might already be looking past his match with Cody.
During NJPW's Power Struggle, with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi celebrating a win in the ring, the lights went out and a video started to play on the big screen. It featured multiple men dressed as Tanahashi, all being taken out by a mystery attacker one by one. That attacker was revealed to be Jericho, revealing that even though he is AEW Champion, his work is still far from done in NJPW.
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Jericho said it would be Tanahashi's last match!!
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Y2J challenged Tanahashi to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 14, saying not only will it be a classic, but it will also be Tanahashi's last. Although Wrestle Kingdom traditionally takes place on January 4, Jericho versus Tanahashi will take place on January 5. That's because in 2020 the show will be spread across two days instead of one, and both days are already looking pretty stacked.
Both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships will be on the line on night one, with the winners competing in a winner takes all match on night two. That match will now be joined by Jericho versus Tanahashi which will almost definitely be a match of the year contender just five days into 2020. We'll see if Y2J keeps good on his promise and forces the eight-time IWGP Champion into retirement.