While Chris Jericho was originally slated to appear at Strong Style Evolved, he may now not return to New Japan until Dominion in June.
Towards the end of 2017, Chris Jericho captured the attention of the wrestling world when he shockingly showed up in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Most fans thought that he may have still been under contract with WWE at the time and even if you didn’t think that this was still a fully fledged WWE guy showing up in what is arguably the next most popular promotion behind the company that made him famous.
Y2J was, of course, there to take on Kenny Omega and their match more than lived up to the hype. 24-hours later, Jericho went about proving that it wasn’t a one and done deal with NJPW. The first ever WWE Undisputed Champion showed up at New Year Dash and attacked one of the promotion’s other top guys, Tetsuya Naito. Presumably, there will be a match between the two, but that is yet to happen.
Apparently, that dream match has been slated to happen at New Japan’s Strong Style Evolved which takes place in Long Beach, California in March. Well, now according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, that might not be the plan. He is only speculating, but he believes that since Jericho still hasn’t been announced for the show, and with it already being sold out they may delay that match until Dominion instead which takes place in June.
At this moment in time, it seems like the decision is totally up to New Japan. Jericho is currently free on both dates so if he’s up for it, the match can take place at either event. Even though they clearly don’t need him to sell tickets for Strong Style Evolved, it would be pretty incredible for fans to see him perform there. Plus, it was announced this week that the show will air live on AXS TV.
Even beyond a match with Naito, it doesn’t seem that Jericho is going to be done with NJPW anytime soon. Now that Omega is no longer the IWGP United States Champion, you would have to imagine that he and Y2J will have a rematch somewhere down the line. With no title at stake, then Jericho may very well get his win back so that they can then have a third and final deciding match to determine who really is the best wrestler in the world.
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