Chris Jericho almost broke the internet, or at least the corner where us hardcore wrestling fans hang out, last year when he unexpectedly showed his face in New Japan Pro Wrestling. It was to begin what became an incredible build to an arguably even better match between himself and Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12.
The assumption was that Y2J's marquee match with The Cleaner would be a one and done type deal and simply something to tick off of his bucket list. Just 24 hours after the match Jericho threw that belief out the window though by appearing at New Year Dash and viciously attacked another of the promotion's top stars, Tetsuya Naito. Now it's expected that a match between those two men is on the cards.
When exactly that match will happen however is up for debate. Initially speculation pointed towards a match at NJPW: Strong Style Evolved, an event taking place in Long Beach, California on March 25th. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer later pointed out however that the show is already sold out so the addition of Jericho versus Naito might be saved for another event further down the line, potentially Dominion in June when Y2J is also free.
Well according to Cageside Seats Rumor Roundup, that is not the case and the plan is to still stage the match at Strong Style Evolved. The fact that the show is a sell out may very well not play in to the equation depending on when Jericho is free, what his contract with New Japan looks like, and whether he wants to travel all the way to Japan to wrestle again if he doesn't necessarily have to.
Whether it happens in Long Beach or not, the Naito match will likely still not be the last time we see Jericho battle a New Japan wrestler. Now that Omega is no longer the IWGP US Champion there could potentially be a rematch on the card between he and the six time World Champion. If Y2J wins that one then there would be an inevitable decider match on the cards even further in the future.