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Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega booked for NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 12

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After exchanging tweets on Twitter for the past few weeks, the highly anticipated match between Chris Jericho and New Japan Pro Wrestling's Kenny Omega has finally been booked and it's happening sooner than you think.

Y2J has been booked to have his first match outside of the WWE since 1999 as he will take on the IWGP United States champion at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4, 2018, which is essentially New Japan Pro Wrestling's version of WWE's WrestleMania.

The two had been going back and forth on Twitter recently, taking shots at one another in what appeared to be an angle to set up a potential match on Jericho's planned cruise event set for October 2018.

Instead, it was revealed today the exchanges were done to set up a title match in Japan for Wrestle Kingdom at the Tokyo Dome, with the promotion hyping the match as "Alpha vs. Omega."

Jericho confirmed that he will be in this match in an Instagram post, despite currently being listed on WWE's website as one of their superstars, suggesting he might actually currently be a free agent. He hasn't worked for WWE since July when he made a surprise return, interrupting an altercation between Kevin Owens and AJ Styles.

Nevertheless, wrestling fans from around the world can't wait to see this fight happen.

We still have to wait two months for this match to happen, but this announcement has given Wrestle Kingdom and New Japan Pro Wrestling a massive star. More eyes are certainly going to be watching the event now thanks to Jericho's involvement.

This is the first time in years that Y2J will be wrestling outside of the WWE. He worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1997 as both himself and, in a one-time appearance, as the masked Super Liger, which was intended to be a heel to the legendary Jushin "Thunder" Liger.

Going up against Omega, the leader of Bullet Club, should be one incredible match, especially after Omega's international status rise in the past year. Jericho vs Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 is going to be a fantastic match that should bring a lot of attention to New Japan Pro Wrestling in January.

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