Last week, Chris Jericho shocked wrestling fans from around the world when he challenged New Japan Pro Wrestling's Kenny Omega to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in 2018, his first match outside of the WWE since 1999.
Omega accepted the challenge, meaning Y2J will take on the IWGP United States champion at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4, 2018, which is essentially NJPW's version of WWE's WrestleMania, with the promotion hyping the match as "Alpha vs. Omega."
During an interview with Busted Open Radio, Jericho hyped up his upcoming match with Omega, and stated how it's going to help his WWE career once he returns at some point next year after the match has taken place, as him, a WWE guy, crossing over to NJPW is great business for all parties.
The Ayatollah Of Rock n Rolla said, according to 411Mania: “I like doing stuff that’s never really been done. I think I’m in a very unique position in the WWE where I have a great relationship with the company, one guy [specifically], where normal rules might not apply.
"But I also do it with respect and with relevance to what they’re doing and realize that WWE is still my company, it’s still my home, but I’m not handcuffed to WWE.
"If I want to go to New Japan to work a main event at the Tokyo Dome or put on my own cruise and work in tandem with Ring Of Honor, that’s OK, because guess what? At the end of the day, when I go back to the WWE it makes me that much bigger of a star.”
Jericho went on to say: "The good thing about New Japan and even Ring Of Honor to an extent is showing that WWE is not the only place in town, and I think the first people that would be happy about that are the guys that are running the WWE because it just makes for a better business, for a healthier business. And not just for the boys but for the fans.
"It pushes everybody to think more and to be more clever and creative and to work harder.”
Jericho and Omega are two of the best technical wrestlers in the world, so this match has the potential to be phenomenal.
More people are going to be watching Wrestle Kingdom 12 and NJPW now thanks to Y2J's involvement, and WWE will be hoping Jericho can bring some new fans with him when he returns at some point in 2018, which at this rate will most likely be as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble.
As for Omega, he has no plans of following Jericho to the WWE, as in a recent interview, he announced that he was committed to staying with NJPW.
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