Chris Jericho is set to take part in one of the most highly-anticipated professional wrestling matches in recent years - and it's not in WWE.
"Y2J's" last run with WWE ended shortly after WrestleMania 33 earlier this year when he concluded his rivalry with Kevin Owens. Since then Jericho has been touring with his band, Fozzy, and focusing a bit more on his music career by releasing hit songs such as "Judas."
Now Jericho has gotten back into the professional wrestling scene, but this time he'll be working for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) against IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega.
Jericho and Omega began their feud on Twitter, which many believed was a legitimate beef, where "Y2J" mocked the moniker that Omega has inherited of being the best worker in the world today. He also mocked his multiple five star match ratings as well.
It was later revealed that Jericho had signed with NJPW for a one-off match against Omega, as Jericho debuted on NJPW TV to challenge Omega for Wrestle Kingdom 12 in early January. The challenge was accepted and the stage is now set for the Tokyo Dome on the fourth day of the new year.
After a tremendous build-up, which included a blood-filled ambush on Omega from Jericho at a NJPW event, Jericho spoke to NJPW to get his thoughts on his match with Omega.
During the interview Jericho made a bold claim about his match with the Canadian star, vowing to end his NJPW career when he's done with him (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"You don't see blood on a New Japan ring, you don't see blood on a WWE ring, the business has changed.
"It's not about that anymore, which is what I think what made it so much more shocking, when I hit Kenny over the head with the United States Championship and cut him open, bleeding everywhere.
"I liked it. It made me happy. It gave me energy. Made me feel alive. And it also change the entire concept of what this match is gonna be for me.
"At first, I thought, 'Well, sure, if Kenny can have a seven star match, I can have an eight star match,' nine star match, the first-ever ten star match, 'Alpha vs. Omega.'
"Make Okada vs. Omega look like an opening match between a couple of Young Lions. But then, after Fukuoka and then after the press conference in Tokyo the next day, it's so violent, and intense, and vicious.
"This is gonna be a match like you're not gonna see in New Japan again. ... You're going to see the last match of Kenny Omega's New Japan career happen at Wrestle Kingdom 12, because of me.
"Can you imagine? All the New Japan Pro Wrestling fans? The women, crying. The little kids, crying.
"The longtime 20-year fans, crying when their hero, Kenny Omega's career is over. Can you imagine how that's going to make me feel? I'm gonna feel like the f------ king of the world."
What are your thoughts on Jericho saying that he's going to end Omega's NJPW career at Wrestle Kingdom 12? Do you think that Jericho is hinting at an extremely physical match-up between himself and "The Cleaner" in Japan? And how excited are you for this match compared to anything WWE has put on lately? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
Check it out via this link: https://soundcloud.com/user-818579649/gms-wwe-podcast-money-in-the-bank-fallout
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://gms.to/writeforgms
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms