The highly anticipated one-off match between Chris Jericho and the IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega took place yesterday at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 12 in the Tokyo Dome and it did not disappoint wrestling fans.
What began as a Twitter feud quickly turned into an actual match booked for NJPW’s biggest event of the year, which is essentially their version of WWE's annual WrestleMania event. After 34 minutes of ring time, Alpha vs Omega left fans in the Tokyo Dome and those watching at home very happy.
Jericho and Omega did their best to steal the show, and it began with their grand entrances that gave this match a big fight feel. The match itself included several big spots which fans absolutely loved.
One included Jericho living up to his Man of 1,004 Holds nickname by executing a vintage Liontamer in the middle of the ring. Ultimately, the match was only going to end with one victor.
In what was a no disqualification match for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, Omega managed to retain his title via pinfall after performing a One-Winged Angel on Jericho on a chair in the middle of the ring.
Still, the way which the two performed in the middle of the ring in the Tokyo Dome has pushed for a lot of fans to consider this match as a Match of the Year candidate. Jericho reacted to the match on his Twitter account later in the day.
In seven simple words, Jericho summed up his match with Omega, saying: "And that is how it’s done kids…. 😉#WrestleKingdom12 #AlphaVsOmega." Despite the loss, Jericho is pleased with how he performed for the Wrestle Kingdom audience.
Many WWE fans will be hoping now that Jericho has performed in NJPW, perhaps Omega will perform in the WWE and have a rematch against his Wrestle Kingdom 12 opponent, this time at WrestleMania. However, the chances of this happening are slim considering Jericho's booked to tour with Fozzy when WrestleMania 34 takes place in New Orleans later this year.
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