In an enormous shock, it will likely be none aside from Chris Jericho squaring off in opposition to Kenny Omega on the New Japan Professional Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom occasion on Jan. four on the Tokyo Dome.
The information got here at Sunday’s NJPW Energy Wrestle occasion the place Omega efficiently defended his IWGP United States Championship in opposition to Trent Baretta. Instantly after the match, Omega started reducing a promo on who can be his subsequent opponent, teasing there was nobody left for him to face. Then the lights went out and a video started to play.
Jericho said that he’s nonetheless one of the best on the planet and the “Alpha” within the wrestling enterprise. He put forth the problem — “Alpha vs. Omega” at Wrestle Kingdom 12 — and Omega accepted.
The 2 Winnipeg natives had been exchanging phrases on Twitter lately, and most chalked it as much as them merely having some enjoyable with each other to get folks speaking. At most, it may result in a attainable match on Jericho’s “Rock and Rager at Sea” cruise late subsequent 12 months. As an alternative, it is occurring a lot sooner and on a a lot larger stage.
This may mark the primary time that Jericho, the primary ever undisputed WWE Champion and the person who beat each The Rock and “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin on the identical night time as he likes to brag about, will wrestle for a serious promotion that’s not the WWE in 18 years when he was with WCW. He had a match in 2003 with Ohio Valley Wrestling, which was working on the developmental group for WWE on the time, and likewise in 2000 on the Gary Albright Memorial Present for World Xtreme Wrestling.
Jericho has been taking day without work from WWE to tour along with his band, Fozzy. He did make a shock look on “SmackDown Reside” in July the place he misplaced in a triple-threat match to AJ Types and Kevin Owens.
In different information at Energy Wrestle, Marty Scurll defeated Will Ospreay to win the IWPG Junior Heavyweight Championship. Following the match, Scurll accepted a problem to defend his title at Wrestle Kingdom in a four-way match that can embody Ospreay, KUSHIDA and Hiromu Takahashi.
Jay White additionally returned to the corporate on the present, revealing himself as Switchblade, a personality who had been teased for weeks, and put his sights in the direction of IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi.
The lineup for Wrestle Kingdom 12 is sort of spectacular to date, as anticipated for the largest occasion of the 12 months.
— IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
— IWGP United States Championship: Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho
— IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Slingblade
— IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay vs KUSHIDA vs. Hiromu Takahashi
— IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Group Championship: The Younger Bucks vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)
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