Chris Jericho Wants to Team Up With Kenny Omega on His NJPW Return

Published 05/30/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


Between leaving WWE and coming to AEW, Chris Jericho spent a hefty amount of time in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He joined the promotion full-time and promptly after leaving WWE in 2019. His commitment was rewarded as he soon won the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

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Jericho won the title from Tetsuya Naito and coincidentally dropped the belt back to him. Then, the ‘Demo God‘ shocked the world as he joined the newbie, All Elite Wrestling. He also became the inaugural AEW World Champion.

After a couple of years, Jericho remains an integral part of AEW programming. His role is more than an on-screen sports entertainer in the promotion as he grooms new talents off screen.

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OSAKA, JAPAN – JUNE 09: Chris Jericho enters the ring during the Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall of NJPW on June 09, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

However, Jericho still remembers his journey overseas. A few years ago, it was impossible, but thanks to AEW President Tony Khan, it is possible now for AEW wrestlers to perform in other promotions like Impact, and IGPW (and possibly AAA).

In an interview with TSN, Chris Jericho revealed that he has some “unfinished business” in New Japan. He also named some potential opponents.

There’s a lot of unfinished business for me in New Japan. Jay White is one [potential opponent], [Minoru] Suzuki is another one that would draw big money. Kota Ibushi and [Will] Ospreay, those four guys I’d love to work with.”

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Chris Jericho wants to team up with Kenny Omega in New Japan

Everyone in the wrestling world knows that Kenny Omega is one of the top pro-wrestlers in the world. In a rare feat, Omega has won three World titles in three different promotions, one of them being New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Keeping this in mind, Jericho said he wants to team up with the “Belt Collector.” As both of them had their career jet-start from Winnipeg, the “Le Champion” named their duo “Golden Jets” in honor of the city’s ice hockey team.

TOKYO, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: Kenny Omega celebrates after the 3 Way match against Cody and Kota Ibushi during the King of Pro-Wresting at Ryogoku Kokugikan on October 8, 2018, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

I’d love to do a ‘Golden Jets’ team–Kenny and Jericho–versus [Kazuchika] Okada and Ibushi or [Hiroshi] Tanahashi and Okada or Tanahashi and Ibushi. I think that’s a Tokyo Dome main event right there.”

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“So there’s a lot of stuff I’d still like to do in New Japan and as soon as we can start going over there again,” Jericho said hopefully. “I’m more than agreeable to doing more work there. I really enjoyed the six matches that I had there in 2018 and 2019 and think there’s plenty of room for more.”

OSAKA, JAPAN – JUNE 09: Chris Jericho and Kazuchika Okada compete in the IWGP Heavy Weight Championship bout during the Dominion 6.9 In Osaka-Jo Hall of NJPW on June 09, 2019, in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

As of now, Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle will take on MJF and his Pinnacle at AEW Double or Nothing this Sunday. Their match is a must-watch as it is the second-ever stadium stampede match in AEW history.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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