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From the WWE/NJPW Rumor Mill: Chris Jericho to continue working with NJPW?

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2.75K   //    22 Dec 2017, 15:37 IST

Jericho is set to face the cleaner at Wrestle Kingdom 12
Jericho is set to face the cleaner at Wrestle Kingdom 12

What's the story?

WWE legend Chris Jericho is set to face Kenny Omega in a No Disqualification match at the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 pay-per-view.

Dave Meltzer reported on the latest issue of Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Chris Jericho has been booked to work the January 5th NJPW New Year’s Dash event as well as the January 4th Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-view. 

In case you didn't know...

Chris Jericho is scheduled to face 'The Cleaner' Kenny Omega at the Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-view.

The buildup to the pay-per-view has seen the former WWE Champion attack Kenny Omega during NJPW's World Tag League Finals and leave him busted open in the ring. Jericho was attacked by Kenny Omega later during a press conference. 

The Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-view is the first time Chris Jericho will wrestle for a wrestling promotion other than WWE since his 1999 debut for the Connecticut-based company.

The heart of the matter

Chris Jericho is set to face the IWGP United States Champion, Kenny Omega, in a No DQ match at the Wrestle Kingdom 12 event. The match was expected to be a one-off appearance by Jericho in the Japanese Wrestling promotion. A report from Dave Meltzer, however, suggests Jericho is set to appear at the January 5th NJPW New Year’s Dash event on the night after the Wrestle Kingdom 12 pay-per-view.

New Year's Dash is a lot like the Raw after Wrestlemania and sets up the next wave of storylines for the company. With Jericho set to appear on the show, fans will find out if Y2J will continue to work in NJPW's future shows as well. 

Going by his Fozzy Tour dates, Jericho will be unavailable for this year's Wrestlemania. 

What's next?

Jericho may continue to be a part of NJPW shows following his match with Kenny Omega. There has been no news about the former WWE Champion potentially working another match for the Japanese promotion as of this writing.

Author's take

When all is said and done, Jericho is probably one of the 20-greatest wrestlers ever. The charismatic 47-year-old is still wildly popular with professional wrestling fans around the world, and his presence will provide NJPW with a huge shot in the arm.

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