It’s seeming more and more like Chris Jericho’s ‘one off’ appearance for New Japan Pro Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom 12 is slowly starting to turn into a more of a “run” for Jericho in the promotion, as Jericho setup a match against Tetsuya Naito at New Year Dash following his loss to Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom.
Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard is now reporting there have been talks of a potential match between Jericho and the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. Below is a report excerpt:
Chris Jericho is extending his stay with New Japan.
Jericho is a very worthy investment for New Japan. The company may have kicked the tires on others, but Jericho fits well and has history with the booking regime at New Japan, as well as a friendship with New Japan World broadcaster Don Callis, who has a podcast on the Jericho Network. Jericho’s run in New Japan will certainly provide content for another book, which fans would devour, as well as a premiere match at New Japan’s upcoming Long Beach, California show in March against Tetsuya Naito.
Jericho is also extremely smart in the opponents he is choosing. He has chosen two workhorses in Kenny Omega and Tetsuya Naito, and the only other opponent I have heard discussed down the line from those close to NJPW operations is a dream match against IWGP heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada.