Years from now when someone is asked about Wrestle Kingdom 12, the majority will remember the event for Alpha vs. Omega. That is due to the fact that WWE legend Chris Jericho briefly departed WWE to take part in a dream feud against Kenny Omega in NJPW. Wrestle Kingdom cards from prior years showcase not only the talents of wrestlers under the NJPW banner, but as well as wrestling promotions such as Ring of Honor. These crossovers create some dream contests that may not happen otherwise.
It is easy to say that Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega was the wrestling world’s dream bout much like the Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor dream fight was for boxing last year. Nearly every professional wrestling promotion not named WWE has a healthy relationship with one another which allows for these crossovers to take place with ease. However, WWE refuses to acknowledge some competitors while picking and choosing who they like and how much they will work with them. This limits who WWE can work with and which performers they can utilize.
With the impending debuts of individuals such as Ronda Rousey and Ricochet and past acquisitions such as AJ Style and Shinsuke Nakamura, WWE does a good job at acquiring talent from other promotions. However, WWE fails to capitalize on the huge money-making opportunity of allowing other promotions to showcase their talent on WWE television. NJPW realized the amount of attention that Wrestle Kingdom 12 would get with the appearance of Chris Jericho, and thus increased the number of eyes on their product immensely.
Imagine if Kenny Omega came over a fought Chris Jericho in a rematch at WrestleMania, or maybe a match where The Young Bucks fought The New Day. These are dream matches that are completely possible if the right decisions are made. As Kevin Kelly said during the closing moments of WK12, wrestling is a universal language that knows no barriers.