– Chris Jericho Explains Why His Match With Kenny Omega Will Be Better In NJPW Than It Would Be At WrestleMania
During a recent appearance on Busted Open, Old School WWF Legend Chris Jericho explained why his match with IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega will be better in New Japan Pro Wrestling than it would be in WWE at WrestleMania. Below is what Y2J said:
“If I told you I’ve thought about the match in any way, shape or form up until now, I’d be lying. I haven’t even thought about the match yet. To me, it was about the announcement and the promotion. And like I said, when McGregor and Mayweather was announced, right off the bat it became the biggest match in boxing history just because you never though you’d see it.
And I’m not saying it’s the biggest match in wrestling history, but I think at the time, right now in November of 2017, it is because nobody thought they could see it. Now, there’s a whole contingency of people who have no idea that New Japan exists or who Kenny Omega is, that’s fine. I’m talking to the people that care about this, and if you’re a casual wrestling fan or know anything about any other company besides WWE, it is intriguing.
I think just the fact that if Kenny left New Japan tomorrow and I went to the WWE and we had the same match at WrestleMania, it wouldn’t have the same mystique about it because there’s something about it now where everyone knows that Omega is so big in Japan and Jericho has a history in Japan, which is another thing I liked about it.
Kenny and I’s careers mirror each other; I started in Japan, I grew up in Japan, I’ve been there 60 times, so there’s a big history of Jericho in Japan as well that started before I ever went to the WWE. So there’s a combination of a lot of things that make this very special and a once-in-a-lifetime type of match-up.
I think if it was in the WWE, even if there was no restrictions, it still wouldn’t be as big because it’s still WrestleMania in a WWE ring. This is different, it’s over in Tokyo, it’s at the Tokyo Dome fore New Japan Pro Wrestling. I think that adds to the intrigue and the mystique of the match right off the bat, as well.”
– Possible Return At Survivor Series 2017
As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live, Charlotte Flair defeated Natalya to capture the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Charlotte will now face Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss this Sunday at Survivor Series 2017.
This has resulted in one spot being free in SmackDown Live’s Women’s Survivor Series team (as Charlotte was originally a member of that team). While there are talks of Natalya getting added to the team, there are also rumors of former WWE Divas Champion Paige returning and joining the team.
As we noted earlier, original reports stated that Paige would be returning to SmackDown Live. But reports came out last week that Paige would be returning on this week’s Raw, but she didn’t.
So this has resulted in people speculating that WWE is back on their original plan of Paige returning as a part of SmackDown Live.