Before Christmas, Hiroshi Tanahashi stated he wanted to open the forbidden door and face Chris Jericho for the AEW World Championship if he defeated him at Wrestle Kingdom 14.
They faced each other on Sunday and while All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling have not agreed to a working relationship, both the English and Japanese commentary teams mentioned AEW and Jericho wore his AEW title to the ring.
After 22 minutes, Le Champion emerged victorious forcing Tanahashi to tap out to the Walls Of Jericho. During his post-match press conference, The Painmaker admitted that his victory closed the forbidden door but he said it did not have to be this way and encouraged both promotions to set aside their differences and work together in the future.
Jericho elaborated: “Put aside all the hurt feelings, put aside all the egos, put aside all of the issues and politics and concentrate on great wrestling matches and big business. I haven’t been doing this at the highest of levels for 29 years as what some people say as the greatest of all time because I’m a stupid businessman. I can see the amount of money that we can make together with AEW and New Japan, both here in Japan and in the United States and Canada and England and Australia and all around the world.
“So even though I beat Tanahashi tonight, I would be more than willing to wrestle him again any time and I would be more than willing to give him an AEW title shot, and Okada and Naito and Suzuki and Ibushi and Ospreay.”