Chris Jericho Hints At More Matches In New Japan Pro Wrestling

It might not be a one and done for the leader of Alpha Club...

Many thought that Chris Jericho's monumental clash with Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4 would be Y2J's only outing for New Japan Pro Wrestling. However, the leader of the newly formed Alpha Club has said there is a chance he'll be doing more matches for NJPW in the future.

The six-time WWE World Champion challenges The Cleaner for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship in what is now the joint main event of WK 12, alongside the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito.

In an interview with Proresu Today, Jericho hinted that the Omega match might not be his only match in the Far East: "I've said maybe me and Kenny will never happen again. But I never said I'd only do one match. I never said this would be my last match with New Japan. Wait and see."

In taking on the New Japan booking, Jericho doesn't seem to have broken any ties with WWE despite NJPW being the second biggest promotion in the world. The 47-year-old let Vince McMahon know of the WK match six weeks before it was announced publically, and his old boss didn't mind. While last week, Triple H wished Y2J well for the match during an interview with CBS Sports' In The Corner podcast.

"I think it's great. Good for Chris," Triple H said. "It's phenomenal. Good for Kenny, good for New Japan. We were aware. That was a conversation that was had.

"It's great, it's good for him. Chris is one of the greatest talents in the history of the business, so I think it's great. Good product is good product. I'm happy for them, happy for Chris and happy for everybody."

Jericho has also spoken, once again, about Kenny Omega and the magnitude of their upcoming match which is only three short weeks away: "Kenny might be the best I've ever seen. I'm just better," he said.

"If you remove WWE from the equation, New Japan are the biggest. They're worldwide, they have exciting performers. It's something everyone wants to watch."

"Okada and Naito will be a huge match, but even in Japan, people are getting to be more excited for me and Kenny. As big as Okada and Naito is, it can't transcend New Japan. (Our match) might never happen again. That gives it a different level of importance."

Wrestle Kingdom kicks-off at 5pm in Japan, making it an early morning start of 8am in the UK (3am EST) on New Japan World.

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