Despite previously stating in a number of interviews that his relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling was finished, Chris Jericho looks set to make a monumental return to the Far East this weekend at the company's Wrestling Dontaku event in Fukuoka.
PWInsider are reporting that the leader of Alpha Club will appear at the event to shoot an angle to build towards a match at the Dominion PPV on June 9 - former WWE Champion Jericho's last and only New Japan match took place on January 4 at Wrestle Kingdom 12 against Kenny Omega.
It looked like Y2J was set for a prolonged stay in the company after he attacked new IWGP Intercontinental champion Tetsuya Naito the following night at New Year's Dash. Naito had led his LIJ stable to a victory in a 10-man tag match before he was attacked by Jericho following the final bell.
Surely, with the carrot left dangling and the story unfinished after that appearance, Jericho's presence this weekend will finally see that match booked.
The appearance looks set to set the wrestling world alight once again as Chris appeared at WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble just last Friday. During a press event for the show in Saudi Arabia, he told Still Real To Us: “It was good when it happened, but some things just don’t work out… New Japan was a lot of fun… not to say that I won’t go back there again, but as of right now our relationship is pretty much finished at this point.”
It looks like Jericho said that to heighten the impact of this potential return. We wait with bated breath...