WWE superstar Chris Jericho is primed for his battle with Kenny Omega at ‘WrestleKingdom 12’ and is aiming to end Omega’s NJPW career in the process.
“I’ve never wrestled Kenny Omega before” Jericho said in an interview with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
“I understand how great Kenny Omega is. Everybody’s talking about Kenny Omega and that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to have this match, because the timing for this match is perfect. It probably couldn’t have happened last year.
It couldn’t have happened last year, it probably won’t happen next year, this is the time for “Alpha vs. Omega.”
“This is the time for Kenny vs. Jericho. And he’s from the same home city as I am; from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and to me, there’s a special connection there. He basically grew up in Japan, so did I, this is my 52nd tour of Japan in January. I think, we’re not just typical foreigners, we’re not just typical guys. We’re almost honorary Japanese.
Jericho also talked about their differing styles in the ring.
“Well, once again, Kenny Omega has a great style, very good New Japan style, but I have New Japan style, I have WAR style, I have Mexico style, I have European style, I have ECW style, I have Smokey Mountain Wrestling style, I have WCW style, and more importantly, I have WWE style.
Six-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Kenny has never been even close to that. It’s a completely different world. Kenny Omega is a planet, Chris Jericho is the whole universe. I’m the Alpha. Alpha vs. Omega, it’s not just a catchphrase, it’s the truth.
“And it’s typical for someone like Kenny to think “Jericho can’t handle my style,” because he’s been so big here in New Japan. But he’s big with Okada, and Naito, and that’s great. Those four guys, five guys, six guys. I’ve been great against 50 guys! Against 100. Hall Of Famers.
Some of the greatest of all time. Kenny Omega can’t even lace my boots up when it comes to that kind of respect, that kind of experience, that kind of knowledge that I have.”
Jericho doesn’t just want to defeat Omega, he wants to end his career in NJPW.
“You don’t see blood on a New Japan ring, you don’t see blood in a WWE ring – the business has changed, it’s not about that anymore. Which I think is what made it so much more shocking when I hit Kenny over the head with the United States Championship and cut him open, bleeding everywhere- I liked it. It made me happy. It gave me energy. Made me feel alive. And it also change the entire concept of what this match is gonna be for me. At first, I thought, “Well, sure, if Kenny can have a seven star match I can have an eight star match, nine star match, the first-ever ten star match: “Alpha vs. Omega.”” Make Okada vs. Omega look like an opening match between a couple of young lions.
“But then, after Fukuoka, and then after the press conference in Tokyo the next day – it’s so violent, and intense, and vicious. This is gonna be a match like you’re not gonna see in New Japan again. It’s gonna be like a match – it’s gonna be a different type of match than any type of match at the Tokyo Dome. End of the match at Wrestle Kingdom 12. And once again, I like that, because to me it’s gonna stand out. You’re going to see the last match of Kenny Omega’s New Japan career happen at Wrestle Kingdom 12, because of me.
“Can you imagine all the New Japan Pro Wrestling fans? The women, crying. The little kids, crying. The longtime 20-year fans, crying when their hero, Kenny Omega’s career is over. Can you imagine how that’s going to make me feel? I’m gonna feel like the f%#&*g king of the world.
Because I am, the best in the world. The greatest of all time. The Alpha. that’s who Chris Jericho is. And all the New Japan people, all the New Japan fans, and any wrestler in the New Japan locker room is going to learn a lesson. And it’s going to be a sad day for Kenny Omega and all of his fans at Wrestle Kingdom 12. I guarantee it.”
Kenny Omega Talks How Wrestling AJ Styles Made Him Continue Wrestling
The Elite’s Kenny Omega, who is set to become one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling over the next few months, recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast and talked about how he almost quit wrestling.
Then, Omega stepped into the ring with A.J. Styles.
“I found that my in-ring performance was suffering because you know there’s an aesthetic look you have to maintain in professional wrestling” Omega stated when describing his mindset back in 2006. “If I’m cutting 20 pounds for a tournament or a fight and then I have to go to the ring I’m going to look like I came out of a dryer and it just didn’t jive. So if I was going to concentrate on one, the other was going to suffer.”
Omega then described how he approached an upcoming match with Styles, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
“[It was] after that AJ match when I thought, ‘Oh my goodness there’s this guy who’s so much better than me but we have this chemistry together.’ It kind of showed me my true potential and maybe something that I could grasp and something I could achieve that I hadn’t seen yet.”
“It really made me look in the mirror and say to myself: ‘Jeez, even when I do these all-time jiu-jitsu tournaments I’m always going for a finish, I’m always trying to have that exciting match when really you should just be concentrating on getting that gold medal or whatever. So I found that I was actually and entertainer, I was a performer. So I was going to give this wrestling thing one more shot.”
Don Callis Returning To NJPW Commentary
Don Callis is commenting on is newly finalized deal with NJPW that will see him return on commentary and the key member of the Impact Wrestling promotion is excited for the opportunity to return to the booth.
“I am going back to New Japan,” Callis said on his “Killin the Town Podcast”. “So, for all the people out there who were claiming I’d been fired and that they didn’t want to use me anymore, that sort of thing. There were some people who said that and had all sorts of reasons for it that they would speculate about. As I said before, I’m busy enough that it’s not that I didn’t notice I wasn’t going back but I hadn’t given it a lot of thought because I’d been so busy.”
Callis announced that he would return on November 17th and 18th for the upcoming shows in Tokyo.
“They reached out to me and we had a discussion, I don’t think I’m telling any tales out of school but they were quite intent on getting me back and I love the company and I love the boys in the back and I like the product. So, once we were able to resolve everything to mutual satisfaction I made a deal to go back.”
NJPW Announce New Matches For Wrestle Kingdom 13
New Japan Pro Wrestling is gearing up for Wrestle Kingdom 13, their annual marquee event, and have announced a number of matches to a card that already includes a main event featuring Kenny Omega vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (c) vs Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs Los Ingoberables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
KUSHIDA (c) vs Taiji Ishimori
“The Rainmaker” Kuzuchika Okada vs “Switchblade” Jay White
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuya Naito
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