Chris Jericho recently talk Busted Open Radio about why he thinks his match with Omega in NJPW is great for the pro-wrestling business. Below are the highlights…(transcription via wrestlinginc.com)
Since signing the company in 1999, Jericho plans to play IWGP’s American champion Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2018.
In the first match other than WWE. It is currently a one – shot contract as Jericho, a free agent, is scheduled to return to WWE next year. Jericho believes that the performance of other companies will make returning to WWE more important.
“I like doing stuff that’s never really been done. I think I’m in a very unique position in the WWE where I have a great relationship with the company, one guy [specifically], where normal rules might not apply. But I also do it with respect and with relevance to what they’re doing and realize that WWE is still my company, it’s still my home, but I’m not handcuffed to WWE. If I want to go to New Japan to work a main event at the Tokyo Dome or put on my own cruise and work in tandem with Ring Of Honor, that’s OK, because guess what? At the end of the day, when I go back to the WWE it makes me that much bigger of a star.”
On what he’s doing to Brock Lesnar and wrestling legends of the past, who would routinely challenge the best wrestlers from other promotions:
“I’m not saying it’s a Brock Lesnar-type thing, but it is very much a mercenary-type thing. It’s an old-school, something that you would see (Hulk) Hogan or (Ric) Flair or (Nick) Bockwinkel or somebody do back in the 80’s when they would do a big shot in Japan just because it meant something… I’m not a world champion, but it’s a big deal for Jericho to go there and I love that sort of intrigue and I think certain guys in the WWE appreciate that as well in the office because it makes for a better business,” Jericho said. “The good thing about New Japan and even Ring Of Honor to an extent is showing that WWE is not the only place in town, and I think the first people that would be happy about that are the guys that are running the WWE because it just makes for a better business, for a healthier business. And not just for the boys but for the fans. It pushes everybody to think more and to be more clever and creative and to work harder.”