A top AEW star has discussed current partnerships, discussing a potential NJPW invasion angle that he’d like to see play out.
Speaking with Comicbook, Jericho named his dream NJPW opponents. Citing the likes of Will Ospreay and Minoru Suzuki, Jericho revealed that he’d love a rematch with Hiroshi Tanahashi, as the first match was one of his career highlights.
Discussing a potential crossover story, Jericho briefly fantasy booked an AEW invasion of NJPW. The former AEW Champion noted that he loves the concept of his home promotion travelling to The Land of the Rising Sun.
Here are the full quotes:
“There’s a couple of matches there that I would love have. Minoru Suzuki and Jericho. Will Ospreay and Jericho. I think Kenny and myself as a tag team against (Hiroshi Tanahashi) and (Kazuckika) Okada or against Kota Ibushi and Okada. That’s a Tokyo Dome main event. So all of those matches are in the pipeline. I love Japan. I’ve been there 60 times since 1991. And when I was there, gosh, a thousand years ago, January 4th, 2020, I guess Tanahashi, I had one of my favorite matches I’ve ever had.
“There’s no reason to not go back other than the fact that we literally can’t right now, unless you want to spend two weeks in a hotel room. Which I’m not going to do, and Jon Moxley is not going to do, and Kenny’s not going to do.
“So I think when that opens up, that’s the type of invasion angle I think would make some big money. Because New Japan is one of the biggest companies in the world with some legit, legendary mainstream stars. And I just love the concept of AEW invading them in Osaka, Dominion in June, and then doing a Tokyo Dome invasion show, and then coming back to do a Madison Square Garden invasion show in our backyard, or Staples Center, something along those lines. So that’s an invasion that I really could get off on and get behind for sure.”
Before Jericho can think about a NJPW showdown, he has to get through MJF’s faction this Wednesday. On AEW Dynamite, The Inner Circle faces The Pinnacle in a Blood & Guts match.
On next week’s episode of Dynamite, Jon Moxley defends the IWGP US Championship against Yuji Nagata. If Nagata dethrones Moxley, it will not have been the only NJPW title change of the month.
At Wrestling Dontaku, Jay White pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi for the NEVER Openweight Championship. A major win for the Switchblade, White made NJPW history with his victory.