Chris Jericho is scheduled to face Kenny Omega at the upcoming AEW Double or Nothing show next month. It will be a rematch of their incredible five-star classic at last year’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 pay-per-view.
That is just the tip of Jericho’s long and storied career, however, which he delved into during a recent Q & A section on his Talk Is Jericho podcast. Among the many topics, the Winnipeg native discussed the most emotional matches from his career as well as who he believes should be the one to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame when his time inevitably comes.
Jericho on his first match with Kenny Omega:
“If you’re talking about match-wise, I’d say last year at the Tokyo Dome with Kenny Omega, I think, was one [emotional match],” Jericho admitted. “The reason for that, it’s strange, but for me, one of the main reasons why I wanted to do that was two Winnipeggers, two guys from Winnipeg, headlining the Tokyo Dome with Don Callis commentating, another Winnipegger, that means something to me. When you’re from Winnipeg, you’re very proud of where you’re from and I thought it was cool. The fact that I was doing something different, the fact that it made a huge difference business-wise.”
On his bout against Shawn Michaels at No Mercy 2008:
“I think the other one is Shawn Michaels, the ladder match we had at No Mercy back in 2008 or ,” Jericho said. “And the reason for that was that match was never supposed to happen. That feud was never supposed to happen. It was just supposed to be a one night only match with me and Shawn that through the fact that it was working so well and great story, it ended up lasting seven months and it culminated with a ladder match for the world title, main eventing a pay-per-view. And to me, I just thought this is, once again, what can happen when you really put your mind to it and think outside the box. One night to seven months to feuding around the world title. And to me, still it’s not only my favorite match of all time in the ring, but the circumstances leading to it, I was very proud of what we were able to accomplish with that.”
On who should induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame:
“I used to think that Shawn Michaels would be good, but he has done it before,” Jericho explained. “I think, honestly, Kevin Owens would be good and I’ll tell you the reason why. He grew up as a fan of mine and then I ended up doing this amazing angle with him. We had great chemistry. And, again, a cool whole eight-month angle or whatever it was, so I think it would be kind of cool to have him do it from both sides of the coin, from being a fan of Chris Jericho and then getting to work with Chris Jericho. Like, when Shawn got inducted, they never asked me, but I would have been a real good candidate. I would say Kevin Owens, or my go to answer is always Funaki.”
Transcription credit: WrestlingInc.com