Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chris Jericho On Why His Match With Kenny Omega is Good For The Wrestling Business and His WWE Return

As noted, Chris Jericho will face the IWGP U.S. Champion Kenny Omega, at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on Jan. 4, 2018 in his first match outside of the WWE since he signed with the company in 1999.

It's currently a one-shot deal as Jericho, who's currently a free agent, is expected to return to the WWE next year. Jericho said he believes performing for other companies will make his return to the WWE even more monumental.

"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."

Jericho compared what he's doing to Brock Lesnar and wrestling legends of the past, who would routinely challenge the best wrestlers from other promotions. He said he likes that NJPW and ROH are around to provide alternatives for wrestling fans. Even though the WWE is clearly the top wrestling promotion in the industry today, the other companies force the WWE to stay on its toes so it keeps the attention of its fans and doesn't lose them to the other companies.

"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."

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