Chris Jericho spoke about whether or not he’d return to New Japan in the future and dream matches he could have there.
In the wake of Forbidden Door’s resounding success, talk of more dream matches between AEW and NJPW stars is in the air. Speaking to Alex McCarthy of Inside the Ropes, Chris Jericho revealed that he wants to wait for a return to New Japan before some of these dream matches can take place.
“Well, I mean, the thing is, I headlined three Tokyo Domes in a row. With Kenny in 2018, Naito in 2019, and Tanahashi in 2020. So there was a lot of revenue and a lot of money and a lot of tickets sold with Chris Jericho in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and a lot of momentum.
“Of course, obviously, the pandemic happened which shut everything down. I think there’s still a lot more money to be made in Japan. I think Suzuki and Jericho in Japan means a lot more than Suzuki and Jericho does in the States because Minoru has worked with a lot of guys, you know, I think Minoru worked with like, I don’t know, Joey Janela or whatever the states, which is great. It’s not a Tokyo Dome level match. So there’s a couple of matches I want to keep for Japan will Ospreay is another one.”
Continuing, Chris Jericho said that having a singles match at Forbidden Door wouldn’t have made sense as he is also heavily involved in Blood & Guts this week, and keeping the momentum of both events was important.
“So for me to be on Forbidden Door, the issue for me is not just the matches that I could do at the Tokyo Dome, but the fact that we have Blood & Guts three days later in Detroit. So anything that I do on the Forbidden Door has to relate to Blood & Guts, it has to be the next step in the story to the promotion of Blood & Guts, or it’s counterproductive.
“We’re going to have to promote both Forbidden Door and Blood & Guts, because it’s the go-home show for both. So for me on Forbidden Door, I have to do something that continues the momentum to Blood & Guts. If I just randomly faced Minoru Suzuki, will we tear the house down? Of course. But how does that connect to what we’re doing just three days later?”
At AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, Chris Jericho teamed with Minoru Suzuki and Sammy Guevara to defeat Wheeler Yuta, Shota Umino, and Eddie Kingston. Full results from the show can be found here.