Chris Jericho Made A Surprise New Japan Appearance To Challenge Kenny Omega

Chris Jericho made a surprise video appearance at New Japan’s Power Struggle event at the close of Kenny Omega’s match against Beretta for Omega’s IWGP US Heavyweight Championship.

While Jericho is no stranger to Japan, his connection to WWE makes it a big surprise and his announcement makes it even bigger because he’s challenging Omega to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4th.

Jericho cut a hell of a promo that summoned names like Shawn Michaels, Edge, and CM Punk before he once again called himself The Best In The World, topping all of those men and Omega, ripping a photo of his fellow Canadian in half.

The crowd then erupted in chants of Y2J and we’re off to the races, with a dream match featuring a future WWE Hall of Famer at NJPW’s version of Wrestlemania. While it is safe to say that WWE and Vince McMahon have signed off on the idea, it is still hard to believe. It also likely keeps Jericho out of the running for any appearances at Royal Rumble, along with his ongoing touring with Fozzy at the moment.

Omega and Jericho are also chirping back and forth on Twitter, sort of a multi-generational torch passing mixed with playful ribbing. It’s also interesting that Omega would be facing a noted WWE superstar with his contract expiring. It is sure to spark more discussion about a possible move.

Fans reacted as one would expect, with many breaking through a time change and the early Sunday morning fog to post reactions on Twitter: