The immediate future of AEW World Champion Chris Jericho in New Japan Pro Wrestling is not known.
Jericho defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi during night two of Wrestle Kingdom 14 as the stipulation was if Tanahashi won, he would get a shot at the AEW World Title. The match was set up after Jericho challenged him in November.
“The forbidden door is closed, but I don’t think it needs to be closed,” Jericho said after the match h/t Jim Valley. “Put aside all of the hurt feelings and egos.”
Jericho added that he doesn’t know when he’ll be back in Japan but expects to be on next year’s Wrestle Kingdom show in Tokyo. He still has a working agreement with NJPW and can work for them as long as the dates do not conflict with his schedule in AEW.
Prior to working Wrestle Kingdom 14, Jericho’s last bout for the promotion was in June at Dominion. One of the biggest risks about Jericho working outside of AEW is injury and he didn’t come out of this weekend’s show unscathed. We have details on his injury situation at this link.
The current plan is for Jericho to defend the AEW World title against Jon Moxley at the AEW Revolution pay-per-view on February 29.