One of the biggest stories to break this weekend was what happened at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Power Struggle event. As reported, Kenny Omega cut a promo following his win against Beretta to retain the IWGP United States Championship. All of a sudden, the lights go out, and a countdown emerges on the jumbo screen. In an utter shock to both the fans and announcers, Chris Jericho’s face pops up, and he is holding a picture of Kenny Omega. Jericho challenges Omega to a match at the annual Wrestle Kingdom event, and the challenge is later accepted by Omega.
There has been speculation on why Jericho is allowed to perform outside of WWE. Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that Jericho is not under contract with WWE to avoid having to report to them for any and every outside project. As a result, he signs short-term contracts, and extends them if he feels the need to.
Over the past few months, Jericho has been promoting his “Chris Jericho Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager” cruise, scheduled to occur from October 27-31, 2018. Jericho announced shortly after the cruise announcement that there will be Ring of Honor talent competing on the cruise, which caught some people by surprise.
Jericho recently admitted on an episode of Killing the Town with Lance Storm and Cyrus that there were talks with WWE about using NXT talent on the cruise. Jericho stated that he talked to Triple H about it, and “typical WWE; three months after talking about it, I had a 35-minute conversation with three executives that I never heard of before, just to tell [me] they were passing [on the request].” He added that the reason why the offer was rejected included Vince McMahon not liking cruises, the fear that NXT talent would get food poisoning, and other factors.
He stated that he knew that his offer to get NXT on the cruise would get declined because “WWE doesn’t play well with others, but I wanted to do my due diligence.” Moreover, the day they said no, Jericho told Triple H that he was still going to do the cruise, and he said fine. He then called ROH talent to be added on the show.
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