Chris Jericho hasn’t been working for NJPW due to the COVID-19 pandemic as he couldn’t travel to work in Japan because there were travel restrictions in place.
Last December, there was speculation that Jericho wasn’t under contract with NJPW. Dave Meltzer confirmed in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “Jericho is not under contract with New Japan any longer.”
It was stated the last Tokyo Dome show Jericho did with Hiroshi Tanahashi in 2020 was the final match of his deal. Former NJPW President Harold Meij wasn’t high on bringing Jericho back due to him wanting big money. However, others in the company had a different opinion.
NJPW has been hit hard financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will have to get its finances back on track to where they can afford to bring in someone like Jericho.
The former AEW world Heavyweight Champion did tell TSN last week to promote the AEW Double Or Nothing pay-per-view event that he’s interested in returning to NJPW as he feels there is a lot of unfinished business for him.
He listed names like Jay White, Kota Ibushi, and Will Ospreay as people he’d like to work with.