Chris Jericho is going all out for his feud with Tetsuya Naito under the New Japan Pro Wrestling banner. The IWGP Intercontinental Champion is slated to make his next title defense against Naito at NJPW’s biggest event of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 13.
The two stars have history as Jericho won the title at NJPW Dominion back on June 9th. Following their press conference angle, NJPW has released this video where Jericho sent a message which was to tell him that he would end Naito’s career.
“Felt good yesterday, Naito, at Korakuen Hall after you spit in my face in the New Japan Office,” Jericho said. “I beat the hell out of you with a chair in Korakuen Hall. It’s fair, right? Anything is fair, right? Anything is fair when it comes to Jericho and Naito II because it’s going to be the last night of your career at Wrestle Kingdom 13, Naito. All of your fans, thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of fans around the world will be crying as soon as our match is finished, I’ll still be the IWGP Intercontinental Champion and you will be finished. You can get a job here, at this restaurant and bar. It’s all you can do.
“You are a great wrestler Naito. I take my hat off to you. You’re one of the best in the world, but Chris Jericho is the best in the world. The greatest of all-time. The greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time. I’ve never lost to a ‘nihonjin’ in New Japan and I’m not going to lose to you. Everyone is talking behind your back. They’re scared for you Naito. They’re terrified of what’s going to happen to you at Wrestle Kingdom 13.”
Jericho continued by stating, “I have to apologize, ‘I’m sorry for what’s going to happen,’ Jericho continued. “It’s not my fault. It’s not me that’s going to end your career. It’s this Jericho [picks up mask]. Whatever happens is his fault. So, anybody that’s sad when you can’t wrestle anymore. That cries when they see you on the street, begging for spare change because you can’t wrestle anymore. Don’t blame me, blame him. And Naito, I hope you get a standing ovation at Wrestle Kingdom 13. Hell, I’ll be the first one to applaud you after I leave you laying in a broken heap, a sad, and finished man. Adios, Naito!”
Wrestle Kingdom 13 is slated to take place on January 4, 2019, at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan and will air live on NJPW World and air on Fite TV.
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcript