IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega recently did an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated to promote his Wrestle Kingdom 12 match with Chris Jericho next month. During the interview “The Cleaner” discussed the possibility of seeing more WWE & NJPW crossover matches in the future. Here’s what he had to say:
“I really want this match to be a wake-up call to New Japan and WWE. This match is going to open up a lot of eyes, and it’s going to invoke a feeling you’ve never felt when watching a wrestling match. It’s a clash of unique worlds, and the match we’re going to show with aggression, violence, and disdain is going to evoke a new kind of emotion from people watching.
“We knew there was a small chance of that ever happening, but what we wanted to do was engage the fans with something that could be really fun. We wanted to show the idea of us working together and having this social media feud was fun for everyone, even if it was just a dream match. Now we almost have just that: a super-special guest from WWE in Chris Jericho, a disciple of Vince McMahon, coming into New Japan Pro Wrestling after saying he’d never work for anyone else but Vince.
“It’s ascended to a new height. It’s no longer, ‘What would happen if Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega fought?’ At Wrestle Kingdom 12, this match will actually happen. There will be a pay-off, and the success of this match could lead to more cross-over for the sake of good business.”
You can read Omega’s full interview with Sports Illustrated by clicking this link here.