In November of 2017, Chris Jericho made his debut in NJPW to challenge Kenny Omega to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 that would be known as “Alpha VS Omega.” From that point on, Jericho has actively been wrestling for NJPW. In the Summer of 2018, Jericho had a marquee match against another top talent in NJPW known as Tetsuya Naito. Naito and Jericho had a gruesome battle for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in which Jericho defeated Naito to capture the championship. Months later, Naito managed to earn a rematch for the title at Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4th, 2019 in the Tokyo Dome.
In the wake of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 13 event, Chris Jericho announced that his match at the event with Tetsuya Naito was his last scheduled match with NJPW. With this news also came the speculation that Jericho would be returning to the WWE shortly after. Most notably, it was thought that Jericho would make a surprise return in this year’s Royal Rumble match. This might not be the case anymore.
Just four days after Wrestle Kingdom 13, Chris Jericho posted a video to his Instagram of him in Jacksonville, Florida signing a contract with AEW as well as verbally stating that he is going “all in” with AEW.
For those of you that are not aware of what AEW is, let me explain. AEW stands for “All Elite Wrestling.” It is an up and coming wrestling promotion that is founded by Shahid Khan and his son Tony Khan. The company has already signed Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks as their inaugural talents. With Chris Jericho added to the picture, AEW is already starting with quite the impressive roster.
With all of this said, what does this mean for Chris Jericho’s WWE return? Could we still receive “the gift of Jericho” at the Royal Rumble as a one-time appearance? Or will his WWE return be postponed even further into the future?
How do you feel about Chris Jericho signing with AEW? Were you shocked by the news?