Jericho returned to New Japan Pro-Wrestling late last year and challenged Omega for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 12, which took place at the Tokyo Dome.
The former IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion beat Y2J in a brilliant match in Tokyo that lasted almost 35 minutes.
The publisher and editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Dave Meltzer gave the match a five-star rating, but that is not why the six-time world champion thinks it stands out.
Jericho told Inside the Ropes: “When I see all the results and like, five-star match, match of the night, match of the year candidate, hey, everybody likes to hear that, and I like to hear it and, more importantly, it made me laugh at the people who didn’t think I could keep up [with Omega].
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That might be the most important match I’ve ever had, at 47 years old
“But, I am also a 27-year vet of the wrestling business and a disciple of Vince McMahon, and what’s the most important thing about a match? Okay, five stars is great – did it make money?
“And the answer to that was f*** yes, a s*** load of money through an extra 15,000 people buying tickets for the Dome. Through an extra, I think, 250 per cent increase on the New Japan World subscriptions, that’s all money, and that’s all specifically because of Jericho’s involvement in the company which means more money for me, which is what the business is all about.
“So yes, five stars – great, match of the night – great, match of the year – great, but also made millions of dollars – that might be the most important match I’ve ever had, at 47 years old.
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“And like an idiot, I’m going back to do more matches, if I was smart I’d retire and never do it again, but you get into it. And I love the New Japan business model, it’s fun to be there, it’s fun to kind of be the Brock Lesnar of New Japan and that’s what I want.”
Jericho has had some incredible matches throughout his career against the likes of Shawn Michaels, The Rock, CM Punk and more.
Y2J is still working with NJPW and won the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Tetsuya Naito at Dominion.