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Chris Jericho On Why His Match With Kenny Omega Wouldn’t Have The Same Mystique At WrestleMania

November 14, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
Chris Jericho

– Chris Jericho recently appeared on Busted Open Radio (via wrestlinginc.com) about his match with Kenny Omega, here are the highlights…

On The Importance of The Match: “If I told you I’ve thought about the match in any way, shape or form up until now, I’d be lying. I haven’t even thought about the match yet. To me, it was about the announcement and the promotion. And like I said, when McGregor and Mayweather was announced, right off the bat it became the biggest match in boxing history just because you never though you’d see it,” Jericho said. “And I’m not saying it’s the biggest match in wrestling [history] but I think at the time, right now in November of 2017, it is because nobody thought they could see it. Now, there’s a whole contingency of people who have no idea that New Japan exists or who Kenny Omega is, that’s fine. I’m talking to the people that care about this, and if you’re a casual wrestling fan or know anything about any other company besides WWE, it is intriguing.”

On Why His Match With Kenny Omega Wouldn’t Have The Same Mystique At WrestleMania: “I think just the fact that if Kenny left New Japan tomorrow and I went to the WWE and we had the same match at WrestleMania, it wouldn’t have the same mystique about it because there’s something about it now where everyone knows that Omega is so big in Japan and Jericho has a history in Japan, which is another thing I liked about it. Kenny and I’s careers mirror each other; I started in Japan, I grew up in Japan, I’ve been there 60 times, so there’s a big history of Jericho in Japan as well that started before I ever went to the WWE,” he said. “So there’s a combination of a lot of things that make this very special and a once-in-a-lifetime type of matchup. I think if it was in the WWE, even if there was no restrictions, it still wouldn’t be as big because it’s still WrestleMania in a WWE ring. This is different, it’s over in Tokyo, it’s at the Tokyo Dome fore New Japan Pro Wrestling. I think that adds to the intrigue and the mystique of the match right off the bat, as well.”