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Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega is now a No DQ match

In a move that makes sense as a storyline development, New Japan has added a no disqualification stipulation to Wrestle Kingdom 12’s IWGP United States championship match between Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho.

Y2J surprised Kenny and the fans up at a show in Fukuoka last week and bloodied up the champ, and then Omega returned fire by attacking his rival at a press conference the following day. The moves did a lot to make what seems like it will be a one-off appearance in the promotion for Jericho feel more personal, something adding a No DQ stip continues.

It’s also pretty unusual for New Japan. They don’t rely on disqualification results to the extent WWE does, and therefore don’t label matches as allowing DQ-triggering tactics that often. “Alpha vs. Omega” will stand out a little bit more as a result.

NJPW also clarified that Cody Rhodes’ match with Kota Ibushi remains on the Jan. 4 card even though Cody is no longer Ring of Honor World champ.

Here’s where the card for the Tokyo Dome now stands:

  • Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight championship
  • Kenny Omega (c) vs. Chris Jericho in a No DQ match for the IWGP United States title
  • Jay White vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) for the IWGP Intercontinental championship
  • Marty Scurll (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. KUSHIDA vs. Will Ospreay for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title
  • The Killer Elite Squad (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL and SANADA) for the IWGP Tag Team titles
  • Roppongi 3K (c) vs. The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team championship
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Kota Ibushi

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