The stakes are high for Hiroshi Tanahashi & Chris Jericho’s showdown at Wrestle Kingdom 14 next Sunday (Jan. 5).
We’ve covered Tanahashi teasing a follow-up bout for the AEW championship, and Jericho responding that he’s received All Elite President Tony Khan’s approval to give the 8 time IWGP Heavyweight champ a shot at his belt shoudl Tanahashi beat him in the Tokyo Dome.
Now, we’ve got New Japan promoting The Painmaker’s video and officially adding that stipulation to next weekend’s match:
BREAKING:— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) December 29, 2019
In a message released by Chris Jericho, The Painmaker has stated that if Hiroshi Tanahashi can beat him at Wrestle Kingdom January 5, he will be granted an opportunity at the AEW Championship.
WATCH: https://t.co/9MfpZDtGAp#njpw #njwk14 pic.twitter.com/zVW8zPZHWc
Maybe an AEW/New Japan collaboration really isn’t “really not happening”?