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Chris Jericho’s Current Status With New Japan Pro Wrestling

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AEW star and WWE legend Chris Jericho has been missing in action from NJPW over the past few months. The reasoning for this is of course the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing travel restrictions between the United States, Japan and elsewhere.

Recently, several oversea stars in New Japan have been cropping back up; with the likes of Will Ospreay, Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa having headed back East.

With these stars now cropping back up? It has prompted fans to ask if the same may be possible for the likes of Jon Moxley, Jericho and even AEW Champion Kenny Omega. As of writing, no AEW stars will be heading to Japan for the January 4th/5th Wrestle Kingdom event. This is predominately as they would have to quarantine upon entering the country. This could potentially mean that the AEW stars would miss at least two episodes of Dynamite on TNT. With Moxley, Omega and Jericho being such prominent stars in AEW, that isn’t likely to be allowed to happen.

Chris Jericho in NJPW

Dave Meltzer recently discussed the situation on Wrestling Observer Radio, saying that Chris Jericho is now apparently out of contract with NJPW.

‘There would be a chance you would have Jericho if the situation was different” Meltzer would note. “I know when Harold Meij was there because of the cost he wasn’t that hot on bringing Jericho back. Jericho’¦.from what I believe does not have a contract with New Japan any longer. I think that the contract has expired, but with Harold gone I know there was renewed interest in Jericho, but it doesn’t matter now because he couldn’t go [to Japan].‘

Meltzer would also speculate that Jericho could be available to work at a later event, such as Dominion 2021.

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