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According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Chris Jericho is no longer under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The Observer notes that his match with Hiroshi Tanahashi at the Tokyo Dome in 2020 was the final match of his deal. The Observer also notes that Harold Meji was negative on the Chris Jericho deal due to the high cost, but others in the promotion had a different opinion on the matter. However, the Observer says that NJPW will have to get it’s finances back on track, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, before signing a deal of that magnitude with someone again.
However, it feels like the leader of The Inner Circle has unfinished business with New Japan as he said this in an interview with TSN…
“There’s a lot of unfinished business for me in New Japan. Jay White is one, Suzuki is another one that would draw big money. Kota Ibushi and Ospreay, those four guys I’d love to work with. I’d love to do a Golden Jets team–Kenny and Jericho – versus Okada and Ibushi or Tanahashi and Okada or Tanahashi and Ibushi. I think that’s a Tokyo Dome main event right there. So there’s a lot of stuff I’d still like to do in New Japan and as soon as we can start going over there again, I’m more than agreeable to doing more work there. I really enjoyed the six matches that I had there in 2018 and 2019 and think there’s plenty of room for more”