Chris Jericho is set to face Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January, and the world was shocked when the match was announced. Jericho is the type of wrestler who does what he wants, when he wants to, and even though he’s normally thought of as a WWE guy, that hasn’t stopped him from working with NJPW.
Jericho vs. Omega is one of the most hyped up matches at the moment, and Jericho recently revealed during an episode of Talk Is Jericho that he has also been in contact with Impact Wrestling as well.
Chris Jericho was joined by Don Callis and Scott D’Amore who will be steering the ship for Impact Wrestling in the months to come, and he said that he called the company to recommend that they hire Callis.
“My thought process was, and this is not a slight on anyone that has ran that company or been part of that company, working with that company, that has been around for so long, through so many incarnations and through all its ups and downs, and now I found with the last incarnation with TNA/Global Force is that it was a dead company. There was nothing exciting about it or sparking it, so to me, the only way to get it rolling would be to completely change directions and go with somebody new and different,” Jericho said. “When Billy Corgan was up for it I would have much rather him run it over Dixie Carter because it was somebody new, and I just really felt that it was my place to call the guys and say, listen, if you guys really want to lose money go for it, or use it as a tax write off then you have the right place. But if you really want to do something and role with it and be at a place where people are excited about then you have to go in this direction, and these guys [Callis and D’Amore] are the guys to do it with. So that was basically the jist of the conversation and it worked because here you guys are, but this is really the only way the company to grow is by doing something completely different and new.”
It’s clear that Jericho is a man who cares about the business and not just about himself. Working with Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom will only get more eyes on NJPW, and recommending the right people to Impact Wrestling could prove to be a good thing for the future of the company.
Only time will tell.
(H/T to Wrestling Inc)