Omega would win the match after he delivered his patent One Winged Angel finisher to Jericho onto a chair to earn the three count. The match was designed with a "No DQ" stipulation, which was an incredibly smart booking decision.
The inclusion of Benoit and the description of "fallen brothers" received a lot of backlash but Jericho posted a video response, saying 'I get a couple smartass remarks here for an Instagram post that I put up of this great fan art that somebody drew of me with kind of the spirits of Eddie and Benoit behind me and I said I dedicate the match to those guys'. Omega was no slouch when it came to dishing out punishment, though.
The bout reflected the pair's animosity towards each other as the No Disqualification match featured the use of chairs and multiple tables. It will be awesome to see him (as it usually is), if he is able to return to WWE programming this month. I never said this would be my last match with New Japan. Some could argue that NJPW's in-ring work is better than WWE's, however, I see them as being very similar, with a few exceptions. We all know WWE's view on "blading" and, as such; it's become something that symbolises danger.More news: Mizzou Wins First Conference Road Game Since 2014
While WWE plays within the boundaries of TV-PG programming, New Japan is far more liberal.
All in all, the match was impressive.More news: Norway makes wheely good progress on clean auto sales
We are just four days into January and Omega and Jericho already gave us a bona fide Match of the Year (MOTY) contender.
The highly anticipated one-off match between Chris Jericho and the IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega took place yesterday at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 12 in the Tokyo Dome and it did not disappoint wrestling fans. The two clearly respect one another, despite the mocking "kayfabe" tweets, and it showed.
What began as a Twitter feud quickly turned into an actual match booked for NJPW's biggest event of the year, which is essentially their version of WWE's annual WrestleMania event.More news: OU tight end Mark Andrews declares for National Football League draft