Chris Jericho Strikes Back Against Tetsuya Naito, Says They Are In Co-Main Events

Chris Jericho isn't having it.

He spoke to Sports Illustrated recently about Tetsuya Naito's comments in an interview with Yahoo Japan about Wrestle Kingdom 12 not being a double main event. Naito seems to think that he and Kazuchika Okada the only ones in a main event, which has Chris Jericho hot.

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“That’s like when people bi--- and complain when Brock Lesnar and The Rock wrestle at WrestleMania, saying, 'These part-timers come to steal our spots,” said Jericho. “Part-timers, full-timers, single-timers, whatever the f--- you want to call it, they’re money-makers."

“I’m not the one calling this a double main event, it’s New Japan calling it that–and they’ve already sold more tickets this year, with three weeks before the show, than last year" he said. "I’d say it’s a smart move to bring Chris Jericho in and a smart move to make Alpha-Omega a double main event. If Naito doesn’t like that, then tough luck. That’s pro wrestling.”

In the end, Jericho suggests to Naito that he just focuses on his own thing, and he'll worry about his.

“Naito, don’t worry about what I’m doing, just worry about what you’re doing,” he said. “You’re going on last, but just because you’re last doesn’t make you the main event. See WrestleMania 18 if you want to know more about that. I don’t give a sh-- who’s on last. If Naito is pissed off at me, then go out and prove it. It makes me want to work harder. Worldwide, and I’m just telling the facts, Alpha-Omega is the main event.”

Jericho is right in that New Japan has been pushing this as a double main event, though Okada and Naito will go on last.

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