Jericho wants to do all he can before AEW begins television.
On May 25th, Chris Jericho defeated Kenny Omega in the main event of All Elite Wrestling's Double Or Nothing show in Las Vegas and with that win, Jericho earned his spot in the inaugural AEW World Championship match against Adam "Hangman" Page at All Out. Jericho has a title match before All Out in Japan where he'll be traveling to Osaka to challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Jericho has been working with New Japan for a year and half and has taken on the likes of Kenny Omega, EVIL and Tetsuya Naito. While speaking with UPROXX, Jericho shared that he wants to continue exploring his options in "The Land Of The Rising Sun" before All Elite Wrestling starts with TNT in October and he began speaking about that when asked does he have a list of names who he wants to defend against if he wins the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
"I don’t, but, I mean, it’s not even about if I win the title or not. I’ve wanted to wrestle Okada for years… I think Tanahashi’s another one. I think Minoru Suzuki and Kota Ibushi and Will Ospreay – I mean, as far as guys I’d want to have matches with, I think we’d tear the house down. I don’t know how many matches I will have in Japan once we get started on a weekly basis with AEW, but I think with what we’re doing right now, I’ll still have three, four, five months to go before the weekly television starts, and I think it gives me a chance to explore some of the options in Japan." Jericho explained. "I love Japan. I’ve been there sixty times. I love working with new opponents, especially ones that are considered to be the best in the world and the best ever like Okada is… I want to know, how good is he? Let me try and see what I can feel about him…Obviously, AEW is my home team and that’s where my loyalty lies at this point, but if I can have a couple matches in Japan to expand my creativity and expand my knowledge of wrestling and expand this plethora of great opponents, great rivals that I’ve had, this is the perfect time to do so." He continued, "Nope. I mean, I’m not interested in taking other bookings. I work for AEW and that’s where the majority of my time will be and, you know, the only bookings I take will be something really interesting for me in Japan, but other than that I have enough work to do in AEW and enough great opponents there. Like I said, I think once we start doing the TV I doubt that I’ll be going anywhere else. Not that I wouldn’t go back to Japan for big shows, special shows, but there’s no – I’m not interested in doing 100 matches a year and working around the world because I’ve already done that. I’m interested in building AEW and making us into the biggest and best company that we can possibly me and continue all the momentum we have since we announced it in February and since we had our show this week, and continuing on to the TV show."