Ultimo Dragon enjoys seeing his contemporaries continuing to compete at a high level and would like to have his final bout against a great rival from days gone by.
Ultimo Dragon was one of the early staples of the WCW Cruiserweight division. Along with Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, and more, Dragon helped WCW stand out during the Monday Night War with high-flying action that wasn't being done in the World Wrestling Federation at the time.
Since then, many of the early stars in the Cruiserweight division have gone on to greater success including in some cases, World Heavyweight Championships. Even before their days in WCW, Ultimo Dragon and Chris Jericho faced one another in Mexico and Japan as they were growing their resumes and footprint in professional wrestling.
Today, Chris Jericho is still a major star in AEW and Ultimo Dragon still competes in Japan. In a new interview with the Perched on the Top Rope podcast, Ultimo Dragon revealed that he would like Chris Jericho to compete with him in his retirement match but he still believes that he has a couple of more years in his career left.
"To answer your question, I might have maybe two or three more years. To answer your question, my dream match would be somebody like Chris Jericho, [we] came up together, you know, you know, they started almost together. So, they're wrestling history parallels. You know, Chris is doing a great deal at AEW right now. Whereas Ultimo Dragon, right now, is doing a great thing in Japan, so you know, they're both still competing. They're getting towards the tail end of their stardom or superstardom. So someone like Chris would be ideal," says Sonny Onoo, Dragon's translator for the interview.
Furthermore, Dragon opened up about how special it is for him to see that some of his contemporaries have reached the mountaintop in wrestling but he does have one particular dream in mind.
“So, one of the things I like to mention is that the people that I came up with, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, those guys are still competing and they're Superstars and that really makes me very warm at heart when I think of them.”
He continued, “My dream will be to have a Japanese wrestler, who can speak fluent English, who can become a superstar [in the United States] on their own. That would be one of my dreams.”
Recently, Chris Jericho wrestled another former rival of his, Juventud Guerrera, on AEW television. In a recent interview with Jericho, Juvi discussed their WCW rivalry and losing his mask. Learn more here.
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