Chris Jericho comments on idea of facing Shota Umino in Tokyo Dome

Looking back on the matches he had in 2022, Chris Jericho commented on two instances surrounding Forbidden Door

Chris Jericho looks back at NJPW x AEW Forbidden Door. 

For an episode of Talk Is Jericho, Chris Jericho looked back at the matches he’s had this year. At one point, he focused in on the lead up to AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door and the actual event itself. 

At the pay-per-view, Jericho teamed with Minoru Suzuki and Sammy Guevara to defeat Shota Umino, Eddie Kingston and Wheeler Yuta. After the bout, Jericho threw a fireball in the face of Umino

He went on to speak about his history with Umino’s father, Red Shoes Unno. He brought up putting Shota in the Walls of Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and said there could possibly be a Tokyo Dome match between them in the future. 

But it [Forbidden Door match] was awesome. Did the thing with [Shota] Umino because at the Tokyo Dome against Kenny [Omega], I put him in the Walls of Jericho in front of his own father, of course is Red Shoes [Unno]. If you know the history of Red Shoes and I, we go back to 1994 together with W.A.R., so there’s a lot of history there, and then of course afterwards, throw the fireball in his face and then maybe a future Tokyo Dome match for sure, possibly.

On the Dynamite leading into Forbidden Door, Jericho teamed with Lance Archer to face Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jon Moxley. 

Jericho shared that the match ended early due to people ‘jumping the gun’ on some submissions and that’s part of the reason why there was a long stare off between Moxley and Tanahashi to close the show.

Now we got the build to the Forbidden Door pay-per-view and this was a match with Lance Archer versus [Jon] Moxley and [Hiroshi] Tanahashi… I remember this one was kind of funny because it was the one that ended — something went wrong when guys were kind of jumping the gun on some of the submissions that we had and that sort of thing and we ended up finishing up I think three minutes early and that’s where Tanahashi and Mox had to stare at each other for an insurmountable amount of time [Jericho laughed] and that’s the reason why, it’s live TV and we just — it’s hard to orchestrate a tag match when I was like, ‘Don’t come in. You’re coming in too early’ and it’s like, you know, and Tana’s in there… the timing just wasn’t there so that’s why those guys were staring at each other.

Both Tanahashi and Shota are going to be in action at Wrestle Kingdom 17 as they’ll be tagging with Keiji Muto in his last match for New Japan. 

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit Talk Is Jericho with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions. 

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