Earlier this week, Hiroshi Tanahashi spoke to Tokyo Sports about his upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 14 match against AEW World Champion Chris Jericho on January 5. While this match is a non-title bout, Tanahashi felt if he did win, and Jericho wanted a rematch, the title should be added to the mix.
NJPW Announcer Chris Charlton provided an English translation of Tanahashi’s thoughts:
“He’s a champion right?” Tanahashi questioned. “All I’m saying is if I beat him and he comes back asking for a rematch, then I think it’s reasonable to tell him to put the belt up. If that happened it would break down a door.”
Jericho has since responded and has agreed if Tanahashi wins, he’ll give the challenger a rematch for the AEW Championship. You can Jericho’s response in the video below from his Instagram.
S.A.M.’s Spiel: Well this certainly adds a nice wrinkle to their upcoming match at Wrestle Kingdom 14. Not quite sure if Tanahashi will in fact beat Jericho but it will make a nice story beat for their match. It will be interesting though if he does beat Jericho and does get the title shot.