Chris Jericho made a lot of money for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, but he hasn’t been back for a while. That time for Le Champion in NJPW is now over.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Chris Jericho is no longer under NJPW contract. His last match for the company was against Hiroshi Tanahashi in 2020, and that was the last match on his deal.

Harold Meij was “negative on it due to the high cost.” Others in the company disagreed. Right now NJPW can’t possibly afford Chris Jericho’s contract until they can recover a bit from the pandemic.

Chris Jericho recently stated that there is a lot of unfinished business left in NJPW. There are also many matches that he would like to have against Kota Ibushi, Jay White, and others. That won’t happen until a new deal is reached.


NJPW is working hard to get themselves back to the point they were at prior to the pandemic. The COVID-19 situation is still ongoing in Japan and the company just experienced an outbreak on their roster. Chris Jericho has a desire to come back, but they’ll have to pay him first.

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