For a couple of years now, people have been theorising that our planet fell onto some mad, alternate timeline – the latest piece of evidence for which being Chris Jericho’s imminent return to NJPW.
Y2J taking to the ring for any company not named WWE seemed, for a long time, like a sight fans would never see again. He is one of Vince McMahon’s longest-serving and most trusted performers, after all, having apparently rebuffed a host of advances from rival promotions during all that Fozzy-led down-time.
And yet, it’s going to become a reality in less than a month when he rocks up to the Tokyo Dome to fight Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12, a match that can only help boost New Japan’s growing popularity outside its traditional stomping ground.
That’s for next year, but what about this one? No major WWE stars have jumped ship to NJPW (not yet, anyway) but there have been one or two matches we could never have seen coming – both on and away from wrestling’s biggest stages.
It’s matches like these that reinforce what sets the squared circle apart from every other sport: anything really can happen.