Chris Jericho‘s last WWE match was four years ago now, and it is one that is not that commonly remembered. However, it is one of the GREATEST matches of all time, in a certain sense of the word.
Chris Jericho Last WWE Match
Chris Jericho’s last WWE match was the Greatest Royal Rumble match, in the 2018 WWE Pay-Per-View in Saudi Arabia, named “The Greatest Royal Rumble”. Chris Jericho was the final entrant in the match, making a surprise appearance as the number 50 entrant.
Chris Jericho was a surprise entrant and one of the biggest WWE Superstars in the match. It was his first appearance since his backstage segment with Elias at Raw 25th Anniversary, and the last time he was seen on TV as a WWE superstar.
Despite his stardom, he did not perform well in Chris Jericho’s last match. He only eliminated one man (Shelton Benjamin), and was eliminated by the eventually winner of the match, Braun Strowman.
After his last match in WWE, Chris Jericho went on to wrestle for NJPW. He had already faced Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12, in a battle over who was the best wrestler from Winnipeg.
After leaving WWE, Chris Jericho went to wrestle five more times for NJPW. He faced Tetsuya Naito twice, winning then losing the IWGP Intercontinental championship. Between them, he defended the Championship against EVIL, before facing Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Dominion 6.9 in 2019.
His last NJPW match came a year later. The Painmaker Chris Jericho’s last match in NJPW was against The Ace of the Universe Hiroshi Tanahashi, in a main event match at Wrestle Kingdom 14. Tanahashi even claimed that if he won the match, he would earn a shot at the AEW Championship (which Jericho held at the time). It was also the origin of the now famous term “The Forbidden Door”.
“Isn’t it the champion over there? If I win and the other side says” one more time “, I can say” if it’s a belt, “then the forbidden door will open,”Hiroshi Tanahashi on facing Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 14.
Jericho would defeat Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom, and to this day Hiroshi Tanahashi has yet to appear in AEW. However, Jericho has also not appeared in NJPW since that match, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that Jericho will return to NJPW once the travel issues to Japan are sorted out.
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