The WWE has revealed who Chris Jericho will face in his comeback, albeit at a live event, and not on the main-roster. Y2J will apparently face NXT Superstar Hideo Itami at WWE’s upcoming live events at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on June 30th and July 1st.
Jericho’s opponent Hideo Itami (Kenta Kobayashi) is a 17-year veteran of the professional wrestling industry and has been a part of WWE’s NXT brand since 2014. The 36-year old Itami is widely regarded as one the hottest prospects in WWE right now and is pretty much over with the WWE Universe today.
Meanwhile, Jericho, who lost his WWE United States championship to Kevin Owens on a recent episode of SmackDown Live, is currently on tour with his band Fozzy- a tour that’s scheduled to run right up to their performance on June 24th in Seattle. It’s interesting to note that the dates announced by WWE for Y2J’s in-ring return, albeit at a couple of live events, is after June 24th. Here’s a glimpse of what the Ayatollah of rock ‘n rolla has been up to-
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Jericho is no stranger to juggling both his music as well as pro-wrestling careers, having performed at a few WWE live events whilst on tour with Fozzy in the past. Nevertheless, it’s essential to note that Y2J usually does not perform on the WWE’s main-roster TV programming when he’s on tour with his band. Fans can expect to see the 46-year old rockstar at the aforementioned WWE live events, but mustn’t hold their breaths for a potential appearance of the Canadian showman on the WWE’s main shows ergo Monday Night RAW or the brand that he’s currently drafted to SmackDown Live.
One of my all-time-favorites Y2J truly is a rockstar in every sense of the term. The man is a genius on the mic, a technician in the ring and surprisingly good as a musician as well. This is the gift of Jericho. Drink It In Maaannn!!!