Chris Jericho lavishes huge praise on NJPW legend by comparing him with WWE’s own legendary superstar the Undertaker.
Before officially joinng AEW, Chris Jericho made a stop in Japan and worked a few matches with some of the biggest names there. During a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, the innaugral AEW World Champion iscussed some of his best fights there.
Jericho admitted that the most talked about matche from his time there was against Kenny Omega. However, in his opinion, he had a better match with Hiroshi Tanahashi. Jericho then went on to compare Tanahashi with the Undertaker saying that he felt the same way working with him as he did with the WWE legend.
Chris Jericho lavishes huge praise on NJPW legend Hiroshi Tanahashi
“The Tanahashi match is one of my top favorite matches in the honorable matches section. That one, kind of came out of nowhere. Tana’s been working almost as long as I have, I think he’s been working twenty-five years. And I’ve always heard of Tanahashi, but I never really knew anything about him. And when I went to New Japan, I only did six matches there, but three of them were headlining the Tokyo Dome. 18 was versus Kenny, 19 was versus Naito and 20 was versus Tanahashi.”
“And each one, like, I think my Tanahashi match was even better than the Kenny match, which is the one that everybody talks about because I knew about Kenny. Kenny and I were obviously both from Winnipeg and there was a connection there. Plus we’re both Canadian. But with Tana, I really didn’t know.”
“When you get in the ring with him (Tanahashi), wow. He is so good, I’m smiling just thinking about it. What it actually reminded me of was the first time I ever worked with Undertaker, who I did not work with until I had been in the WWE for about ten, twelve years. We just never were on the same show and never really crossed paths. And to be in there with a guy like that was just unbelievable, like ‘oh my gosh it’s all true. It’s true! Everything you hear about The Undertaker is true! He’s really that good.’ And that was the same way I felt about Tanahashi.”
— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) July 9, 2021
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