AEW Title Stipulation Added To NJPW Match At Wrestle Kingdom

Chris Jericho vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Chris Jericho vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

If Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom, he will be granted a title match for the AEW World Championship. This match stipulation has officially been added to the January 5th, 2020 tilt between Jericho and Tanahashi on the 2nd night of the now 2-night event from the Tokyo Dome.

This came about due to comments Tanahashi made recently in an interview with Tokyo Sports. In the article, Tanahashi mentioned that Jericho is a champion in another organization and that if he beats him, he should be granted a shot at his title. NJPW color commentator, Chris Charlton, provided more details translations.

Jericho then issued the following response to Tanahashi’s comments on Instagram:

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“What you don’t know is I speak and read perfect Japanese,” Jericho says in the video. “I read what you said about the Tokyo Dome. You said if you can beat me that you will enter the forbidden portal and request a title shot for the AEW Championship. I thought it’s a great idea. So, Le Champion asked the chairman of the board, the owner of AEW Tony Khan if it is ok to grant your request and he said yes. If you can beat me in the Tokyo Dome, I will give you a championship match for the AEW title.”

NJPW then officially recognized the stipulation on their social media:

Chris Jericho vs Hiroshi Tanahashi will take place on the 2nd night of Wrestle Kingdom.

Here are the lineups for Wrestle Kingdom this year:

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 1
January 4th, 2020
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo, Japan

  1. Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki vs. Giuliaand Hana Kimura (Dark Match)
  2. Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe), Yuya Uemura, and Yota Tsuji vs. Toa Henare, Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors, and Karl Fredericks (Dark Match)
  3. Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) vs. Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi (Dark Match)
  4. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tatsumi Fujinami, The Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask (w/El Samurai) vs. Naoki Sano, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa (w/Kuniaki Kobayashi)
  5. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.)
  6. BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI)
  7. IWGP Tag Team Title Match
    Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson
  8. IWGP United States Heavyweight Title Texas Death Match
    Lance Archer (c) vs. Jon Moxley
  9. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match
    Will Ospreay (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi
  10. IWGP Intercontinental Title Match
    Jay White (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
  11. IWGP Heavyweight Title Match
    Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kota Ibushi

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 2
January 5th, 2020
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo, Japan

  1. NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
    Gauntlet Match
    The Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe and Toru Yano) and Ryusuke Taguchi(c) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, and Robbie Eagles) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi) vs. Suzuki-gun(Taichi, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
  2. Jushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee
  3. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match
    BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)
  4. RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Title Match
    Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. SANADA
  5. IWGP United States Heavyweight Title Texas Death Match
    Moxley/Archer Winner (c) vs. Juice Robinson
  6. NEVER Openweight Title Match
    KENTA (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
  7. Chris Jericho vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  8. IWGP Heavyweight Title / IWGP Intercontinental Title Match
    IWGP Heavyweight Champion (c) vs IWGP Intercontinental Champion (c)