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On June 9th Kazuchika Okada will return to Osaka-jo Hall as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, which coincidentally is also the same date and place the "Rainmaker" last held the title before losing it to Kenny Omega last year.
Ten months later, Okada would regain the championship by defeating Jay White for the belt at G1 Supercard in MSG, then would go on to a first successful title defense against SANADA at Wrestling Dontaku.
At the 6/9 Dominion event Okada may possibly face his biggest challenge to date, when he is set to defend his title against a man who has made a career out of winning championships all over the world, Chris Jericho.
Y2J, or as he would call himself "The Painmaker" in the video shown at the end of Dontaku, knows Japan very well from his many travels since 1991, having wrestled there for FMW, IWA and New Japan through the years. Jericho recently wore IWGP gold at the expense of former Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito and had a five-star match with Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome, who ironically is the same guy he'll be facing in a rematch of sorts in four days at AEW "Double Or Nothing" in Las Vegas.
At 48 years old Chris Jericho is still at the center of attention in the pro-wrestling world. Also, at 31, Kazuchika Okada is considered by many to be at the top of the wrestling universe. Fun fact, when Jericho was Okada's age in 2002, he became the Undisputed World Champion in WWE.
So, it will be interesting to see what transpires when Okada and Jericho meet in the ring for the first time next month in Osaka for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The clash of generations and styles should make for one of the biggest and best matches in the modern era of pro-wrestling. With Kenny Omega possibly lurking in the shadows.
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