When the annals of wrestling history are written, Kazuchika Okada's name will undoubtedly be etched among the legends, perhaps even at the pinnacle. His tenure with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) has been nothing short of remarkable, with an astonishing seven reigns as IWGP World Champion under two different championship versions.
However, the zenith of success he enjoys today stands in stark contrast to his time with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling. During his excursion to TNA from 2010 to 2011, Okada's journey was fraught with challenges. While he participated in several matches, he could only manage one televised victory under his Okato persona, securing a win via disqualification against D'Angelo Dinero.
As Okada prepares to face IMPACT Wrestling stars Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, and Josh Alexander, he didn't mince words in a backstage interview. His sentiments towards IMPACT Wrestling were clear, stating, "IMPACT Wrestling? Give me a break.
There's not a promotion I hate more in this world!" However, he did express his admiration for the Motor City Machine Guns, emphasizing their prowess. Yet, his ire wasn't reserved for IMPACT Wrestling. With candid honesty, Okada revealed, "Being the face of NJPW, I can say that I hate… Actually, I don't give a damn about IMPACT.
Who I really hated was TNA."
Okada's AEW Ventures
Despite his past associations, Okada has refrained from recent Multiverse United shows involving NJPW and IMPACT Wrestling. Instead, he's ventured into the realm of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), making appearances on both Forbidden Door shows in 2022 and 2023.
Kazuchika Okada's journey through the wrestling world has been one of growth, resilience, and triumph. From his humble beginnings in TNA to his current status as one of NJPW's most iconic figures, Okada's story is a testament to the indomitable spirit of a true wrestling Rainmaker.
His candid remarks about his past experiences in TNA and his ongoing involvement with AEW only serve to further solidify his status as a wrestling legend in the making. As the wrestling world continues to evolve, Okada remains a force to be reckoned with, leaving an indelible mark on the sport's history.