If you're one of those that fans that are hoping that Kazuchika Okada follows Shinsuke Nakamura to WWE, then you're out of luck. The reigning IWGP World Heavyweight Champion stated to a wrestling magazine in Japan that he will never sign with World Wrestling Entertainment. The move could be a public relations thing, however, as NJPW recently lost four of their biggest stars. The statement might have been made to appease concerned fans.
February 9, 2016
The loss of Shinsuke Nakamura to WWE really hurts New Japan, as management already had him penciled in for the main event of Wrestle Kingdom in 2017. The plan was to build up a huge match between Nakamura and Kazuchika Okada. The two of them are involved in the Chaos stable, of which Nakamura was the leader. NJPW could have done a story where Nakamura passes the torch of Chaos leadership to Okada.
January 11, 2016
The likelihood of Kazuchika Okada ever making a return to TNA appears to be very slim. During a recent interview, the New Japan and ROH star revealed his feelings about the company. He felt that management held him back from being able to wrestle. Okada simply wanted to put on some performances to a new fan base. It appears that he will continue to just work for Ring of Honor when he is in the United States.
September 24, 2015
Earlier in the year, rumors spread that Kazuchika Okada was a potential candidate to join the developmental program in WWE. During a recent interview with Rolling Stones, he adamantly states that he has absolutely no desire to join the company. He wants to remain loyal to New Japan, where he is set to be the biggest star in the promotion for the next decade. He will also continue to work with ROH.
September 23, 2015
Earlier in the month, Kazuchika Okada did a tryout for WWE when the company was doing a quick tour of Japan. There has not been a lot of rumblings about offering him a developmental contract. With New Japan recently announcing that they are going to be sending their stars to tour with smaller promotions, there is a chance that Okada does not join NXT.
July 25, 2015
Another name that is doing a tryout for WWE this week is Kazuchika Okada. He is a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, which is the top belt in New Japan. Some may also remember him from when he did his stint in TNA. Okada was sent to the United States to gain further seasoning before heading home to become a star.
July 3, 2015
Apparently, ROH wants a lot of international talent for their upcoming series of matches in Philadelphia and Toronto. In addition to Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada, the company has now secured the services of Tetsuya Naito. For those of you that do not remember, the veteran performer worked a couple of matches for TNA, including a handicap match against Kevin Nash on Impact Wrestling. No word yet on who he will be working with.
April 6, 2015
During the middle of May, New Japan and ROH are teaming up to put on a couple of shows. Two of them will be in Philadelphia at the old ECW arena, while the other two will be held in Toronto. To help make those events even more special, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada will be featured on the card. No word yet on what matches they are being booked for, but the safe bet is that Ring of Honor will use their top stars against them.
April 2, 2015