While several of the industry’s best wrestlers have signed with WWE, Kazuchika Okada has yet to do so. However, WWE has shown a great deal of interest in Okada. For more than a decade, Kazuchika has represented New Japan Pro-Wrestling, making him one of the most famous wrestlers in Japan.
Just as WWE showed interest in Shinsuke Nakamura in the middle of the 2010s before he signed with WWE in 2016, WWE is also expressing interest in “the Rainmaker”. Wrestling Observer claims that there has been talk of signing Okada inside WWE recently.
Is Kazuchika Okada coming to WWE?
The WWE has reportedly had an interest in Kazuchika Okada for a long time, but now he may find the timing of WWE’s latest additions enticing enough to consider a transfer to North America. In 2016, WWE made a big splash by acquiring Nakamura, AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows, all of whom were prominent figures in NJPW.
Okada, who has been in the wrestling business for ten years, is allegedly being courted by WWE following a creative rebirth under Paul “Triple H” Levesque, signaling they may promote Okada as a huge star. This will keep people guessing until it’s implemented or until it becomes one of the major “what if” topics in modern pro wrestling.
Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer Newsletter said, “One person who buzzed us about the renewed interest in Okada said that one of the reasons Nakamura is getting a renewed push is to show Okada that this regime is not going to treat Japanese like the stereotypical children-like role.”
Okada vs Bryan Danielson update
Bryan Danielson disclosed a broken forearm during his bout with Kazuchika Okada at AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door. Four months later, Danielson issued a rematch challenge, which Okada accepted with a single word. Danielson promised vengeance on the “Rainmaker” at NJPW’s Power Struggle and then went on to break the “Rainmaker’s” right arm at Wrestle Kingdom 18.
Okada suggested that the main event might be decided by a fan vote as he plotted his retribution for their Forbidden Door encounter. Fans speculate about the star-studded rematch possibly employing a fan vote, mimicking NJPW’s 2014 method. After Danielson issued the challenge, NJPW scheduled the bout for Wrestle Kingdom 18 at the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2024.
When the American Dragon requested a rematch, it was a major setback for fans since they had never considered this possibility. Who do you think will win the second fight? Share your thoughts in the comments.