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WWE News: WWE Reportedly Interested in NJPW’s “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada

News broke today via WrestlingInc.com that WWE is interested in big Japanese pro-wrestling star, Kazuchika Okada.

Before these reports surrounding Okada’s future came out, the New Japan Pro Wrestling competitor competed at the acclaimed WrestleKingdom 7 inside the Tokyo Dome, losing to Tanahashi. I have yet to watch the match, but I’m planning on doing so after hearing so much about it and the entire event organized by NJPW.

Previous to being the top heel in NJPW, Okada had a forgettable and very lackluster run in TNA, briefly forming a tag team with fellow Japanese Kiyoshi, appearing on TNA Xplosion a couple of times and then being an ally of Samoa Joe‘s during his feud with “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero. It’s safe to say that Okada’s run in TNA was not good, from barely being used to portraying a bad imitation of Kato from The Green Hornet.

I’m not one to follow Japanese wrestling, but after his release from TNA, I heard good things about Okada and how he was doing. Eventually, “Rainmaker” became the number one contender to Tanahashi’s IWGP World Heavyweight Championship and signed a contract to face him at WrestleKingdom 7 on January 4. On that night, in a 30+ minute match, Okada lost.

I’m not going to go out and say that Okada is tremendous or that he is the greatest thing to ever come out of Japan since I haven’t seen much of him, but he sounds pretty good. However, WWE has misused Japanese stars in the past, namely Yoshi Tatsu and, although not Japanese but a big star there, Tensai.

In mid-2011, WWE signed Jiro and Sakamoto, also from Japan, and since then, Jiro has been released (maybe it had something to do with the way he sold The Blackout on episode two of NXT season six….. just kidding) and Sakamoto was briefly used as Tensai’s worshipper on WWE TV before being beat up into oblivion by the former Albert.

I’d take these news with a grain of salt, but if these reports are indeed true, the next few weeks/months should be interesting for Kazuchika Okada.


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  • SiD

    Okada was the guy who the Pope used to fuck up, right?

    • http://wrestleenigma.com/ Brett Chandler

      Yeah.

  • Charlie G

    Outside of his stupid Green Hornet impression, I thought Okada was actually pretty cool. Cooler than Kiyoshi or whoever that other Japanese guy was… I remember, in 2011, people discussing a list of people TNA should release & Okada was one of those names, yet I’d always try defending him against whoever said he needed to go (The other was Murphy. Gunner & Murphy FTW!). Just thought I saw something cool in ‘em, then TNA released him and then he became huge in Japan. Nice one, TNA.

    After hearing this news, I also considered all previous Japanese stars who made the leap to WWE…. Some reason, all I thought of was Smackdown reporter (or whatever), Funakai/Kung Fo Naki, hahaha.

    So, there’s a less than stellar track record for Japanese wrestlers in the WWE, but I think seeing Okada could be cool…… until 3 months after his debut & he begins jobbing on Superstars and whatnot :/

    • http://wrestleenigma.com/ Brett Chandler

      Kung Fu Naki was badass… :(

  • https://twitter.com/DragonSagaWE Jason “Dragon Saga” Patrick

    Also Brett I made a small edit. No need to add the date, the date is on the side of the article alongside its placement, views and such.

    • http://wrestleenigma.com/ Brett Chandler

      Alright. Thanks, man.

  • https://twitter.com/DragonSagaWE Jason “Dragon Saga” Patrick

    I’ll put it like this:

    Okada signed for TNA, was misused and basically shit on, he left and returned to Japan, became the “Rainmaker” and is now one of the biggest draws behind Hiroshai Tanashai. If WWE signed him they need to keep the “Rainmaker” gimmick cause it’s unique.

    • http://wrestleenigma.com/ Brett Chandler

      Thanks for your comment, Jason. One question, how exactly does his gimmick go?

      • https://twitter.com/DragonSagaWE Jason “Dragon Saga” Patrick

        He calls himself the “Rainmaker” because he’s going to reign over NJPW as its star (smart I know), but they’ve actually adapted rain into his gimmick. During one of his entrances they had a rain effect. Its just the way he acts too, bit like how Dean Ambrose does expressions and mannerisms to get his persona over, Okada does it too but a lot more villanous. He’s like a flashy Randy Orton.