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BIGGEST NJPW Star is LEAVING the Company

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In a move that has sent shockwaves through the wrestling world, Kazuchika Okada, one of the most prominent figures in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), has announced his departure from the company.

This news comes as a significant development in the wrestling industry, given Okada’s stature and influence in NJPW.

Wrestling News: Okada’s Journey with NJPW

Since joining NJPW in 2007, Okada has risen to become one of the company’s most iconic figures. His journey from a 19-year-old newcomer to the renowned ‘Rainmaker’ has been nothing short of remarkable.

Okada’s tenure with NJPW has seen him become a five-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, etching his name in the annals of wrestling history.

Wrestling News: The Official Announcement

NJPW released an official statement on January 19, 2024, confirming Okada’s departure at the conclusion of his contract on January 31, 2024.

The company expressed regret over the abrupt nature of this announcement but extended their best wishes to Okada for his future endeavours.

In his statement, Okada expressed profound gratitude towards NJPW, his opponents, and the fans, promising to make an impact in every match he has left.

Okada’s Final Appearances

As the New Beginning series commences, fans will have a few more opportunities to witness Okada in action. He is scheduled to appear on February dates, including February 11 in Osaka and February 23 and 24 in Sapporo.

These events mark the final chapters of Okada’s storied career with NJPW.

The Future of NJPW and Okada

Okada’s departure raises questions about the future direction of NJPW and its impact on the wrestling landscape.

His absence will undoubtedly be felt, but it also opens the door for new talents to emerge and make their mark.


  • Why is Kazuchika Okada leaving NJPW? Okada is leaving following the expiration of his contract on January 31, 2024.
  • What has been Okada’s impact on NJPW? Okada has been a pivotal figure in NJPW, winning multiple championships and becoming a fan favorite.
  • Are there any final matches for Okada in NJPW? Yes, he is scheduled to appear in the New Beginning series, with matches in Osaka and Sapporo in February.
  • What does Okada’s departure mean for NJPW? While it’s a significant loss, it also presents an opportunity for new wrestlers to step up and fill the void.
  • Has Okada announced his future plans post-NJPW? As of now, Okada has not publicly disclosed his plans following his departure from NJPW.
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