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BACKSTAGE news on Kazuchika Okada and potential WWE interest

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Kazuchika Okada, the celebrated former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, has officially announced his departure from New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), marking the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in his illustrious career.

According to a recent report by Fightful Select, the decision for Okada to leave NJPW was mutual, with no hard feelings between the promotion and the star wrestler.

Okada, currently holding the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship, has been a cornerstone of NJPW, contributing significantly to its success.

His departure has surprised many insiders, who expected the announcement to come later. However, sources within the industry believe that NJPW is well-prepared to cultivate new talent in Japan and the United States, despite losing one of their biggest stars.

WWE News: WWE and AEW Show Interest in Okada

The wrestling world is abuzz with speculation about Okada’s next move. While it’s still early to predict his future, reports indicate that All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has shown interest in signing him.

On the other hand, sources from WWE have stated to Fightful Select that there have been no talks between Okada and WWE.

WWE News: Following in the Footsteps

However, if Okada were to join WWE, he would follow in the footsteps of other NJPW alumni like Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor, and AJ Styles.

Okada’s recent activities include participating in TNA Wrestling’s Snake Eyes show on January 14, teaming with The Motor City Machine Guns. His last match for NJPW was on January 13, where he triumphed over former NJPW and current AEW star Will Ospreay at Battle in the Valley.

FAQ

  • What is Kazuchika Okada’s current championship title?
    • Okada is the current NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion.
  • When did Okada have his last match for NJPW?
    • Okada’s last match for NJPW was on January 13.
  • Which wrestling promotions are interested in Okada?
    • AEW has shown interest in Okada, while there are no confirmed talks with WWE.
  • Who are some NJPW stars that have previously joined WWE?
    • Former NJPW stars who joined WWE include Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor, and AJ Styles.
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