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Kazuchika Okada to WWE: Everything we currently know

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There has been a ton of talk regarding Kazuchika Okada and his current status, especially with his New Japan contract set to expire in January 2024.

The potential of Okada joining WWE is a fascinating one, as he has arguably been one of the best wrestlers in the world over the past decade or so.

Speaking to one of our sources with knowledge of the situation, we were told that WWE is reportedly not expecting the former IWGP World Champion to be joining anytime soon.

“I asked about Okada to WWE seeing as there is lots of talk and rumours, I was told as of last week, he was not on WWE’s radar for the immediate future” it was relayed to us.

Kazuchika Okada WWE Rumours and Update

Okada is someone that has been on multiple company’s radars for a very long time. I mean, how can he not be, with his height, abilities and fanbase in Japan he could be a key asset to any promotion.

One of the biggest ‘tells’ of Okada likely not leaving Japan is the fact that his wife, Suzuko Mimori, is a FAR bigger star than he is.

Mimori gave birth to a baby boy in 2022, and her work in anime, video games and TV means that the idea of moving to the United States to even join the likes of AEW or WWE is probably not likely.

We’ll be monitoring the situation closely to see if there is a chance of the New Japan legend leaving his home country to join the likes of WWE. But, for now, Okada looks likely to not be joining WWE. It’s worth noting that this could change at anytime, as we recently saw with the very ‘late’ signing of CM Punk to the company as Triple H revealed at the Survivor Series 2023 Post-event Press Conference.

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