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Update on Kazuchika Okada and potential WWE Royal Rumble appearance

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In the ever-evolving world of professional wrestling, rumours and speculations are as common as headlocks and body slams.

Recently, the wrestling community has been abuzz with talks about Kazuchika Okada, a superstar in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), potentially making an appearance at WWE’s Royal Rumble.

However, according to a recent update from Fightful Select’s Patreon Subscription account, it seems that fans might need to temper their expectations.

WWE News: The Reality Behind the Rumours

To clarify the swirling rumours, it’s important to note that Kazuchika Okada, along with other notable wrestlers like Sasha Banks and MJF, are not expected to participate in the WWE Royal Rumble event.

This news might come as a disappointment to many fans who were excited about the possibility of seeing Okada, a prominent figure in NJPW, stepping into a WWE ring.

Okada’s Legacy in NJPW

Kazuchika Okada has established himself as one of the most talented and revered wrestlers in NJPW.

His accolades include multiple reigns as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and he’s known for his incredible athleticism and charismatic persona.

Okada’s potential crossover into WWE had fans excited about the prospect of dream matches and fresh rivalries.

WWE News: WWE’s Approach to Talent and Surprise Entries

WWE has a history of surprising fans with unexpected entries in their Royal Rumble matches. These surprises often include appearances by legends, returns from injury, or debuts from other promotions.

While Okada’s appearance would have been a monumental moment in wrestling history, WWE seems to have other plans for this year’s event.


  • Will Kazuchika Okada be at WWE Royal Rumble? No, Kazuchika Okada is not expected to appear at the WWE Royal Rumble.
  • Who else is not expected at the Royal Rumble? Sasha Banks and MJF are also not expected to participate in the event.
  • What is Kazuchika Okada known for? Okada is renowned for his time in NJPW, particularly as a multiple-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
  • Does WWE often have surprise entries in the Royal Rumble? Yes, WWE is known for featuring surprise entries, including legends and wrestlers from other promotions.
  • Could Okada appear in WWE in the future? While there are no current plans, the world of professional wrestling is always full of surprises.
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