Kazuchika Okada On Having ‘Reservations’ About NJPW Expansion Into The United States, His “ALL IN” Experience & More
NJPW star Kazuchika Okada recently spoke with the NJPW website and below are some interview highlights.
On his reaction hearing about NJPW expanding into the U.S. in 2017:
Okada: Honestly, I had some reservations at first. I wondered ‘can we really sell enough tickets here?’ But I thought it was good that we were taking a first step into something new.
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On Cody vs Kenny Omega at Strong Style Evolved:
Okada: But the one thing I will say, and I felt this about the Kenny vs Cody match (at Strong Style Evolved), since it is on a New Japan show, I’m not a fan of putting together cards that you could normally see in America. To be honest, Cody vs Kenny, that’s a match you could see on an American show.
On wanting ‘distinctly’ NJPW cards in America:
Okada: Right. Cards that make you say ‘now this is NJPW’. To me, I think we should be showing the American fans what this thing called New Japan Pro Wrestling is.
On his “ALL IN” experience:
Okada: It was awesome. Of course, it was great to have a match in front of about 12,000 people, and it was amazing to think ‘wow, Cody and the Bucks were able to put all this together’. It was a great card, I had a good match, it all showed the power of pro wrestling I think. For them to have their little YouTube channel, start Being The Elite, and have it grow into that, get that many people in the building, that’s amazing. I really felt that we saw new potential in professional wrestling. Really great.