Kazuchika Okada, the top star in the professional wrestling world, recently NJPW Press Next month’s Wrestle Kingdom 15 pay-per-view will hype the confrontation with Will Ospreay. During the interview, Rainmaker answered many questions, including how he feels 2020 has progressed and what he believes has hit the company with this year’s bookings. The highlights are:
Keep his words on the Osprey and challenge him to defeat him at Wrestle Kingdom.
I strongly feel that “if possible, we should do so.” He felt he could shoot himself at the top of the puck as soon as he stabbed me behind. Personal issues aside, it’s all fine and good. But then he started dismissing the excuse after the excuse. He said there was a glass ceiling, he couldn’t be the top guy in CHAOS because I was there. I’m still here, whether you’re in chaos or not. Forget the excuse. If you think you can beat me, you should beat me. Show how good you really are and see if that’s enough.
He says he feels like he hasn’t had a fire this year:
I … I don’t know what it is. EVIL, who participated in the New Japan Cup, BULLET CLUB, really brought it. Then, in the NEVER 6-Man title tournament, it was YOSHI-HASHI’s time, and he really appeared, he really brought it. And I think it was missing. I don’t have that fire this year. It’s not something you can switch on and off like a switch. You really have to be at that moment. That could be a big theme for this match against the Osprey.
NJPW believes it has lost fans this year due to the way it reserves top titles.
Hmm. When I mentioned IWGP, I didn’t necessarily say I was going back to the title hunt. Looking at this year’s big title match, it wasn’t the purpose of IWGP. BULLET CLUB interference in all these main events. Frankly, I think it turned off a lot of people. I think some fans have died this year, so I plan to bring them back to Tokyo Dome. Let those fans think, “As long as Okada was at the top, I always thought NJPW was great.”
He says he’s not a fan of the Double IWGP Championship:
Well, since Naito won the belt last year, we’ve only participated in a few tag matches and haven’t seen a double title match. My 2020 is over even if I’m not near the title photo. I’m not sure about the status of those titles. If the fans are happy to see the double title protected, I think it’s all good. But I want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. That’s all I’m paying attention to. So to get to that point, you need to get results, and that’s what I plan to do.
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Kazuchika Okada looks back on the 2020 NJPW and says he is looking to the future best award.
https://rajah.com/node/kazuchika-okada-reflects-his-2020-njpw-says-he-has-his-eye-top-prize-going-forward Kazuchika Okada looks back on the 2020 NJPW and says he is looking to the future best award.