Kazuchika Okada had an incredible career transition, going from TNA flop to NJPW company golden boy to the up and comer and finally to the undisputed ace of the company. He proved that he is indeed the guy to replace Hiroshi Tanahashi and knowing well that the company handed the torch to him, he took it and ran with it.
During his historic title reign between 2016 and 2018, he cemented himself as the best wrestler in the world, putting on an incredible string of matches, the likes of which had never been seen. Hiroshi Tanahashi too had many incredible matches throughout his career but none like this.
Okada’s career and character arcs is one of the best in all of wrestling and it’s little wonder that he became as popular as he did. As he mentioned when he debuted, he implemented three key elements from three different countries – the dropkick from Mexico, the fighting spirit from Japan and the TV and entertainment factor from the USA.
All this has made him one of the most complete performers in the world, and we look at the greatest moments of his storied career.
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