Kazuchika Okada has been a prominent figure in NJPW for years, making a name for himself with his in-ring abilities and five-star matches. In recent memory, the NJPW stand-out performer’s contract with the company has been matter of discussion, and many fans are speculating about his next moves in the pro wrestling world.
While speaking to NJPW’s official website, Kazuchika Okada was quite open about his current place in the pro wrestling world. He said that he does not think he is the greatest wrestler in the world, but he also does not believe that there is anyone out there who is better than him.
Okada said that he stands alone on top of the pro wrestling world, and many fans agree. He’s spent a lot of time honing his craft in NJPW, as he had some great matches in the process.
“Honestly, I don’t think of myself as the best in the world. But there isn’t anyone better than me (he laughed). Nobody can top what I do. I think I’m recognized and respected, mainly because I’ve wrestled the best in New Japan. So I want more of my great matches in NJPW to be seen worldwide. There’s no good wrestling outside of NJPW in my view, because I’m here. I think 80 percent of the top wrestlers in the world today have had experience in New Japan. Just being in NJPW puts you at a top level. If you haven’t wrestled here, you can’t be a top guy, and I’ve been at the top here. Everyone knows that if you wrestle me, you get that experience, so it’s understandable they come for me.”
Kazuchika Okada has a big decision ahead of him, because there are a few places he could wind up. Wherever he inks a deal with, he will certainly stand to make a lot of money.
Although Okada reportedly enlisted in heavy-hitter agent Barry Bloom to help him out with his contract talks, that hasn’t been confirmed. His next deal will certainly rake in some serious money for the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.
NJPW doesn’t want to lose Okada, but they just might. He knows how good he is, even if he doesn’t consider himself as the greatest in the world, so he may just hold out for the biggest possible offer before making a decision.
What’s your take on Kazuchika Okada’s position in the pro wrestling world? Is he the best out there? Let us know what you think in the comments section!