Kazuchika Okada is set to join AEW following his departure from NJPW.

According to Fightful Select, a deal is said to have been effectively agreed upon in recent weeks, it’s noted that the finalization of the agreement is still pending, with no confirmation yet that Okada has officially signed with AEW.

AEW has reportedly been confident in securing Okada’s services for several weeks, with discussions dating back to mid-January. However, there’s no concrete information available regarding Okada’s debut as an AEW-contracted star.

It’s anticipated that his debut will occur after he fulfills his remaining commitments with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Creative ideas for Okada’s potential role in AEW have been discussed since January, and there’s speculation that the first half of March could see significant developments for the company.


While AEW seemed poised to secure Okada’s signature, it’s worth noting that talks between Okada and WWE did take place. Sources within WWE confirmed the discussions, with reports suggesting that Okada weighed the advantages and disadvantages of joining WWE versus AEW.

Ultimately, AEW’s offer is said to have been compelling enough to sway Okada in their direction, as the promotion remained confident in their pursuit of the acclaimed wrestler.

What are your thoughts on Kazuchika Okada potentially joining AEW? How do you think his addition would impact the landscape of professional wrestling, particularly within AEW and potentially in the broader wrestling community? Let us know in the comments below.

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