Shinsuke Nakamura has been part of the WWE family for well over seven years after he parted ways with NJPW to go to the USA. Kazuchika Okada is now in the same boat and Nakamura made it clear he hopes Okada doesn’t go through the same hardships he endured.

Kazuchika Okada finally parted ways with New Japan Pro Wrestling on February 1st, bringing an end to his 17-year-long run with the promotion. He still has some matches left before venturing to the USA for a new career elsewhere.

Similar to Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura was a prominent figure in NJPW before departing. Upon signing with WWE, Nakamura has had a notable and successful run with the company.

While speaking with Tokyo Sports, Nakamura was asked about Okada’s exit from NJPW. The King of Strong Style made it clear that he hoped The Rainmaker wouldn’t go through the same hardships he endured after arriving in the USA permanently.


How do you view your life, who you are, what you want to become? Only you can make that decision, so the courage to take the step that Okada took…I feel like (Antonio) Inoki when I say it, but once you’ve taken the step, you have no choice but to go on. Of course, I will support him, and if there is anything I can do, I will do it.”

“That’s part of it, and also the invisible procedures. There were a lot of hardships I had to go through that I should not have had to go through. I don’t want them to have to go through that, and I hope they will be spoiled.”

It was previously reported that Kazuchika Okada is set to join AEW after he is done with his NJPW commitments. We will have to wait and see how Okada will fare as a full-time AEW star.

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