Recent talk has taken place within WWE regarding potentially signing NJPW’s Kazuchika Okada.
Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Shinsuke Nakamura’s recent push is to show Okada that the regime has changed in WWE regarding the way they book talent from Japan.
“The pitch is that he’s now 36 and he’s close with Nakamura and Nakamura has worked years in WWE and it’s far easier on his body. The idea is that WWE is the one thing Okada has never done and he’s done everything he can do in New Japan. One person who buzzed us about the renewed interest in Okada said that one of the reasons Nakamura is getting a renewed push is to show Okada that this regime is not going to treat Japanese like the stereotypical children-like role (although Tozawa is still playing that role) because Vince does that with people who don’t speak fluent English, but this is a new regime. Okada is a name always brought up but there’s no indication there’s anything new to this other than there’s been more talk of late,” Meltzer wrote.
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The possibility of NJPW’s Kazuchika Okada signing with WWE has been a hot topic of discussion recently. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there have been talks within WWE about bringing Okada on board. This news comes in light of Shinsuke Nakamura’s recent push in WWE, which is believed to be a way of showing Okada that the company has changed its approach towards booking Japanese talent.
Meltzer’s report suggests that WWE is pitching the idea to Okada based on the fact that he is now 36 years old and close friends with Nakamura. The company believes that WWE would be easier on Okada’s body compared to the physical demands of New Japan Pro Wrestling. The argument being made is that Okada has accomplished everything he can in NJPW and WWE is the one thing he hasn’t done yet.
One interesting point raised by Meltzer is that Nakamura’s renewed push is also meant to demonstrate to Okada that this new regime in WWE is different from the past. Historically, Vince McMahon has been known to portray non-English speakers in stereotypical roles, often treating them as childlike characters. However, this new regime aims to change that perception and treat Japanese talent with respect.
It should be noted that while Okada’s name is frequently brought up in discussions, there is no concrete indication that there have been any significant developments in negotiations between him and WWE. However, the fact that there has been increased talk about Okada potentially joining WWE suggests that there may be some interest from both parties.
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In conclusion, the possibility of Kazuchika Okada signing with WWE has sparked discussions within the wrestling community. While there is no concrete evidence of any negotiations taking place, the increased talk about Okada potentially joining WWE indicates that there may be some interest from both sides. Wrestling fans can stay informed about this and other news by visiting eWrestlingNews.com or following the website on social media.