Kazuchika Okada

Discussion in 'International Wrestling' started by Bort, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Okay, normally I wouldn't bother you with "japanese jobbers LULZ", but this guy is arguably the world wide wrestler of the year, not just in Japan. Also, the breakout star of the year, no doubt about it. He was a hot rookie/young lion in NJPW back in 2009, and then he went to the foreign international excursion, to adapt various styles, and to learn things. Of course, TNA made him into a mockery (Okato, lawls), but fortunately, he returned to New Japan at the end of 2011, and right after Hiroshi Tanahashi retained his IWGP Heavyweight title at Tokyo Dome (January 4th 2012), he challenged him for the strap. Shocking!

    Everyone, including me, thought he's just a filler opponent for Tanahashi, but he shook the foundations of Puroresu by dethroning him. It was an excellent match (****1/4), and Tanahashi couldn't survive the Rainmaker (finishing move), which have become the most protected finisher in Puro today.

    The match:


    His reign was relatively short (4 months), but very strong, newsworthy and packed with Super No Vacancies and star power. He had two successful defenses, against Naito (five star match), and Goto (***3/4).

    The matches:


    Then June came, and it was the time for the rematch of the year - Okada vs. Tanahashi II. Another stellar match, but unfortunately for Okada, Tanahashi prevailed and regained the title, but Okada looked damn strong in the loss:


    But luckily, that wasn't the end of his push, because he won the huge annual G1 Climax tournament, having some really strong matches left and reight, here's the Finals match against "The Machinegun" Karl Anderson:


    The rest of the year saw him defending his IWGP title shot earned by the G1 victory against the likes of Karl Anderson and Hirooki Goto:



    Fans and press recognized his greatness, hence they chose him as the Wrestler of the Year:

    And now he's heading into 2013 with big plans on his mind, the first and the biggest step is the rubber match against Hiroshi Tanahashi, for the biggest strap in Japan. Will the torch be passed, will Okada become the new ace of the company? The biggest match of our age:

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    Sorry on tl;dr, but "The Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada is just an insanely great wrestler, and deserves his own worship thread. The master in storytelling department, strategies, psychology, etc. ~SWAG!~

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  2. Just watched the first match you linked. I think I have a new favourite :obama:
     
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  3. Post more Clown
     
  4. More of what, lol? This is his first major year since the comeback, and those are the biggest matches. Sure, there are more, but only after you watch these first. :maybe:

    Okada/Naito is a MUST-WATCH match, dammit!

    Here's his theme song:




    Entrance compilation:



    All hail the new KING OF PRO WRESTLING!
     


  5. "...I have heard people say that if I stay in Japan that I will be a big fish in a small pond, but I do not agree. If people think Japan is a small pond, then I will rebuild the pond with my own hands and make it as large as the Pacific Ocean.”
     
  6. Where can I watch Japanese Wrestling? Also what companies would you recommend?
     
  7. Read that interview last week or something. Great to see him stay in Japan.
     
  8. The pose? The dropkick? The DDT off the rail? Japanese Randy Orton mark? :hmm: :jeritroll:
     
  9. For starters: http://www.dailymotion.com/user/Jahmale_Hepburn/1

    Feds: NJPW, BJW, Dragon Gate and DDT.
     
  10. Double post, but fuck it, just watch the matches from OP, deth.
     
  11. Big fan of Dragon Gate, recommend it to anyone who doesn't watch it. Kazuchika is fucking awesome too.
     
  12. New Japan and Dragon Gate in my opinion. The two best promotions in Japan. Akira Tozawa for the win.
     
  13. The dropkick comes from AJ Styles. Okada only steals from best. :otunga:
     


  14. From WK7. Unbelievable match. Watched it 3 times already. :vince:
     
  15. Big fan of this guy he has all the talent in the world and is one of the best thing in japan right now.