Okada recently spoke with Sports Illustrated about various topics. Here are the highlights.
On TNA’s mishandling of him:
“I learned in TNA that I needed more than just a good match–I needed a character. That’s how I became the “Rainmaker.” It was good for me. TNA didn’t use me, but I got hungrier to wrestle. The struggle made me better. I was always a good wrestler. I feel like I can wrestle anybody. Of course, I wanted to main event wrestling matches in TNA, but in their eyes, no, that would not happen. So I went back to New Japan. I took the timing and technique I learned in the U.S. back with me to Japan. When I was in TNA, somebody told me about the ‘Rainmaker.’ I thought it was a nice character. In Japan, there is no character–it’s fight, fight, fight. So I needed a character. When I was just a strong wrestler, TNA didn’t use me. I didn’t have a character, so I knew I needed one. That’s what the agents in TNA kept telling me, so I made this character and I took it to New Japan.”
On Shinsuke Nakamura signing with WWE:
“I was very surprised he left for WWE. I was so surprised, but it’s no problem. That’s what he wanted–he wanted to go. There is more emotion in a match in New Japan. The matches here in the U.S. are so fast that sometime they lack emotion. It is move, move, move. When I lost last year’s Tokyo Dome [at Wrestle Kingdom 9], I almost cried. There is that much emotion, and that is a big difference in style.”
Okada also talked about training with Ultimo Dragon and more. Click here to read the entire interview.
WWE Raw 5/21/18 Live Chat and Viewing Party
EVOLVE 104 and EVOLVE 105 Results Including Appearances From Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling Stars
The Crash Lucha Libre 5/19/18 Results Including Appearances From Impact Wrestling, ROH, and Lucha Underground Stars
Former WWE Tough Enough Winner’s Health Declining and Will No Longer Receive Cancer Treatments
HOH 42 and 43 Results Including Appearances From Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground Stars
VIDEO: Shinsuke Nakamura’s New Entrance Theme
Big Cass Comments On His Move To Smackdown Live
Fatal 4 Way Radio: Smackdown Live Review and Analysis, Superstar Shake-Up, Greatest Royal Rumble
WATCH: WWE’s Tribute to Bruno Sammartino During House Show
Fallout: RAW 4/16: The Superstar Shake-up
IMPACT Wrestling Challenging Any UK Promotion for Wrestling MediaCon 2018
IMPACT Wrestling announced the following: TORONTO | LONDON – IMPACT Wrestling has issued a blockbuster open challenge to any UK wrestling...
Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling Star Appearing in the Next Season of Survivor
Current Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling star, Johnny Mundo or Johnny Impact, will be appearing in the next season of...
NJPW Best of the Super Jr. 25 Day 5 Results *SPOILERS*
These results contain spoilers of the Best of the Super Jr. 25 so if you don’t want to be spoiled,...
205 Live 5/22/18 Review: Show Him Respect!
205 Live on May 22, 2018, was a good show. 205 Live is a show where the cruiserweights take center...
IMPACT Wrestling 5/24/18 Viewing Party
We provide a live discussion for tonight’s show, while you all can comment below with your thoughts before, during & after the...
Dry Socket Opinion: Dry Socket Returns
I haven’t posted an editorial in quite sometime and I miss it. I don’t have cable or the Network so...