NJPW star Kazuchika Okada recently dropped some hints about his time in the wrestling ring coming to an end soon.
With seven championship victories for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Kazuchika Okada is unquestionably one of the biggest names in the industry. Okada has also made eight appearances in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom, which is the company’s largest event of the year.
Speaking to Number Web, during a discussion of NJPW founder Antonio Inoki, Kazuchika Okada said he wished he had more time in his own wrestling career to assist the organization Inoki started to reach greater success than it did under his leadership:
“I know people might say, ‘It’s impossible to surpass Mr. Inoki,’ but I think the only way to do it is to make pro wrestling more exciting. First of all, I would like to bring the attendance back to the level where it was at the time of Mr. Inoki’s Tokyo Dome, and then I would like to promote pro wrestling in a different way, since there are now video distribution services on the internet and so on.
“In the past, Mr. Inoki also focused on overseas strategies and tried to bring New Japan wrestling to the world, but times have changed and there are many New Japan fans overseas through the internet, so I would like to exceed what Mr. Inoki did in this way. I don’t think I have that much time left in my career, so I want to do my best.”