Conflicting Reports On Kazuchika Okada’s AEW Deal

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Kazuchika Okada’s AEW contract might be worth less than previously claimed.

On March 6th, Kazuchika Okada made his first appearance on Dynamite as an AEW-contracted wrestler. The Japanese legend had been a free agent since letting his NJPW contract expire at the end of January. Although the star didn’t initially rule out a move to WWE, it was AEW who won the race for his signature.

Following his Dynamite outing, it was reported that Kazuchika Okada’s contract was worth a staggering $13 million across three years, giving him an annual salary of a little over $4 million.

However, it seems there might be a little more to it.

Kazuchika Okada’s AEW Deal Lower Than Reported

Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Okada won’t be earning quite that much, but still signed for a “very large number.”

“Okada signed a three-year deal. Tokyo Sports reported Okada signed a three-year deal at 2 billion yen ($13.5 million) over the course of the period of the contract, or an average of $4.5 million annually, but that number is not accurate at all. The real number is considerably lower, but it was still a very large number that he signed for.”

On Dynamite, Okada joined forces with The Young Bucks by attacking Eddie Kingston. The Bucks had already suspended Adam Page from AEW before throwing Kenny Omega out of The Elite.