Kazuchika Okada has selected his next destination after the recent expiration of his contract with NJPW.
The 36 year-old Okada is widely considered one of the finest in-ring talents in the world and is now arguably the hottest free agent in professional wrestling after bringing down the curtain on his 17-year NJPW career with victory over Hiroshi Tanahashi at The New Beginning in Osaka on 11th February.
It has long been believed that Okada’s next move would be Stateside, with talks believed to have taken place recently with WWE about a switch to the company.
World Wrestling Entertainment appears set to miss out on their man, however, with Fightful Select reporting that Okada is soon to be revealed as the latest member of the AEW roster. An exact debut date for the Japanese star is not yet known but it is believed that he could appear as soon as early March.
Okada’s arrival would provide a timely boost for Tony Khan in the face of declining ratings and injuries to major stars like MJF and Kenny Omega.
Kazuchika Okada ‘Grossly Underpaid’ In NJPW
Okada’s next move could driven by finances, according to renowned wrestling journalist Bryan Alvarez, who recently claimed that Okada was ‘grossly underpaid’ in NJPW.
Tony Khan’s undeniable financial power is likely to have proven a key factor in the deal, with the AEW President also reported to have secured the highly sought after services of Mercedes Mone, formerly known in WWE as Sasha Banks.