Bushiroad Owner Gives Feelings On Kazuchika Okada Leaving NJPW For AEW

The owner of Bushiroad was asked about Kazuchika Okada signingwith AEW

After spending nearly fifteen years in NJPW in his latest run, Kazuchika Okada parted ways with the company and signed with AEW, quickly becoming the new AEW Continental Champion and a member of The Elite. 

Speaking to Prorosu-Today, Bushiroad’s owner Takaaki Kidani gave his thoughts on Okada leaving the company, providing a respectful and professional outlook. 

“Well, I can only say that I had no choice. As I have said many times, if I were in the same position, I would have done the same thing. So I can only say that it can't be helped and that I wish them all the best, and I may sound like a customer, but all I can say is, please spread the word of Japan's greatness to the world."

Kidani was asked about the company nurturing Okada, but he refused to take credit for the success of The Rainmaker. 

"Yes, but I don't think so. It is a bit presumptuous to say that I raised him. I think that in the early days, there were some things like TV commercials to raise the profile of the company, but in reality, I think that Okada has grown up by his own ability. So I think it's just a story of giving him a little support in the early days. Of course, he became what he is because he worked hard, but I think it was also due to the cooperation of those around him and good rivalry between them. If I had to add one more thing, it would be his wife (Suzuko Mimori).”

Okada won multiple world titles and headlined Wrestle Kingdom in several different years during his incredible spell in NJPW.

H/T Fightful

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