Kazuchika Okada Wants A Pro Wrestling World Cup, Willing To Speak With Triple H & Tony Khan

A pro-wrestling world cup will be on the way if Kazuchika Okada gets his wish

Speaking with Tokyo Sports, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada has campaigned for a pro-wrestling world cup, stating that he will visit AEW President Tony Khan and WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H to make the idea a reality. 

"We had an all-star event before, but last year we had the World Cup (soccer), and this year we have the WBC (baseball) and the World Cup (rugby). It would be interesting to have pro-wrestling matches between different countries and represent Japan. The World Cup in soccer was interesting, and I think the WBC will be stimulating. I think there are such events overseas, but I don't think there are any big tournaments," Okada said.

"I think it would be fun to have a big event on a global scale. Maybe we could have a tag team with Okada and (Shinsuke) Nakamura, or Okada and (Tetsuya) Naito if they are asked to fight for their country. I don't know if that would work. I think it would be interesting to include various groups. If necessary, I will go see (AEW president) Tony Khan and (WWE executive) Triple H. Even in this Tokyo Dome, there are AEW wrestlers (such as Kenny Omega), WWE wrestlers (Karl Anderson), and (Mercedes) Moné, who quit the WWE. Even New Japan is worldwide now, isn't it? There are players from many different countries, so I would like to do something interesting. I feel like I really want to do it now that I'm talking about it (laughs)."

WWE have held their own world cup tournaments in the past to tie in with the FIFA World Cup. In 2018, Shane McMahon was crowned the best in the world, while Ricochet won the 2022 SmackDown World Cup to earn a shot at the Intercontinental Championship.

While there may not be a pro wrestling world cup on the horizon, Kazuchika Okada does have a huge inter-promotional match with GHC Heavyweight Champion Kaito Kiyomiya coming up on February 21 at Keiji Muto's retirement show. 

H/T to Fightful 

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