IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada recently sat down for an interview with FOX Sports Australia, while staying in Melbourne to participate in this past weekend's MCW "November Rain" event. Among other topics, Okada talked about his experience in TNA, Omega vs. Jericho and his upcoming match at Tokyo Dome against Naito.
On star ratings:
His trilogy of matches with Canadian Kenny Omega this year is viewed by most, including respected wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, as the best ever. Meltzer gave all three of their matches six stars or more on a five-star scale.
Not that Okada pays attention to that.
“I don’t care about stars. Some people say, Okada against Kenny was six stars, seven stars. Ten stars. But other fans may go 'aww, just one star'. Every fan is different. So, I don’t care how many stars I get.
On Kenny vs. Jericho:
The announcement of that match was kept so secret that even Okada didn’t know beforehand.
“Just as everybody, I found out at Power Struggle in Osaka. I didn’t know that news.
I was in the locker room watching the show the same as the fans. At that moment I thought: 'Woah! What the ...?'”
When asked if Okada is keen on facing off against Jericho himself, he replied:
“Hmm, I’m OK. I just want to enjoy it, Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho, as a fan.
On his time in TNA:
Okada’s career could reach its pinnacle this January. It has been a long road to get to the top, even having spent time trying to become a star in the US in the TNA promotion.
In a move that looks particularly silly given Okada’s current status, TNA turned him into a bit of a stereotype. He became Okato, as in Kato from The Green Hornet.
“For me, it was a good experience,” Okada said of his time there. “TNA doesn’t care about you having a good match. But they taught me about character, for a TV show and for the cameras.
So it was good for me to become the Rainmaker. So, wrestling, being strong, having good matches? I learned that in New Japan. But as a TV character? TNA was good for me.
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