Kazuchika Okada

Jan 12, 2018 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Real name: Kazuchika Okada
Height: 6’3
Weight: 236 lbs.
Date of birth: November 8, 1987
From: Anjo, Aichi, Japan
Pro debut: August 29, 2004
Trained by: Ultimo Dragon & Yuji Nagata
Finishing move: Rainmaker

Biography

– Okada initially trained under Ultimo Dragon at his Toryumon school, before debuting in the affiliated Mexican promotion
– In December 2004, Okada reached the semi-final of the Toryumon Young Dragons Cup, losing to Rocky Romero
– In December 2005, Okada won the Toryumon Young Dragons Cup, defeating Hajime Ohara in the final
– In April 2006, Okada competed in his first professional match in his homeland, teaming with Amigo Suzuki & The Great Sasuke to defeat Pineapple Hanai, Mango Fukuda & Takeshi Minamino
– In October 2006, Okada made his first appearance in North America, competing at a UWA Canada event
– In July 2007, it was announced that Okada had ‘graduated’ from Toryumon and would be competing for New Japan going forward
– On August 26, 2007, Okada made his NJPW debut, losing to Tetsuya Naito. He would suffer an injury soon after the match, sidelining him for nearly 8 months
– Upon his return to action in April 2008, Okada became a member of the heavyweight division
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’09, Okada, AKIRA & Wataru Inoue fought CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Jado & Black Tiger) to a double countout
– At Masa Chono’s 25th Anniversary Show, Okada won a 13-Man Battle Royal
– In January 2010, it was announced that Okada would be leaving New Japan to begin a developmental tour with TNA in the US
– On March 9, Okada wrestled his first TNA match, losing to Jay Lethal on Xplosion
– Between March 2010 and May 2011, Okada would compete in only 6 televised matches in TNA. Their mishandling of Okada is said to be the main reason that New Japan severed their working relationship with the American promotion
– Okada made his full NJPW return at Wrestle Kingdom VI, defeating YOSHI-HASHI
– The next day, Okada joined the CHAOS stable and debuted the Rainmaker persona
– At The New Beginning ’12, Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On March 4, Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’12, Okada defeated Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’12, Okada defeated Karl Anderson
– At Power Struggle ’12, Okada defeated Hirooki Goto
– Okada won the 2013 New Japan Cup, defeating Goto in the final
– At Invasion Attack ’13, Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win his second IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’13, Okada defeated Minoru Suzuki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Dominion ’13, Okada defeated Togi Makabe to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On July 20, Okada defeated Prince Devitt to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Destruction ’13, Okada defeated Satoshi Kojima to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’13, Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Power Struggle ’13, Okada defeated Karl Anderson to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestle Kingdom 8, Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At The New Beginning ’14, Okada defeated Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Invasion Attack ’14, CHAOS (Okada & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated The Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga)
– Okada won the 2014 G1 Climax Tournament, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura in the final
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’14, Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito
– At Invasion Attack ’15, Okada defeated Bad Luck Fale
– At Global Wars ’15, Okada defeated Cedric Alexander
– At Dominion ’15, Okada defeated AJ Styles to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’15, Okada defeated Styles to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– Okada defeated Genichiro Tenryu in the latter’s final match before retirement
– At Wrestle Kingdom 10, Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– On February 11, 2016, Okada defeated Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At ROH’s 14th Anniversary Show, Okada defeated Moose
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’16, Okada defeated SANADA
– At Global Wars ’16, Okada & Moose defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin
– At Dominion ’16, Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Death Before Dishonor XIV, Okada defeated Dalton Castle
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’16, Okada defeated Naomichi Marufuji to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestle Kingdom 11, Okada defeated Kenny Omega to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At The New Beginning in Sapporo ’17, Okada defeated Minoru Suzuki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At NJPW’s 45th Anniversary Show, Okada defeated Tiger Mask W to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Sakura Genesis ’17, Okada defeated Katsuyori Shibata to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’17, Okada defeated Bad Luck Fale to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Dominion ’17, Okada fought Kenny Omega to a one-hour time-limit draw to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At the USA G1 Special, Okada defeated Cody to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At King of Pro Wrestling ’17, Okada defeated EVIL to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Power Struggle ’17, CHAOS (Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Gedo & Hirooki Goto) defeated LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA)
– At Wrestle Kingdom 12, Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At The New Beginning in Osaka ’18, Okada defeated SANADA to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At NJPW’s 46th Anniversary Show, Okada defeated Will Ospreay
– At Sakura Genesis ’18, Okada defeated Zack Sabre Jr to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’18, Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At NJPW’s G1 Special in San Francisco, Okada & Will Ospreay defeated LIJ (Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI)
– At the ALL IN event, Okada defeated Marty Scurll
– At Power Struggle ’18, CHAOS (Okada & Beretta) defeated The Bullet Club (Jay White & Bad Luck Fale)
– At The New Beginning In Osaka ’19, Okada defeated Bad Luck Fale
– At NJPW’s 47th Anniversary Show, Okada, Hirooki Goto & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & EVIL)
– Okada won the 2019 New Japan Cup, defeating SANADA in the final
– At the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard, Okada defeated Jay White to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Wrestling Dontaku ’19, Okada defeated SANADA to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title
– At Dominion ’19, Okada defeated Chris Jericho to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

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