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Kazuchika Okada
Ring name(s) Kazuchika Okada[1][2]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1][2]
Billed weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14.0 st)[1]
Born November 8, 1987 (1987-11-08) (age 22)[1][2]
Anjō, Aichi, Japan[2]
Trained by Último Dragón[2]
Kenzo Suzuki[2]
Taiji Ishimori[2]
Rocky Romero[2]
NJPW Dojo[2]
Debut August 29, 2004[2]

Kazuchika Okada (岡田かずちか Okada Kazuchika?) (born November 8, 1987) is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

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Professional wrestling career

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Training and debut

Trained by Último Dragón at his Toryumon professional wrestling school, Kazuchika Okada made his debut on August 29, 2004, and would spend the next couple of years wrestling primarily in Toryumon Mexico,[1] while also making appearances in the United States and Canada for promotions such as UWA Hardcore Wrestling and Chikara,[3] before finding a home in New Japan Pro Wrestling.[1]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2007–2010)

Upon joining New Japan Pro Wrestling, Okada entered the NJPW Dojo, where he went through further training.[1][2] He would make his debut for the company on August 26, 2007, losing to Tetsuya Naito.[1] An injury would sideline Okada for the next eight months and upon his return in April 2008 he would be billed as a heavyweight instead of a junior heavyweight.[1] His career would start to pick up steam the following year with breakout performances in the NJPW vs. Pro Wrestling Noah war against the likes of Takashi Sugiura and Go Shiozaki.[1] He would also wrestle main eventers such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Hirooki Goto and TAJIRI and despite losing all of his big matches, he was becoming a big crowd favorite.[1] In January 2010, New Japan announced that they would be sending Okada to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for a developmental tour in order for him to become the wrestler New Japan believes he can be.[4][5] According to New Japan president Naoki Sugabayashi the tour could take up to two or three years.[4] On January 31, 2010, Okada was defeated by former four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in his New Japan farewell match.[6]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010–present)

Okada made his TNA debut at the February 16, 2010, tapings of Impact!, losing to Alex Shelley in a match taped for the company's official website, YouTube channel and Xplosion television program.[7] At the March 9 tapings Okada was defeated by Jay Lethal in a dark match.[8]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Puroresu Central profile". Puroresu Central. http://www.puroresucentral.com/okada.html. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Cagematch profile". Cagematch. http://cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=4324. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Cagematch match history". Cagematch. http://cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=4324&view=matches&gimmick=&jahr=&liga=&region=&land=&art=&artmatches=&gegner=&partner=&suchbegriff=&Start=200#matches. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Young warriors head overseas, ex-NOAH stars on 1/31, Chono absent". Strong Style Spirit. 2010-01-19. http://www.puroresufan.com/njpw/?p=1353. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ "New Japan star heading to TNA". Pro Wrestling Insider. 2010-01-19. http://www.pwinsider.com/article/44422/new-japan-star-heading-to-tna.html?p=1. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Results New Japan, 1/31/10". Strong Style Spirit. 2010-01-31. http://www.puroresufan.com/njpw/?p=1379. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  7. ^ Wolfe, Dylan (2010-02-17). "TNA Impact spoilers leading into the live Monday show, New Japan star debuts and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. http://pwinsider.com/article/45171/tna-impact-spoilers-leading-into-the-live-monday-show-new-japan-star-debuts-and-more.html?p=1. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  8. ^ Nichols, JP (2010-03-09). "Complete spoilers for TNA Impact for March 15". Pro Wrestling Insider. http://pwinsider.com/article/45765/live-ongoing-tna-impact-spoilers-for-march-15.html?p=1. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  9. ^ "Purolove profile". Purolove. http://www.purolove.com/njpw/profiles/kazuchikaokada.php. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 

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