Kazuchika Okada

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Kazuchika Okada (born November 8, 1987) is a Japanese professional wrestler.wikipedia
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Wrestle Kingdom 12

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Okada has since won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship three more times and headlined NJPW's biggest annual event—the January 4 Tokyo Dome Show—five times (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
The show was headlined by Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the winner of the 2017 G1 Climax, Tetsuya Naito, in a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom 8 in 2014.

Tokyo Sports Puroresu Awards

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At the end of the year, the Tokyo Sports magazine named Okada the 2012 MVP in all of Japanese professional wrestling.

Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall (2018)

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His matches against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 11, Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall and Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall (all for NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship), as well as the semi-finals of the 2017 G1 Climax, earned a respective 6, 6¼, 6, and 7 stars from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The main event of the show saw Kenny Omega defeat Kazuchika Okada in a 2-out-of-3-falls match with no time limit to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career, and ending Okada's record 720-days long reign.

Kenny Omega

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His matches against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 11, Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall and Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall (all for NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship), as well as the semi-finals of the 2017 G1 Climax, earned a respective 6, 6¼, 6, and 7 stars from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
One of those matches, in which Omega competed against Kazuchika Okada in a two out of three falls match at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall in June 2018, received a seven-star rating from combat sports journalist Dave Meltzer, the highest rating Meltzer has ever awarded a professional wrestling match.

Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall

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His matches against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 11, Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall and Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall (all for NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship), as well as the semi-finals of the 2017 G1 Climax, earned a respective 6, 6¼, 6, and 7 stars from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The event was NJPW's biggest between January's Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome and July–August's G1 Climax and three of its four top matches were rematches from the January show; Hiromu Takahashi defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors winner Kushida, Tetsuya Naito defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi and in the main event Kazuchika Okada defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kenny Omega.

Hiroshi Tanahashi

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Just a month later, Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win NJPW's top title, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, which he would hold for four months before losing it back to Tanahashi.
On February 12 at The New Beginning, Tanahashi lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Kazuchika Okada, ending his reign at 404 days.

T. J. Perkins

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On October 27, 2006, Okada participated in UWA Hardcore Wrestling's 2006 Grand Prix Tournament, but was eliminated in the first round by Puma.
In October, Puma participated in UWA's Grand Prix Tournament, where he defeated Kazuchika Okada and Dan Paysan en route to the final, where he lost to Sonjay Dutt.

Wrestle Kingdom 7

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Okada has since won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship three more times and headlined NJPW's biggest annual event—the January 4 Tokyo Dome Show—five times (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
On August 12, 2012, Kazuchika Okada defeated Karl Anderson in the finals to win the 2012 G1 Climax, winning the tournament in his first attempt, while also breaking the record for the tournament's youngest winner.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship

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He is signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion in his fifth reign.
The current champion is Kazuchika Okada, who is in his fifth reign.

Último Dragón

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Initially trained by Último Dragón and making his debut in August 2004, Okada spent his first years in professional wrestling working in Mexico, before returning to Japan and making NJPW his home promotion in mid-2007. Trained by Último Dragón at his Toryumon professional wrestling school, Okada made his debut on August 29, 2004, against Negro Navarro and would spend the next couple of years wrestling primarily in Toryumon Mexico.
Since the fall of Dragondoor he went back to Mexico to run another class of the Toryumon school, which has led to some standouts in Hajime Ohara, Kazuchika Okada and Pequeño Ninja.

Samoa Joe

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From January to March 2011, he performed under the name Okato on TNA's primary television program, Impact!, as Samoa Joe's sidekick in his rivalry with D'Angelo Dinero.
Two weeks later Okato was revealed as the camera man, whom Joe had hired to follow Dinero and from whom he had gotten the video footage to support his claim.

Shinsuke Nakamura

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.
In August's 2012 G1 Climax tournament, Nakamura wrestled in the same block as fellow Chaos member and recent IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

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He is signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion in his fifth reign.

Chaos (professional wrestling)

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On May 15, during the final day of the tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Okada teamed with Charlie Haas, Josh Daniels and Tiger Mask in an eight-man tag team match, where they were defeated by Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura, Gedo, Jado and Yujiro Takahashi).
Since its founding, Chaos has added several new members, including Kazuchika Okada, who has held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship five times and won the G1 Climax tournament in 2012 and 2014, as well as the 2013 and 2019 New Japan Cup.

NJPW Invasion Tour 2011

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Okada returned to NJPW during the NJPW Invasion Tour 2011 (NJPW's first tour of the United States) on May 13 in Rahway, New Jersey, but was defeated by MVP in the first round of a tournament to determine the inaugural IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
Hideo Saito and Kazuchika Okada, two NJPW contracted wrestlers, who were at the time on learning excursions to Puerto Rico and American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) respectively, also returned to take part in the tour.

Toryumon (Último Dragón)

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Trained by Último Dragón at his Toryumon professional wrestling school, Okada made his debut on August 29, 2004, against Negro Navarro and would spend the next couple of years wrestling primarily in Toryumon Mexico.

Yoshi-Hashi

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On December 9, 2011, NJPW announced that Okada, having gained 11 kg of muscle to increase his overall weight from 96 kg to 107 kg, would be returning to the promotion on January 4, 2012, at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, where he would face Yoshi-Hashi, also making his return after a learning excursion to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).
However, on making his Riki Pro debut on November 3 he teamed up with Kazuchika Okada to beat the team of Kuniyoshi Wada and Yusaku Obata.

List of professional wrestling matches rated 5 or more stars by Dave Meltzer

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His matches against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 11, Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall and Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall (all for NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship), as well as the semi-finals of the 2017 G1 Climax, earned a respective 6, 6¼, 6, and 7 stars from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Gedo (wrestler)

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On May 15, during the final day of the tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Okada teamed with Charlie Haas, Josh Daniels and Tiger Mask in an eight-man tag team match, where they were defeated by Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura, Gedo, Jado and Yujiro Takahashi).
For years he was closely associated with one of NJPW's top stars Kazuchika Okada and the Chaos stable.

Impact Wrestling

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In February 2010, NJPW sent Okada on a learning excursion to American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he spent the next twenty months, mainly performing on the promotion's secondary television program, Xplosion.
The then-TNA's relationship with NJPW lasted from 2008 to 2011, and included TNA sending wrestlers to participate in NJPW's annual Wrestle Kingdom events, as well as NJPW sending future IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada on a training excursion to TNA; however, the relationship ended in 2011, when IWGP Tag Team Champions Team 3D were held off of a New Japan tour in favor of appearing on Impact Wrestling and Okada was given a Green Hornet-inspired gimmick, a decision Impact Executive Vice President Scott D'Amore has since apologized for on behalf of the previous regime.

D'Angelo Dinero

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From January to March 2011, he performed under the name Okato on TNA's primary television program, Impact!, as Samoa Joe's sidekick in his rivalry with D'Angelo Dinero.
On the following episode of Impact! Dinero started collecting donations in order to help those in need, however, after a vignette, filmed secretly by Samoa Joe's associate Okato, where Dinero visited a strip club, his true motivations were questioned by Joe on the January 6, 2011, episode of Impact!.

Hirooki Goto

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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.
Instead, Goto teamed with the returning Kazuchika Okada in a tag team match, where they were defeated by Pro Wrestling Noah representatives Yoshihiro Takayama and Takashi Sugiura.

Christopher Daniels

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Okada's dark matches for TNA continued on March 23 with a loss against Daniels.
Two days later, Daniels defeated Kazuchika Okada in a dark match at the Impact! taping.

Takashi Sugiura

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.
Sugiura returned to New Japan on January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome, where he and Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Hirooki Goto and Kazuchika Okada in a tag team match.

Tetsuya Naito

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He would have a pre-debut match for the company on August 26, 2007, losing to Tetsuya Naito.
From late 2011 to early 2012, Naito was involved in a feud with Shinsuke Nakamura, which built to a singles match on February 12 at The New Beginning, where Naito was victorious and in the process became the number one contender to new IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.