Kazuchika Okada was recently interviewed by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) to preview his Wrestle Kingdom 13 match-up with Jay White. Okada discussed White not being on his level, White being the central figure in The Bullet Club, who is the toughest foreigner in NJPW, and not main eventing WK13. Here are the highlights:
Once saying White wasn’t on his level, and if that thought has changed: “I don’t think I’m on an island here. The fans as well are now thinking ‘Holy s—, this guy is something else.’ He’s very impressive and only 26. He’s going to grow from here. It’s scary, honestly. … Jay White has a great chance to make his name off of me. But I’m not going to make that easy.”
White being the central figure of The Bullet Club: “For sure. He’s the clear focus. They’re winning because of him. He comes in at the right time, hitting the Blade runner at the right time. He can really get that move off out of nowhere and just change the flow of a match in an instant.”
Who is the toughest foreigner in NJPW: “Yeah. I feel that Jay White is the toughest foreigner in New Japan right now. I really do. Tougher than Jericho, tougher than Omega.”
Not main eventing WK13: “Honestly, I’m not that upset about it. If this was any other sport, the same sport isn’t going to dominate all the time. The Giants aren’t going to run the table every year. … The Dome is always the Dome. So the setting hasn’t changed. But the scenario, not a main event, not a title match.
“What’s that even like? I can’t remember, so I want to see for myself. I might get pumped up just like a title match, or it might be very different. I won’t know until January 4th, so I’m kinda excited, honestly.”