Although Kazuchika Okada did not walk away with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship last night at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, he did walk away with a new sense of gratitude for the American crowd in attendance.
During the media scrum for the pay-per-view event, Okada expressed his appreciation of the crowd and said that he would like to see the Japanese crowd adopt the same hyper reactions to his matches in the future:
“Obviously very, very happy to have performed in front of a hot crowd,” Okada said through NJPW commentator Chris Charlton. “And it’s more of a pleasant — it’s a happy feeling rather than a surprise. Really, America is sort of setting the model for how we’d like to be performing in front of our crowds in Japan as well. Obviously, Japan will do it their own way, and it’s a ‘softly, softly’ approach and we’ll get there. But hopefully people will see this here tonight, and sort of take those, you know, little steps and a little step forward to being the way we want to wrestle in front of.”
Okada is scheduled to compete in the G1 Climax next month as part of the A block.