- Born: 11/08/1987 in Anjō, Aichi, Japan
- Birthname: Kazuchika Okada
- Height & Weight: 6'3", 236 Ib
- IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship (5 times)
- G1 Climax (2012, 2014, 2021)
- New Japan Cup (2013, 2019)
- Best Bout (2017) vs. Kenny Omega on June 11
He is signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a five-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Okada’s fourth reign with the championship is the longest in history at 720 days; he also holds the record for most successful title defenses with twelve.
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. Originally working as a junior heavyweight, Okada graduated to the heavyweight division in April 2008, with limited success.
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. 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.
Okada’s run with TNA ended in October 2011 and he returned to NJPW in January 2012, repackaged as “Rainmaker” (レインメーカー, Reinmēkā), complete with a new look and a villainous persona. 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. The following August, Okada won NJPW’s premier tournament, the G1 Climax.
At the end of the year, the Tokyo Sports magazine named Okada the 2012 MVP in all of Japanese professional wrestling. The following year, Okada first won the New Japan Cup in March and then regained the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Tanahashi in April. After a thirteen-month reign, Okada lost the title in May 2014. Three months later, he won his second G1 Climax. Okada has since won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship four more times and headlined NJPW’s biggest annual event—the January 4 Tokyo Dome Show—six times including (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020).
At Wrestle Kingdom 16 during its first night, Okada defeated Shingo Takagi to claim the IWGP World Heavyweight title for the first time. On the second night, he retained against Will Ospreay to settle a dispute over who the real champion is. Okada would lead the 50th year anniversary of New Japan in 2022.
Regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, Okada became the first Japanese wrestler to top Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s list of the top 500 wrestlers in the world in 2017. His matches against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 11, Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall, the 2017 G1 Climax, and Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, earned a respective 6, 61⁄4, 6, and 7 stars from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The latter is the highest star rating Meltzer has ever awarded.
Notable Feuds: vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, vs. Kenny Omega, vs. Jay White
Other Notable Achievements:
- Nikkan Sports
- MVP Award (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017)
- Match of the Year Award (2012) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on February 12
- Match of the Year Award (2014) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura on August 10
- Match of the Year Award (2017) vs. Kenny Omega on January 4
- Match of the Year Award (2018) vs. Kenny Omega on June 9
- Outstanding Performance Award (2012)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017
- Match of the Year (2017) vs. Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 11
- Match of the Year (2018) vs. Kenny Omega at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall
- Feud of the Year (2017) vs. Kenny Omega
- Tokyo Sports
- Best Bout Award (2012) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on June 16
- Best Bout Award (2014) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura on August 10
- Best Bout Award (2015) vs. Genichiro Tenryu on November 15
- Best Bout Award (2016) vs. Naomichi Marufuji on July 18
- Best Bout Award (2017) vs. Kenny Omega on January 4
- Best Bout Award (2018) vs. Kenny Omega on June 9
- Best Bout Award (2019) vs. Sanada on October 14
- Best Bout Award (2020) vs. Tetsuya Naito on January 5 at Wrestle Kingdom 14
- MVP Award (2012, 2013, 2015, 2019)
- Toryumon Mexico
- Young Dragons Cup (2005)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Best Wrestling Maneuver (2012, 2013) Rainmaker
- Feud of the Year (2012, 2013) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- Feud of the Year (2017) vs. Kenny Omega
- Most Improved (2012)
- Most Outstanding Wrestler (2017)
- Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2013) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on April 7
- Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2016) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on January 4
- Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2017) vs. Kenny Omega on January 4
- Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2018) vs. Kenny Omega on June 9
- Wrestler of the Year (2017)
- Japan MVP (2019)
- Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Decade (2010s)
- Best Matches of the Decade (2010s)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2021)