Kazuchika Okada explains why he thinks NJPW x STARDOM Historic X-Over should happen ‘every once in a while’

Kazuchika Okada speaks about the success of Historic X-Over and how to maintain the excitement level for it

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Okada does not want the public to think it’s the exact same every go around.

The first Historic X-Over event that STARDOM and New Japan Pro-Wrestling co-presented closed with KAIRI winning the IWGP Women’s Championship. There were multiple mixed tag matches on the card, a six man featuring The Great Muta and a video aired from Kenny Omega who made a Wrestle Kingdom challenge. 

The aforementioned six-man tag saw Muta team with Kazuchika Okada and Toru Yano to take on United Empire’s Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb and Aaron Henare.

Coming out of the event, Okada spoke to Tokyo Sports and gave his opinion on the event and how to maintain the same excitement level that was there heading into this first one. He’s of the belief that it does not need to happen too often and wants to avoid a situation where people are saying the show is the exact same as the year prior. 

I think it’s a good thing that we have such a large audience. I wonder what the company will do from now on, and maybe it would be better to get involved from time to time. STARDOM wrestlers might bring back New Japan customers, and vice versa. I think it was a good way to go. 

I think we should fix what is wrong with it… But I don’t think we should do it too often. The Olympics and the World Cup are not interesting if they are held every year. I don’t think anything will change unless it has that kind of value. If we do [it consistently], people will say, ‘It was just like this last year, wasn’t it?’

Okada is headed to Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4th where he’ll be challenging Jay White for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

A second night of Wrestle Kingdom has been added and it’ll take place on January 21st at Yokohama Arena.

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