Kazuchika Okada to depart NJPW, will fulfill dates on The New Beginning tour

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Okada is set to leave New Japan. 

New Japan Pro-Wrestling pushed out the news that Kazuchika Okada will be leaving the company. His contract is scheduled to expire on January 31st.

In their write-up, NJPW wished Okada the best in his future. Okada is going to fulfill February dates as The New Beginning tour is set to commence on 1/20. He’ll be on the February 11th, 23rd and 24th shows. 

Okada issued the following statement: 

I have nothing but gratitude for having been a part of New Japan Pro-Wrestling since 2007, and for NJPW bringing me from a 19 year old kid off the plane in Mexico to the Rainmaker I am today. Thank you to the best of companies in NJPW, to the best of opponents that I’ve been able to face here, and to the best of fans that have cheered and booed over the years. I promise to make it rain in every match I have left, so keep watching.

Okada is one-third of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions with Tomohiro Ishii and NJPW President Hiroshi Tanahashi. 

They’ll be defending their titles on 2/11 against T.M.D.K. (Kosei Fujita, Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls).

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