Homicide says Okada proved everyone wrong after his terrible run in TNA during his initial years of pro wrestling.
Back in 2010s, Okada was sent on a U.S. excursion during which he spent some time in TNA. Unfortunately, for the future Rainmaker, the promotion didn’t know what to do with him and lazy booked him into oblivion.
Homicide, who was Okada’s tag partner and occasional mentor during that time, says the multi-time IWGP champion’s “Okato” gimmick once led many to believe he won’t have a future in the business.
“You know this guy named (Kazuchika) Okada? The Rainmaker? From New Japan Pro-Wrestling? He’s the man. So anyway, a long time ago, he was my partner on TNA Wrestling. He was ‘Okato’… It was so bad. So a lot of people don’t know that me and Samoa Joe kind of trained him… (Tetsuya) Naito, he was one of them. They had a tag team called ‘No Limit’. Anyway, Okada was my partner. He was like, ah, I would not say a ‘whatever’ guy. But, when you look at him, you’d be like, this guy ain’t got no future. He’s not gonna be that number one guy in the world. Man, he proved people wrong.”
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