Kazuchika Okada: I Think I Have Less Than Ten Years Left At The Top, I Have To Make Every Day Count

Kazuchika Okada still has plenty of gas left in the tank.

In 2024, Kazuchika Okada will celebrate his 20th year in the world of professional wrestling.

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Despite only being 36 years of age, many will argue that Okada is already one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the business, as the 'Rainmaker' has been a part of many classic matches and is partially responsible for the rise of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

While speaking to NJPW for a new interview series ahead of Wrestle Kingdom 18, Okada said that he thinks he has less than ten years left being at the top of the industry.

“I debuted in 2004, so this is my 20th anniversary. I’ve come this far, no big injuries and that’s great. But I think I have less than 10 more years right at the very top. So on the way to my 30th anniversary, I have to make every day count. It’ll be a bit sad to have my 20th anniversary without a belt, so I want a singles belt around my waist in 2024. I have a lot of dreams, and the biggest is to further professional wrestling. I want more people to know how great wrestling is. To do that, I have to keep having great matches and bring them to people all over the world.”

Okada is set to face Bryan Danielson in a rematch at Wrestle Kingdom 18 on January 4, 2024. Fans can see the full card for the show by clicking here.

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