Kazuchika Okada sees the beneficial side of NJPW holding a joint show with STARDOM, but he says the two companies shouldn't do it too often.
On November 20, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and STARDOM teamed up to host the Historic X-Over show, the first event co-presented by the two companies. Several competitors from STARDOM wrestled on the show, where KAIRI became the inaugural IWGP Women's Champion. Plus, Okada, a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, teamed up with Great Muta and Toru Yano to defeat Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb and Aaron Henare of United Empire.
In an interview with Tokyo Sports (via POST Wrestling), Okada commented on the joint show and noted that it can be beneficial for both companies. But he went on to share his belief that the crossover events shouldn't be held too often. He used the Olympics and the World Cup as examples by stating that they wouldn't be as interesting if they were held every year.
"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 said.
NJPW announced that Okada and Jay White will clash in a six-man tag team match at the Tag League finals event on December 14. More information is available here.
Okada will challenge White for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17. Check out the card here.
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