Kazuchika Okada Confirms He Has Been Granted Paternity Leave Following G1 Climax Victory

The RainMaker will take some time away from the ring after the birth of his child.

Speaking with the media after this victory, courtesy of NJPW’s official website, Okada stated that he will be going on paternity leave following the birth of his son.

“The other day my son was born. I’ve been lucky enough to receive some paternity leave from the company, which I’m very grateful for, and as I take a little bit of time off, I’ll be refreshing and then coming back to kick ass in the next tour. Thanks very much,” 

“As the G1 winner, I think that I can go into the Tokyo Dome with a bit of a different approach than the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, and there’s a really different approach that I can take. So if my challenge is in the Tokyo Dome like I’m requesting, then I can bring the fire through to the end of the year, and the champion can see what I’m doing and be more motivated as well. That way I think we really can create the best situation to sell out the Tokyo Dome. I said that was my goal in the ring yesterday, but I think putting it out there makes the boys, even if they’re on different teams, want to put in the work to achieve that goal, and it brings the staff together to make that happen as well. So that’s how I want to approach the rest of the year,” 

Kazuchika Okada to NJPW’s website

Okada will return in time for his match with IWGP World Champion Jay White at Wrestle Kingdom.

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