REPORT: Kazuchika Okada Headed to AEW, Expected to Sign Imminently

Kazuchika Okada will soon be ‘All Elite.’

According to Fightful Select, the bidding war for Kazuchika Okada is over and Tony Khan has come out on top.

“Legendary New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kazuchika Okada is headed with All Elite Wrestling after leaving NJPW. We’re told that the deal was effectively agreed to in the last couple of weeks, but we haven’t confirmed that pen has been put to paper as we’re told it is being finalized. AEW has been confident that they’d land him for the last several weeks, and even as far back as mid-January.”

– Fightful Select on Kazuchika Okada Heading to AEW

‘The Rainmaker’ Says Goodbye to NJPW

Earlier today, Okada bid farewell to NJPW fans after defeating Hiromu Tanahashi at the ‘New Beginning to Osaka’ event.

Kazuchika Okada’s NJPW Departure

On January 18, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Okada would be departing the company at the end of the month.

Earlier today, Okada issued a statement, confirming his deal with NJPW has indeed expired, today as it is already Thursday, February 1 in Tokyo, Japan.

Thank you for your support for 17 years of New Japan Pro-Wrestling! Thank you very much! I laughed, got angry, cried, and it was great! I look forward to the remaining three matches as a freelancer!”

– Kazuchika Okada on Becoming a Free Agent

It was recently reported that both WWE and All Elite Wrestling have been in direct contact with Okada about procuring his services, however, AEW reportedly has come out on top in negotiations with ‘The Rainmaker.’

BodySlam will provide all updates on Kazuchika Okada’s impending AEW debut when they become available.