TOKYO, JAPAN – Renowned wrestler Kazuchika Okada has announced his departure from New Japan Pro-Wrestling following the conclusion of his contract on January 31, 2024. The sudden announcement comes as a surprise to fans, who have expressed their well-wishes for Okada’s future endeavors.
Okada’s departure coincides with the beginning of the New Beginning series, where he is set to make appearances on February 11 in Osaka, and on February 23 and 24 in Sapporo. Changes to upcoming events are expected, with an official announcement to be made in due course.
In a statement, Okada expressed his gratitude for the opportunities and experiences he has had since joining New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2007. He thanked the company, his fellow wrestlers, and the fans for their support throughout the years, promising to deliver memorable performances in his remaining matches.
While Okada’s departure marks the end of an era for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, it also signals a new chapter for the wrestler as he looks toward the future. His presence will undoubtedly be missed, but fans can look forward to his upcoming appearances as he bids farewell to the promotion.