Kazuchika Okada hated TNA.
As previously announced, Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tomohiro Ishii will face IMPACT‘s Josh Alexander, Chris Sabin, and Alex Shelley. The match will mark the latest step in the working relationship between NJPW and IMPACT. For Okada, it will be a trip down memory lane.
Okada wrestled for TNA/IMPACT while he was in America in 2010 and 2011. The company made him play Okato, who was reminiscent of Green Hornet’s sidekick Kato, alongside Samoa Joe. This role did some damage to the relationship between IMPACT and NJPW, which has since improved.
In his post-match comments following NJPW Road to Destruction on September 17, Okada previewed the upcoming match against Alexander, Sabin, and Shelley, and noted that he hates TNA.
“In Ryogoku, we’ll face IMPACT’s Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, and Josh Alexander. IMPACT Wrestling? Give me a break,” Kazuchika Okada said. “There’s not a promotion I have more in this world. But I was a pretty big Motor City fan back in the day.
“A little while back, we faced them in a tag three-way. I know exactly how good they are. But this is a three-on-three NEVER Six-Man match, and we’re walking in as champions. Being the face of NJPW, I can say that I hate…actually, I don’t give a damn about IMPACT. Who I really hated was TNA.”
WrestleZone will have coverage of NJPW Destruction as it airs on October 9.