Okada Ranked #1 in PWI 500 List, Says NJPW is Far Superior to WWE
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Pro Wrestling Illustrated, which is one of the most respected, highly praised and ever popular pro wrestling publications of all-time, recently released their most awaited and highly debated PWI 500 List for 2017.
This year, coming in at the top of the most illustrious list as the number one wrestler in the world is New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Star and reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.
PWI recently interviewed Okada in connection with the Special PWI 500 Issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine. Okada, who has long been rumored to possibly finally make the transition to WWE, was asked about his NJPW status and potential interest in joining WWE.
"We’ve still got a long way to go," said Okada in regards to his NJPW status, indicating that he might not be heading anywhere despite recent rumors to the contrary. "The G1 Climax Special in the U.S.A was our first time in the U.S., and in a 3,000-seat building. I want to target bigger venues and make the world aware of New Japan, and of how awesome Kazuchika Okada is."
When asked about his potential interest in making the jump from NJPW to WWE, Okada didn't hold back his thoughts, going as far as to make the claim that "New Japan is far superior to WWE."
"It’s not something I think about," said Okada when asked about possibly making the move to WWE. "New Japan is far superior to WWE when it comes to the quality of the roster and the quality of the matches."
While he had no problem sharing his opinion about NJPW's superiority to WWE, the Japanese mega-star was also quick to dish out an honest compliment directed at some familiar faces currently working in WWE.
"One thing I will say is that I do pay attention to what Finn Balor, A.J. [Styles], and [Shinsuke] Nakamura are doing, and they look like they’re having fun," said Okada. "I might want to wrestle them again someday, but I might want to do that in New Japan. Hell, I might want to be like some other people and become a movie star or join the UFC. You never know."
You can read the entire interview Kazuchika Okada had with Pro Wrestling Illustrated for the Special PWI 500 Issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine at PWI-Online.com.
Below is the tweet sent out by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and a video posted online on why Okada was chosen as the #1 wrestler for 2017: