Originally Posted by Lord Santa Claus IV.
Okada's had the best 2012 of anyone on the roster. The argument that he's faced all the top guys isn't really valid either. He's only main evented a PPV with Tanahashi and Goto. Anderson too if you count the G1 Final. Plus he was the star of his 2nd match with Tanahashi and his matches with Naito. This isn't a guy who's benefited from working with some of the best workers going. He IS one of the best workers going.
Tanahashi retaining isn't an option. It just isn't. He's faced everyone for the belt in the last 2 years and Okada has all the momentum. The great thing about New Japan is that they're logical so I'm confident the right finish will happen. I've said this a few times now but the possibilities for an Okada title run throughout 2013 are so exciting. Rubber match with Naito when he comes back. Title match with Nakamura and Anderson to develop their great little matches they had this year. Okada/Makabe in Ryoguku could be great if Makabe brings it. Okada/Suzuki and Okada/Nagata are less likely but would rule if they did happen.
Agree with all of this. Okada has been THE man in pretty much every match I've seen him in. Even in the multi man tags I've seen he's been the one to stand out from the rest. Okada vs MiSu/Nakamura/Nagata/Makabe would all be awesome. NJPW have done such an amazing job building him up too with all the right booking decisions imo. I remember hating the fact he won the belt