Basically he's the complete pro-wrestler imo. The best total package walking around, atleast to me, and he's just 26- so he's yet to hit his peak and will only get better.
He stands out from most of the rest in Japan due to his more "Americanized" style of wrestling, compared to the traditional strong style. Tbf, Tanahashi isn't a big advocate of strong style either, but Okada's look, presentation and mannerisms endear him to the Western Audience quicker than Tanahashi I think.
He is insanely athletic- his dropkick is gorgeous- his signature moves are all awesome, he is an amazing seller (probably the best at selling an arm injury). I like how most if not all of his moveset targets the head/neck region of his opponent setting up for the Rainmaker. And he knows how to work the crowd, when to time his comebacks, when to pull out a certain move etc. He makes the audience pop for something as simple as a flapjack or dropkick, which is incredible really. Plus, he can do a bit of everything- he can fly, he can exchange hard strikes with the best of em, he's got the size to believably use power moves against anyone and so on.
This is the first talent to make me an instant mark since I saw him. I think Okada is something special really. Tanahashi and Nakamura, I took some time to mark for them (and Naka's kinda fallen off for me, though I recognize Tana's greatness now), but I've been an Okada mark since the day I got into NJPW.
Yup agreed 100%.Okada became my favorite wrestler after I saw one match of his.That's unheard of these days.
I think Okada is a boring fuck, personally, his moveset is incredibly formulaic. I find myself skimming through his stuff for the most part because I know what to expect; see one great Okada match, you've seen them all. And, It doesn't help that he has to win everything every single goddamn time.
I think Okada is a boring fuck, personally, his moveset is incredibly formulaic. I fine myself skimming through his stuff for the most part because I know what to expect; see one great Okada match, you've seen them all. And, It doesn't help that he has to win everything every single goddamn time.
Clearly you're not watching Okada. Almost all of his matches in G1 were different from his "norm." And there's nothing wrong with being formulaic when you have the perfect formula.
Also, according to Yottsume who was at the show live and speaks Japanese, it was by far the best promo he has ever done. NJPW bless your heart.
I'm almost convinced that this is a troll post because you said you like guys like Makabe, Goto, and Shibata who have psychologically draining matches. Did you see Goto/Shibata? All that was, was Goto beating the fuck out of Shibata and him selling 0 of his offense outside of his ribs.
Also, they rarely ever get **1/2 matches. Not sure what you're talking about. All 3 are just boring as fuck IMO. Especially Goto. I can deal with Shibata when he's in a high profile match, but his character is just meh to me. Probably has to do with him not selling anything. Like I get it, you're a fucking bad ass. If you get dropped on your head, you shouldn't get right up and do the same thing to your opponent every single time.
Okada has insane charisma. He's arguably the best wrestler in the world. Rarely has a bad match. Connects with the crowd in ways that only Tanahashi and Nakamura do. List goes on and on. He's fucking unreal.
I get what your saying pal he's incredibly crisp reminds me of Shawn Michaels.
there was the selling element in the suzuki vs makabe match which stood out more than the suzuki aj match a lot of people are raving about.
Okada incredibley smooth
I just connect more with the strong style I guess. Is there any matches where okada had to work strong style? I'd be intrigued by this a lot.
Minoru Suzuki holds atleast one more singles title.
An English wrestler has major success in Japan
NJPW breaks into an English speaking market on television.