Re: Help me to understand the Okada appeal.
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.
Sannin no Snake
ROLLINS | STYLES | NAKAMURA | CESARO | AMERICAN ALPHA
ZAYN | ASUKA | OWENS | JOE | LYNCH
OKADA | SHIBATA | TANAHASHI | OMEGA | IBUSHI
PENTAGON JR | MIL MUERTES | KING CUERNO | JOHNNY MUNDO | JACK EVANS