It doesn't matter if he only appeared on dark matches, the fact the he "went to work to the States" is big enough of a deal. New Japan will still promote his time in the U.S as a big trip reagardless of what really happened.
Okada has shown a lot of promise, he's the most promising Young Lion the have. A couple of interpromotional bouts against NOAH in 09' were his breaktrough matches.
Oh, and IT FINALLY HAPPENED!
7. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Minoru defeated Kaz Hayashi (c) (22:08.) with the Minoru Special - Title switch.