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Backstage News On Why Kazuchika Okada Chose AEW Over WWE

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Former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada is All Elite.

On this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, Young Bucks said Sting & Darby Allin cheated at Revolution. They announced their entry in the Tag Team Title tournament.

Regarding their huge announcements, Matthew Jackson suspended “Hangman” Adam Page from The Elite without pay for putting his hands on two AEW officials at Revolution. He then fired Kenny Omega from The Elite for missing dates for no reason.

Continental Crown Champion Eddie Kingston interrupted them. A brawl broke out and the Bucks took him out.

NJPW Veteran Kazuchika Okada then made his return to AEW TV. He turned heel and took out Kingston. Okada has officially signed with All Elite Wrestling.

Tokyo Sports is reporting that Okada inked a three-year contract with AEW for approximately 2 billion yen, which translates to roughly $13.5 million. This averages out to around $4.5 million annually.

In an update, Sports Illustrated reported why Okada chose AEW over WWE:

“Speaking with sources close to AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Okada feels he will be given the best opportunity to succeed in AEW.

WWE was a real consideration for Okada, and he loved the idea of being part of a WrestleMania. But in AEW, Okada is not forced to relocate, and he can continue living in Japan if he chooses.

It also means he can partner with the Bucks, and extend his rivalry with Kenny Omega.”

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