With news that Kazuchika Okada will face Bryan Danielson at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, the Rainmaker has addressed the challenge.
On June 6, two matches were made official for the upcoming crossover event on Sunday, June 25, with Will Ospreay facing IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson facing Kazuchika Okada.
Having promised to bring the Rainmaker to the desert during his challenge at NJPW Dominion, Bryan Danielson set up a dream match for AEW and NJPW fans.
Okada has now commented on the upcoming match with Danielson during a short press announcement (that can seen below this news story).
Speaking about being recognised by Danielson, Okada said:
” I’m flattered, a little. To have the wrestling I’ve done be recognised by someone I’ve never wrestled before is nice. So, please, take it all in, first hand. I’ve got plenty for him to experience, and I plan on him experiencing Kazuchika Okada to the fullest.”
Okada would also address the ‘dream match’ standing of the upcoming encounter, stating:
“There have been a lot of dream matches over the years, but not many that can truly capture fans the world over. I’m happy to be half of a dream match that can do just that.
“The world will be watching, and some of those people might not know Kazuchika Okada as well, but I feel like, if not a representative of my country, but a representative of Japanese professional wrestling. I want to show people with this match just how good Japanese wrestling can be.”
He would then go on to share his thoughts about Danielson, saying:
“To be honest, I haven’t really taken in Bryan’s work in AEW or WWE, so I’m not sure I can say with certainty exactly the kind of wrestler he is. But that’s why I’m looking forward to this.
“I know that he isn’t the tallest guy, isn’t the biggest either, but he’s been able to be a big star in those companies, and be right at the top as a champion. So that shows how good he is in the ring, and how much charisma he has to boot.
“In Osaka Jo Hall, there were those ‘yes’ chants that showed how far his name has travelled. Fans who don’t watch American wrestling still know who he is, and that says a lot.
“I’m looking forward to facing him, and I look forward to getting the win.”
Okada would share a final message for Danielson, concluding his time with:
“I officially accept Bryan Danielson’s challenge. Bryan, let’s see who is the real Best In The World at Forbidden Door.”
AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door will take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada on June 25, 2023.
Transcript from NJPW.
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