New Report Reveals Massive Contract That Helped AEW Beat Out WWE For Kazuchika Okada

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The details for Kazuchika Okada’s contract with AEW have been leaked and it is a staggering amount that makes it clear why WWE was never a serious contender for the NJPW legend.

Last month, Japanese wrestling icon Kazuchika Okada hit free agency and immediately became one of the most sought-after performers in the industry. The multi-time IWGP champion is viewed as one of the best wrestlers on Earth and still has many “wrestler prime” years ahead of him.

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Unsurprisingly, AEW was reportedly a top suitor for his services, but so was the No. 1 promotion in the world, WWE. While All Elite Wrestling was always seen as the favorite in the Okada chase, WWE had a lot to offer, including the chance to be on the industry’s biggest platform during a peak period for the company.

Furthermore, many assumed that if AEW was able to acquire Okada it would be due to his long-time friendship with vice presidents Matt and Nick Jackson — the Young Bucks — and not because they would outbid their competitor. Well, it seems like money was probably the main decider between the two offers.

AEW reportedly paying Kazuchika Okada over $4 million a year

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On Thursday, Tokyo Sports reported that Kazuchika Okada’s contract with AEW was a three-year deal for two billion yen or around $13.5 million in US dollars. That means the Japanese superstar will earn over $4 million annually from his new employer.

In comparison, only three performers on the WWE roster are rumored to make over $4 million annually — Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton. All three are legends of the company and proven commodities. There is absolutely no way WWE would have come anywhere close to matching AEW’s offer for a talent that may have difficulty crossover with North American audiences and casual wrestling fans.

Nevertheless, if he does do well during his three-year stint in AEW, when he is 39 it is very possible WWE will come calling again and boost their offer to the NJPW great.

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