Kazuchika Okada was not very happy after being beaten up by AEW's Chris Jericho following their match at NJPW Dominion on Sunday.
Okada bested Jericho at the event, successfully defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against his American competitor. But he would find himself on the receiving end of a beatdown from Jericho and needed Hiroshi Tanahashi to come to his rescue.
The champ expressed his disgust over the whole thing in an interview with NJPW after the match, claiming that Jericho prevented him from sending fans home happy after their main event.
"I’m very upset. Very angry. The match was done, and Jericho assaulted me," he vented. "It was a sold out Osaka Jo Hall, and I couldn’t send those fans home happy. I’m sorry for them. But to Jericho, I’m not done and will pay you back down the road. That said, I’m still the champion and will represent as champion through Kizuna Road and the G1 Climax."
Okada added that Jericho is a great wrestler but made sure to state that he doesn't respect his style.
"That was absolutely a Jericho match," he declared. "He has an uncanny ability to change the rhythm, think and catch you at times. He’s a great wrestler. But I don’t ever want to adopt that approach he has. I don’t respect his style. I don’t have any respect for that kind of low down fighting. He doesn’t need it, after however long he’s been in the business, in my opinion."
The 31-year-old seems to be desperate for revenge and is willing to put his title on the line if it means getting it.
"I’m fine either way," he says. "If he wants me to put the belt on the line so I can get my revenge, that’s cool. But I feel he’s started something I need to finish."