- Former TNA Wrestler Kazuchika Okada said the following in an interview:
On his time in TNA: "TNA executives told me 'Do you know what makes money? It is red lamp of TV camera. It's the character, not just the wrestling.' So I started to create the RainMaker character."
"TNA did not give me many opportunities to compete. So I had lots of spare time. I started watching American pro wrestling videos. All the videos I could find. I learned a lot from by watching the big stars. I watched Sting. He was amazing. I wanted to be just like Sting."
On WWE being interested in him: "When I came back, I challenged Tanahashi and won the IWGP title. Now everybody loves me. The WWE is interested."