I’m sure this will upset some people…
it’s Ka-zoo-chee-ka. Not Ka-zooch-ka like John and Wai and way to many other people say.
A) Okada himself says Ka-zoo-chee-ka
B) his fellow New Japan wrestlers say Ka-zoo-chee-ka
C) I asked a friend who is Japanese. She is not a wrestling fan. (Full disclosure, she is first generation Canadian and has lived her whole live in Canada. Her parents moved to Canada before she was born. She is fluent in Japanese however and has visited Japan on many occasions)
I wrote Kazuchika Okada down on a piece of paper and asked her how to pronounce it. She said Ka-zoo-chee-ka. I then asked if it was possible for it to be Ka-zooch-ka. She paused for a second, and her exact response was “I suppose, but that would be weird”
Mauro was the only one who said ka-zooch-ka, and I don’t know where he got it from, but he is mistaken. Because he is so trusted by a lot of people, people believed him. Every time I hear somebody pronounce it wrong on any podcasts that I listen to, I have to say it properly to myself.
Rant over. Let the hate begin…