At Sakura Genesis, The IWGP Champion, Kazuchika Okada, continued his unprecedented reign by defeating the 2018 New Japan Cup winner, Zack Sabre, Jr.
By Ryan K. Boman – Editor in Chief – April 1, 2018
TOKYO, JAPAN: Despite being the underdog, Zack Sabre Jr. had been riding high coming into his highly-anticipated title shot, following a huge submission victory over Hiroshi Tanahashi in the tournament final last week.
In an obvious contrast in styles, ZSJ mixed in his usual arsenal of twisting torture, but Kazuchika Okada would on, rally back, and eventually hit a massive Rainmaker Clothesline to get the win.
The victory marks Okada’s 11th consecutive title defense, and he continues his amazing fourth IWGP title run.
The Rainmaker has currently held the championship since June 19, 2016. His victory over Sabre Jr. means his dominance over New Japan has surpassed 650 days, and is the longest single reign in company history.