Originally Posted by SilverGhost
Okada has managed to make a very unique character so, I will rephrase my question. Would Okada - the wrestler - be able to get over with the E Universe outside of the gimmick? I ask this because you see someone like a Bryan Danielson have to adapt into a new character in order to be embraced by the fans here in the states. It's not the work, dedication, and abilities of him in the ring that made him popular with the E fans, outside of the select that follow promotions besides either WWE or TNA. Okada's gimmick is gold, but would his abilities in the ring be able to surpass and help him last long enough to find another gimmick that would help him to get over in a different way. It's more of an assessment of his talent to adapt and thrive outside of what role he has become comfortable in.
Admittedly, I have not seen the majority of his work outside of specific matches found on YouTube (without a translator, so I couldn't begin to grasp the angles the commentators are pushing) and I have seen quite a bit of talent in how he both carries himself and performs. I'd like to think that his in ring could help him survive long enough to find his own spot in the E Universe (because even if they sign him, I don't think they will allow him to keep the Rainmaker gimmick but would pass it along to another talent if/when they choose to use/rip it) but with the E's knack for limiting move sets and describing their matches step by step, I am not sure if he is the type of person/talent to adapt to being told what to do in line with a script as much as he is a talent who fully understands (and performs) the character he is currently performing. I guess the same can be said for characters like Sami, PAC, and Devitt. I am just not sure how well they will/would do once they don't have as much freedom with their individual character.