Two-thousand-sixteen will go down in history, as a year that WWE underwent massive changes and signed talent that most thought the company would never ink to a contract. Of those talents was NJPW legend, Shinsuke Nakamura.
Since making waves as one of NJPW’s “New Three Musketeers” in the early-2000s and becoming the youngest to win the IWGP heavyweight crown at 23, Nakamura had long established himself as the best wrestler most of the WWE audience had never heard of.
That was all cast aside this past April when Nakamura made his NXT debut, and since then, he has quickly established himself to WWE audiences as one of the world’s best.
#5 His entrance
A wrestler’s entrance is his only chance at a first impression and outside of Finn Balor and The Undertaker; it seemed to have become a bit of a lost art in sports entertainment.
Nakamura’s entrances in both NJPW and NXT buck that trend, as The King of Strong Style, uses his entrance as an opportunity to display his fluidity, eccentricity, and unpredictability to the fans, who show their exaltation for Nakamura, singing along every time his music hits.