The King Of Strong Style is arguably the most charismatic performer in the entire WWE. There was no performer that had a more hyped debut than Shinsuke Nakamura. Looking at his accomplishments in Japan, it is not surprising to see why. He is a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, a five-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, and has main evented Wrestle Kingdom (Japan’s answer to Wrestlemania) multiple times.
In his first appearance in NXT Takeover: Dallas, he got the biggest reaction of the night and had an instant classic with Sami Zayn which has been considered by many as the match of the year this year. It was also considered to be one of the greatest matches under the NXT banner.
In the next four months, Nakamura has steamrolled through everyone in NXT, including the longest reigning NXT Champion Finn Balor. At NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, Nakamura defeated Samoa Joe to be crowned the new NXT Champion.
The question many have wondered is why Nakamura took a chance to come to the United States when he had such an illustrious career in Japan. Nakamura told Channel Guide Magazine: “I did everything in New Japan. I wanted to find something new. So I signed with WWE.”
“I’m in NXT now. Almost every day I am at the WWE Performance Center. I have gotten a chance to talk with Terry Taylor. His opinion has been very interesting for me. He knows there is a psychology and certain things American fans like. I really enjoy studying from him…Most NXT guys are young guys. They keep me young working with them. They challenge me in a different way. I can teach them and also can study. I learn from them.”
Nakamura is currently continuing his program with Samoa Joe. In the most recent episode of NXT, he was viciously attacked by Joe, had to be stretchered out and taken to the hospital in the storyline. It will be interesting to see how the feud plays out as it looks like it is turning into a rather personal one.
It is practically a guarantee that Nakamura will square off against Joe at Takeover: Toronto in the main event, and will go over, thus possibly concluding Samoa Joe’s epic chapter in NXT. If The Samoan Submission Machine is going out, who better to put over than Nakamura?
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