Shinsuke Nakamura is a WWE superstar of Japanese origin. Prior to coming to WWE, he had a
celebrated NJPW career as well as a short MMA stint.
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Shinsuke Nakamura became a huge superstar in Japan as a top superstar in NJPW. While wrestling
for the promotion, he became a three time IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and multiple time
IWGP Intercontinental Champion as well.
Shinsuke Nakamura is best known as the founder member of Chaos and had become one of the
promotion’s biggest stars prior to his departure for WWE.
Shinsuke Nakamura made an instant impression in NXT, when he defeated Sami Zayn in a thrilling
contest on his debut. He would go on to win the NXT Championship after a hard fought feud with
Samoa Joe. Shinsuke Nakamura would then lose the NXT Championship to Bobby Roode, and be
unable to regain the title. He bid farewell to NXT in 2017.
Shinsuke Nakamura made his debut in 2017, on the first episode of SmackDown Live after
WrestleMania 33. He went on to feud with the likes of Dolph Ziggler, Jinder Mahal and after winning
the Royal Rumble, AJ Styles. Shinsuke Nakamura was unable to defeat Styles at WrestleMania 34
and turned heel soon afterwards.
He fared much better as a heel, getting into a personal feud with Styles. Shinsuke Nakamura would
become the US Champion soon after, adopting the Nakamerica gimmick. He went on to lose the title
to Rusev on the final episode of SmackDown Live, in the year 2018.
Bomaye (NJPW/ROH) / Kinshasa (NXT/WWE) (Running knee strike to an opponent's head, sometimes from the second rope) – 2009–present
Cross armbar sometimes while flying – 2002–2006; used as a signature move thereafter
Landslide (Samoan driver, sometimes from the second rope) – 2006–2009; used rarely thereafter
Death Valley driver
Double knee backbreaker
Double underhook piledriver
El Niño (Springboard moonsault) – rarely used
Front sleeper hold;
Good Vibrations (Stomping on a seated opponent in the corner, with theatrics)
Knee drop, sometimes to back of the head of an opponent in the ring apron
Running knee strike to a cornered opponent
Shining Triangle (Running triangle choke while using the opponent's knee for leverage).
Nakamura also practised Ten-Naka Koroshi (Doomsday DDT) as his double-team finishing move while teaming up with Hiroyoshi Tenzan in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
"Moving City" (NJPW; 2002–2004)
"Subconscious Entry Version" by Julia Claris (NJPW; 2004–2016)
"The Rising Sun" by CFO$ (NXT/WWE; April 1, 2016 – present)
"The Rising Sun" by CFO$ featuring Lee England Jr. (NXT/WWE; August 20, 2016, April 4, 2017, August 20, 2017; used rarely).
"The Artist (known as Shinsuke Nakamura)" (WWE)
"The Black Savior" (NJPW)
"Child of God" (NJPW)
"The King of Strong Style” (NJPW/NXT/WWE)
"The Rockstar" (WWE)
"El Samurai de NJPW" (Spanish for "The Samurai of NJPW") (CMLL)
"Supernova" -- (NJPW)