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5 best opponents for Shinsuke Nakamura if he wins at WrestleMania 34  

Liam Hoofe
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Who will be next to face Shinsuke after his dream match with AJ at Wrestlemania 34?
Who will be next to face Shinsuke after his dream match with AJ at Wrestlemania 34?

Shinsuke Nakamura has not had the best of first years in the WWE. His initial few matches really failed to live up to expectations, and his brief unbeaten streak was brought to an unceremonious end at the hands of Jinder Mahal last summer.

The WWE has decided to invest in Shinsuke as a main event player this year though, as is evident from his recent success in the Royal Rumble, and his upcoming Mania match with AJ Styles.

While Styles is an excellent champion, most fans would agree that Shinsuke needs to win the big one at Mania to really solidify his role as one of the main faces of the company going forward.

If Shinsuke does beat AJ, then the company need to select the right opponents for him for when he is the champion. A big issue with his current run has been that creative have lumbered him with weak feuds, and opponents who really can't help get the best out of him in the ring. So it is essential that they get this right after Mania.

Let's take a look at five great choices for Nakamura's first feuds after Wrestlemania 34.


#5: Randy Orton


Randy Orton and Shinsuke only recently shared a ring as allies, will that change once Shinsuke is champion?
Randy Orton and Shinsuke only recently shared a ring as allies, will that change once Shinsuke is champion?

While Shinsuke Nakamura has a plethora of incredible matches under his belt, he has had very few stand out bouts on the WWE main roster. His run in NXT saw him produce several classics for the brand, but he has not managed to reach those heights in the WWE yet.

One of Shinsuke's more notable outings was his match with Randy Orton on Smackdown back in September of last year. Shinsuke was the victor on that day, but the two have shared a lot of time in the ring since, forming a brief alliance at the end of 2017.

This alliance could be brought back into play after Mania, and could finally lead to a long-awaited heel turn for Randy Orton. A heel Orton Vs Shinsuke program could produce some excellent matches, and Orton would be a great first feud to cement Shinsuke as the number 1 guy on Smackdown.



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Liam Hoofe
ANALYST
Full time traveller and teacher. Loves talking all things wrestling including NJPW, ROH and WWE. Also a contributor to, DailyDDT and Flickering Myth. You can contact me on Twitter- @liamhoofe
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