For the past five years or so, whenever the topic of Best Wrestler in the World came up, Shinsuke Nakamura would be on the top of that list for a lot of people. I always disregarded that, because I didn’t watch Japanese wrestling. I’m sure he was great, but was he really better then guys I was familiar with like Daniel Bryan or CM Punk or even John Cena? It didn’t seem likely.
And then I started watching New Japan Pro Wrestling, starting with WrestleKingdom 9. And when the much-heralded Nakamura came out in the semi-main event, I… hated him. I thought he was too goofy, too flamboyant. I didn’t get it at all, and just wrote it off as a weird Japanese thing. His wrestling mannerisms annoyed me, his entrance annoyed me, his hair really annoyed me.
Slowly though, he started to grow on me. I didn’t even realize it at first, but within a few months it dawned on me that I no longer hated Nakamura. By the time the G1 Climax concluded, I realized I was a fan. I went back and watched his match at WK9, and it was like watching it for the first time. I got it, in a way I didn’t get it before. When it was announced he was leaving New Japan and probably coming to WWE, my mind started racing with the potential.
So, what can we expect in the WWE for Shinsuke Nakamura? (more…)