Shinsuke Nakamura went from being a hot NXT Champion to an average main roster heel in just a couple of years. The Artist was immensely over with fans as a popular babyface but his heel turn led to his quick decline and the Japanese Superstar lost his main event foothold to become a struggling mid-carder.
Nakamura may have wrestled several big names in WWE up until today but he never got the opportunity to share the ring with Jon Moxley (formerly WWE’s Dean Ambrose). The reason is pretty simple – both men were assigned to different brands as part of the WWE brand split back then.
Well, Shinsuke Nakamura is in WWE and doing very well. I never got to wrestle him sadly, but he heard that I was likely going over to be in the G1 and he was very pleased, said it was a great life experience. Karl Anderson, who I’ve actually been friends with since I was 18, since we’re both from Cincinnati. I asked him about the G1, a few others as well, and everybody was great and said ‘yeah, go for it’.
I think he’s doing great there. Fans love him. It’s a different style, but he fits in well because he is charismatic, he is flamboyant. He can go, so whether it’s a New Japan ring or a WWE one he can do well anywhere.
It’s disturbing to see how WWE has been treating Nakamura for over a year now.
The former NXT Champion wants to wrestle until 45 before hanging up his boots, but that’s just his thought at the moment.
Moxley praising Nakamura is actually a big accomplishment for the latter given how big of an individual star the former has become.
Moxley’s brand value skyrocketed ever since his departure from WWE and subsequent debut at Double Or Nothing which makes a lot of fans think that it might be beneficial for Nakamura to quit Vince McMahon‘s promotion and take the leap of faith.