WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura bid goodbye to New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2016 to sign a three-year deal with WWE. With The Artist enjoying his first title reign in WWE, his deal is set to expire in January, 2019.
From 2016-2017, Nakamura became a 2-time NXT Champion. On the April 4, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live (the first episode after WrestleMania 33), Nakamura made his WWE main roster debut as a babyface and has since clashed against Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, John Cena, Jinder Mahal, Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy.
The Artist also teamed with Natalya in the inaugural Mixed Match Challenge tournament and was the winner of the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble Match. Nakamura is currently enjoying a heel run in WWE.
For the last few weeks, professional wrestling fans have been heavily speculating as to whether Nakamura will remain in WWE after January, 2019 or will return to Japan. If he leaves, the United States Championship would be changing hands pretty soon.
Recently, Inside The Ropes interviewed Nakamura where the Superstar addressed the matter in question. Instead of talking about the decision from a pro-wrestling standpoint, the current United States Champion addressed the issue based on the effects it would have on his surfing hobby.
“That is a big decision,” Nakamura said. “Florida’s waves are better than Japan, it’s just an hour drive to the beach but just once a week I’m able to go to the surfing. But in Japan, if there’s a hurricane so I lived across from the beach, just a ten-minute walk. It’s hard to choose.”
Nakamura then mentioned how he has been able to communicate with the WWE Universe by overcoming the language barrier. The former three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion’s command over English isn’t that good, but his facial expressions and body gestures add up to that to ensure a smooth communication with the fans.
“I’m enjoying every moment more so now,” Nakamura said. “[It’s] my real emotion. So language is important I know for the TV show, so a lot of people watches WWE everywhere.
“Asia, Africa… some people don’t understand English like me. That’s why I use facial expressions and body motions. Also, wrestling is like a universal language I believe so that’s why I don’t speak English.”