Shinsuke Nakamura's last title defense of the intercontinental title dates back to a long time ago, with the wrestler last fighting in a single match against Damian Priest in the 2021 Survivor Series Kick-off, winning by disqualification.
While on December 10, during an episode of SmackDown, he carried on a duo match with his companion Rick Boogs and then during a live event, with Boogs who has been fighting solo for some time.
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Speaking on Ryan Satin's popular Out of Character podcast, the musician made it known that Shinsuke Nakamura can't fight because he's injured his hand right now.
"I think it's bound to happen," Boogs said of his single run. "I'm not trying to rush this in any way because I feel like Shin and I haven't even had to deal with more surface things than we can do together, joining forces.
We're just doing more things. slowly." Then he continued: “We only had a couple of tag matches together and he suffered a hand injury that kept him out for nearly two months, apparently. I can't wait for him to be in good health and for him to have the green light so we can prove what we're made of.
From there, along the way, we will expand, but I'm in no rush. There's a new approach, matching veterans with promising new talent and it's obviously for a reason. Helps to get more exposure, TV time, valuable information.
I don't think he'd be that willing to help me if I weren't with him, Strong Style Shred. What is his incentive to help me?" Obviously, we still don't know when Shinsuke Nakamura will return to action and we hope it is not a serious injury, but we remind you that Sami Zayn is currently the number one contender for his title because he won a gauntlet match on December 24 at SmackDown earning a titled chance.
Several other matches took place during the SmackDown taping for the December 24th episode, including a multi-man Street Fight and a SmackDown Women's Championship match. Charlotte Flair defeated Toni Storm to retain the title after reversing an inside cradle pin into one of her own.
There was no mention of a potential rematch at Day 1 during the in-ring portion of next week's SmackDown, although it may get announced in a backstage segment later. The main event of the SmackDown taping was a six-man tag team, "Miracle on 34th Street Fight," pitting Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, and King Woods against Madcap Moss and The Usos.