In the last episode of SmackDown, Shinsuke Nakamura faced Jinder Mahal in a match that did not give particular twists. The Japanese superstar took off with relative ease, and the audience in the arena didn't really like the show.
The 41-year-old from Mineyama is best known for his past in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the federation in which he played between 2002 and 2016. He then moved to the United States to sign with WWE, where he won the NXT twice. Championship, twice the US title, twice the Intercontinental Championship and once the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Nakamura also won the 2018 edition of the Royal Rumble match, becoming the 10th wrestler in history to achieve this in his first participation. In the latest edition of 'Smack Talk' on Sportskeeda, Dutch Mantell explained how WWE has no interest in promoting Shinsuke Nakamura and the Intercontinental title.
Dutch Mantell reflects on Shinsuke Nakamura
"WWE executives don't care about Shinsuke Nakamura and the Intercontinental title, it's all too obvious" - Dutch Mantell analyzed. The 'King of Strong Style' took the Intercontinental Championship after defeating Apollo Crews at SmackDown in August 2021.
The Japanese wrestler only defended the belt once in nearly six months. Mantell commented on the returns of Ronda Rousey and Goldberg: “A superstar like Ronda must be joined by the right opponent, otherwise she risks not being credible.
I struggle to conceive of Rousey as a babyface in front of Sasha Banks or Becky Lynch. As for Goldberg, I've never been a huge fan of him. I didn't like his umpteenth return to WWE at all. Bill is sidelined by the company for months and months, only to suddenly return to the ring and make a loud voice.
This sequence has been repeated too many times over the last decade." The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view will be staged on February 19 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Bobby Lashley will be called upon to defend the WWE Championship from the onslaught of Riddle, Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles, Austin Theory and Seth Rollins.
Shinsuke Nakamura came to the WWE in style, with a win over Sami Zayn in what was arguably the best WWE match of 2016. His charisma, his talent, and the ability to get over with the fans was so high that within months of his debut, he won the NXT Championship and had a string of impressive title matches against the likes of Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode over the next 10 months.