Shinsuke Nakamura divided fans during these early years in WWE. Many insiders believe that the Japanese superstar has not yet expressed all his talent, partly because of the differences between WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Nakamura explained that most people in WWE are underrated.
“Honestly, most people in WWE are underrated. I can choose so many people. They have so much ability but can’t show everything on TV. Everybody has a great ability to wrestle, and you can see that at the house shows. Tye Dillinger, Shelton Benjamin, Primo and Epico, the Bludgeon Brothers, the New Day, they’re all underrated" - Shinsuke said.
On his wrestling idol: “In the late nights, my grandma watched a wrestling show. I watched Jushin Thunder Liger wrestle at the Tokyo Dome, and I decided I wanted to wrestle just like him.
"I learned a lot of things from him. Once, we went on tour to Italy for New Japan Pro Wrestling. No one there knew Shinsuke Nakamura, but they knew Jushin Liger. He’s still my idol.”
Nakamura is getting ready for a rematch against Rusev for the United States Title in the near future as potentially early as the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field.