Shinsuke Nakamura: Bio
Known the world over as The King of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura employs a hard-hitting style in the ring, incorporating blistering strikes with submission holds. The crown jewel of his arsenal is a devastating knee strike, which has felled many opponents.
Nakamura’s smashmouth offense, along with an unusual but magnetic charisma, first earned him fame in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion — a title held by the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki, Vader, The Great Muta and AJ Styles. He was also the youngest competitor to earn that honor, winning it for the first time at 23.
First making his mark stateside in WWE NXT where he was the NXT Champion, WWE's Rockstar immediately excelled under the bright lights of SmackDown LIVE, scoring monumental victories over the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler.
Nakamura scored his biggest victory to date by eliminating Roman Reigns to win the 2018 Royal Rumble Match. Following the triumph, he declared his intentions to face WWE Champion AJ Styles at WrestleMania in a bona fide Dream Match. Nakamura was defeated on The Grandest Stage of Them All, however, and shocked the WWE Universe by hitting Styles with a low blow after the bell.
Sporting a brash new attitude, Nakamura pressed on in his quest for title glory, and his dogged perseverance paid off when he unseated Jeff Hardy to capture the United States Championship at WWE Extreme Rules. He then reclaimed the title at Royal Rumble 2019 against Rusev, and after fighting tooth-and-nail with The Bulgarian Brute in several memorable bouts, Nakamura was convinced by Lana to briefly join forces with his former adversary before once again venturing off on his own and defeating Finn Bálor for the Intercontinental Title and subsequently forming an alliance with Sami Zayn.
Can anyone hit hard enough to slow down The King of Strong Style? Perhaps, but you'll have to be fast enough to hit him at all.