One WWE Hall of Famer has expressed concerns about Shinsuke Nakamura in WWE.
Nakamura is best known for his work in New Japan Pro-Wrestling where he is a former three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, five-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion, and the winner of the 2011 G1 Climax, 2006 G1 Tag League, and 2014 New Japan Cup tournaments.
Before his WWE main roster debut, Nakamura competed in WWE's developmental branch, NXT where he is one of only two wrestlers to have held the NXT Championship on more than one occasion.
During a recent edition of E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness (transcript via wrestlinginc.com), Edge spoke about various topics. During the podcast, he talked about Nakamura.
“It’s strange with Nakamura, man, because, like you’ve said, we’ve seen his matches with AJ [Styles] in New Japan [Pro-Wrestling] and everything. With Randy [Orton], I’ve seen it. And with Sami [Zayn], I’ve seen it. But that match too, man, I really loved that match and after that, it’s like, anything else is going to be tough to live up to. “I mean, maybe [Nakamura will “get there”]. Maybe. Who knows? It’s a different beast entirely. People can blame it on booking, this, that, or the other. I don’t know. I think it’s weird. It just goes to show how different places to wrestle are completely different environments.”
As seen at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena on the WWE Network, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon competed in a Hell In a Cell match with former WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens.
WWE had promised the fans that Shane would do some crazy stunt in the match and they stayed true to their promise. One of the biggest topics coming out of the PPV (pay-per-view) event as the big leap from McMahon.
By looking back at the match, McMahon attempted to leap off the top of the cell onto Owens, who was pulled away at the last second by his former arch-rival Sami Zayn. As a result, Shane crashed and burned onto the announce table. Edge also had an opinion on this spot as well.
“I mean, it’s Shane, right? So you know he’s going to fall off of something,” Edge said. “You know it’s coming and what’s difficult about that sometimes is that the crowd, they know that, so they wait for that.
Do you know what I mean? So sometimes you pigeonhole yourself, you trap yourself. When you’re the guy who falls off of buildings, they’re going to wait for you to fall off the building. I’ve enjoyed the whole storyline and the fact that Kev is always the guy who talks about family, he made it about family, so it was interesting. It was really good.”
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