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Shinsuke Nakamura on rumors that he’s leaving WWE

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Shinsuke Nakamura has discussed whether or not he plans to leave WWE.

Outside of the sports entertainment company, Nakamura is best known for his work in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

During his time with the promotion, 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.

He finished up with the developmental brand on the April 12, 2017 episode of NXT by bidding farewell to the Full Sail University crowd

On the April 4, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live, Nakamura made his main roster debut.

He would later have a longstanding feud with AJ Styles over the WWE Title for the majority of 2018 that started at WrestleMania 34 that took place on April 8, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nakamura faced Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view event. At the event, Nakamura hit a low blow and Kinshasa on Hardy to win the championship. As a result, it marked his first main roster title win.

Over the past few months, there have been rumors that WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura could be leaving the WWE to return to NJPW.

Nakamura spoke with Sky Sports this week where he addressed his WWE contract as he blew off the rumor and noted that NJPW did not make contact with him.

He would add that he would "probably" stay with WWE but it depends on the money.

"Who said that?" Nakamura laughed when asked (transcript courtesy of Wrestling Inc). "Moving to the U.S. is a big decision for my family.

It's a long-term thing. Rumors say, 'Shinsuke Nakamura's contract expires [and] New Japan— ,' okay. New Japan didn't make contact with me."

Nakamura is slated to defend the United States Title against Jeff Hardy at the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view event that takes place this Sunday (August 19, 2018) in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center on the WWE Network.

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