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WWE appear to have decided on an unexpected challenger to Shinsuke Nakamura's US title

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It seems like we've had to wait a very long time to say this - but Shinsuke Nakamura is a main roster champion in WWE - and to be fair, he has been for over two months now.

After being called up from NXT following WrestleMania 33 in 2017, it's probably fair to say that "The King of Strong Style" was being underused for eight or so months. 

As soon as he stepped foot in a SmackDown Live ring, fans thought he was destined for the WWE Championship - but that didn't happen. 

A PUSH START

He did though, appear to be getting a decent push at the very beginning of 2018. In January, he won the Royal Rumble.

That set up a dream match at WrestleMania 34 against AJ Styles - where Nakamura turned heel, and the pair continued a long-running feud that turned into one of the best of the year.

However, despite impressing in his new role, "The Artist" couldn't capture AJ's belt - and at the beginning of summer, he embarked on a new challenge. 

Thankfully, this time, Shinsuke was a lot more successful.

A STRONG CHAMPION

At Extreme Rules back in July, Nakamura beat Jeff Hardy with a low blow, winning the United States Championship in a No DQ match. 

Shinsuke Nakamura made quick work of Jeff Hardy to win the belt

That win ensured the former NJPW star finally picked up his first title on WWE's main roster - and it had been a long time coming. 

Since July, he's defended the belt successfully on a couple of occasions, beating Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam and Rusev on SmackDown.

So, it's fair to say that Nakamura looks like a pretty strong champion - and interestingly, it appears that WWE may have chosen his next challenger. 

WWE look to have decided on Nakamura's next challenger

AN UNEXPECTED RIVAL

Over the weekend, the US Champ posted a pretty funny tweet, one that showed him draped in the American flag, holding his belt.

He captioned it suggesting that fans should pledge their allegiance to him in order to "make Nakamerica great again" - check it out below.

Yeah, that's pretty good. But, apparently, there was one superstar on the WWE roster who wasn't very impressed. 

That would be Tye Dillinger, who replied "**WARNING** Crazy person alert! Sounds like someone needs to pledge a foot in your ass."

Yep, another good tweet. 

On this occasion, it seems like WWE is trying to set up a potential storyline between the pair, rather than just having them beef on social media.

In fact, the promotions Twitter account even re-tweeted Dillinger's reply - so perhaps, we should expect the pair to meet in the ring - and we may even have Nakamura's next challenger.

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