Sami Zayn never touched Shinsuke Nakamura before their NXT Takeover match

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When you ask most members of the WWE Universe what their favorite event of WrestleMania 32 weekend was, they likely won't say The Showcase of The Immortals. They'll say NXT TakeOver: Dallas, which took place on the Friday night before.

If you were also to ask them what their favorite match from the weekend was as well, the majority of fans would say the Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura, which was the Japanese star's first match in the WWE. Many fans and critics alike regarded this match as a match of the year contender.

Zayn spoke in a recent interview on the Talk Is Jericho podcast with Chris Jericho about this match, according to Wrestling Inc, and revealed a surprising fact about how himself and Nakamura prepared for it.


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The Underdog from the Underground stated that despite it being a great match, himself and The King of Strong Style never touched one another to prepare for the match.

He said: "I think I met him literally once. And we've had very parallel careers. He started [at] the same time as me. I think I started two months before him or something. [Him] 14 years, me 14 years. He was in New Japan. I never worked New Japan, so we never worked.

"We've met maybe once. We never touched and I remember Matt Bloom, who's head of the [WWE Performance Center] now, was saying, 'hey, maybe you guys want to get in the PC and spar a little or something like that. I don't want the first time you guys get in the ring ever, the first time you touch, to be at this big match'.

"And unbeknownst to me, [Nakamura] said the same thing I said, 'no, no, no, I prefer that', which is a dangerous thing, but it's what I know. Yes, I prefer for the first time to be in the show, instead of a 'hey, lets feel it out in the ring' [and] feel how this guy moves and stuff. So we ended up putting something together."

The fact Zayn and Nakamura never touched each other prior to NXT TakeOver: Dallas is amazing considering they were able to put on an incredible clash which is widely considered as a match of the year contender. It also shows they have a high amount of trust in one another.

The Canadian himself even regarded the match as in the top five matches from his entire career, and he also revealed he is still dealing with pain post-surgery on his shoulder, so to put this type of match on is an unbelievable achievement.

With Zayn being one of the most promising stars on the WWE roster today, with many critics and WWE Hall of Famers alike - including Jim Ross - believing he has the ability and skill set to be main eventing pay-per-views in the future, the WWE Universe will be hoping there will be many more five-star matches to come by The Underdog from the Underground.

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