WWE: What Shinsuke Nakamura brings to Smackdown Live

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

I know I said this when I wrote about the Revival’s debut on RAW this past Monday, but the WWE Universe witnessed one of the long-awaited call ups from NXT – the arrival of former two-time champion and Japanese sensation Shinsuke Nakamura.

About one year after he signed with WWE, The King of Strong Style has ended his NXT journey to being his main roster run on Smackdown Live.

Nakamura had a heck of a debut on Smackdown Live. He interrupted The Miz and Maryse as they were going on a trade about John Cena and Nikki Bella, who defeated them in a mixed tag team match at Wrestlemania. What made Nakamura’s debut special, however, was he played to the ring by the musician who performed his entrance at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II

When Nakamura first came to WWE in 2016, I was excited because I thought he could do a lot of good things with the company, however I thought WWE could misuse him and put him in the typical Japanese babyface role, like they did with Yoshi Tatsu. After his NXT run, I feel like he’s been able to make his mark in the WWE Universe and he has the chance to set Smackdown Live on fire.

I’m sure members of the WWE Universe would have preferred to see Nakamura on RAW with big names like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, but I think he benefits more from being on Smackdown Live.

To read the rest of the column, follow the link.


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