52 Facts About Shinsuke Nakamura

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Shinsuke Nakamura is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand.

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Shinsuke Nakamura is a founding member and the original leader of the stable Chaos.

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Vividly unrestrained and expressive, Shinsuke Nakamura portrays a wildly random and erratic mixed martial arts enigma, emotionally charged by the sound of violins.

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In January 2018, Shinsuke Nakamura won the 2018 Men's Royal Rumble match, and later won the WWE United States Championship twice.

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Shinsuke Nakamura won the Intercontinental Championship for the first time in 2019 at Extreme Rules, making him the second wrestler to hold both WWE and IWGP Intercontinental Championships.

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Shinsuke Nakamura is a former WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion with Cesaro.

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From July 2021 to October of the same year, Shinsuke Nakamura dubbed himself King Shinsuke Nakamura due to being in possession of the King of the Ring crown, although he never won the tournament.

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Shinsuke Nakamura was born in Mineyama, Kyoto, on February 24,1980.

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Shinsuke Nakamura joined NJPW in March 2002 and quickly began making a name for himself as a bright prospect for the company.

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10.

On January 4,2004, at Wrestling World 2004, Shinsuke Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the NWF Heavyweight Champion Yoshihiro Takayama in a title unification match.

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However, Shinsuke Nakamura was forced to vacate the title due to an injury just a month later.

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12.

On January 4,2005, at Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated his own tag team partner to win the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship.

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Shinsuke Nakamura challenged Brock Lesnar for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on January 4,2006, at Toukon Shidou Chapter 1, but he lost.

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In March 2006, Shinsuke Nakamura announced that he would depart on a learning excursion in order to further improve his wrestling skills.

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NJPW President Simon Inoki later suggested that as part of his learning excursion, Shinsuke Nakamura would be loaned to World Wrestling Entertainment to gain experience in working large American shows.

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However, it proved to be mostly speculation and never came to pass as Shinsuke Nakamura was urgently needed back in New Japan due to Lesnar's departure.

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Shinsuke Nakamura had greatly improved his muscular mass during his overseas training and debuted a new finisher, called the Landslide.

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18.

On December 10, Shinsuke Nakamura was unable to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from then-champion Tanahashi and was again unsuccessful on January 4,2007, at the Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome show, where he lost to Toshiaki Kawada.

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19.

Shinsuke Nakamura entered the 2007 G1 Climax tournament, where he reached the semi-finals before dislocating his shoulder.

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20.

On January 4,2008, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated his rival Tanahashi in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome, winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the second time.

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On February 15,2009, Shinsuke Nakamura faced Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but he failed to regain the title.

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22.

On January 4,2010, at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome, Shinsuke Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Yoshihiro Takayama in a rematch of their 2004 Tokyo Dome title unification bout.

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The following month, Shinsuke Nakamura entered the 2010 G1 Climax, where he won four out of his seven-round robin stage matches, including one over eventual winner Satoshi Kojima, leading his block heading to the final day, where he wrestled Pro Wrestling Noah's Go Shiozaki to a 30-minute time limit draw and thus missed the finals of the tournament by a single point.

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On January 4,2011, Shinsuke Nakamura avenged his loss to Go Shiozaki by defeating him in a singles match at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome.

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25.

The following day, Shinsuke Nakamura threw the ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas.

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From November 20 to December 1, Shinsuke Nakamura took part in the round-robin portion of the 2012 World Tag League, alongside stablemate Tomohiro Ishii under the tag team name Chaos Invincible.

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On January 4,2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kazushi Sakuraba for his fourth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

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From January 18 to 19, Shinsuke Nakamura took part in the Fantastica Mania 2013 weekend, co-promoted by New Japan and CMLL.

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29.

In early 2013, Shinsuke Nakamura became involved in Chaos' rivalry with New Japan's other top villainous stable, Suzuki-gun.

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30.

Two days later at Invasion Attack, Shinsuke Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Smith, avenging the previous loss from the first round of the New Japan Cup.

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31.

On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Suzuki-gun's newest member Shelton X Benjamin for his eighth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

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32.

Shinsuke Nakamura quickly started a rivalry with La Sombra and after suffering two pinfall defeats in six-man tag team matches on April 17 and 24 accepted his challenge for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, setting up a Fantastica Mania 2013 rematch between the two.

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33.

Post-match, Shinsuke Nakamura nominated Hiroshi Tanahashi as his next challenger, setting up the first title match between the two longtime rivals in over two years.

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34.

On January 4,2014, Shinsuke Nakamura lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Tanahashi in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome.

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35.

In March, Shinsuke Nakamura took part in the 2014 New Japan Cup, which he eventually won, defeating Bad Luck Fale in the finals on March 23 and afterwards challenged Tanahashi to another rematch for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

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36.

From November 23 to December 5, Shinsuke Nakamura took part in the 2014 World Tag League alongside Tomohiro Ishii.

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37.

On January 4,2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome, Shinsuke Nakamura made his second successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Kota Ibushi.

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38.

From July 23 to August 15, Shinsuke Nakamura took part in the round-robin stage of the 2015 G1 Climax.

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39.

On September 27 at Destruction in Kobe, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hirooki Goto to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the fifth time; this would remain the record for most reigns until Tetsuya Naito became a six-time champion in 2020.

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40.

Shinsuke Nakamura made his first successful title defense on November 7 at Power Struggle against Karl Anderson, avenging an earlier loss from the 2015 G1 Climax.

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41.

Shinsuke Nakamura remained under NJPW contract and was expected to finish off his contracted dates with the promotion before leaving.

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42.

On January 28,2008, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Elix Skipper in a match taped for TNA Xplosion.

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43.

On January 6,2016, Shinsuke Nakamura confirmed in an interview with Tokyo Sports that he would be leaving NJPW at the end of the month and signing with WWE.

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44.

Shinsuke Nakamura was checked on by medical staff and carried out of the arena, but he later returned during the match and attacked all other participants, only to lose the match when Corbin retrieved the briefcase.

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45.

Later that night, Shinsuke Nakamura cemented his heel turn by attacking Styles and Daniel Bryan, low blowing Styles twice and striking Bryan in the back of the head with a Kinshasa.

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46.

Shinsuke Nakamura continued to low blow Styles in the following weeks and it was announced that he would get a rematch for the title at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

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47.

Shinsuke Nakamura then suffered a minor injury after a police dog bit his left leg.

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48.

At SmackDown 1000, Shinsuke Nakamura lost to the returning Rey Mysterio in a qualifying match for the WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel.

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49.

On January 27,2019, at the Royal Rumble, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev to win his second WWE United States Championship.

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50.

Shinsuke Nakamura began teaming with Cesaro more frequently as they feuded with New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.

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51.

The following week, Shinsuke Nakamura reverted to his original theme song for his entrance and cemented his face turn by insulting Jey Uso before defeating him in a match.

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52.

Shinsuke Nakamura made his first video game appearance as a playable character in King of Colosseum II in 2004, and made his latest video game appearance in WWE 2K22 as King Shinsuke Nakamura.

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