WWE Smackdown: Is WWE Shinsuke Nakamura’s Potential? – It’s been a while since Shinsuke Nakamura, the king of strong style, has held the intercontinental championship on Friday Night Smackdown, but has been a bit insecure lately.
Nakamura has been the intercontinental champion for 93 days now, but when it comes to title defense, he has only done so once. Recently, the Twitter handle of Wrestle Features posted a picture of Shinsuke Nakamura as he won the intercontinental championship from the Apollo Crews and subtitled it with a question that read:
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“Shinsuke Nakamura won the IC title in August. In the 93 days since he won the title, he has defended it a total of ONE time on WWE TV. Why do they always book his IC / US title race so terribly?”
Shinsuke Nakamura won the IC title in August.
In the 93 days since he won the title, he has defended it a total of ONE time on WWE TV.
Why do they always book his IC / US Title running so terribly? pic.twitter.com/3nv7AFse1u
– Wrestle Features (@WrestleFeatures) November 14, 2021
WWE Smackdown: Why does WWE treat King of Strong Style so commonly?
The question in the above post is genuine. Why does WWE treat King of Strong Style so commonly? He is a gem in the pro wrestling industry and was hailed as one of the best pro wrestlers to walk around in his time with NJPW back in 2002.
After moving his base to the WWE, Shinsuke made his WWE NXT debut and had a phenomenal race as the NXT Champion. When everyone demanded a push on the main list for King of Strong Style, he was moved to Friday Night Smackdown as part of the main list in 2017.
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When everyone thought Shinsuke would get what he actually deserved, WWE did not pull the trigger on him. His only notable push came during the 2-month period between Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 34. He won the Royal Rumble match in 2018 and then challenged then-WWE champion AJ Styles in an epic showdown. After losing that match, he turned the heel, and since then he has been treated like any other regular star on the list.
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WWE Smackdown: What Can We Expect Next from Shinsuke Nakamura?
The next challenge for Shinsuke Nakamura comes in the form of WWE Raw’s United States Champion Damian Priest at the WWE Survivor Series.- This is a match that has not been pressured at all.
Moreover, it seems to face another defeat at the PPV event if he goes after the recent reservations of Shinsuke, where he was even retained by someone like Angel Garza, the intercontinental champion. Which direction Shinsuke Nakamura’s career is moving after the Survivor Series would be something interesting to see.