Shinsuke Nakamura is a Japanese professional wrestler, currently working with World Wrestling Entertainment on the Smackdown brand. He joined his name with Samoa Joe to have held the NXT Championship twice. He is the current Intercontinental Champion in his first reign.
He started wrestling with New Japan Pro wrestling and wrestled there for 14 years. He then became the youngest wrestler in the IWGP history to become the Heavyweight champion. Nakamura is trained in MMA, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts. In WWE, Nakamura has won NXT Championship twice, one-time and current Intercontinental Champion and two-time United States Champion. He is the winner of the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble match.
Nakamura has established himself as one of the popular Japanese wrestlers of all time in WWE history. He has become the second wrestler after Jericho to hold both WWE and IWGP Intercontinental Championships.
Shinsuke Nakamura was born on February 24, 1980 in Mineyama, Kyōto Prefecture, Kansai, Japan. He persuaded his academics from Aoyama Gakuin University in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. He later joined New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo where he started pursuing his professional career as a wrestler. During his school time, he played basketball and received training in karate and jiu-jitsu.
Shinsuke Nakamura resides in Orlando, Florida, United States. He tied a knot with Harumi Maekawa in September 2007. His autobiography was also published in May 2014 titled ‘King of Strong Style’. There is no information about having children.
Shinsuke Nakamura started his professional wrestling career in 2002 with New Japan Pro Wrestling. In his first year at the promotion, he earned the title of ‘Super Rookie’. In 2002, he, as an MMA fighter, battled Daniel Gracia, however, he lost. In the same year, he defeated Shane Either. In 2003, Nakamura started his feud with IWGP Heavyweight champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan, whom he later defeated to become the youngest ever champion.
In 2004, he bagged an opportunity to fight for the NWF Heavyweight championship against Yoshihiro Takayama, which he won. Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi teamed up to defeat Kensuke Sasaki and Minoru Suzuki to win the IWGP tag team championship and defeated the title quite a few times before losing it a year later to a tag team called ‘Cho-Ten’.
He also feuded the then reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar for a title match and Nakamura faced a defeat. In January 2008, he was once again in the fight for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship which he won against Tanahashi but lost it 3 months later to Keiji Mutoh. Nakamura won IWGP Intercontinental championship against Hirooki Go to. In total, he became the five-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
In 2016, Nakamura signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its developmental territory NXT rooster. In the same year, Nakamura became the NXT Champion after defeating Samoa Joe for the same. After losing, he regained the title from Joe.
In 2017, he surprised the audiences where he interrupted The Miz and Marise and went on starting a rivalry with Dolph Ziggler, whom he then defeated at Backlash. Nakamura defeated John Cena for a title shot for the WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal and lost the title match at SummerSlam 2017. But he became the #1 contender again after defeating Randy Orton on 5th September.
Nakamura is a two-time United States Champion and the winner of the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble match.
Ranked No. 5 of the best 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2015
Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2016)
Match of the Year Award (2009) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on November 8
Match of the Year Award (2014) vs. Kazuchika Okada on August 10
Nakamura is a one-time WGP 3rd Belt ChampionNakamura is a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion
Nakamura is a five-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion
Nakamura is a one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion with Hiroshi Tanahashi
Nakamura is a one-time IWGP U-30 Openweight ChampionNakamura is a one-time NWF Heavyweight Champion
Nakamura won 10,000,000 Yen Tag Tournament (2004) with Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Nakamura won G1 Climax (2011)
Nakamura won G1 Tag League (2006) with Masahiro Chono
Nakamura won National District Tournament (2006) with Koji Kanemoto
Nakamura won New Japan Cup (2014)
Nakamura won Teisen Hall Cup Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2003) with Hiro Saito and Tatsutoshi Goto
Nakamura won Yuko Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2004) with Blue Wolf and Katsuhiko Nakajima
Nakamura is a two-time NXT Champion
Nakamura is a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion
Nakamura is a two-time WWE United States Champion
Nakamura won Men’s Royal Rumble (2018)
Nakamura won NXT Year-End Award (2 times)
HEIGHT: 188 cm
WEIGHT: 104 kg = 229 lbs
EYE COLOR: Black
HAIR COLOR: Black
Full Name: Shinsuke Nakamura
Age: 39 years
Date of Birth: February 24, 1980
Hometown: Mineyama, Kyōto Prefecture, Kansai, Japan
School: Aoyama Gakuin University
Favorite wrestler: Samoa Joe, AJ Styles
Favorite actor: Jackie Chan
Favorite actress: Angelina Jolie
Hobbies: Wrestling, gymming, watching movies, surfing
Favorite Food: Fast food, Steak
Dream Holiday Destination: Siberia
Favorite Color: Black and Red
$3.6 Million estimated
Not having a controversial career until now
SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES