Interview Highlights: Shinsuke Nakamura talks about possibility of facing Bryan, how he feels about being a heel
July 3, 2020
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Shinsuke Nakamura says he came to WWE in part because he wanted to wrestle Daniel Bryan, a former roommate and partner. He said while that looked slim initially, it’s a possibility once again. “But now, I’ve got like a high possibility to wrestle with Daniel at like the biggest stage in wrestling history,” Nakamura tells the Asbury Park Press. “So I’m so excited.” Is the term “biggest stage” a hint of a WrestleMania match next year, or is Nakamura using the WrestleMania catch-phrase loosely?
He says his heel turn isn’t an inauthentic side of him, but rather just another side of him. And he’s excited about this change of course in WWE.
“Actually, I’m feeling better than before, because all of my character came from the heel stuff,” Nakamura said. “So when I was in Japan, I was a heel, so I created my moves because I was a heel, so … (I would) use like a stomp to the face and then the vibration, like teasing the opponent. So now also a lot of people (are) asking me, ‘So how do you act in the ring like crazy?’ but I think I don’t act, I just adjust. A human being has a lot of sides, like a kind of diversity, so it’s like a good side, a bad side, a crazy side, a normal side, like a man-ish side, a woman-ish side. I just pick, I adjust.”
“I like to see fans, because sometimes they give me their own art, like a painting, a drawing, like doodles,” Nakamura said. “They always tell me, ‘I get inspired from you.’ When I hear that I think I’m doing good.”