Shinsuke Nakamura has revitalized his career in WWE since turning heel after his match with AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34. In fact, Nakamura has been in the WWE Championship picture since that time. Now suffering a dog bite injury, Nakamura is sidelined as Styles continues to headline.

While many fans expected his feud with Styles to be the one dream rivalry fans got to see in WWE, there is another that Nakamura himself is wanting to do. In what may excite many fans, Nakamura is interested in feuding with former SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan.

While speaking to the Asbury Park Press, Nakamura commented on why a match against Bryan helped in his decision to sign with the company.

“One of the purposes of coming to WWE was to wrestle with Daniel Bryan. But now, I’ve got like a high possibility to wrestle with Daniel at like the biggest stage in wrestling history. So I’m so excited.”

Additionally, Nakamura also confirmed that he prefers to be a heel as opposed to a babyface. This is due to the nature of his wrestling style and the way he worked when he was in Japan.


“Actually, I’m feeling better than before, because all of my character came from the heel stuff. 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.”

Nakamura is expected to be back within the next two weeks or so. He missed out on working the Japan tour because of the injury. However, with Hideo Itami, Asuka, and Io Shirai being part of the tour in some fashion helped ease the burden.

Would you like to see Bryan take on Nakamura? Are you a fan of Nakamura’s heel persona? Sound off in the comments below.

Steve Carrier

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