Brock Lesnar has evoked plenty of emotions from fans over the years with his victories in the ring, the most notable example being the end of Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania streak at the hands of Lesnar. However, a lesser-known account of the upset caused by The Beast Incarnate has surfaced.
2006 saw Brock Lesnar at the Tokyo Dome, successfully defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against future WWE Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura with 43,000 onlooking fans. While the match was seen as underwhelming and of little significance, it seemed Lesnar’s win was perceived differently by the Japanese wrestler. In his King of Strong-Style book, the Japanese star accused his opponent of not caring about New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
“That match was seriously rough. First, Lesnar was saying all this stuff about how he respected New Japan, but it felt to me like that was just for show, that he didn’t really respect the promotion. Like, somewhere, he was looking down on Japanese people.”
Shinsuke Nakamura revealed how heartbroken he was after the match upon the realization that the match held little value to the American wrestler. He admitted it was the first time pro wrestling caused him to break down into tears.
“I lost the match, and that was the first time I cried at pro wrestling after a match. It was the main event at the Tokyo Dome. This was a pretty hallowed stage, and I knew I hadn’t fought the way I imagined I would. And there was, like, this temperature difference between Lesnar and me. I didn’t get the sense he felt any love for pro wrestling. It felt like he was just doing his job.”
Nakamura joined WWE in 2016 and has accomplished a lot since, securing many titles and even winning the 2018 Royal Rumble. He is currently set to face off against The Great Muta on NOAH as part of Muta’s retirement tour. For more updates, stay tuned to Ringside News.
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