Shinsuke Nakamura was a major star in NJPW before he decided to make his way to WWE. Seven years after his debut, fans feel Nakamura just has not been booked as well as he should have been. He lost to Seth Rollins at WWE Payback and it appears Teddy Long doesn’t think Nakamura is championship material.

At the Payback Premium Live Event, Shinsuke Nakamura challenged Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight in the main event of the show. Rollins would successfully retain his title by hitting a massive Curb Stomp. Nakamura then attacked Rollins after the event went off the air, making it clear their feud was far from over.

As seen on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW, Seth Rollins called out Shinsuke Nakamura and challenged him to a rematch on the spot, but Nakamura didn’t accept, citing his own reasons for the rejection.

While speaking on The Wrestling Time Machine podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Teddy Long stated that Shinsuke Nakamura is a great wrestler but made it clear that he doesn’t think Nakamura is championship material.


“Don’t get me wrong. Shinsuke is a great wrestler. But I just don’t see him being championship material. Maybe this is just my feeling about it. When you put a title on somebody, there has to be a lot of charisma; there needs to be a lot of excitement. And he has some of that. But like I said, I could be wrong, but I don’t see them putting the title on him.”

We will have to wait and see when The King of Strong Style and The Visionary will duke it out with each other in a rematch for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, as fans are looking forward to the match.

What’s your opinion on what Teddy Long said? Do you believe Shinsuke Nakamura isn’t championship material? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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