Prepare yourselves: Shinsuke Nakamura, The King of Strong Style, has come to Monday Night RAW.
A 14-year veteran of the squared circle, Nakamura has been a top star for New Japan Pro Wrestling since 2002. He employs a hard-hitting style in the ring, incorporating blistering strikes with submission holds. The crown jewel of his arsenal is a devastating knee strike, which has felled many opponents.
Nakamura’s smashmouth offense, along with an unusual but magnetic charisma, has earned him the moniker “The King of Strong Style.” In New Japan, Nakamura was a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion — a title held by the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki, Vader, The Great Muta and AJ Styles — and is the youngest competitor to earn that honor, winning it for the first time at 23. In recent years, he focused on bringing prestige to the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, a newer title within the Japanese promotion.
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On RAW Episode 46 Nakamura participated and eventually won a Fatal-4-Way Elimination Match to earn an opportunity to Brock Lesnar's WWE Championship at WWE Backlash after lastly eliminating Braun Strowman, but Nakamura's night was far from over when the champion made an unexpected appearance, hitting an F-5 on his new No.1 Contender. On RAW Episode 47 Nakamura interrupted Brock Lesnar's taunting of the "King of Strongstyle" and their 11 year history from their time in Japan. Not really wanting to exchange words, Nakamura and the champion ensued in a brawl which saw Nakamura reverse an F-5 into his devastating Kinshasa. On RAW Episode 48, Nakamura battled Dean Ambrose for the first time ever during the main event and after 3 Kinshasas "The Artist" picked up the victory but following the match Nakamura's Backlash opponent, Brock Lesnar, taunted "The King" which resulted in Nakamura continuing his assault on Ambrose, sending a strong message that he wants that WWE Title.
Face To Face with FearOn RAW Episode 49, Nakamura confronted new WWE Champion Bray Wyatt and challenged him to a WWE Championship match at WWE King of the Ring after failing to receive his rightful title match due to WWE Backlash being cancelled a few months prior but before he could receive an answer, Wyatt disappeared into the darkness. On RAW Episode 51, Before they met in 6 nights at King of the Ring, Nakamura was called out by Bray Wyatt for one "final showdown" and Nakamura obliged and instead of giving a lengthy speech, Wyatt struck Nakamura and went for a "Sister Abigail" but "The King of Strongstyle" blocked it and turned it into a Kinshasa but Nakamura's celebration was cut short as Wyatt appeared from the dark and hit a "Sister Abigail" on Nakamura onto the stage.