New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW): March 2002 WWE NXT: 13 April 2016 WWE Smackdown (Main Roster): 4 April 2017 (In a dark match against Dolph Ziggler)
• 3-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion
• 5-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion
• 1-time IWGP Tag Team Champion
• Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) most popular wrestler of 2016
• 2-time NXT Champion
Date of Birth
24 February 1980
Age (as in 2017)
Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan
Zodiac sign/Sun sign
Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan
Father- Name Not Known Mother- Name Not Known Brother- Not Known Sister- Not Known
Samoa Joe, AJ Styles
Girls, Family & More
Harumi Maekawa (m.2007-present)
Daughter- Not Known Son- Not Known
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shinsuke Nakamura
Does Shinsuke Nakamura smoke: Not Known
Does Shinsuke Nakamura drink alcohol: Not Known
Soon after his debut at ‘New Japan Pro Wrestling’ in 2002, Nakamura was given the nickname ‘Super Rookie’ because of his strength, agility and overall technical skills. Being trained in “vale tundo”, he is also a fine Mixed Martial Artist.
Though Nakamura signed with the WWE in 2016, he was just on the verge of joining the company 10 years prior in 2006. However, since Brock Lesnar left ‘NJPW’ around the same time, the promotion recalled Nakamura with a lucrative contract that he couldn’t refuse.
Just like the Undertaker, Nakamura is getting better with age. Though he has always been a promising prospect, he only gained the much-needed recognition around the year 2010. He was even crowned the ‘Wrestler of the Year’ by ‘Wrestling Observer Newsletter’ in 2014.
Nakamura is very close friends with none other than The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. The two even trained together at Lesnar’s personal gym during Lesnar’s time in Japan.
Although he has used the same finisher in both the wrestling promotions, its name was changed from ‘Bomaye’ (NJPW) to Kinshasa (WWE).
At NJPW, Nakamura held the IWGP Intercontinental title five times, the most number of reigns by any wrestler at the promotion.
In 2012, Shinsuke was honored with the duty of throwing out the opening pitch for a Major League Baseball game. Notably, throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game is a standard celebrity affair, but it was still a pretty big honor, considering Nakamura was quite far from being a major star in the United States.
He has even featured in the 2013 mega-hit music video, “Happy”.