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The Dojo: Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura as IWGP Heavyweight Champion


Shinsuke Nakamura

Billed Height:  6 ft 2

Billed Weight: 230lb

Born: Feb 24, 1980(31), Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan.

Trained by: Inoki Dojo, NJPW Dojo, Osamu Kido.

Debut: August 29 2002

  • Finishing moves
    • Boma Ye (High knee to the opponent’s face or the back of the head)
    • Crucifix armbar
    • Landslide (Samoan driver, sometimes from the second rope)
    • Shining Triangle (Nakamura steps off one of the kneeling opponent’s knees and quickly applies a triangle choke)
  • Signature moves
    • Bridging / Release German suplex
    • Death Valley driver
    • Double underhook piledriver
    • El Niño (Springboard moonsault)
    • Front facelock sleeper hold
    • Inverted powerslam
In a lot of ways Shinsuke Nakamura is New Japan’s equivalent to CM Punk. In the same way Punk represents the complete 180 of John Cena, Nakamura is on the other end of the spectrum from NJPW’s number one ace, the uber popular star, Hiroshi Tanahashi. The anti-Tanahashi, which is ironic as the two were once a very formidable tag team, even winning the IWGP tag team championships.

Shinsuke(left) and Tanahashi(right)

Outspoken, brash and arrogant, Nakamura backs it up with unparalleled psychology and technique. A fully trained mix martial artist, Nakamura has found great success since incorporating moves like his patented Boma Ye knee strike, reportedly fracturing the Tanahashi’s orbital bone, not to mention leading him to the IWGP Heavyweight title on more than one occasion.

Nakamura hits a Boma Ye on his opponent.

Debuting in 2002 and garnering much attention, Nakamura was dubbed “Super Rookie” and is recognized as the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Hiroshi Tenzan for the title. Nakamura would go on to join the BLACK stable, rechristening it RISE, with  Minoru, Milano Collection A.T., Hirooki Goto, Giant Bernard,Travis Tomko, and Prince Devitt. Nakamura would go on to defeat his former tag team partner and now rival, Hiroshi Tanahashi for yet another IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Recently Nakamura was entered in the G1 Climax and went on to win seven out of his nine round robin stage matches, finished first in his block to advance to the finals of the tournament. On August 14, Nakamura defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the 2011 G1 Climax and earn another shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Nakamura hits a German Suplex on Yuji Nagata


New Japan Pro Wrestling – Destruction 10/10/11

Headlining is G1-Climax runner up Tetsuya Naito vs IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi

(0) King Fale & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Kyosuke Mikami & Hiromu Takahashi
Winner: Mikami (8:47) with a Boston Crab on Watanabe.
(1) Schwartz & Weiss [BUSHIROAD], Tiger Mask IV, KUSHIDA & Killer Rabbit vs. Takashi Iizuka, Jado,Gedo, Tomohiro Ishii & Hideo Saito
Winner: KUSHIDA (7:53) with the 9469 to Gedo.

(2) Tomoaki Honma vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Winner: Takahashi (8:22) following the Tokyo Pimps.

(3) Wataru Inoue vs. Lance Archer
Winner: Archer (7:39) following the Dark Days.

(4) Hirooki Goto & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Ultimo Guerrero [CMLL]
Winner: Goto (11:03) following the Shouten Kai to Ultimo.

(5) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Davey Richards & Rocky Romero
~ Eighth Title Defense
Winner: Richards (13:29) following the Contract Killer to Devitt.
Richards and Romero become the 29th IWGP Jr. Tag Champions.
~ Following the match, Tiger Mask IV & KUSHIDA expressed their selves as first challengers

Richards and Romero meet their Challengers...

(6) Kojima’s Return Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima

Winner: Kojima (10:08) following a Lariat.

(7) Yuji Nagata vs. Toru Yano
Winner: Nagata (12:08) with a Reverse Nagata Lock III.

(8) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [Champion] MVP vs. Masato Tanaka [ZERO1]
Third Title Defense
Winner: Tanaka (12:30) following the Sliding D.
Masato Tanaka become the 2nd Intercontinental Champion.
~ Following the match Goto and Tanaka met backstage. Got expressed that he would like to try for the belt and that he is also going back to Mexico here soon.
~ These two are far from strangers and when they do inevitably face it should be explosive.

(9) Special Single Match: Togi Makabe vs. Minoru Suzuki
Winner: Suzuki (12:14) following the Gotch Style Piledriver.
~ Suzuki with the solid win. 

Suzuki defeats Makabe. Takayama appeared and laid him out again with an Everest German Suplex.

(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Winner: Tanahashi (29:19) with the High Fly Flow.
~ 8th Successful Defense.
~ Nagata congratulated the champion on his defense and asked Tanahashi if he can get another shot at the belt. They shook hands, but….

The classy Yuji Nagata challenges Tanahashi after a gruelling 8th title defense.

But Toru Yano takes what he wants...