Art Vandelay's Pro Wrestling Ground Nakamura Reportedly Taking John Cena’s Role On SD


4/20/17 12:12 PM
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Shinsuke Nakamura has been competing in dark matches against Dolph Ziggler ever since he was called up from NXT to the main roster to work on the SmackDown Live brand. Nakamura has picked up the pinfall victory each time against Ziggler via the Kinshasa.

Dave Meltzer noted in The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE believes Nakamura is a strong enough draw that he will keep the crowd from leaving the arena following SmackDown and before 205 Live. Before Nakamura was called up, John Cena played the dark match main event role to keep the crowd around for 205 Live, and that role is now being filled by Nakamura.

WWE currently views Nakamura as one of Smackdown Live’s key babyfaces, and it’s expected that he will remain in that position moving forward.

4/20/17 7:49 PM
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people will get tired of him
4/20/17 8:53 PM
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evh - people will get tired of him
He has been on Smackdown 3 weeks.

2 entrances and wasn't on last week.

No.

So far he's being used like the old school days. Love it.
4/20/17 10:23 PM
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I sure fucking hope so

4/20/17 10:51 PM
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That would be great. I really hope that's the case... his debut was absolutely epic. I'm not even a huge fan of his, but that shit gave me goosebumps. When somebody gets a reaction like that, it's awesome.

The one thing I don't get, is the "every Japanese guy must wear a mouthpiece" thing. What's the deal with that bullshit? Does he have really ugly teeth or something? It's 2017, I heard they can fix that in less than 24 hours these days...
4/20/17 10:59 PM
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Ryan Black - That would be great. I really hope that's the case... his debut was absolutely epic. I'm not even a huge fan of his, but that shit gave me goosebumps. When somebody gets a reaction like that, it's awesome.

The one thing I don't get, is the "every Japanese guy must wear a mouthpiece" thing. What's the deal with that bullshit? Does he have really ugly teeth or something? It's 2017, I heard they can fix that in less than 24 hours these days...
It's to help with concussions. Neville also wears one.
4/21/17 12:05 AM
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I believe nakamura got legit hurt in a match and know wears the mouth guard as a precaution