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Shinsuke Nakamura


Real Name - Shinsuke Nakamura

Birthdate - 2/14/80

6'2" 230 lbs. - Mineyama Town, Kyoto, Japan


Athletic Background - Wrestling (Aoyama Gakuin University), Mixed Martial Arts (K-1)

Teacher(s) - Kotetsu Yamamoto (New Japan Dojo)

Professional Background - New Japan(`02-), CMLL(`05)

Aliases - none

Groups - Black New Japan, GBH (Great Bash Heel), Chaos

Peak Years - ???


Finisher(s) - 

- Boma Ye (Knee Strike to seated opponent)

- Cross Armbreaker

- Landslide

- Guillotine Chokehold


Favorites -

- El Nino (Springing Moonsault Kneedrop)

- German Suplex

- Running Knee (opponent draped across turnbuckle)

- Shining Triangle

- Clenched Knees



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7
 Science4
 Aerial3
 Power6
 Strikes9


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment9
 Selling8
 Bumping6
 Carrying7
 Heat7
 Legacy7


Place in History - When Antonio Inoki took his experiment of infusing mixed martial arts and pro-wrestling too far, it practically killed New Japan and negatively impacted the careers of a generation of pro-wrestlers.  While there were the likes of Tadao Yasuda and Kazuyuki Fujita that were catapulted to top spots they were not ready for, one young lion managed to turn an opportunity into his big break.  Shinsuke Nakamura was an excellent amateur wrestler who showed great promise.  While his MMA record is not particularly impressive in retrospect, he scored some wins over established K-1 fighters and that was spun into his meteoric rise.  A year after his first MMA fight, Nakamura defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the youngest in the history of the title.  He also began a relationship with Hiroshi Tanahashi that became a key building block of New Japan in coming years.  They teamed together, they went to Mexico together and they battled together when Nakamura finally returned.  The model in Japan of sending a star away to reinvent themselves upon their return was attempted several times.  Shinsuke Nakamura was solid in the ring with a shooter offense that meshed well with his peers.  After several makeovers, Nakamura finally found himself as the leader of the heel stable Chaos.  Adding some peculiar mannerisms and outrageous costumes to his aggressive style turned him into a superstar.  His appeal is hard to nail down.  An eccentric artist who works in a violent medium, Nakamura’s presentation is completely unique, but utterly convincing once the bell rings.  It is a blend of over-the-top personality and physicality that only a handful of pro-wrestlers have ever combined with comparable effect.  He is undeniably one of New Japan’s biggest stars and they have used him very strategically in recent years.

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