Nakamura discusses why he left New Japan For WWE

Jun 24, 2018 - by Steve Gerweck

Speaking with Lillian Garcia at Ace Comic Con, Shinsuke Nakamura discussed his decision to leave New Japan Pro Wrestling for WWE.

When asked why he decided to make the move, Nakamura said

“In Japan, I thought I accomplished everything. So, I tried other things. So, then in 2015, [I thought], what should I do next? At the time, my friend, who works in WWE, called me. Probably it’s time to challenge next. Then I [decided to join WWE]. So, I didn’t follow the WWE history, but I knew big names like Andre the Giant [and] Hulk Hogan, because they wrestled in Japan. When I was a kid, [it was] hard to watch WWE, because I needed to go to [the] video shop, [but] I didn’t have any money.”

Nakamura said he didn’t do any research into the company before he signed on, wanting instead to have an element of surprise about WWE.

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