Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro.
Hello, wrestling fans! Last year, after New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9, Wrestling on Earth published a helpful guide to Shinsuke Nakamura for all those newly afflicted by whatever black magic it is that he casts over an audience: What to Do Now That You’re Ready To Accept Shinsuke Nakamura As Your Pro Wrestling Lord and Savior.
As of this week, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 has come and gone, another crop of fans has fallen hopelessly in pro wrestling love with the King of Strong Style, and several “news” outlets (and, okay, Tokyo Sports) are reporting that Shinsuke Nakamura has resigned from NJPW and will be making his way to World Wrestling Entertainment.
I can’t confirm or deny any of the latter since I’m just a fan on the Internet who writes things sometimes and not someone who goes poking around in the business of other people to get scoopz. You want a subscription to the Scoop Zone for that kind of action.
In any case, it seems like a good time to recap Shinsuke Nakamura’s 2015 and prime everybody for what will apparently be an interesting year for all of us.
What were Shinsuke Nakamura’s best matches in 2015?
What a great question! Last year I listed my personal favorites for 2014. In 2015, he had some widely-acclaimed incredible matches that are worth going out of your way to see as soon as possible:
- Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Kota Ibushi, Wrestle Kingdom 9
- Kazuchika Okada vs Shinsuke Nakamura, G1 Climax Day 18
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Shinsuke Nakamura, G1 Climax Finals
And many others that people liked a lot:
- Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Yuji Nagata, New Beginning in Sendai
- Shinsuke Nakamua vs Roderick Strong, Global Wars Night 2
- Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Hirooki Goto, Wrestling Dontaku
- Hirooki Goto (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura, DOMINION 7.5
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs Yuji Nagata, G1 Climax Day 4
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Marty Scurll, Global Wars UK
- Hirooki Goto (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura, Destruction in Kobe
- Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Karl Anderson, Power Struggle
You can find his matches on NJPWWorld, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s online streaming service (where you can watch shows both live and archived). Here’s how to sign up:
- Go to NJPWWorld’s English signup page at https://njpwworld.com/auth?lang=en
- Sign up & select a payment method (I use a credit card & my bank has no problem with the international transaction; others have been able to use pre-paid Visas and the like).
- Watch wrestling!
If you want even more Shinsuke or you’re finding NJPWWorld difficult to navigate in spite of Google Translate, check out SenorLARIATO’s list of recommended matches with direct links, I can’t praise it highly enough.
What’s Shinsuke Nakamura’s online fan base like?
Amazing and fun and smart and creative! Welcome!
Check out a bunch of us (and some other relevant fans I guess, like Masahiro Chono & Hiroshi Tanahashi) in the #babeswithshinsuke tag on Twitter and feel free to contribute your own photos with him (you’re all babes, deal with it)!
Check out all the incredible Japanese fan photographers and worldwide artists by following @DailyNakamura which RTs all the good stuff from:
— リコ (@ricocame) August 27, 2015
— リコ (@ricocame) August 19, 2015
— りょこち (@rixiashin) January 3, 2016
— りょこち (@rixiashin) November 3, 2015
— りょこち (@rixiashin) November 21, 2015
2015 09 27 神戸ワールド ・中邑選手 ❶ pic.twitter.com/oi19wNg1BZ
— sa^^ (@Ss13y5) September 27, 2015
2015 09 27 神戸ワールド ・中邑選手 ❸ pic.twitter.com/qC2h0ObqMh
— sa^^ (@Ss13y5) September 28, 2015
— ゆめばくさん。 (@dreamtapir) August 29, 2015
— 松 (@matsu_bomaYe) January 5, 2016
— 松 (@matsu_bomaYe) October 3, 2015
— 京橋 (@kyobashi_) January 7, 2016
— 京橋 (@kyobashi_) October 4, 2015
— 京橋 (@kyobashi_) December 11, 2015
— PRBM (@punkrockbgmouth) November 19, 2015
— PRBM (@punkrockbgmouth) January 7, 2016
— PRBM (@punkrockbgmouth) May 25, 2015
— PRBM (@punkrockbgmouth) February 23, 2015
— PRBM (@punkrockbgmouth) May 6, 2015
— Natasha S. (@TashaLethal13) December 24, 2015
— Natasha S. (@TashaLethal13) December 30, 2015
— Natasha S. (@TashaLethal13) January 1, 2016
— MAD TAPLA! (@D_TaPla) November 2, 2015
— MAD TAPLA! (@D_TaPla) August 31, 2014
— MAD TAPLA! (@D_TaPla) January 21, 2015
Oh wow, Shinsuke Nakamura is really, really, really ridiculously good looking. Where can I see more pictures of him?
You have such good taste! Fortunately, lots of other people do, too. That’s why there’s this tumblr dedicated to posting especially fine photographs of Shinsuke Nakamura (and all properly credited! but if you want a photo you took taken down, just let them know!).
How can I get Shinsuke Nakamura’s merchandise?
You can get some things like King of Pro Wrestling Cards & special items (and, eventually, his action figure!) from purocentralshop.com.
You can also place orders from the NJPW shop directly with White Rabbit Express, a shipping service that will charge you some fees & international shipping for the privilege of getting items from a Japanese store, but it’s better than not having Shinsuke Nakamura merchandise. I use it often. If you use that link you should get a $5 referral discount! If you don’t want free money and don’t want to give me free money through my referral link, just go to the main WRE page.
What’s Shinsuke Nakamura’s character like?
He’s flamboyant and full of controlled chaos. He makes fun of his opponents incessantly and then he kicks the hell out of them, and then he gets exhausted and desperate, and then he wins, or he loses in dramatic fashion. He’s smart and a strong natural storyteller in the ring. It’s pretty much the greatest thing I have ever seen in wrestling.
What’s some other fun stuff about Shinsuke Nakamura in 2015?
Red Leather & Danger
Fellow wrestler and his longtime friend, Rocky Romero, produced & released this great single that you should pay him for (but you can also listen for free)!
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 track=1355471622 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Red Sequins & Even More Danger, Somehow
He started dressing like a ninja:
He’s always wanted to be Jackie Chan but it turns out he’s better.
He had this great April Fool’s joke that I’m still sad is not real because I would watch it every day for the rest of my life:
— ギラギラ広報あんな(株)おくりバント (@okuribunt_inc) April 1, 2015
A Day in the Life
NJPWWorld published a documentary of him where he wanders around and talks and meditates and carves some wood and does jiu jitsu in his VERY SHINSUKE NAKAMURA gi. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Back to School!
He was in a Toru Yano produced CHAOS DVD where they all pretended to be in school and I haven’t seen it because I just cannot handle it I know I can’t.
He went on vacation in California and kindly shared some pictures!
King of Draw Style
He drew the cover for an issue of KAMINOGE.
イラストレーションby中邑真輔。KAMINOGE vol.41の表紙はコレだ！ pic.twitter.com/9s3Ex2emj0
— 金井久幸 (@ka_nai) April 9, 2015
Merry Yeaoh Christmas!
He did some Christmas themed art for a Yokohama store:
He goes to 11?
He visited Stonehenge.
Can you believe this
And hung out with cows on the nice pastures of England.
He told Ryusuke Taguchi to shut the fuck up.
Shut the fuck up https://t.co/bJLldKbWQm
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) August 22, 2015
HE’S SO NICE
And he was really nice to me & didn’t tell me to shut the fuck up even though I wore a Suzukigun shirt! (Sorry Shinsuke I still love you & CHAOS most best!)
— Deathstar (@shellydeathlock) August 22, 2015
Oh, and this.
Have fun learning more about your new favorite wrestler! You can find me on Twitter @shellydeathlock if you want to scream excitedly about how much you love him or ask questions about his career, his matches, his incredibly beautiful hair, the way he changed your life, etc. But if you start talking shit I’m gonna block you for treason. Happy new year!