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. Continue reading