Kurt Angle has questioned WWE’s use of Shinsuke Nakamura, saying that it’s crazy that the Intercontinental Champion isn’t being utilised better.
Shinsuke Nakamura arrived in WWE in 2016 to great fanfare. The Japanese star was a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, (The youngest in history) a former IWGP Intercontinental Champion, and former G1 Climax and New Japan Cup winner. Along the way Nakamura had a series of memorable bouts with the likes of AJ Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada.
However, despite a memorable debut against Sami Zayn and NXT and Royal Rumble wins, Nakamura is yet to experience the same level of success as he did in his homeland. Appearing on SmackDown, the ‘King of Strong Style,’ currently holds the WWE Intercontinental Championship, having defeated Apollo Crews back in August. Although he has only defended the title once in the intervening three months.
Speaking on a recent edition of The Kurt Angle Show, available via AdFreeShows, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle questioned WWE’s use Nakamura. Angle said that it was “crazy” that he hasn’t been better utilised.
“I love his passion for the sport, love his character and think he’s hilarious,” Angle said. “Every time he comes out, the fans go crazy. It’s crazy that the company hasn’t utilized him more, the way he should be utilized. Really surprised but I think it might be a little bit of the language barrier, that might be one of the reasons but he covers that with the way he portrays himself and the things he says. He doesn’t have to know English, he’s entertaining as it is. I’m not sure why they don’t utilize him the way he should be utilized.”
Nakamura was most recently in action on the Survivor Series pre-show where he took on United States Champion Damian Priest. The Intercontinental Champion picked up the win after Priest got himself disqualified after smashing Rick Boogs’ guitar before hitting Nakamura with it.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.