Could Shinsuke Nakamura Be Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania Opponent?

Published 01/16/2021, 11:12 AM EST
TOKYO,JAPAN – JUNE 29: Shinsuke Nakamura looks on during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 29, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)


Shinsuke Nakamura is truly a once in a generation talent. However, despite his unmatched charisma and impeccable wrestling prowess, ‘The Artist’ hasn’t been able to hold a World Championship in the WWE.

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Yes, he’s held the Intercontinental Championship and the Tag Team Championship, but we all know a WWE/Universal Championship reign is what he truly deserves.

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Shinsuke Nakamura is coming for Roman Reigns

Kayla Braxton interviewed Shinsuke Nakamura backstage following his victory against Jey Uso on SmackDown. She asked Shinsuke what’s next for him after coming close to winning the #1 Contender’s Gauntlet match last week and beating Jey Uso this week.

‘The Artist’ promptly responded, “What’s next? Last week, they cost me my biggest opportunity. What’s next? Of course, Roman Reigns.” Nakamura concluded by saying “bring on the fire,” in Japanese.

Nakamura put on a clinical performance in the Gauntlet match and even earned respect from fellow competitor, Daniel Bryan. Sadly for him, Roman Reigns pulled a few strings and got Adam Pearce inserted in the match as the last competitor.

Reigns and Jey Uso attacked Shinsuke Nakamura and then attacked Pearce. Uso then picked up a down-and-out Pearce and placed him on Nakamura. Reigns then forced the referee to count the pin, making Adam Pearce the new #1 Contender. ‘The King of Strong Style’ got retribution against Jey Uso this week on SmackDown, but he’s yet to get his hands on Roman Reigns.

Will Nakamura challenge Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 37?

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Adam Pearce swerved Roman Reigns this week on SmackDown when he revealed he is removing himself from his Royal Rumble match against Reigns. Pearce brought back Kevin Owens and made the Last Man Standing match official for the Royal Rumble.

Professional Wrestling: WWE SummerSlam: Shinsuke Nakamura victorious during match vs Jinder Mahal at Barclays Center.
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CREDIT: Chad Matthew Carlson (Photo by Chad Matthew Carlson /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
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It’s highly unlikely that KO will walk with the victory as Reigns will find a way to keep his throne. There are rumors that Reigns does not want to face Goldberg at WrestleMania 37, so it’s intriguing to see which way WWE will go. With the sudden face turn of Nakamura and the reignited passion, he could be a tough challenger for Reigns.

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Shinsuke Nakamura came close to winning the WWE Championship in 2017, but WWE missed out big time and hasn’t given him the top treatment he deserves. If this storyline is the beginning of Nakamura’s dominant reign in the WWE as World Champion, then fans across the world are here for it!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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