Shinsuke Nakamura was recently interviewed by ESPN in promotion for NXT TakeOver and WrestleMania. During the interview Nakamura spoke on several subjects which included his mannerisms, coming to WWE and not liking his WWE theme at first.
Here are some highlights:
Regarding his Mannerisms:
“Everything is from my real life, from the moving of the fingers and the body movement — that’s from classic ballet or martial arts. I trained in classic ballet and martial arts. Some things come from yoga, some things come from kobudo or kung fu, I just mixed them together. It’s like hybrid martial arts style”
Not Liking His WWE Theme At First:
“Before my debut, WWE sent me a sample of the music and I sent it back. I said, ‘I don’t want to use this, I don’t want to use this.’ They tried to keep it and I said, ‘No, no, no.’ Finally, I asked them if they could listen to some samples, and we went back and forth and finally they sent me what you hear now, and I said, ‘Yes, OK. I’ll use this one.’”
Leaving NJPW to Come To WWE:
“For a long time, almost 14 years, I wrestled in Japan, so I didn’t think I would leave New Japan Pro Wrestling, but I started changing my mind. I wanted to see the other world. I wanted to change something. I wanted to be bigger. I wanted to change my world so I felt it was my destiny to come here. At TakeOver Dallas I wrestled Sami Zayn. I never wrestled with him before. Everything was for the first time, but I already had experienced wrestling at huge venues so I wasn’t nervous — but that match was huge for me.”
Check out the entire interview here.