Shinsuke Nakamura On Not Being A WWE Fan Growing Up, Samoa Joe & More

NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura recently spoke with Channel Guide Magazine about watching wrestling in Japan as a child, not being familiar with the WWE product and more.

Regarding his familiarity with the WWE product as a kid, Nakamura explained that Japan had a huge wrestling culture when he was growing up, so he didn’t see much of the WWE product.

“Japan had a huge wrestling culture. So I was not really a fan of WWE as a child. It was much different than the Japanese style before. We had foreign wrestlers who came from America, Europe. Everyone from all over also ended up going to WWE. I did like Andre the Giant. I can’t imagine what it would be like to fight with him. I want to fight like him.”

As far as working with Samoa Joe, the former New Japan Pro Wrestling star offered the following comments.

“I know Samoa Joe coming up maybe at 22. I know his technique. He has good technique. He has this rare technique that is strong with not only wrestling, but MMA fighting. I also know similar techniques, so it’s nice to face him in NXT. He is a big challenge.”