As we saw on the Smackdown Live after WrestleMania 33, “The King Of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura made his long-awaited main roster debut. Nakamura’s first televised in-ring match is set to be vs. Dolph Ziggler at WWE Backlash May 21st. But, there were talks of Nakamura possibly making his main roster debut at WrestleMania.
According to SportsKeeda, Nakamura was reportedly going to be facing The Miz at WrestleMania 33. The reported plan was that The Miz & SD Live GM Daniel Bryan’s issue with one another was supposed to escalate all the way to WrestleMania 33. Ultimately, The Miz would be defending his I.C. Title against an opponent of Bryan’s choosing in which Bryan would decide at WrestleMania. SportsKeeda is reporting that Shinsuke Nakamura would have been Intercontinental Champion his first night on the main roster.
However, John Cena agreed to the match with The Miz & Maryse on “The Grandest Stage Of Them All” which scrapped the plans for Nakamura & he was kept in NXT until post-WrestleMania.