Shinsuke Nakamura

  • Born: 24/02/1980 in Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan
  • Birthname: Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Height & Weight: 6'2", 229 Ibs
Titles Won:
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
  • IWGP 3rd Belt Championship
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship (5 times)
  • Royal Rumble (2018 men’s)
  • NXT Championship (2 times)

Nakamura is perhaps best known for his work in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a former three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, five-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion (with Hiroshi Tanahashi), and the winner of the 2011 G1 Climax, 2006 G1 Tag League and 2014 New Japan Cup tournaments. Nakamura is the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history, having won the title for the first time at the age of 23 years and 9 months.

Nakamura competed in WWE’s developmental branch, NXT, where he is one of only two wrestlers (along with Samoa Joe) to have held the NXT Championship on more than one occasion. In January 2018, Nakamura won the 2018 men’s Royal Rumble match.

Notable Feuds: vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Sombra, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin, AJ Styles

Other Notable Achievements: IWGP Tag Team Championship – with Hiroshi Tanahashi

IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship

NWF Heavyweight Championship

10,000,000 Yen Tag Tournament (2004) – with Hiroyoshi Tenzan

G1 Climax (2011)

G1 Tag League (2006) – with Masahiro Chono

National District Tournament (2006) – with Koji Kanemoto

New Japan Cup (2014)

Teisen Hall Cup Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2003) – with Hiro Saito and Tatsutoshi Goto

Yuko Six Man Tag Team Tournament (2004) – with Blue Wolf and Katsuhiko Nakajima

Heavyweight Tag MVP Award (2005) with Hiroshi Tanahashi

New Wave Award (2003)

Tag Team Best Bout (2004) with Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Katsuyori Shibata and Masahiro Chono on October 24

Technique Award (2004)

Best Bout Award (2013) vs. Kota Ibushi on August 4

Best Bout Award (2014) vs. Kazuchika Okada on August 10

Rookie of the Year Award (2003)

Technique Award (2012)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter 5 Star Match (2015) vs. Kota Ibushi on January 4

5 Star Match (2015) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi on August 16

Most Charismatic (2014, 2015)

Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2015) vs. Kota Ibushi on January 4

Wrestler of the Year (2014)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2015)