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WWE Backlash 2017: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler full match preview

WHO?

Nick Theodore Nemeth, aka Dolph Ziggler. Age 36. 6'0", 218 pounds from Cleveland, Ohio, now residing in Phoenix, Arizona. Former amateur wrestling champion. Former professional wrestling world champion. Sole Survivor. Twice, as it turned out (2012 and 2014). Five-time Intercontinental champion. Showoff. Hashtag heel. Once a caddy for Chavo Guerrero. Also once a cheerleader. Will bump for your amusement.

Shinsuke Nakamura aka The Artist Currently Known As Shinsuke Nakamura. Age 37. 6'2", 229 pounds from Mineyama, Kyoto, Japan, now residing in Orlando, Florida. Three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion (and the youngest ever, winning his first at age 23¾). Five-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion. 2006 G1 Tag League winner. 2011 G1 Climax winner. 2014 New Japan Cup winner. Two-time NXT Champion (and one of only two men to hold that title more than once). Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Famer (yes, already). King of Strong Style. Has more swag than you. Can also probably shoot beat you in a fight.

HISTORY

First, a sort of introduction. This is Shinsuke Nakamura.

This is also Shinsuke Nakamura.

Most importantly, this is Shinsuke Nakamura.

But what can Nakamura do—or more importantly, what will he be allowed to do—in a WWE ring? Chances are... not nearly as much as he could do in New Japan. But hopes are high for the King of Strong Style; after all, he’s probably being positioned as the man to replace John Cena as the face of Smackdown.

This is something Dolph Ziggler’s got a problem with, obviously. But Nakamura Shinsuke didn’t want any trouble. Dolph kept asking for it though. And Dolph kept on getting that work. This kids is what we call a pattern.

The only thing Dolph has over the "King of Strong Style" is a resume. At least in Dolph’s mind. Honestly if you compare the two, the Showoff loses there too. Losing. Dolph knows quite a lot about that. Seemingly coming up short when the lights are on the brightest. Ok, there’s that one time he saved his career last October. But wouldn’t it have been better if Miz just put him out of his misery?

After Sunday, Dolph will probably think the answer is yes.

Shinsuke’s gonna kill him, probably. And he's gonna win, definitely. I mean, they're not gonna book WWE's hottest act to take an L in his main roster in-ring debut, are they?


Join the best wrestling community in the galaxy this Sunday beginning at 7pm ET and see if Dolph can get closer to beating Shinsuke than the Celtics did to the Cavaliers Friday night.

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