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Even Shinsuke Nakamura was disappointed with his AJ Styles feud

On paper the feud between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles should have been a slam dunk.

Between their in-ring talents and history in New Japan, the Nakamura vs. Styles story could have written itself and their work between the ropes would speak for itself.

Instead the build to their WrestleMania 34 match and the subsequent fallout never felt like it got out of first gear for two of the most talented wrestlers on the main roster.

In a new interview with TV Insider, Nakamura admits that his feud with Styles could have been more than what it was.

“I wanted to do more for the first time on WWE. I think I could show myself more against AJ. But still, I liked getting the chance against AJ. After WrestleMania I became the heel, but I didn’t show everything. Just a little bit.”

Later in the interview Nakamura also touched on if he regretted moving from Japan to the United States in order to work for the WWE.

“This is big for Asians, not only for Japan. Everybody wants to get these opportunities. Kairi Sane, Io Shirai achieved and accomplished a lot in Japan, but they wanted to wrestle in a bigger stage. Only place is WWE right now to do that, and their decision was correct. They made the right decision.

Moving to the United States is a huge decision. There are wrestlers in Japan. I think they think they can move to WWE, but it’s not so easy. There is the language. I can speak English a bit, but I’m trying.”

Built as a dream match at WrestleMania 34, did Nakamura vs. Styles feud live up to any of the hype? What could have the WWE done differently during the feud?

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