Last week’s episode of SmackDown featured a 10 man tag team match that ended with King Corbin pinning Shinsuke Nakamura after hitting him with the End of Days. That led to a singles match between the two superstars on tonight’s (May 14) episode of SmackDown.
Even though neither wrestler is booked in a match this Sunday, May 16, at WrestleMania Backlash, WWE put in an effort towards making this match feel important. Given Nakamura’s “King of Strong Style” moniker, the fight was billed as the battle of two kings. Both superstars even got full entrances with inset promos to go along with it.
The match itself didn’t live up to that hype, with Nakamura getting pinned very quickly. But Shinsuke wasn’t going to just fade away from relevance. He got back in the ring and nailed Corbin with a Kinshasa. Then he took the king’s crown and dramatically adorned his head with it.
Nakamura now possesses the crown and seems completely infatuated with himself as he wears it. He isn’t officially the new king of WWE yet, but the King of Strong Style does look pretty damn good wearing that crown.
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