Since coming over from NXT, Shinsuke Nakamura has failed to develop as the main event star many expected of him. Of course, that's more on the creative team and its poor usage of the former New Japan Pro Wrestling star.
Nakamura has put on a series of excellent matches, but lost to Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam and was booked as a non-factor for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.
Many former WWE superstars have also talked about their doubts about Nakamura working and getting over with the crowd, including Edge. You can now add NJPW star Kenny Omega to the list of stars that aren't pleased with the way Nakamura's WWE tenure has gone. Here's what he said during an interview with Sports Illustrated:
“Everything in WWE is super over-booked. Some people in WWE even need the steps and their footing in the ring choreographed...When you’re used to dealing with people who need that match management, who need to have that much choreography in their matches before they go out there and perform, then when a guy like Nakamura–who is this new age ‘strong style,’ and a lot of that is based off emotion and feeling and fighting spirit–wrestles someone who needs marks on the ring so that he can get his footing right with a set of instructions, that’s where Nakamura’s style gets lost in translation. Everything starts to come across as soulless, if that makes any sense.”
Nakamura is one of the many superstars to come over from NXT with plenty of hype, only to be used poorly by the creative team. Bayley, Sami Zayn and Big Cass can all relate to Nakamura's situation.
But with the Royal Rumble a month away, it could set up the chance for Nakamura to finally receive his big push in the WWE. He's an extremely rare talent, and is well over with the crowd.
At 37 years of age, Nakamura only has so many prime wrestling years left, and WWE has to give him the push before it's too late. Otherwise, many of us will be agreeing with just about every word Omega had to share with Sports Illustrated.