Shinsuke Nakamura has given the WWE Universe an update on his future in a way only he can.
The Japanese star has been linked with a return to his country in recent times and talk of a potential deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling is been rife. But Nakamura has attempted to put the rumors to rest.
British TV channel Sky Sports caught up with the 38-year-old performer and questioned him over the links to NJPW and his response was quite clear. He also revealed that, to date, there has been no contact from the Asian promotion.
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"Who said that?" Nakamura asked with a smile. "Moving to the U.S. is a big decision for my family. It's a long-term thing. Rumors say, 'Shinsuke Nakamura's contract expires [and] New Japan,' okay. New Japan didn't make contact with me."
Questioned further, over his future with the WWE and whether he had plans to stay, Nakamura was quite frank.
"Probably, but depends on [money]," he laughed as he did a "money" hand gesture.
Nakamura, a former three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, joined the WWE in 2016, having spent several years with NJPW. He has had a great spell in the WWE since his arrival and is now the holder of the United States Championship belt, having won it off Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules in July.
The Asian's turning heel and mustering a feud with current WWE Champion AJ Styles has seen his popularity soar even more. And, while his attempts to beat Styles and claim the title were unsuccessful, it is expected that he will win it at some point in the future.
Apart from winning three IWGP titles with NJPW, Nakamura has won the IWGP Intercontinental Champion on five occasions and is a one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion. He is also only one of two fighters to have won the NXT Championship more than once (Samoa Joe the other).
Nakamura is set to defend his United States Championship belt against Hardy at SummerSlam this Sunday. And, by the looks of things, there will be a lot more to come.