On the Aug. 1, 2017 edition of SmackDown Live fans got to witness a dream match between Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena. The match ended with Nakamura getting the win clean over Cena -which is a very rare occurrence over the last decade (Cena only has 14 clean losses in the last 10 years). However, what had people talking even more than the Cena loss was the botched move near the end of the match.
At the end of the match, Nakamura hit an inverted exploder suplex on Cena, but the move didn’t go smoothly and Cena ended up landing on the back of his head and neck.
The move, as Alfred Konuwa of Bleacher Report pointed out, was similar to the move that ended with the unfortunate death of legendary Japanese wrestler Mitsuharu Misawa back in 2009 during a tag match.
Thankfully, Cena was fine and emerged from the incident without any injury. You can see Cena after the match lying on his back talking to the ref and moving his fingers to show that he is okay (being able to move your arms and legs and fingers and toes is a very good sign after a possible neck/spine injury). And it has also been noted that Nakamura was quick to apologize after the match, to which Cena responded, “don’t be sorry.”
However, while Cena seemed to take it in stride, Vince McMahon was reportedly furious over the incident as reported by Sports Illustrated. SI does also report though that McMahon’s anger was not so much geared towards Nakamura but more in defense of Cena who is still very much the 'Face That Runs The Place.'
But they do go on to state that if Nakamura were to make another big mistake on a big stage, then Vince’s opinion of The King of Strong Style would change.
Although, this isn't the first time that Nakamura's Strong Style has been involved in injuring an opponent. Back at a 2016 live event, a Nakamura strike to Austin Aries put The Greatest Man That Ever Lived out of the ring for several months. Something Austin took no time pointing out via Twitter after the Cena injury scare: