During a recent interview with ESPN to promote this coming Saturday night's WWE NXT TakeOver: Orlando event, NXT Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura discussed a number of different topics, which include the following:
How "The King of Pop" Michael Jackson Influenced His Career
"Michael had charisma. With Michael Jackson, when he moved, it looked like a martial artist to me. He was quicker than other dancers but he didn’t have muscles; he was just quicker and looked more in control of gravity. He looked like a martial arts master so I tried to steal body movement from him; that’s why I imitate Michael Jackson a little bit."
How His NXT Debut Set the Tone for His WWE Career
"That moment was the first step of my new journey. For a long time, almost 14 years, I wrestled in Japan, so I didn’t think I would leave New Japan Pro Wrestling, but I started changing my mind. I wanted to see the other world. I wanted to change something. I wanted to be bigger. I wanted to change my world so I felt it was my destiny to come here. At TakeOver Dallas I wrestled Sami Zayn. I never wrestled with him before. Everything was for the first time, but I already had experienced wrestling at huge venues so I wasn’t nervous — but that match was huge for me."
On "Strong Style" Being a Big Part of His Arsenal
"Strong style is a philosophy for Japanese wrestling fans that was created by New Japan Pro Wrestling founder Antonio Inoki. He wanted you to show every motion and show real technique in the ring. It’s important to use real techniques from real life and real martial arts. The detail is important."
To check out the interview in full, click here.