Shinsuke Nakamura Is Key to Making NXT TakeOver: Dallas Truly Marquee Event

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJanuary 28, 2016


Shinsuke Nakamura's arrival transforms NXT TakeOver: Dallas into an absolute supercard.

During WrestleMania 32 weekend, NXT won't have to worry about getting overshadowed. The developmental brand is set to welcome a star big enough to headline WrestleMania.

The buzz for the latest TakeOver is already crackling like mad. In addition to being the usual stellar showcase of talent that these specials are, it will also mark the debut of a once-in-a-generation talent.

During a recent NXT taping, a video aired on the big screen revealing that all the Nakamura rumors are indeed true. Knowing it couldn't keep this secret until the show aired, WWE announced on its official website that Nakamura is indeed on his way. NXT's official Twitter account also confirmed the news:

He will debut at the TakeOver event in Dallas that will precede WrestleMania 32. As noted on (link contains spoilers), Nakamura will face Sami Zayn at the event.

That development elevates Takeover, making it even more must-see. Fans will flock to see the former New Japan Pro Wrestling star take his first steps into the WWE world. 

Nakamura is an acquisition like no other. That's clear from the massive praise people in the industry have heaped on him.

Last year, Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) called him "the best":

In an interview with, NXT champion Finn Balor said, "Nakamura, being one of the most charismatic wrestlers on the planet, is an absolute game-changer unlike anyone that is out there right now." 

Jim Ross wrote on his blog, "WWE does not have two better singles wrestlers currently on their roster than AJ [Styles] and Nakamura."

That's saying a lot considering WWE's roster boasts men like Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, John Cena and Kevin Owens.

Styles debuted at the Royal Rumble, and it looks as if WWE is prepping him for a prime spot on the WrestleMania stage. NXT, meanwhile, will get the other half of that vaunted pair, making TakeOver a deeper, more intriguing event.

Nakamura vs. Zayn has a dream-match quality to it. Both men are elite ring-workers with a reputation for coming through most in the biggest bouts. 

The collision is set to be a way to entice diehard fans who have watched both men's work outside of WWE. It is a never-before-seen clash, a contest with potential to be the talk of the weekend, even after WrestleMania is over.

As Jason Hall of Today's Knockout wrote, of all the bouts on the TakeOver card, "no match should be as anticipated as Nakamura’s debut."

TakeOver: Dallas will benefit from Nakamura's debut just as the Royal Rumble did with Styles' arrival. It turns the event into one that promises to make history.

Nakamura could well go on to become a pillar of WWE, one of the warriors who leads the company into the next era. TakeOver: Dallas is set to tell the first chapter in that potential story.