Sunday, September 15, 2019

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jinder Mahal (2017)

Apart from the stupendously good main event, 2017’s Summerslam was a bit of a wet blanket of a PPV and this match was one of the biggest reasons why. Shinsuke Nakamura was still on a big wave of momentum after joining the WWE and he was being put in a WWE Championship match against The Modern Day Maharajah and meme lord himself Jinder Mahal. With Jinder having been, in the eyes of the audience, an undeserving WWE Champion for some time by this point, people were hoping that Nakamura would dethrone him and become the first Japanese wrestler to hold the WWE Championship since the unrecognised reign of Antonio Inoki. Unfortunately, this was not to be and Jinder retained the title with the help of The Singh Brothers. This could have been a great time to boost Nakamura right to the top as an elite level competitor with a win over an utterly hated character and WWE just threw that away completely. In hindsight though, this made AJ Styles’ victory over Mahal in Manchester, UK all the more sweeter, so that’s why this entry is very low down on the list comparatively.

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