shinsuke nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura was the face of NXT for a while, but he was recently called up to the main roster, and now he’s part of SmackDown Live. WWE has been taking it slow with Nakamura, as he has yet to wrestle a match on the show, and he spoke for the first time since his main roster debut on the most recent episode.

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross noted in his latest blog that he’s looking forward to the evolution of Shinsuke Nakamura, but Shinsuke needs to find a way to effectively communicate with the fans.

“Anxious to see the pending evolution of Shinsuke Nakamura on SD Live especially when the gets into a serious, title oriented storyline. The only missing piece to the game of the King of Strong Style is his ability to communicate effectively to his English speaking audience which is addressable. Love Shin’s upside and charisma.”

Another star who is quickly climbing through the ranks of the SmackDown Live roster is Jinder Mahal. Jinder went from jobber to #1 contender basically overnight, and Ross thinks that WWE is making the right move taking a chance on Mahal.

“The Jinder Mahal ascension on the SDLive roster including him being the #1 contender for the WWE Title seems to be being overthought to some degree by a handful of pundits. The rapid advancement up the card of Jinder has some concerned, and I get that point, but I see it as worth the chance and, fast track or not, Mahal is somewhat of a calculated risk which is essentially the same thing that most promotions deal with when advancing new talents who suddenly appear on the main event radar.”

He also noted that he doesn’t think putting the belt on Mahal would be the worst idea.

“Question…what if Jinder Mahal becomes the next, WWE Champion? Stranger things have happened and it’s not the worse idea that I’ve heard lately. This shocker might be worth a bit of consideration.”

How will you react if Jinder Mahal becomes WWE Champion at Backlash? Sound off in the comments below.