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Shinsuke Nakamura and Brock Lesnar are both currently WWE Superstars, but even though we haven’t seen them face off on WWE programming, they have crossed paths in the past.

Nakamura and Lesnar faced off in NJPW in 2006, and a Reddit user recently unearthed some interesting quotes from Shinsuke’s book which detail his time working with Lesnar.

According to Shinsuke, he cried after facing Brock Lesnar in Japan.

“Part of that was luck. But that match was seriously rough. First, Lesnar was saying all this stuff about how he respected New Japan, but it felt to me like that was just for show, that he didn’t really respect the promotion. Like, somewhere, he was looking down on Japanese people. I lost the match, and that was the first time I cried at pro wrestling after a match.”

Shinsuke went on to say that he got the sense that Brock Lesnar had no love for pro wrestling, and he was just doing his job.

He also added that he didn’t like Brock’s personality, and felt he was a heel to the core.

“I felt like this was too much; he was seriously scoffing at us. Lesnar won the championship and took the belt home, I told Simon if the company didn’t get it’s shit in order, that belt was definitely going to get nicked. I didn’t honestly believe that when we fought. But it ended up just like I feared. He has the physical stuff, plus a straightforward strength and a certain amount of flexibility, so there was a bit of the monster to him. But I didn’t like his personality, you know? He might have made a real mark in UFC, but he didn’t even seem to notice the audience booing. I was like, ‘Oh, this guy’s a heel to the core.’”