A.J. Styles" 2018 feud via Shinsuke Nakamura never before met the fans" expectations. Styles defined why that wound up being the case.




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When Shinsuke Nakamura won the 2018 men"s Royal Rumble, it set the stage for a highly anticipated WWE Championship showdown through A.J. Styles at WrestleMania 34.

The 2 superstars formerly clashed at the Wrestle Kingdom 10 event for New Japan Pro-Wrestling on Jan. 4, 2016, wright here Nakamura emerged victorious. Two years later on, fans throughout the people got to check out a hyped up rematch on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

Given their world-course and elite in-ring skills, the Nakamura-Styles enhance lugged exceptionally high expectations. Both superstars were shining as top-tier babyencounters on the SmackDvery own Live roster, too, so the WrestleMania crow in New Orleans had actually eincredibly reason to intend an immediate class.


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The complement wasn"t devastating by any kind of indicates, but it certainly wasn"t as jaw-dropping as fans intended. It lasted just over 20 minutes, through Styles ultimately scoring the pinfall victory on Nakamura to retain his WWE Championship.

The the majority of memorable component of the bout was the aftermath, when Nakamura pulled off an unmeant heel turn by viciously attacking Styles.

So why didn"t the Styles-Nakamura WrestleMania 34 bout reach the high expectations of the fans and also wrestling prognosticators? Styles mutual his take on After The Bell (h/t WrestlingInc.com):

"Expectations are method also high. I recognize Nakamura (believed so) too because no issue what we would have done in that enhance, the expectations were means too high. Here"s what the majority of people don"t understand also. Crowd, fans, the WWE Universe, New Japan and all that stuff, their fans are everything. They"re every little thing. They set the tone on what is a great match.

It"s how they respond to it, and also in Japan, they"re so respectful. When they carry out respond, it"s expensive. Wow, this is such an exceptional enhance, but had that very same complement been done in a WWE ring without the very same response, it"s not going to be declared as that great of a match. Fans are every little thing. They dictate an excellent match. It"s just the reality and the truth of the whole thing, and also many civilization don"t understand also. The expectations, they were so high bereason what we did at Wrestle Kingdom. I was prefer, "oh guy." I still think it was a good complement."

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Styles would certainly efficiently retain his title over Nakamura in a recomplement at the Greatest Royal Rumble, which ended in a twin countout. Another anticipated showdown at Backlash met another lackluster finishing - a attract once both superstars were unable to beat the referee"s 10-second count.

They claburned aacquire at Money in the Bank, and this one lastly had a clean finishing, with Styles emerging victorious in a last guy standing bout.

Blame The Writers & Booking Decisions

Nakamura and also Styles have constantly shown fine in-ring chemistry. Why was their 2018 feud such a disappointment? It"s basic. WWE artistic insulted fans through such awful booking throughout the Nakamura-Styles regime. Having WWE Championship matches finish in double countouts or draws? That was always going to be a recipe for disappointment. It"s disappointing that WWE never before made the a lot of of this feud, because it had all the maqueens to be somepoint distinct.