Shinsuke Nakamura was featured in the debut episode of the new WWE Network original series, WWE Chronicle, which dropped this week on the WWE digital subscription service. The show documented Nakamura’s journey from the WWE Royal Rumble in January all the way through the final episode of SmackDown Live before WrestleMania 34.

Featured below are some of the highlights of topics Nakamura spoke about during the episode.

On people misunderstanding what “Strong Style” means: “A lot of people misunderstand what is ‘Strong Style.’ Hard hit, stiff, I don’t think so. So, ‘Strong Style’ came from the Japanese wrestling founder Rikidozan. ‘Strong Style’ is a kind of philosophy, expression of emotion. I say something by wrestling. I express my emotion, like, what I think, what I feel by wrestling using real technique.”

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On his past MMA experience and how it helped him come up with his KINSHASHA! finisher: “I only had just five matches in MMA, but every fight gave me a great experience, especially [my] first match against Belarusian fighter Alexey Ignashov. I couldn’t do anything because [it was] too much pressure. [I was] too nervous. [I] couldn’t control myself. But I did a shoot tackle, maybe 10 times. But one time, he did a counter, knee to my face. Everybody thought, ‘oh, Nakamura [is] dead. [The] match is over,’ but I didn’t [die]. I [stood] up. I still wanted to fight, but the referee stopped, the company stopped. Then, I [decided] I need this. I need the most dangerous finish. That’s why I use knee to face.”

On feeling like he was too young to be the IWGP Champion his first time around: “The first time I got [the] IWGP [championship], I was the youngest IWGP Champion. That time, I hold the belt [and] I felt, ‘oh, this belt’s too heavy, so heavy’ because I didn’t have experience. I felt just a responsibility.”

Check out the complete debut episode of WWE Chronicle by subscribing to the WWE Network today.

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