Shinsuke Nakamura’s WWE Future, Bandido/ROH News, Paige Update

Shinsuke Nakamura has reportedly been on New Japan Pro Wrestling’s
radar for a number of months. “The King of Strong Style” made a name for
himself in NJPW before coming to WWE in 2016, but some fans have
assumed that Shinsuke will be returning to Japan after his contract with
WWE expires in early 2019. Further speculation was made when (SPOILER)
Nakamura lost the United States Championship during the tapings for next
week’s SmackDown show. However, the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer
has informed fans via Twitter that Nakamura likely isn’t going anywhere.
Nakamura and his family moved to the US upon signing with WWE, and it
looks like he will likely stay in America and eventually end up
re-signing with WWE.

He’s not going back to Japan
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) December 19, 2018

It was reported earlier this week that Bandido had signed a full time deal with Ring of Honor. Bandido’s contract signing with ROH comes right after several other reports claiming that WWE also had interest in signing the Luchador to a deal. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, ROH actually had to fight hard in order to get Bandido to choose them. Bandido allegedly received an offer to come to All Elite Wrestling, but turned the upstart promotion down for right now. Meanwhile, WWE was said to have offered him a significantly lower deal than ROH. The company eventually offered Bandido more money, but ROH was still able to outbid them. As a result, Bandido will begin a new run in ROH starting in 2019.

Despite WWE officials reportedly liking Paige’s work as the SmackDown General Manager this year, she was removed from the position during this past Tuesday’s SmackDown show as part of an ongoing “shake up” from the McMahon family. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon stressed that Paige will still work for WWE in a different role, and some have speculated that she will join the pay-per-view Kickoff show panels. According to Cageside Seats, one other reason why WWE chose to end Paige’s run as GM is because she will be featured less on television anyway soon in order to do promotional work for the “Fighting With My Family” movie. The film, which is a biopic based on the former wrestler, will be released in theaters in February.

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