• Reason Behind Shinsuke Nakamura Not Wrestling As Of Late
Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura is currently out of action with a hand injury.
Rick Boogs, his tag team partner and hype man, revealed this during an interview on the Out Of Character podcast.
Below is what Boogs said:
“We’ve only had a couple of tag matches together. And he suffered a hand injury that’s kept him out for close to 2 months now it seems like.
So, I’m kind of just looking forward as of right now for him to be healthy and cleared and then us just kick some tail.
And then from there, down the road we’ll branch off. I’m in no rush with that.
I think it’s inevitable that [their break-up] is gonna happen. I’m not looking to like rush it by any means because I feel like me and Shin have not even scratched the surface yet of what we can do together, combining our forces. We’re just getting cooking here.”
Nakamura’s last match took place on December 18. He won the Intercontinental Championship on the August 13th episode of SmackDown, but hasn’t had a lot of televised title defenses.
He was originally scheduled to defend the Intercontinental Title against Sami Zayn at the WWE Day 1 PPV on January 1, but the match didn’t take place due to his injury.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 11, 1997) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It was pre-taped at the All-Star Cafe in New York City, New York and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1997’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Fake Diesel vs. Marc Mero
2. Faarooq vs. Savio Vega
3. Rocky Maivia vs. Fake Razor Ramon
4. Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon vs. The Headbangers