WWE Hall of Famer ‘Road Dogg’ Jesse James has stated that the 2018 fight in between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura was catered towards online fans.
After winning the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble, Nakamura challenged Styles (the WWE Champion at the time) at WrestleMania 34.
Offered the traditional the 2 guys had at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 2 years prior, the WrestleMania match had a great deal of buzz surrounding it, and lots of felt at the time that it didn’t reach expectations.
On his Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, James, who belonged to the SmackDown composing group at the time, attended to the reservation of the match. He stated:
” We seemed like we were listening to the global wrestling neighborhood. A great deal of individuals believe in a different way about that match than I did. Like, I believed it was an excellent match. I believe I’ve seen matches from theirs in Japan where it was simply a various response and a various crowd to things, and I’ve seen them have much better matches in Japan.
” It was everything about providing the IWC, you understand, that’s simply the reality of it, it had to do with providing what they desired and it was likewise great company.”
Designs maintained his title versus Nakamura, who would turn heel after the match, establishing future championship that would see AJ maintain his title.
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