AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura had a very interesting feud earlier this year in WWE. The entire storyline was set up this past January. Nakamura won the 2018 Royal Rumble match to punch his ticket to WrestleMania 34. Immediately, Nakamura declared his intentions to challenge WWE Champion AJ Styles.
Styles and Nakamura put on a match that received mixed reviews from fans in April. When their bout at “The Show Of Shows” concluded, Nakamura pulled a rabbit out the hat by blindsiding Styles with a heel turn. After losing the Styles, the pair embraced and showed respect. However, Nakamura hit Styles with a low blow before attacking him more.
This would set up a several-month-long feud between the duo. During a recent interview with TV Insider, Nakamura looked back on his battles with “The Phenomenal One”:
“I wanted to do more for the first time on WWE. I think I could show myself more against AJ. But still, I liked getting the chance against AJ,” Nakamura said. “After WrestleMania I became the heel, but I didn’t show everything. Just a little bit.”
Throughout their battles and trials on TV, Nakamura continued to hit Styles with low blows. Fans described Nakamura’s tendency to target Styles’ manhood an “obsession”:
“I wanted to say the idea came from myself, but it’s not true. I don’t want to say who it was. Everybody can imagine,” he said.
“It was awesome because when I hit the low blow at WrestleMania, all the Japanese fans were shocked. The people in the arena were loud. They were like, ‘Yeah!’”