Shinsuke Nakamura
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WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura is reportedly out of action with an injury. As per the comments from his tag team partner, Rick Boogs, an injury suffered in his hands is keeping him away from in-ring competition. WWE is yet to confirm the same, as of this writing.

Boogs appeared on FOX Sports’ “Out of Character” podcast hosted by Ryan Satin and revealed that Shinsuke Nakamura picked up a hand injury in recent times. This is the reason that the mid-card champion has not wrestled since he and Boogs defeated Madcap Moss and Happy Baron Corbin at a WWE live event in Rockford, Illinois on December 18.

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Shinsuke Nakamura injury revealed by his tag team partner

Boogs revealed during the conversation that he’s interested in breaking out and doing more singles matches in WWE for the time being. With Shinsuke Nakamura assisting him from ringside, he defeated Sami Zayn in a singles contest this past episode of Smackdown.

“I think it’s inevitable that it’s gonna happen,” Boogs said while revealing Shinsuke Nakamura’s injury. “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.”

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“We’ve only had a couple of tag matches together. And he suffered a hand injury that’s kept him out for close to two 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.” (quotes courtesy F4WONLine)

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Boogs added that the only time Shinsuke Nakamura wasn’t at his side was for the WWE live event the day after Christmas, which was the Tampa show, where Boogs digested a loss to Corbin.

At present on Smackdown, Sami Zayn is the current number-one contender to Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Title, but WWE has not announced when that title match will take place. Nakamura is making TV appearance while being injured, who was also at ringside for Boogs’ win over Zayn, this Friday night.

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