WWE News: Reason Behind Shinsuke Nakamura Vs. Ziggler Opening Backlash PPV
Shinsuke Nakamura made his in-ring debut on the main roster during this Sunday’s Backlash PPV.
It turned out to be one of the most anticipated nights for the WWE Universe. They always wanted to see The Artist in action for quite a while and got it delivered, big time.
Nakamura was able to earn his first victory by giving it all against the show-off in the match. They are considered to be the veterans in the WWE and hence the match turned out to be an instant classic. In the end, the former NXT champion connected with his pendant Kinshasa to pick up the win.
But, the contest turned out to be the opener of the night which came as a big surprise for the fans. Previously, the night was supposed to take off with the United States championship match between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens but the creative decided to replace it with Nakamura’s appearance.
The reason behind that is also quite interesting. The Backlash went head to head with the veteran Lebron James and an NBA playoff. The number three-game between Cleveland Cavaliers & Boston Celtics series were happening at the same time of the Smackdown-exclusive PPV.
But, the creative did receive sometimes since Backlash kicked off thirty minutes prior to the NBA playoff. Plus, an additional half an hour was also reserved for the main event of the night. So, they wanted to schedule two major matches on the appropriate slot so that no clash happens with the NBA game and the main events.
The Styles vs. Owens contest went on to clash against the NBA game since it had the potential of becoming a dream match with two marquee players. Plus, WWE creative also knew that there will be controversial count-out finish to the match. So, it was evident that this should not be the opener for the night.
WWE will have to encounter such problems in the near future too since there will be more NBA games during the upcoming episodes of Raw and Smackdown.
As for Nakamura, he is having the strong momentum by his side and will go forward with it. As per the recent updates, he will be one of the participants in the Money in the Bank match.
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