Shinsuke Nakamura finally debuts on Smackdown Live

Played to the ring by Lee English Jr., his arrival felt like a moment in time destined to affect the brand well into the future.

The King of Strong Style was the second NXT star to debut on Smackdown on Tuesday following a crowd favourite, the ideal 10, Tye Dillinger.

Two nights after losing to John Cena and Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33, The Miz and Maryse came to the ring impersonating the newly engaged couple and mockingly announced that they were both leaving WWE for Hollywood.

Dillinger joins fellow NXT alumni such as Tyler Breeze, Mojo Rawley and Shinsuke Nakamura among others who are a part of the SmackDown roster. The language barrier may prove troublesome when it comes to cutting promos but Nakamura has a natural charisma about him that will make up for that one deficiency. The rousing reception took place when Nakamura's music burst through the arena with a violinist playing along during the Miz and Maryse's segment.

The post-WrestleMania edition of SmackDown on the USA Network drew an audience of 2.885 million viewers, tying the highest viewership the show has done since the WWE draft.

Finally, Nakamura and Ziggler ended up fighting. Nakamura followed close behind, making his way to the ring with usual swagger. Their ratings were down, which may have helped the SmackDown number slightly.

  • Salvatore Jensen