5 SummerSlam Debutants Who Challenged For The WWE Title

Will Shinsuke Nakamura follow in these fellows' footsteps?


Shinsuke Nakamura is all set to join an elite crew of WWE Superstars when he takes to the ring on 20 August in Brooklyn at SummerSlam. The 'King Of Strong Style' will be making his first appearance at the biggest party of the summer in the WWE Championship match, an achievement not too many that have come before him can boast.

Of course, making your SummerSlam bow in the match of all matches is down to timing. Like Nakamura, if you make your main roster debut in the immediate aftermath of WrestleMania and are given a suitable push then you're onto a winner. However, as we'll discover during the course of this list there are a number of ways to make it to the main event at one of the company's fabled big four.

WWE's 'Rockstar' has made it to the championship match against Jinder Mahal against the odds. His initial spell on the main roster has been colder than your leftover turkey on Boxing Day. He's been made to feel like just another superstar with the way he's been booked with the reigns certainly applied to his in-ring work. Hopefully, this has been a deliberate ploy from WWE, who will allow Nakamura to unleash the kind of performance we haven't seen since his NXT debut against Sami Zayn in Dallas - taking our breath away when we're perhaps not really expecting it.

Here are the five other stars who made their Summerslam debut in the WWE Championship match...

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