6 Ups & 3 Downs From Last Night's WWE SmackDown (Oct 9)


3. This Is Getting Silly

Shinsuke Nakamura

So that's another week without significant involvement from United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and something's got to give.

'The King Of Strong Style' has done little since taking the secondary belt. He occasionally shows up for a quick interview and/or a fun midcard scrap, but that's it. No featured bouts, no big programmes, no feuds: nothing. He's flotsam. He's Tye Dillinger. He's just a guy.

Though the Rey Mysterio announcement at least guarantees Nakamura will have something fun to do next week, who's to say it'll lead to anything bigger? After being used as a facilitator in the Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy and 'The Viper's' recent micro-feud with Dillinger, it looks like he's now in a borderline enhancement role, rather than a featured one, and it stinks.

Let's get Nakamura back on television and into a regular programme ASAP. He isn't a perfect WWE worker, but he's too good to be languishing, and he holds a belt. Neither him nor the US Title will ever be anything until the company fix this issue.


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