As you may have noticed recently on Smackdown Live, Shinsuke Nakamura has suddenly been referred to as “The Artist Known as Shinsuke Nakamura;” but why? Wouldn’t any of the other superstars also be considered artists? It’s not like Nakamura comes out and paints or anything, at least not yet.
Our super sleuth backstage spies tell us that the plan is to repackage Shinsuke Nakamura as a stereotypical artist character. The move is being done because Vince McMahon doesn’t “get” Nakamura nor his mannerisms. Our people overhead McMahon stating “what’s he doing out there flailing around? It’s like he’s some crazy artist that’s going to paint or something….THAT’S IT!!!”
Word has it that Triple H just remained in face palm position, before trying to explain Nakamura’s history in NXT and the great matches he had, but McMahon insisted that no one watches NXT and all anyone really wants is characters, not wrestling.
McMahon continued “Yes, yes, he’ll come out and he’ll have a….a PAINTING of his opponent! Then the heel will be pissed off and it will be fantastic!” McMahon reportedly thinks that Nakamura’s lack of English will prevent him from becoming a huge star, but the artist gimmick will be what saves him. Apparently the WWE wardrobe department is already hard at work at creating a stereotypical foreign artist attire that Vince feels will get the character over.
As seen recently on Smackdown live by the lack of actual Nakamura matches, the plan is to debut “The Artist” and have him wrestle short matches where the opponent’s painting will be the highlight because as Vince stated, “no one cares about the wrestling” – he also apparently has selective hearing.