Somehow, SummerSlam is happening on Sunday. Like, this Sunday. Less than a week away. We’re all pretty excited about it here at With Spandex, or as excited as you can be about a show that’s probably going to be like seven hours long. By this point, SummerSlam is Brooklyn’s biggest block party, in just the third year as an NYC August staple. NXT is going to try to tear the house down on Saturday for the third straight year, and Superstars are already prepping their elaborate, quasi-WrestleMania entrances.
And Shinsuke Nakamura knows a thing or two about elaborate entrances. Regardless of how you feel about his time on the main WWE roster so far, there’s no denying that people go absolutely bonkers for his entrance, just like they did in NXT. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, Nakamura had what was probably his most popular and iconic entrance ever (in the United States), as violinist Lee England Jr. played Nakamura’s theme song live and the Barclays crowd went absolutely bonkers.
At this point, England is tied to Nakamura about as much as Nakamura and cool entrances are tied together. And to celebrate SummerSlam returning to NYC and Nakamura having his first WWE Championship match, WWE has ALREADY begun Nakamura’s entrance. England and in-house composers CFO$ took to the streets and byways of New York City to perform Nakamura’s theme song, for the benefit of lucky people with ears. And eyes, I guess.
Shout out to them performing in what I assume is Central Park for an audience of zero people. England also performed a solo version in Times Square, which is very cool, if a bit rushed.
How perfect is it that his solo rendition stops right in front of a huge poster for Kinky Boots? That image is essentially the footwear version of Shinsuke Nakamura.