VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the amazing story of one of Japan’s greatest professional wrestlers, Shinsuke Nakamura, with the release of KING OF STRONG STYLE: 1980-2014 on August 7th.
The autobiography debuts as a single-volume, hardcover print edition and as digital edition. Both editions include numerous photographs that document Nakamura’s life. The print MSRP for KING OF STRONG STYLE: 1980-2014 will be $26.99 U.S. / $35.99 CAN. The worldwide digital MSRP will be $13.99 U.S.
Before he became a star of American professional wrestling, Shinsuke Nakamura was Japan’s “King of Strong Style.” Follow his life and career from the amateur grappling ranks to the Nippon Budokan, thrill to his matches against such legends as Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, his reign as the youngest New Japan Pro-Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, and his success as a mixed martial artist. Nakamura was recently featured in the main event at Wrestlemania 34, which was held at the at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana in April.
“Shinsuke Nakamura conquered the incredibly intense and competitive world of Japanese wrestling and also rose to the top of the North American pro wrestling scene,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor. “This new autobiography chronicles his life and career both inside and outside the ring and will be an inspiring and insightful read for all fans of pro wrestling and pop culture.”
Born in Kyoto, February 24, 1980, Shinsuke Nakamura began amateur wrestling in high school before attending university at Aoyama Gakuin University. After a brilliant career there, he joined New Japan Pro-Wrestling in March 2002 and made his professional debut at Nippon Budokan in a match against Tadao Yasuda on August 29, 2002. On December 9, 2003, a mere sixteen months into his professional career, he crushed Hiroshi Tenzan and was crowned the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history. Even as he pursued greatness in the professional wrestling ring, Nakamura participated in MMA, facing Daniel Gracie of the legendary jiu-jitsu family, and superheavyweight kickboxing champion Alexey Ignashov. Now he thrills fans in the United States and beyond on a weekly basis as one of the top wrestlers in the world.