Shinsuke Nakamura only recently debuted on the main roster, coming to the “Smackdown Live” brand following “WrestleMania 33” in early April.

According to a recent article by WrestlingInc, WWE is returning to Madison Square Garden on Friday, July 7 for a “Raw” Live Event, and Shinsuke Nakamura made the card, despite being a “Smackdown Live” superstar.

Nakamura is scheduled to work against nemesis Dolph Ziggler on the card. Meanwhile, recent “NXT” call-up Elias Samson was scheduled to make his MSG debut during that show, but was pulled alongside appearances from Goldust, Curt Hawkins, Bo Dallas, Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews, R-Truth, Rhyno, Heath Slater and Kalisto.

The new card for the event is as follows:

  • Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
  • Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins
  • Finn Balor vs. Karl Anderson with Luke Gallows
  • The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose
  • Austin Aries vs. Neville
  • Cesaro & Sheamus vs. The Hardyz
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler

It is unknown if these changes are due to a WWE Network special. However, Wrestling Rumors will keep you up to date on the status of the MCG show and Nakamura’s appearance.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler: WWE Backlash 2017 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Editor’s Note:

Any time there is a show held at Madison Square Garden, I get excited. They are arguably some of the biggest Live Events that WWE does. It is interesting that a bunch of superstars on the “Raw” roster were unfortunately removed, but I guess they wanted more high profile matches to attract a larger audience. We’ll surely see over time, anyway.

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