Speaking to Lillian Garcia on her Chasing Glory podcast, Karl Anderson shared a story on Shinsuke Nakamura being a great guy.
Anderson was training at New Japan’s Los Angeles dojo and struggling for money. He was sleeping in the ring, and some days he could not afford to eat.
Luckily for Anderson, Nakamura was sent to the dojo to train as he was under a New Japan contract. The pair become friends, and Nakamura would really help Anderson out.
Anderson told Garcia:
“It was two years, it was terrible like living in this dojo, you know I had no money at all. There was a time when Shinsuke Nakamura was there too. He had just came in from New Japan just to be there.”
“He said ‘Karl, please let’s go eat.’ I said, ‘Shinsuke, I can’t eat, buddy I’m a little low on money.’ He says, ‘What? No, come with me, come with me, please.’”
“So we go and he takes me to an ATM and he goes ‘Put in your card in your ATM.’ I said, ‘I don’t have any money in it, please, don’t make me do it.’ He goes, ‘Put your card in the ATM.’ So I put it in and he goes, ‘Check balance,’ and I do and I got like $14 in there and he goes, ‘What happened?!’ I said, ‘Life, man.’”
“He says, ‘I take care,’ and for like six months he bought me food every single day. I could have gotten a job, right? The people there told me they didn’t want me getting a job, they wanted me training every day. Sometimes there would be food there, there’s proteins, so there was some stuff to eat, but Shin took care of me every night.”
In an industry where we often hear the negatives of the dog eat dog wrestling business, it is great to hear stories like this, and that the brotherhood is real.