The wrestling world is full of so much talent from different parts of the world. More and more foreigners are moving to American soil to compete with their American counterparts. Usually, the wives of these foreign wrestlers don’t relocate to the US with their husbands, but Harumi Maekawa is not among that lot as she moved with her husband to the US in his journey to take his career to the next level. Here is more about the wife of WWE’s 2018 Royal Rumble Winner Shinsuke Nakamura.
Harumi Maekawa Bio
Harumi Maekawa was born on the 2nd day of February 1981 in Japan, where she grew up. She is Asian by heritage. Information on her early and family life is scarce. Harumi graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University located in Shibuya, a popular business and entertainment city in Tokyo Prefecture. It is in college that she met current husband and professional wrestler Shinsuke Nakamura. It isn’t clear what she majored on at school. Perhaps in time to come, Harumi Maekawa will accept the fame her husband’s career has brought her and will share more details about her life.
Harumi Maekawa and Shinsuke Nakamura’s Relationship and Marriage
Harumi Maekawa met Shinsuke Nakamura for the first time at Aoyama Gakuin University. At the time, Shinsuke was a wrestler on the university team, as well as a two-time champion at the time. The two got to get together thanks to mutual friends. Shinsuke’s persona rubbed off on Harumi quite well, and it was no surprise. The 6 feet 2 inches wrestling star made a lasting impression on her and around 1999 they began dating.
Fast forward several years later., in June 2007, Shinsuke popped the question, and Harumi Maekawa said yes. The lovely couple exchanged their vows at a lavish wedding of over 400 guests on the 1st of September, 2007 in Tokyo. The wedding was attended by family, friends, and some Japanese wrestlers and celebrities.
What to Know About Harumi Maekawa’s Husband
Maekawa’s husband, Shinsuke Nakamura, is a Japanese professional wrestler who started out his professional wrestling career in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Upon passing the NJPW’s entrance exam, Nakamura was accepted into the dojo and focused his skills on professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Despite the busy schedule, this meant Nakamura would have to adapt, Harumi nevertheless stayed by his side and supported him. His wrestling feats took him into the 2001 Grade One Climax tournament held in August 2007.
Nakamura was poised to win the tournament after being nicknamed Super Rookie, and he almost did. In the semi-finals match against Yuji Nagata, Nakamura dislocated his shoulder. The injury forced him to forfeit the tournament, and he was given time off to recover. During the lull in his schedule, Nakamura decided to use the reprieve to get married to his longtime girlfriend Harumi Maekawa.
Ever the supportive person, Harumi Maekawa kept hailing and cheering on for her husband as he would go on to win many more titles including IWGP Heavyweight Champion, New Japan Cup, and IWGP Intercontinental Champion. Harumi Maekawa’s support was so great that when her husband moved to the US after signing with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc, she followed him and relocated to the US. Her husband is very good friends with Brock Lesnar, and on several occasions, he has both trained with and fought with the American professional wrestler.
Harumi Maekawa has done a very good job of keeping a low profile over the years; right from her stay in Japan with Shinsuke Nakamura up till her relocation to the United States. Her ability to stay away from the spotlight and have the freedom to do what she wants without scrutiny is also thanks to Japanese cultural norms. Unlike how their American counterparts tend to share as much as they can with their fans and the public, Japanese celebrities have a strict code when it comes to their fame. They take great care and intent to separate their professional life from their personal life. Shinsuke Nakamura has been very meticulous about this, and he has so far been able to help keep his wife and his love life away from the media.
Harumi Maekawa no doubt enjoys not being in the spotlight always, and she lives happily and comfortably with her husband. Thanks to his numerous endorsements, adverts, and wrestling matches, Harumi can afford to live a lavish lifestyle without hurting the family’s pocket. Estimates give that Shinsuke Nakamura earns up to $400k for every main event. He has an estimated net worth of $3.6 million. The couple lives together in Orlando, Florida, having WWE superstars Triple H and John Cena as neighbors.