The WWE Network will be airing a special event on July 4 in Tokyo, Japan and the super show will feature a star studded line-up including the likes of Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho and John Cena.
A number of impressive matches are set to take place, and one of the highly promoted matches which was announced earlier this week will feature the NXT Champion Kevin Owens.
He will defend his gold against the number one contender, Finn Bálor.
OWENS VS. BÁLOR
Kevin Owens retained his NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable against Sami Zayn in the main event before moving up to the main roster and defeating John Cena clean in the middle of the ring at the WWE Elimination Chamber event.
Whilst Finn Bálor became the number one contender by defeating Tyler Breeze in a match where Hideo Itami’s injury meant he couldn’t compete, if he did then the match in Japan could have featured Itami.
That win meant Bálor gets another shot at the NXT Championship and he will use his opportunity early next month. Indeed, the likelihood is Finn Bálor will become the new NXT Champion in Japan.
The WWE have heavily promoted this match and they wouldn’t promote it for no ordinary reason especially when some big names are involved. It is expected that due to Kevin Owens’ move to the main roster he is set to drop his gold to complete the transition which will allow him to become a full-time member of the main event roster and he won’t need to continue to be a part of the NXT tapings.
The Sumo Hall is the perfect place for this match. It'll be a huge moment for Finn Bálor if he is given the green light to become the new champion as he made his name for himself as Prince Devitt in the country, and to come full circle and capture a championship in the WWE at the place he honed his craft will be fantastic.
Finn Bálor and Kevin Owens is just one of many great matches set to take place on the July 4 show. Chris Jericho also makes his return and will take on the man that gravity forgot, Neville, and that match takes place just 24 hours after Jericho will battle Bálor in Japan.
The New Day are set to defend their WWE Tag Team Championships against Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. Unfortunately, that match could be up in the air with Kidd’s recent injury at the hands of Samoa Joe on Monday, although there’s a chance he could be fit to compete.
The Lucha Dragons will also be in action as they take on Los Matadores whilst Nikki Bella defends her WWE Diva’s Championship against Paige and Naomi.
Dolph Ziggler teams up with John Cena in another tag team bout, as they take on the team of Kane and King Barrett but the biggest surprise comes in the form of Brock Lesnar who will work his first house show in over a decade when he takes on Kofi Kingston.
The reason for this is that Lesnar wanted to travel to Japan to meet retired Japanese wrestler Masa Saito, and figured it would make sense to make it tax deductible and compete in a match. Going up against a solid worker like Kofi it will definitely keep the crowd entertained to see Lesnar dominate like only he can.
Even with some huge names on the cards, the Japanese crowd will also have eyes on Finn Bálor who is set to become the new NXT Champion in what could be a huge night for him.