Samoa Joe beat Tyson Kidd. It appeared Kidd was injured during the match. Once it was over, Natalya raced to the back. Cesaro hopped into the ring very quickly. The referee threw up the x sign. Kidd was pissed leaving the ring and appeared to be holding his neck/collarbone. It was a nice surprise to see Joe. A mark out moment for this long time fan to see him live.
How is the match card shaping up for next month’s special live event from Japan?
As announced last night on WWE NXT, WWE will be airing a live event on the WWE Network next month from Tokyo, Japan on July 4.
The match card is quickly developing for this event, which you can see below.
NXT Championship Match
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Finn Balor
WWE Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella (c) vs. Paige
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd
Chris Jericho vs. Neville
Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston
John Cena and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane and Bad News Barrett
The Lucha Dragons vs. Los Matadores
There are a few takeaways from this with the first being the tag title match. This one is set to change with Kidd now on the shelf due to a “pretty bad” neck injury. The Prime Time Players could be candidates to take Kidd and Cesaro’s spot.
Lesnar facing Kingston is an interesting call. It’s as fresh of a match-up as you can possibly get but given WWE usually pairs the best of the best against him, this was unexpected. A match with their two contrasting styles should be fun to watch.
Jericho vs. Neville should be a fun one to watch, too. Y2J doesn’t seem to have a problem putting over new stars so he’ll be making Neville look as good as possible here.
The biggest takeaway from this is Balor vs. Owens for the NXT Championship. Given the former wrestled in Japan for years in NJPW as Prince Devitt and has fans there, he should get his moment. This will also help phase out Owens from NXT, as he will be a full-time member of the main roster.
What are your thoughts on this big WWE Network event?