On Thursday, WWE announced its two annual shows in Japan at Sumo Hall in Tokyo which have already sold out with Shinsuke Nakamura as the primary reason.
The most notable aspect of the announcement is that WWE did not at all cater the shows for the Japanese audience, but instead just did a regular show with Nakamura and fellow NXT star — women’s champion Asuka — working down on the card instead.
In particular, Asuka is not working at all with WWE women’s champ Charlotte on the tour even though Asuka would be the lead babyface to the audience in the women’s division. Instead, both women will be defending their respective belts.
July 1st lineup
WWE Champion Roman Reigns vs. A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens
John Cena vs. Chris Jericho
WWE Tag Team Champions New Day vs. Usos vs. Vaudevillains vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Nakamura vs. Bray Wyatt
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Natalya
Titus O’Neil vs. Baron Corbin
NXT Champion Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
July 2nd lineup:
WWE Champ Reigns vs. Styles vs. Jericho
Cena vs. Owens
WWE Tag Team Champs New Day vs. Vaudevillains
Nakamura vs. Wyatt
Usos vs. Gallows & Anderson
WWE Women’s Champ Charlotte vs. Lynch
Ziggler vs. Corbin
NXT Women’s Champ Asuka vs. Natalya