- Show: WWE Japan Live Special
- Location: Tokyo, Japan at the Ryogoku Kokugikan
- Date: July 4th, 2015
- Aired On The WWENetwork
We are live from Japan and on the WWE Network! There is a video package shown hyping the epic clash between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor as well as the return of “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. Michael Cole welcomes us in and tells us that the Sumo Hall is sold out.
Singles Match: Neville vs. Chris Jericho
They lock up, Jericho works over the arm of Neville. Jericho missed a takedown and Neville hit a drop kick. Jericho rolled out of the ring and regrouped. Back in the ring, Jericho took him down and worked over the legs of Neville. Neville countered and got to his feet. A slow build of a match and the fans very invested into this one. Neville worked over the left arm of Jericho but then was clotheslined out of the ring.
Back in the ring, Neville dropkicked Jericho, but when going to the apron, Jericho hit a springboard dropkick to him. Jericho put a big chop to the chest of Neville. Back in the ring, Jericho went to the top rope and hit a crossbody for 2. Jericho with a headlock to Neville, but Neville fought out and rolled up Jericho for 2. Jericho cut him off to a kick to the back of the head. Jericho put a headlock to Neville, he fought out with right hands. Neville with a back kick then up kick and finished off with an attempted big boot, but missed. Neville to the top rope and hit a double axe.
Jericho with a running bulldog then went for the Walls of Jericho, but Neville countered. Neville with an elbow strike, a forearm strike. Neville put the kicks into Jericho’s chest in the corner.
Neville with an Irish whip followed by a back kick. Neville went to the top rope, but Jericho knocked him down. Jericho to the middle rope, but Neville blocked the suplex and pushed Jericho off. Neville went and missed the Red Arrow. Jericho with the Walls of Jericho on Neville, but Neville got to the bottom rope for the break. Jericho missed a spear and sent flying to the floor. Neville hit a dive over the top rope taking out Y2J. Back in the ring, Neville went to the apron and hit a springboard dropkick then a standing shooting star press for 2.
Neville off the ropes, but right into a forearm shot. Neville missed a dropkick and Jericho hit the Lionsault for 2. Jericho ran into a big boot, Neville to the apron and went for a springboard move, but Jericho caught him in mid-air and hit a codebreaker on Neville for a near fall. Neville blocked a suplex and hit one of his own. Neville with a superkick. Neville followed it up with another then hit the Red Arrow, but Jericho put the knees up and Neville locked in the Walls of Jericho for the win.
We see Brock Lesnar arriving earlier today alone.
Triple Threat WWE Divas Title Match: Tamina Snuka vs. Paige vs. Nikki Bella ©
All three girls started attempting to pin each other. Snuka clotheslined both girls, she sent Nikki to the floor. Paige hit Snuka in the ribs several times with some knee strikes. Nikki attacked her from behind, she hit a springboard kick to the face of Snuka for 2. Paige is on the floor. Snuka with a series of headbutts to the head of Nikki. Snuka with a suplex, Paige broke up the pin attempt. Paige with a series of headbutts, she and Nikki hit a suplex. They then drop kicked Snuka out of the ring. Nikki with a double leg takedown into mount and landed some strikes. Paige walked into a back elbow, but Nikki with a min spine buster for 2.
Nikki went for a move, but Paige countered with a knee to the face for 2. Paige with another knee then multiple of them in the corner. Paige knocked Snuka off the apron. Nikki with a back kick to Paige then landed some shoulder tackles in the corner. Nikki put Paige on the top rope and went for a suplex, but Snuka got under her to hit a powerbomb on Nikki thus sending Paige flying over her. Snuka covered both girls, but couldn’t get a pinfall. Snuka missed a splash on Nikki in the corner.
Paige super kicked Snuka while Nikki hit an Alabama Slamma on Paige. Paige with a kick to the gut of Nikki then hit the DDT for 2. Paige went for the PTO, but Snuka super kicked her in the face. Snuka hit a Samoan drop then went to the top rope. Snuka missed it and Nikki hit a big time forearm shot the win.
Winner and STILL champion: Nikki Bella.
A special video package hyping Brock Lesnar is shown.
Singles Match: Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston
Lesnar chased Kofi around the ring, once back in the ring, Lesnar hit him with a series of knees. Kofi dropkicked him, but Lesnar caught him in mid air and then hit a German suplex, but Kofi landed on his feet. Kofi with a series of dropkicks, but Lesnar no sold it. He caught Kofi and hit a sick German suplex that sent Kofi right on his head. Lesnar with another and started smiling about it. Lesnar hit the F5 for the win.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Post-match, Lesnar hit another German suplex then another F5. Xavier Woods and Big E ran down to the ring. Lesnar took them out, he hit an F5 to both of them.
Kevin Owens is shown getting prepared for his NXT Championship bout backstage. A video package is shown to recap the feud between Balor and Owens.
The ring aprons are changed to NXT and Finn Balor comes out as the Demon…. as Hideo Itami is shown in attendance. Streamers are thrown into the ring as Japanese women give the two men floors. Owens threw the floors to the floor.
WWE NXT Title Match: Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens ©
Balor with a running drop kick to Owens, Balor went to the top rope, but Owens rolled to the floor. Balor took him out with a dive. Back in the ring, Owens put the knuckles to Balor. Balor went for a drop kick, but Owens ducked and went to the floor. Balor hit a baseball slide to Owens. Balor sent Owens into the barricade then hit a drop kick for 2.
Back in the ring, they exchanged strikes. Balor with some chops, off the ropes, but caught and Owens hit a suplex for 2. Owens with some right hands from the mounted position. Owens taunted the crowd while he beatdown Balor and got some great heat by the fans. Balor with a series of forearm shots, but ran into a back elbow by Owens. Owens missed a splash in the corner, Balor went to the apron but was knocked down by Owens. This led to Owens tossing Balor into the steel steps. Back in the ring, Owens hit a back splash for 2. Back in the ring, Owens locked in a headlock. Balor fought out and hit a dropkick to the face of Owens.
Balor with a springboard forearm shot. Owens with two shoulder tackles then a side slam and went for the five knuckle shuffle and hit it. Owens went for the AA, but blocked and Balor hit a double foot stomp. Balor with a series of chops, he went for a reverse DDT but blocked. Owens missed a right hand and Balor hit him with a back kick. Owens missed a clothesline and went to the floor. Balor with a dive over the top rope taking him out. Back in the ring, Balor hit a double foot stomp then a reverse DDT for a near fall. Balor went to the top rope, he missed the double foot stomp and Owens hit a German suplex straight into a cannonball in the corner for 2. Owens then hit a cradle suplex for 2.
Owens ran into a big boot and Balor followed it up with the Sling Blade. Balor went to the top rope, but Owens knocked him down. Balor with a kick to the face of Owens and hit the double foot stomp on Owens for 2. Balor with a series of right hands to Owens then put him on the top rope. Balor went for a suplex, Owens blocked and went for a move, but reversed and Balor kicked him in the face.
Balor went for a hurricanrana, but blocked and Owens hit a front senton off the top rope. Owens went to the top rope, he went for a Swanton Bomb, but Balor put the knees up and hit a belly to belly suplex on Owens. Owens caught him with a superkick into his own belly to belly suplex for 2. Owens slapped and told Balor that he can’t beat him. Owens went for the pop-up powerbomb but blocked and Balor hit a dropkick to the face of Owens. Balor went to the top rope and hit the double foot stomp for the win.
Winner and NEW NXT champion: Balor
Post-match, Balor wanted to shake the hand of Owens, but Owens declined and walked to the back.
Tag Team Match: John Cena and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane and King Barrett
Ziggler and Barrett start things off, Ziggler with a headlock to Barrett. Ziggler with a quick roll up for 2. Barrett with a back elbow then tagged in Kane, who punched him in the gut. Ziggler ducked a clothesline and tagged in Cena. They lock up, Kane shoved him back. Cena with a series of shoulder tackles that Kane did not sell, Kane then hit an uppercut then tagged in Barrett. He put the heat on Cena in the corner.
Moments later, Cena fought back and got the hot tag to Ziggler. Ziggler with a neck breaker to Barrett for 2. Ziggler knocked Kane off the apron and Barrett hit Ziggler with a big boot. Kane put the boots to Ziggler that sent him to the floor. Kane sent Ziggler into the barricade then back into the ring. Kane hit a spine buster for 2. He tagged in Barrett, who hit a big boot sending Ziggler to the floor.
Back in the ring, Ziggler fought out of a headlock but ran right into the Winds of Change by Barrett. Kane tagged in and targeted the back of Ziggler. Kane knocked him down with an uppercut then tagged in Barrett. Kane and Barrett hit a double-team back elbow on Ziggler for 2. Ziggler blocks a chokeslam by Kane and hit a DDT. He got the hot tag to Cena, he cleaned house on Barrett. Cena with some shoulder tackles then the side slam and into the five knuckle shuffle. Cena went for the AA, but Kane broke it up. Cena hit an AA to Kane. Ziggler with a superkick to Barrett then Cena with an AA to Barrett for the win.
Winners: Cena and Ziggler.
Post-match, Cena and Ziggler celebrated in the ring to close the show.
Note from Andrew Ravens: I cannot recommend this special enough. While it was a live event, the atmosphere, the matches and commentary was like nothing else you’ve seen on WWE TV in years. I hope everyone has a very safe and great July 4th. Thanks for watching as always and we’ll see you next time.