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Turns out Chris Jericho will face Shinsuke Nakamura in Tokyo after all

In what has to be the most chronicled house show card in pro wrestling history, WWE’s upcoming July 1 - 2 shows in Tokyo have been updated once again.

While Roman Reigns’ suspension resulted in some understandable last minute changes, we still have no clear motivation for any of the modifications made for probably the biggest name on the show - at least the biggest draw for many Japanese fans. Shinuske Nakamura has been scheduled to face Bray Wyatt on both dates, then the Eater of Worlds on one date with Kevin Owens on another, before Wyatt was pulled from the tour all together, leaving the former New Japan star with an opening on his dance card.

That slot has now been filled with the name who’d been rumored for a match with Swagsuke dating back all the way to before his signing was official - Chris Jericho.

Y2J has been seen as the unofficial introductory feud for new talent, especially after working with and against AJ Styles earlier this year. Plus, the two men engaged in some back and forth social media banter. When Jericho wasn’t announced as an opponent for Nakamura’s return to Japan, focus shifted to his possibly being his first main roster feud - maybe as soon as SummerSlam.

That still may be the case. If so, they’ll have a trial run when they face off on Friday, because WWE Japan’s latest update on the Ryogoku Kokugikan live events has Jericho vs. Nakamura listed for Friday.

The cards now stand as:

July 1

- Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose

- The Usos vs. The Vaudevillains vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. The New Day

- Natalya vs. Charlotte

- Becky Lynch vs. Asuka

- John Cena vs. AJ Styles

- Chris Jericho vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

- Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel

- Titus O'Neil vs. Baron Corbin

July 2

- Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose

- The Vaudevillains vs. The New Day

- Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

- Natalya vs. Asuka

- John Cena vs. AJ Styles

- Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

- The Usos vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

- Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

- Curtis Axel vs. Titus O’Neil

Unfortunately, one thing that hasn’t changed - and isn’t going to at this late date - is the Tokyo dates status as non-televised. Outside of fan-shot video or maybe an official YouTube clip or two, these shows are for the Japanese live audience only.

We’ll bring you results and whatever cool tidbits we can unearth for our house show reports, but otherwise, you’ll have to use your imagination.

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