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Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens booked for WWE Japan


WWE Japan sent out this news item late last night, touting the addition of Seth Rollins to the two show tour of the Pacific island nation on July 1 -2:

If you follow the link they provide in that Tweet and - unless you read Kanji - use a translator, you'll find that WWE is burying the lede. Yes, adding a former WWE champ is exciting - but it's the trickle down effect which will get you really fired up.

On Saturday's second show of the tour, Rollins is booked for the second straight night in a Fatal 4Way for the title, this time with champ Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt.

Wyatt, you may recall, was scheduled to work both dates with Shinsuke Nakamura. Moving the Eater of Worlds into the championship match creates an opening on the returning hero's dance card. One WWE Japan says is being filled by...

Kevin freaking Owens.

If you were looking forward to Wyatt/Nakamura (and why wouldn't you be?), that will still be taking place on Friday, July 1. Unfortunately, as far as we know right now, unless you can get to Tokyo, the best we can hope for is some phone-shot footage of any of these matches.

With Swagsuke vs. KO, we don't have to completely use our imaginations, however. You can always find a way to watch their match from Ring of Honor/New Japan War of the Worlds 2014. Which means moments along the lines of these:

While we all hope really, really hard that WWE decides to make the July 2 show the follow-up to last year's Beast in the East and broadcast it on the Network, here's an updated rundown of the cards for both dates from WWE Japan, which feature more changes than just the one I've been blathering on about for the last several paragraphs:

July 1

- Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns vs. Chris Jericho

- 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

- Bray Wyatt vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

- Titus O'Neil vs. Baron Corbin

- Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel

July 2

- Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho vs. Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

- 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

- Titus O'Neil vs. Curtis Axel

Anything else jump out at you?

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