WWE will hit Tokyo, Japan on July 4, 2015, for a live special on the WWE Network that the company has dubbed "Beast in the East." It's essentially a loaded up house show that will feature an NXT title match between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor and Brock Lesnar's first match since he lost the WWE world heavyweight championship at WrestleMania 31.
That's been the focus of the promotion for the show, too, and rightfully so. It's just become a running joke that WWE is pushing Lesnar's match so heavily while coming short of outright refusing to name his opponent.
Here's a press release that was sent out today:
STAMFORD, Conn., July 2, 2015 - The award-winning WWE Network will broadcast Brock Lesnar: The Beast in the East Live from Tokyo, on Saturday, July 4 at 5:30am EST from the iconic sumo stadium, Ryogoku Kokugikan. In his first match since WrestleMania®, WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar will return to action and NXT Champion Kevin OwensTM will defend his title against NXT Superstar Finn BálorTM.
Click here for the WWE Network promo.
WWE Network, which launched on February 24, 2014, is the fastest-growing digital subscription service with more than 1.3 million subscribers as of March 30, 2015. It is available in more than 175 countries, and was named Best Over-The-Top Content Service for 2015 at the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards.
Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, fans are able to sign up for WWE Network online by going to WWE.com and can watch WWE Network on their TVs through connected devices such as Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices as well as Smart TVs including Sony and Samsung. WWE Network's one-of-a-kind programming includes all 12 WWE pay-per-view events LIVE at no additional charge plus groundbreaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and more than 3,300 hours of video-on-demand programming.
For a complete listing of WWE Network availability by country and device, please click here.
And the latest video promotion:
His opponent, by the way, is Kofi Kingston. So not only is he the poor soul who will be doing what will likely be a quick job to arguably the top star in the business right now, he's not even getting the benefit of exposure for his name before the destruction.