A television commercial which allegedly aired during Raw in Hawaii this past Monday caused quite a stir for WWE's upcoming return to Honolulu. The company hasn't been to the Southern-most state in the U.S.A. for almost seven years, and this commercial - which somehow hasn't shown up online - was promising a packed card for the June 29 house show.
First, a couple of dream matches were announced. The good news, I guess, is that no one has shot down the Shinsuke Nakamura vs. John Cena match that was featured in the ad. Wrestling Observer (subscription required but recommended) doesn't specify Cena as the opponent, but they do say the tour will be the former New Japan star's first time working with main roster stars. Chris Jericho is mentioned as a possible opponent for the Tokyo dates on July 1 - 2, but nothing concrete has been revealed.
The latest Observer newsletter does dash a couple of dreams about the Honolulu show. For one thing, Dave Meltzer says Brock Lesnar is not, and has never been planned for, these shows, so Kevin Owens vs. the Beast Incarnate is not a thing. Brock is due back in August to start a build toward a SummerSlam match, but not before.
Next, they say WWE has confirmed to them that the Hawaii show will not be a live Network special.
It's possible one of the two Japan shows will be broadcast - the success of the July 4, 2015 Beast in the East makes it an attractive idea for the company - but that's not decided yet.
So, Nakamura/Cena is still possible, but the live crowd will be the only folks seeing it.
That's significantly less excited than it seemed on Monday, but at least we know, right?