WWE The Beast in the East
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Date: July 4, 2015
Commentators: Michael Cole and Byron Saxton
WWE’s “The Beast In The East” special kicks off with a video package. We’re live from the legendary Ryougoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan with a packed house. Michael Cole and Byron Saxton are on commentary.
Neville vs. Chris Jericho
We go right to the ring and out comes Chris Jericho to a pop. Eden does the ring introductions as Jericho makes his way down. Fans chant “Y2J” and out next is Neville.
The bell rings and fans chant for Jericho. They lock up and go to the corner. Jericho breaks and they lock up again as fans do dueling chants. They trade holds and Jericho works on the arm. Neville turns it around and goes for a pin attempt. More back and forth as Jericho rolls to the floor. He comes back in and takes Neville back to the mat. They break and go back to their feet as fans clap. They trade holds more with Jericho working on the arm and taking Neville back to the mat. Neville counters again but Jericho clotheslines him to the floor. Jericho runs the ropes but Neville runs back in and dropkicks him to the floor. Jericho runs back in and dumps Neville to the apron, then kicks him to the floor with a springboard dropkick. Fans chant for Jericho.
Jericho works Neville over on the floor and brings him back in the ring. Jericho goes up top and nails a crossbody for 2. Jericho takes Neville back to the mat with a headlock now. Neville makes a comeback for a 2 count but Jericho nails an enziguri for a 2 count of his own. Jericho slaps Neville around in the corner and chops him. Jericho drops Neville with an elbow coming out of the corner. Jericho plays to the crowd and kicks Neville in the back before applying another headlock.
Jericho with more chops now. Neville ducks a move and comes back with kicks. Jericho dodges a kick and goes to the top for a big right hand. Jericho with a running bulldog. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but Neville counters. Neville knocks Jericho into the corner and charges in. Neville with kicks in the corner now. Neville runs into an elbow but Jericho misses a clothesline. Neville nails a kick and goes to the top. Jericho crotches him. Jericho climbs up for a superplex but Neville fights it. Neville sends Jericho to the mat and goes for Red Arrow. Jericho moves and Neville rolls through. Jericho catches Neville in the Walls. Neville comes close to breaking it but Jericho tightens the hold. Neville finally makes it to the bottom rope.
Jericho stomps on Neville now. Neville side steps and sends Jericho out to the floor. Neville runs the ropes and leaps out onto Jericho as fans pop. Neville brings it back in the ring and springboards in with a kick. Neville with a standing Shooting Star Press for 2. Neville with chops now. Jericho comes back and nails a Lionsault for a close 2 count. Fans chant for Jericho but he gets some boos after kicking Neville’s head around. Jericho runs into a boot. Neville springboards in but Jericho catches him in a big Codebreaker for a close 2 count. Jericho with forearms to the back. Neville counters and hits a big suplex. Neville with a superkick to the face. Neville with another kick to the face. Neville goes back up for Red Arrow but Jericho gets his knees up. Jericho applies the Liontamer for the win.
Winner: Chris Jericho
– After the match, we get replays as Jericho looks out to the crowd. Jericho slaps hands and poses with fans on the way to the back.
– We see video from earlier today with Brock Lesnar arriving by himself to Sumo Hall. We get a promo for Monday’s post-RAW live Dusty Rhodes tribute.
Triple threat match for the WWE Divas title: Paige vs. Tamina Snuka vs. WWE Divas champion Nikki Bella
We come back to the ring and out comes Paige followed by Tamina Snuka. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella is out next by herself.
The bell rings and Tamina nails both of them but gets rolled up by Nikki. Paige rolls Nikki up next. Tamina nails clotheslines no both of them and plays to the crowd for a pop. Paige with kicks on Tamina now. Paige with a series of knees to Tamina on the apron. Tamina drops Paige and covers for 2. Nikki comes back in as Paige gets sent to the floor. Tamina and Nikki go at it now. Nikki with a kick from the second rope for a 2 count. Tamina with another big right hand and a suplex for a 2 count as Paige breaks the pin. Paige with headbutts on Tamina now. Paige and Nikki team up to suplex Tamina. They toss Tamina and go at it. Nikki with a 2 count on Paige.
More back and forth and pin attempts between the two. Nikki goes for the Alabama Slam but Paige counters and hits a big knee to the face for a 2 count. Paige with a series of knees to the face in the corner. Tamina tries to get in the ring but Paige tops her. Nikki with shoulder thrusts in the corner on Paige. They trade forearms as Nikki takes Paige to the top. Nikki goes for a superplex but Tamina runs over and they all crash to the mat. Tamina with a pin on Nikki but the referee is dealing with Paige. Tamina runs over and covers Paige for 2. She yells at the referee and runs back to Nikki for a 2 count.
Tamina unloads until Paige and Nikki start double teaming her and take her out. Nikki slams Paige for a close 2 count. Nikki runs into a kick and Paige nails the RamPaige for a close 2 count. Paige ends up going for the PTO but Tamina runs in and breaks it with a superkick to the face as fans boo. Tamina hits a Samoan Drop on Nikki. Tamina goes up for the Superfly Splash but Nikki rolls out of the way. Nikki drops Tamina with a forearm for the win.
Winner: Nikki Bella
– After the match, Nikki grabs her title and poses in the corners.
– We get a vignette for Brock Lesnar.
Kofi Kingston vs. Brock Lesnar
We go back to the ring and out comes Kofi Kingston. Brock Lesnar’s music hits next to a pop and out he comes by himself.
Lesnar makes his way to the ring and stares Kofi down. Kofi exits the ring as Lesnar enters. Kofi tries to come back in as Lesnar stares him down but Lesnar scares him back off the apron. The bell rings and Kofi runs right out of the ring. Lesnar chases him around and back in. Kofi attacks but Lesnar takes it and beats him into the corner with knees. Lesnar catches Kofi’s crossbody. Kofi slides out and dropkicks Lesnar into the corner. Brock comes right back and catches Kofi in mid-air. Brock manhandles Kofi and goes for a German but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi with a springboard kick that sends Lesnar to one knee. Kofi with more kicks to the knee but Lesnar just takes them all. Lesnar catches Kofi with a huge German. Lesnar with another German.
Lesnar bounces around and smirks before hitting another German suplex. Lesnar scoops Kofi and nails a big F5 for the win.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
– After the match, Lesnar has his arm raised. Lesnar takes his time leaving and stops on the apron. He looks back at Kofi before coming back in. Lesnar circles Kofi and easily picks him up for another German. Lesnar laughs at Kofi as a “one more time” chant starts. Lesnar picks Kofi up for another F5. Xavier Woods and Big E rush the ring but Lesnar quickly drops them. Lesnar with a F5 for Woods. Big E charges ad Lesnar easily scoops him for a F5 also. Lesnar’s music hits and he leaves as he leaves The New Day laid out in the ring.
– We see WWE NXT Champion Kevin Owens backstage preparing. They air a vignette on Finn Balor and a video package for the match.
NXT Title Match: Finn Balor vs. WWE NXT champion Kevin Owens
We go to the ring and out first comes Finn Balor with his grand entrance. He’s done up as The Demon for this match. WWE NXT Champion Kevin Owens is out next.
Owens mocks a bunch of John Cena fans at ringside. We see Hideo Itami sitting in the crowd. Balor and Owens are both presented with bouquets of flowers before the match, a tradition in Japan. Owens takes his flowers and tosses them as fans boo. The ring starts filling up with streamers also.
We wait for the crew to clear the ring of streamers as Finn and Owens stare each other down. The bell rings and Balor nails a dropkick. Balor goes to the top but Owens rolls to the floor. Balor leaps to the floor and takes him out. They come back in and Owens starts striking. Owens misses a big right hand and Balor collides with him. Balor misses a dropkick and Owens goes to the floor. Balor dropkicks him through the ropes now. Balor sends Owens into the barrier and hits a big running dropkick. Finn brings it back in with chops in the corner. Owens fights back but Finn comes right back with chops. Owens catches Balor in a big slam for a 2 count. Owens mounts Balor with right hands and stomps on him. Owens with a chop in the corner. He talks some trash and keeps control as fans boo.
Owens whips Balor into the corner hard and he goes down. Owens bows to the crowd as they boo. Balor fights back with forearms but runs into a big elbow. Owens with a 2 count. Owens with a headlock now. More back and forth now. Owens ends up knocking Balor out of the air off a springboard. Balor falls to the floor and Owens follows. Owens sends Balor into the steps. Owens brings it back in for a 2 count. Owens tosses Balor back to the floor and counts along with the referee. Finn comes back in at the 8 count and Owens goes to work on him. Owens runs the ropes like he’s going to do something but just applies a headlock. Owens says he hates this stupid country and everyone in it.
More back and forth. Finn manages to dropkick Owens in the face. Finn with more offense and a 2 count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Owens with a pair of shoulder tackles and the big slam, just like John Cena. Owens calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and hits it. Owens goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Finn counters and stomps on his chest. Finn with chops in the corners. Owens catches him for an AA again but Finn slides out. More back and forth. Finn hits a Pele kick. Owens ends up back on the floor. Balor runs the ropes and dive out onto him. Finn brings it back in and goes to the top for a stomp to the back of the head. Finn hits the lifting inverted DDT for a close 2 count. Finn goes back to the top but misses the Coup de Grace and rolls through. Owens drops Balor on his head for close 2 counts twice. Fans chant “this is awesome” as Owens gets up and waits.
Balor comes back and hits Sling Blade. Finn goes to the top but Owens cuts him off. They trade shots. Owens brings Finn down to the mat with a headbutt. Balor drops Owens with a kick to the head. Finn goes back to the top and nails the Coup de Grace but Owens kicks out at 2. Finn unloads with rights and lefts in the corner. Owens with a headbutt and another. Finn with more strikes. Finn takes Owens up top but Owens fights him off. Finn with forearms. Finn goes for a superplex but has to settle for a kick to the head instead. He climbs back up but Owens grabs him on his shoulders. Owens with the rolling senton from the top for a close 2 count. Owens goes back to the top and hits a swanton but Balor gets his knees up. Finn plants Owens for another close 2 count. Owens with a kick and a big throw onto Finn’s head for 2.
Owens waits for Finn to get up and yells at him. Owens smacks Finn around to boos. Finn slaps back. Owens goes for the pop-up powerbomb but Finn nails a big clothesline. Finn sends Owens to the corner and hits the big dropkick. Finn goes back up and hits the Coup de Grace for the win.
Winner and new WWE NXT champion: Finn Balor
– After the match, Balor’s music hits and he celebrates with the title as an angry Owens looks on. We see Hideo Itami looking on from the crowd. WWE Hall of Famer Tatsumi Fujinami comes out to greet Balor and he marks out. Finn offers his hand to Owens as fans chant “NXT” and Owens teases it but he walks off as fan boo. We go back to replays as Balor continues celebrating with the NXT Title.
– We get a Tough Enough promo and a look at Tatsumi Fujinami being honored at Friday’s WWE live event in Tokyo.
Kane and King Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler and WWE United States champion John Cena
We go to the ring and out first comes King Barrett. His partner Kane is out next and Dolph Ziggler is out first for his team. WWE United States Champion John Cena is out last to a big pop.
Ziggler and Barrett start the match off back and forth. Ziggler gets the upperhand first and rolls Barrett up for 2. Ziggler with a kick for 2. Barrett turns it around and tags in Kane. After more tags and some back and forth, its Barrett keeping Cena grounded on the mat. Cena powers up with Barrett on his back and rams him into the corner. Kane comes in and stops Cena from tagging. Cena fights back and scoops Kane but Kane falls on top of him for a 2 count. Kane slams Cena twice and covers for a 2 count.
Kane keeps control and covers for another pin. Barrett tags back in and they keep Cena grounded. Cena is kept down until he finally hits an Attitude Adjustment on Barrett out of nowhere. Kane comes back in and Cena scoops him but Kane falls on top of him for another 2 count. Kane comes off the top rope and decks Cena for another 2 count. More back and forth. Kane catches Cena in a big sideslam for a 2 count as Ziggler looks on. Barrett tags back in and puts the boots to Cena. Barrett with an elbow drop from the second rope for a 2 count.
Barrett goes back to the second rope for an elbow but Cena rolls out of the way. Ziggler finally gets the tag and unloads on Barrett. Kane gets knocked off the apron but Ziggler turns around to a big boot from Barrett. Kane tags in and stomps away on Ziggler, kicking him to the floor. Kane keeps control and covers for another 2 count before tagging in Barrett. Barrett with forearms while Ziggler is laid out over the top rope. Barrett with a high knee for a 2 count as Cena waits for a tag. Ziggler ends up countering Winds of Change but gets clotheslined. Kane comes back in for a 2 count. Kane keeps control and covers for another pin attempt. Ziggler fights out of a hold. Kane blocks the Fame-asser and slams Ziggler for 2. Barrett comes back in and hits Ziggler with knees on the ropes, knocking him to the floor as fans boo. Kane gets a cheap shot in on the floor.
Barrett sends Ziggler into the apron before rolling him back in and covering for a 2 count. Barrett takes Ziggler to the mat with a headlock and Ziggler fades. Ziggler makes a comeback but gets caught with Winds of Change for a 2 count. Barrett gets frustrated as he tags Kane back in. Kane and Barrett with more punishment for Ziggler. Ziggler finally drops Kane with a DDT and tags in Cena as Barrett comes in. Cena with the shoulder tackles and the big slam on Barrett. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Barrett. He goes for the AA but Kane runs in. Cena blocks a chokeslam and Ziggler superkicks Kane. Cena with the AA on Kane. Barrett misses a clothesline on Cena and runs into a Ziggler superkick. Cena with the AA on Barrett for the win.
Winners: John Cena and Dolph Ziggler
– After the match, Ziggler and Cena hit the corners to pose fans. We go to replays as Cena raises Ziggler’s arm. Cole thanks their partners at J Sports and everyone else who worked on the broadcast. Cena and Ziggler go to celebrate with fans at ringside. Thy make their way to the entrance and Cena raises Ziggler’s arm again to a pop. We get another look at new NXT Champion Finn Balor as “The Beast In The East” goes off the air.