This coming Saturday morning’s Beast in the East WWE Network special — which was originally scheduled to be a WWE live event until Brock Lesnar was booked on the show — hasn’t really been built up at all by WWE. In fact, Brock Lesnar — who the show is obviously named after — will be taking on Kofi Kingston, yet WWE hasn’t mentioned that at all on any of their shows, and furthermore, the Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor match for the NXT Championship is the only match that has really been built up.
Brock Lesnar isn’t the only part-time WWE star that will be wrestling on the show, as Chris Jericho will be taking on Neville. But, like with the rest of the show, WWE hasn’t pushed Jericho’s appearance at all.
There are a lot of confusing things about this Saturday’s show in Japan, and one of them is the fact that — according to PW Insider— Brock Lesnar’s on-screen advocate Paul Heyman won’t accompany his client, Brock Lesnar, to Tokyo. It’ll be the first time since 2012 that Lesnar has appeared at a WWE event without Heyman.
It appears that Heyman was originally scheduled to make the trip, and accompany Lesnar to the ring for his match with Kofi Kingston, but, for whatever reason, WWE decided to pull him from the show.
Also, Lesnar’s feud with the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, won’t be furthered on the show, as Rollins isn’t scheduled to make the trip to Tokyo.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has reported that Brock Lesnar is going to Japan to see Masa Saito, who is a retired Japanese wrestler that isn’t in good health. So, Lesnar figured that since he’s going to Japan to see Saito, he might as well make it tax deductible, get his transporation paid for, and just work one show. Lesnar hasn’t wrestled a match in Japan since 2007, where he dropped the IWGP Championship to Kurt Angle.
Saturday’s Beast in the East show will begin at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time on the WWE Network. The full match card is listed below.
- Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens (c) for the NXT Championship
- Kofi Kingston vs. Brock Lesnar
- Neville vs. Chris Jericho
- John Cena & Dolph Ziggler vs. King Barrett & Kane
- Paige vs. Naomi vs. Nikki Bella (c) for the Divas Championship
- Cesaro vs. Diego
- The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day
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