Predictions and Preview for WWE’s Independence Day Event on the WWE Network.
Tomorrow, while you’re sleeping, the WWE will be emanating from Tokyo, Japan live. This is set to be a two-hour show, with a dual main event. John Cena, Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler (with Lana?), Cesaro, Finn Balor, Neville, Chris Jericho and even Brock Lesnar will be present. It’s shaping up to be a nice little show from Tokyo.
Seven matches on the slate, so let’s get to breaking them down with a preview and prediction.
- Diego vs. Cesaro
- Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day
- John Cena and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane and King Barrett
- Neville vs. Chris Jericho
- Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston
- Naomi vs. Paige vs. Nikki Bella (Divas Championship)
- Finn Bàlor vs. Kevin Owens (NXT Championship)
Diego vs. Cesaro — This is a squash match, period. After what we all saw on RAW from Cesaro, this man is ready for the main event. Cesaro is playing an interesting role on WWE TV, I can’t tell if he’s a face or heel. That tweener role will help him on his way to the top, he can battle anyone over anything. I’d personally like to see him take on Owens for the United States championship later in the year, talk about fireworks. Expect Cesaro to pick up a relatively easy victory here, I think big things are on the horizon for Cesaro. PREDICTION: Cesaro in a squash.
The Lucha Dragons vs. Big E and Xavier Woods of the New Day — WWE is in a Tag Team flux. There’s plenty of teams worthy of being tag team champions, with decent stories to tell. I think the next tag team champions are in this match. Since it’s too early to turn the Prime Time Players heel, it looks like The New Day will be taking this match. Now, I could be wrong, this isn’t a number one contender’s match by any means. Just based on WWE logic, this match will suffice as a reason to place The New Day back in the hunt. Has anyone been keeping score, have The New Day had their rematch for the titles yet? On another note, by far my favorite tag team is the Lucha Dragons, I’ll be pulling for them. PREDICTION: The New Day, and get back on track for a title shot.
John Cena and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane and King Barrett — Ahhh, the heroes versus the jobbers. Need I say more? PREDICITION: Cena and Ziggler send the crowd home happy.
Neville vs. Chris Jericho — Why WWE isn’t promoting Jericho’s first televised match in ten months baffles me. The man has a cult-like following which is second to none, including Austin and The Rock. Especially in a match against a man like Neville. This is a match capable of stealing the show, right here. Look for Neville to pick up a nice, hard fought win over Jericho. Only to have Jericho make his return, as a heel, against Neville in a few months. The Red Arrow is special, it’s damn pretty. PREDICTION: Neville overcomes Jericho in a potential show stealer.
Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston — This match could be the main event, but with the popularity of Finn Bàlor in Japan, I wouldn’t doubt that this match gets pushed ahead of the Divas title match. If it does, it’s a lock that Bàlor wins the NXT title from Owens. The New Day is all in Tokyo, so you know that interference will be abound. Sidenote: Is Lesnar now a face? Lesnar a face, Heyman a face? That is a dangerous place for Heyman to be. Look for a Heyman turn sometime here in the near future, possibly Battleground? Expect The New Day to interfere, or be added to the match. Either way, Brock takes everyone to Suplex City, and dominates the fight. It also makes no sense to have a contending tag team get crushed like this, which makes it more likely that it’ll happen. PREDICTION: Lesnar over The New Day
WWE Divas Title Match Naomi vs. Paige vs. Nikki Bella — Does anyone here think that Nikki Bella is dropping the title to either one of these divas? She’s bookmarked to become the longest reigning divas champion in history, because Vince is petty. Don’t let her absence fool you, AJ Lee is still running things in the Divas division, at least until that record is broken. Remember in 2004 when Randy Orton was shot out of Evolution and into a regrettable World Heavyweight Title reign? That was a spiteful move from the Chairman, because Brock had just left WWE for the NFL. Lesnar was the youngest champion in history prior to Orton’s reign. PREDICTION: Nikki Bella continues to fulfill her destiny as the longest reigning Divas champion in history.
WWE NXT Championship Finn Bàlor vs. Kevin Owens — Let’s all be real here, the vignettes for Bàlor have been spectacular. The story to Bàlor/Owens has been good, not great. The Demon arrives in Tokyo tomorrow night. I know this prediction may be met with some indifference, but hear me out. I believe Owens became too hot too fast, and his ability to keep up with Cena in the ring was unexpected. This series of matches with Cena probably weren’t set up to happen until later in the year. I think Owens is running in Zayn’s spot, when he got injured Owens stepped in and has flourished. That having been said, he needs to drop the NXT title. It’s becoming an aftertought anyway. He’s already procured a United States Championship shot at Battleground. The only question here is how will it happen? I have three theories. One, Bàlor wins cleanly, growing on the fact that he pinned Owens cleanly in the ring for the first time since Owens has been on NXT. Not in WWE, I know Cena pinned him at Money in the Bank. This result would damage some of the credibility that Owens has going for him into his battle with Cena at Battleground, I don’t expect this to happen. Scenario two, due to interference from Samoa Joe, Owens drops the belt. Samoa Joe assists Bàlor to winning the NXT title, which gives the demon his moment in Tokyo. In the upcoming weeks on NXT we see a Samoa Joe heel turn, because that’s what he needs to thrive. Joe in turn challenges Bàlor to an NXT title match because without him, he wouldn’t be champion. This would be more beneficial to NXT’s product than the main roster, I’m not sold, but I like the way it sounds. Third scenario involves John Cena. This scenario suggests Cena coming down to the ring and interfering in the NXT title match in some way, probably when a referee is down and Owens is going to own Bàlor with a chair. His music hits, he saves the day, but costs Owens the championship. Owens moves on to destroy Cena, leaves NXT behind, Bàlor gets his Tokyo moment, and we have a clean break from NXT to the main roster for Kevin Owens. Also the continuation of a spectacular feud between Owens and Cena. PREDICTION: We crown a new NXT Champion — Bàlor wins under dubious circumstances.
Let me know what you think, what are your predictions for tomorrow morning’s “Beast from the East” WWE Event? I’d love to hear from you.