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NXT headed to Japan for the first time ever

For the first time ever, NXT is headed to Japan.

WWE announced on Sunday night that Osaka’s Edion Arena will host NXT’s first live event in the country on Saturday, December 3rd.

If he manages to hold the title until December, the show will be Shinsuke Nakamura's homecoming as NXT Champion. NXT Women's Champion Asuka is also scheduled to return to her home country for the show. She previously defended her title in Japan twice during WWE's tour of the country in July.

Not to be forgotten after recently returning from a lengthy absence due to a shoulder injury, Hideo Itami tweeted that he will appear on the show. Itami hasn't wrestled in Japan since joining WWE in 2014.

Though NXT has never held a standalone show in Japan, the NXT Championship previously changed hands at Tokyo's Sumo Hall when Finn Balor defeated Kevin Owens for the title at WWE Network's Beast in the East special in July of 2015.

The event in Osaka comes ahead of NXT’s eight-show tour of New Zealand and Australia in December. The dates and locations for those shows are:

  • December 5th -- Auckland, NZ | The Trusts Arena
  • December 6th -- Wellington, NZ | TBS Bank Arena
  • December 8th -- Melbourne, Australia | Margaret Court Arena
  • December 10th -- Newcastle, Australia | Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • December 11th -- Gold Coast, Australia | Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Center
  • December 13th -- Sydney, Australia | Qudos Bank Arena
  • December 14th -- Canberra, Australia | AIS Arena
  • December 15th -- Perth, Australia | HBF Arena