After New Japan Pro-Wrestling had to cancel its Wrestle Grand Slam shows, fans were relieved to see that the annual Dominion show would still happen. As one of the year’s biggest shows, many expect big matches and big storylines to happen, despite the current circumstances.
With a series of tag, special singles and title matches, here is a look at the matches you can expect from this year’s Dominion show.
CHAOS & Hontai v Bullet Club
The 2021 Dominion show kicks off with a traditional 5 v 5 tag match between the Bullet Club members and the team of CHAOS and Hontai. The animosity between the teams is a tale as old as time, dating back as far as fans can remember. It will undoubtedly be a chaotic way to start the show but one to get the crowd excited.
Not only will there be the usual animosity between the teams, but with so much gold on the CHAOS side, Bullet Club will be out for revenge. Ishimori made it very clear that, with El Phantasmo back in New Japan, the duo can try and win back their IWGP Jr tag titles from Roppongi 3k. The other members will be after the NEVER 6-man tag champions to try and break their historic reign.
With a mixture of juniors and heavyweights, this match will have a mixture of all wrestling styles combined with the rule-breaking of Bullet Club. Despite opening the show, this match could have serious implications for the future.
Suzuki Gun v Los Ingobernables de Japon
After beating G.O.D for the tag titles, Suzuki Gun’s TAICHI and Zack Sabre Jr will be out to continue their momentum. However, whenever there is gold available, the Los Ingobernables de Japon members will be out to take what they believe is theirs. In particular, after the trio of SANADA, Naito and BUSHI failed to win the NEVER titles, they will find any way to bring titles back to LIJ.
The men in this match are all completely different. There are the high-flying DOUKI and BUSHI, the submission prowess of ZSJ and SANADA, the strength of TAICHI and the unpredictability of Naito. When all of these styles and personalities get into one ring, they will always clash, especially when championship gold is within reach.
Although Naito and SANADA are not known for tagging together, the chemistry between LIJ makes them the perfect opponents for Dangerous Tekkers. Yet, by winning the belts and having the crowd’s support, it could be the missing piece for the Suzuki Gun duo to achieve their goal and save the company’s tag division.
El Desperado v YOH – IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship
After it was initially cancelled at Dontaku due to various circumstances, El Desperado and YOH will now meet for the Jr Heavyweight title match at Dominion. After allowing El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru a shot at the Jr titles, he had to hold up his side of the bargain by giving YOH a chance at the Jr title.
When it comes to their approach to wrestling, the two couldn’t be any more different. El Desperado has always stuck to the idea of getting the win as quickly as possible by any means possible. Whereas, until a few years ago, YOH was almost naïve in his more traditional approach to the industry he loves.
Despite having very different personalities, their wrestling styles have recently become more similar. YOH always favoured a more traditional Japanese offence but, after his recent injury, has taken to staying on the mat. El Desperado has always used his power and strength to ensure the match stays on the floor. It will be about who can gain the early advantage.
Although YOH seemed to have the advantage after their Jr tag title match, El Desperado won’t let this title slip through his fingers so easily. With a battle of personalities, it will be the first time the two have met in singles action and there is more than just pride at stake. It has the possibility to change the complexion of a division many think is suffering through the pandemic and Hiromu’s injury.