Dominion is New Japan Pro Wrestling’s second biggest event of the year. The last major event before the start of the G1 Climax, this is where grudges are settled before wrestlers start looking ahead to the future.
The full card for Dominion is as follows:
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match – Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Chris Jericho
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match – Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match – Dragon Lee (c) vs. Will Ospreay
- IWGP Tag Team Championship Match – Guerillas of Destiny (c) vs. EVIL & SANADA
- NEVER Openweight Championship Match – TAICHI (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jay White, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori
- Jushin Thunder Liger & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
- Satoshi Kojima vs. Shingo Takagi
- Jon Moxley vs. Shota Umino
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match - Kazuchika Okada (c) def. Chris Jericho
Jericho countered a missile dropkick into the Walls of Jericho early in the match. Jericho sent Okada to the floor and he hit a DDT on the announce table. Jericho pulled out a table from under the ring and pie-faced the referee. Okada drove Jericho into the barricade. Jericho grabbed a camera and flipped off Okada.
Back in the ring, Jericho hit a flying crossbody. Jericho slapped Okada and it appeared to wake Okada up but Jericho hit a dropkick. Jericho hit a delayed vertical suplex for a nearfall. Okada cut Jericho off with a flapjack. Okada booted Jericho over the barricade and when he went for his running crossbody Jericho caught him with a Codebreaker.
Okada and Jericho exchanged Tombstone attempts and Jericho countered Okada into the Walls of Jericho. Okada made it to the ropes and as Jericho complained to the referee Okada hit his signature dropkick. Okada dropkicked Jericho out of midair and hit a Tombstone. Jericho hit a Tiger Bomb for a nearfall.
Jericho went for a Codebreaker but Okada countered into neckbreaker. Jericho hit his springboard dropkick but was dropped on his face and elbow dropped when he attempted a superplex. Jericho countered the Rainmaker with a enziguri. They exchange strikes but Okada missed a dropkick and Jericho hit the Lionsault for a nearfall.
Okada hit a shotgun dropkick and laid in boots in the corner. When the ref pulled Okada out of the corner Jericho hit a Codebreaker for a nearfall. Jericho exposed the turnbuckle. Okada hit a Codebreaker of his own for a nearfall. Okada hit a spinning Tombstone but Jericho reversed the Rainmaker into the Walls of Jericho.
Jericho pulled Okada to the centre of the ring and Okada escaped the hold. Jericho sent Okada into the exposed turnbuckle. Jericho missed the Judas Effect and Okada rolled him up for the three count.
After the match Jericho attacked Okada. He grabbed a chair and hit Okada in the face with it. Okada got to his feet and Jericho hit the Judas Effect. Jericho put the chair around Okada’s neck and shoved him into the ring post. Jericho went to powerbomb Okada through the table but Hiroshi Tanahashi made the save. Jericho got the mic and said that the Painmaker always wins and that he’ll see Tanahashi and Okada again.
This match was pretty disappointing. The crowd did not seem interested in the match at all and the match never got into the realm of a great Okada match. They are clearly doing a Jericho vs. Tanahashi match in the future so maybe that one is better.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match - Tetsuya Naito def. Kota Ibushi (c)
The commentators were putting a lot of emphasis on how much Ibushi and Naito hate each other. The Osaka crowd was completely against Naito. Naito and Osaka have always had a poor relationship and it looks to be continuing here.
Naito used more underhanded tactics. Ibushi hit a big double foot stomp and a corkscrew tope. Ibushi hit a snap-rana. Naito’s supporters came out to get behind him after being against him to start. Ibushi went for the deadlift german suplex but Naito countered.
Naito hit a german suplex on the apron and Ibushi hit his head on the apron just like Ospreay did last year. He looked like he was out cold. Somehow he got back into the ring before the countout. Naito hit a top-rope reverse-rana for a nearfall. Ibushi looks like he is okay.
Ibushi hit a piledriver for a nearfall. The pair hit strikes on one another with Ibushi getting the upper hand. Ibushi missed a Bomaye and Naito hit Destino for a nearfall. Ibushi hit a knee to the gut and a Golden Star powerbomb for another nearfall.
Ibushi went for Kamigoye but Naito countered into a DDT. Naito hit a spinning reverse DDT for a nearfall. Ibushi countered the Destino but Naito hit a reverse-rana. Naito hit the Destino for a second time and got the pin to win the title.
After the match, Naito posed with the title and his boot on Ibushi’s throat.
Way too scary of a match. Ibushi hitting his head was the scariest bump I have seen since Hiromu Takahashi broke his neck last year.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champinship Match - Will Ospreay def. Dragon Lee (c)
Ospreay and Dragon Lee had a ton of fast action early. Dragon Lee hit a corner dropkick and a suplex for a nearfall. Ospreay hit Pip Pip Cheerio and missed a moonsault to the floor. Lee hit a knee strike and hit an unbelievable suicide dive over the barricade and over the announce table.
Lee and Ospreay ended up on the top turnbuckle and Ospreay hit a kick that sent Lee to the floor. Ospreay hit a corkscrew moonsault to the floor. Ospreay hit a reverse Bloody Sunday for a nearfall. Lee reversed Stormbreaker into a big DDT but Ospreay recovered to hit a Stunner.
They did the fighting spirit strike sequence. Lee hit a reverse-rana but Ospreay followed with a Spanish Fly for a nearfall. Dragon Lee went for a hurricanrana to the floor but Ospreay landed on his feet. Ospreay hit a pop-up apron bomb and a Shooting Star Press for a nearfall. Ospreay went for the Oscutter but was kicked out of mid air.
Dragon Lee hit a tree-of-woe double foot stomp to the floor. Lee hit a Canadian Destroyer and a running knee strike for a nearfall. Ospreay hit two hook kicks and hit the Hidden Blade, the Super Oscutter and Stormbreaker to win the match and the title.
After the match Ospreay and Lee embraced and Lee secured the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship around Ospreay’s waist. Ospreay then went to the commentary table and challenged Robbie Eagles to a match in Australia.
Just an unbelievable match. Ospreay is on another level and Dragon Lee is not very far behind him.
Katsuyori Shibata Appearance, KENTA Debut
Katsuyori Shibata made a surprise appearance and introduced the debut of KENTA. KENTA was previously known as Hideo Itami in WWE.
KENTA grabbed the mic and proclaimed that he will show New Japan Pro Wrestling’s fans what his wrestling is like and he will do it in the G1 Climax.
IWGP Tag Team Championship Match - Tama Tonga (c) & Tanga Loa (c) def. EVIL & SANADA
Jado hit EVIL with a kendo stick while the referee’s back was turned. The Tongans cut the ring in half and kept EVIL isolated on their half. EVIL kicks Tanga Loa in the midsection and SANADA got the hot tag. He put Tanga Loa in the Paradise Lock and hit dives onto Tama Tonga and Jado at ringside.
SANADA dropkicked Tanga Loa in the ass but Loa regained control and hit a powerbomb for a nearfall. SANADA hit a springboard missile dropkick and he and EVIL hit some double team moves. EVIL hit a superplex and SANADA hit a standing moonsault before EVIL locked in a Scorpion Deathlock.
SANADA put Tanga Loa in the Skull End while EVIL had Tama Tonga in the Scorpion Deathlock. Jado pulled the ref out of the ring while the Tongans were tapping out. Jado hit EVIL and SANADA with his kendo stick before BUSHI made the save. BUSHI blew mist in Jado’s eyes.
Tama Tonga reversed a Magic Killer attempt into a schoolboy with the tights hooked for the pin.
This match was fine but it never felt like it was got out of second gear. The crowd never seemed particularly interested in the match, which may be because this match has been done many times before.
NEVER Openweight Championship Match - Tomohiro Ishii def. TAICHI (c)
TAICHI attempted to stall but Ishii lay in the ring allowing him to have a free shot. TAICHI kicked Ishii in the head a number of times to no reaction from Ishii. Ishii finally stood up and dropped TAICHI with one forearm.
Ishii grabbed TAICHI’s mic stand and told him that “you don’t need this stuff” before throwing it up the aisle. Both men exchange strikes with TAICHI getting the upper hand with leg kicks and a slap to the face.
Ishii regained control with a power slam. TAICHI ripped off his tear-away pants and continued to hit kicks on Ishii. TAICHI hit a high-angle back suplex for a nearfall before Ishii hit one of his own. Ishii fires up and hit a german suplex. The ref got bumped and TAICHI went for a low blow but Ishii hit a big headbutt.
TAICHI hit the sliding clothesline and applied the Gedo Clutch for a nearfall. TAICHI hit another big kick before hitting a big Last Ride powerbomb for a nearfall. Ishii hit massive clothesline, a powerbomb and a sliding clothesline for a nearfall.
Ishii then picked TAICHI back up and hit the vertical drop brainbuster to win the match and the title.
Really good stuff. Ishii brought a really good match out of TAICHI and the commentary stated that if TAICHI competed like this in every match he would be looked at very differently. How right they are.
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi def. Jay White, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori
Chase Owens and Juice Robinson dealt blows back and forth early. Ishimori got tagged in as did Taguchi. Ishimori reversed a hip attack into an atomic drop and Bullet Club cleared the ring. White drove Taguchi into the apron and the barricade for a nearfall.
Taguchi hit a hip attack on White before tagging in Tanahashi who ran wild on Bullet Club. White battled back before he and Tanahashi were both laid out. Owens tagged himself in and went to work on Tanahashi.
Tanahashi hit a strange standing Slingblade-like move for the pin.
The finish came out of nowhere and put a bit of a damper on an otherwise fine match.
YOSHI-HASHI & Jushin Thunder Liger def. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
Suzuki-Gun jumped their opponents before the bell. While Suzuki brawled with Liger on the floor, Sabre worked on YOSHI-HASHI in the ring. YOSHI-HASHI attempted to fire back but got knocked down hard by Suzuki.
Sabre began to taunt him and tagged Suzuki back in to hit a big Penalty Kick. Liger fired up YOSHI-HASHI and Liger managed to get the hot tag. Suzuki and Liger exchanged chops before Suzuki locked in a cross-armbreaker.
Suzuki went for the Gotch-Style Piledriver but Liger hit a suplex as a counter. YOSHI-HASHI got the hot tag and ran wild on Sabre. Liger and Suzuki got involved and both Suzuki and Sabre locked in Octopus holds on YOSHI-HASHI and Liger.
YOSHI-HASHI went for Karma but after a sequence of roll-ups and submissions, YOSHI-HASHI rolled up Sabre for the pin.
Suzuki had to be taken away while YOSHI-HASHI held up Sabre’s RevPro British Heavyweight Championship.
Solid match, nothing really special but it builds up the YOSHI-HASHI vs. Zack Sabre Jr. and Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Minoru Suzuki matches.
Shingo Takagi def. Satoshi Kojima
The story of this match was that Shingo Takagi was still able to hit his power maneuvers on a heavyweight opponent. He hit Kojima with shoulder tackles early.
There was a lot of brawling on the outside before Shingo hit a Death Valley Driver on the apron. Back inside the ring, Kojima managed to hit a brainbuster for a nearfall. Takagi attempted to hit the Pumping Bomber lariats but Kojima was largely unphased. The pair traded clotheslines and strikes before Takagi barely got Kojima up for the Last of the Dragon.
The increased weight did not allow him to get Kojima all the way up for the move, but he quickly hit a Pumping Bomber and a proper Last of the Dragon for the pin.
After the match, Takagi got on the mic and said that he also wants in the G1 Climax.
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) June 9, 2019
This match told a very simple story. Shingo had to take the time to adjust to the difference in weight and while it was difficult at times, he managed to pull it off by the end.
Jon Moxley def. Shota Umino
Umino came out of the gate hot as he dove onto Moxley and hit a missile dropkick. Moxley quickly cut him off and hammered away with elbows to the head. Moxley hit a back suplex and lock in a submission before Umino forced the break.
Umino gained momentum by hitting a dropkick and a german suplex but Moxley quickly regained control. He hit his release suplex for a nearfall before hitting his Double-Arm DDT for the pin.
After the match, Moxley declares that he wants to be in the G1 Climax tournament. This has been rumoured recently but this would seem to confirm it. Moxley then picked up Umino and walked him to the back.
Jon Moxley wants in the G1 CLIMAX 29!?omit_script=1
Stay tuned to https://t.co/Tj7UBJ4PjP
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) June 9, 2019
Very simple match, intended to help get Moxley over to this new audience. Good action and you got the sense that Moxley is going to be very different from any Gaijin in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Dominion event. Five championships are set to be defended at the show, including the IWGP Heavyweight Championship which will be defended by Kazuchika Okada against Chris Jericho.
The show will begin at the top of the hour so stick around!