NJPW Dominion 2018 Review: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
Below is my full review of NJPW Dominion which took place from Osaka-Jo Hall. The main event featured Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight Title in a 2/3 Falls No Time Limit match against Kenny Omega. The co-main event featured Tetsuya Naito defending the IWGP Intercontinental Title against Chris Jericho.
NJPW Dominion Review
Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado def. Roppongi 3K to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles.
- Rating: **1/4
SHO and YOH delivered stereo flip dives as the match began. Kanemaru delivered a draping DDT to YOH from the ring apron to the floor. The match slowed down as Desperado and Kanemaru made frequent tags and worked over YOH. YOH delivered a dragon screw to Desperado and a vertical suplex to Kanemaru. SHO tagged in and delivered a double spear to Desperado and Kanemaru. SHO delivered back-to-back German suplex, maintained wrist control and delivered a deadlift German for a near fall. Desperado delivered a spine buster to SHO. Desperado distracted the referee as Kanemaru grabbed the whiskey bottle but accidentally spit it in Desperado’s face. SHO delivered a Last Ride into a lung blower for a close near fall. The referee took a bump as Kanemaru whacked SHO with the whiskey bottle and then rolled him up for the win. (It was short but a fine match to open the show.)
Juice Robinson & David Finlay def. ‘Switchblade’ Jay White & YOSHI-HASHI
- Rating: **
Finlay and Juice delivered a double team bulldog to White. White delivered a snap suplex to Finlay. YOSHI delivered a vertical suplex for a near fall. White delivered a pump handle backbreaker to Finlay but Juice broke the count. Juice made the tag, placed YOSHI in the tree-of-woe position and delivered a running cannonball to White and YOSHI in the corner. Juice delivered a flying crossbody for a near fall. Finlay delivered a stunner to YOSHI. White delivered the Bladerunner to Finlay. Juice delivered the Pulp Fiction to White for the win. (Juice posed with the U.S. Heavyweight Title after the match. It was a fine match that was there to establish Juice as the next challenger.)
Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki def. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii via Submission
- Rating: **2/4
Ishii and Suzuki had a great strike exchange. Suzuki delivered a big boot but Ishii with a shoulder tackle. Sabre applied a surfboard but Ishii broke free. Suzuki delivered a big boot but Yano with an atomic drop. Ishii and Suzuki had a great forearm exchange which the crowd popped for. Yano exposed the turnbuckle. Sabre rolled up Yano went for a low blow but Sabre trapped his arm between his legs. Suzuki stopped Ishii as Sabre applied the Orienteering with Napalm Death as Yano tapped out. (A fine match as Ishii and Suzuki were the highlight which led straight into the post match brawl.)
- Post match —> Ishii chased Suzuki up the ramp. They had a face-off as both Ishii and Suzuki had chairs in hand. Suzuki delivered a chair shot to Ishii. They brawled on the floor as a bunch of the Young Lions had to pull Ishii and Suzuki apart. (This was well done and brings interest in wanting to see a Ishii and Suzuki match.)
Michael Elgin def. Taichi & Hirooki Goto to win the NEVER Openweight Title
- Rating: ***1/4
Elgin delivered a nice looking flip dive to Goto and Taichi on the floor which got a pop. Goto delivered a side suplex to Elgin but Taichi with a lariat for a near fall. There was a Tower of Doom spot as Elgin delivered a sunset flip bomb to Goto who delivered a superplex to Taichi. Elgin delivered a bicycle kick and a superkick to Goto. Taichi used his girl as a distraction as he attacked both Elgin and Goto with the mic stand. Taichi delivered a superkick to Goto for a near fall. Elgin recovered and delivered a buckle bomb to Taichi. Elgin delivered a second buckle bomb as he launched Taichi into Goto. Elgin then delivered the Elgin Bomb to Taichi for the win. (A fun match as Elgin and Goto were the stars of this match. Taichi did a fine job playing his part.)
The Young Bucks def. SANADA & EVIL to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
- Rating: ****
This was first really good match of the show as Nick delivered a top rope corkscrew senton to EVIL and SANADA on the floor. EVIL delivered a sidewalk slam to Matt. SANADA delivered a standing moonsalt for a near fall. Nick delivered a springboard dropkick to SANADA. EVIL moved as Nick super kicked the ring post. EVIL moved as Matt super kicked Nick. EVIL & SANADA went for the Magic Killer but Nick countered with a head scissors. There was a Tower of Doom spot as EVIL delivered a double power bomb to The Bucks who delivered a superplex to SANADA. Matt applied a sharpshooter to EVIL but SANADA applied the Skull End from behind. Nick broke it up by delivering a missile dropkick. EVIL delivered Darkness Pearl for a near fall. The Bucks went for the Meltzer Driver but Nick’s leg gave out. EVIL and SANADA delivered the Indie Taker to Matt but Nick made the save. EVIL and SANADA delivered the Magic Killer but Nick made the save again. SANADA delivered a plancha to Nick. Matt avoided a moonsault attempted and delivered a spear to SANADA. The Bucks delivered double super kicks to both EVIL and SANADA. The Bucks then delivered More Bang for Your Buck to SANADA and captured the IWGP Tag Team Titles. (Really fun match as The Bucks were so awesome from delivering high impact offence, to selling for EVIL and SANADA. EVIL and SANADA were also good and played their part as the powerhouses.)
- Post match —> After the match, The Bucks went over to Don Callis and Kevin Kelly. The Bucks invited Callis to call their upcoming “All In” show on September 1st.
Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll def. Jushin Thunder Liger, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Rey Mysterio Jr.
- Rating: ***3/4
Rey delivered a sunset flip to Scurll for a near fall. The Bullet Club isolated Liger in their corner. Scurll delivered a sliding dropkick and Hangman followed up with a standing moonsalt for a near fall. Liger delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Scurll. Tanahahsi delivered a dragon screw to Hangman and followed up with a Twist and Shout. Rey delivered a double 619 to Hangman and Scurll. Tanahashi delivered a sling blade to Hangman. Rey delivered a head scissors to Scurll on the floor. Tanahashi delivered a plancha to Hangman. Liger with top rope head scissors to Cody. Cody bounced back and delivered the Cross Rhodes to Liger for the win. (A fun match as everyone did a good job. Rey looked great and moved really well for the time given. Cody looked strong in the win and likely sets up a championship match likely at San Francisco.)
Hiromu Takahashi def. Will Ospreay to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
- Rating: ****3/4
The match started at a crazy pace as Ospreay charged as Hiromu delivered an overhead belly-to-belly into the turnbuckle. Ospreay delivered a running flip dive to Hiromu from the entrance ramp which looked great. The pace slowed down as Ospreay worked over the shoulder of Hiromu. Hiromu made a comeback by delivering a Woo dropkick from the ring apron which sent Ospreay into the barricade. Hiromu delivered a pop-up power bomb but Ospreay kicked out. Ospreay made a comeback by delivering a 619 and followed up with a springboard forearm to Hiromu. Ospreay delivered a great looking Saskai Special to Hiromu on the floor. Ospreay went for a springboard but Hiromu caught and planted him with a German suplex. Ospreay delivered a reverse rana but Hiromu rolled through as Ospreay delivered a second reverse rana. Hirmou countered the Storm Breaker by delivering a Code Red. Ospreay delivered a superplex to Hiromu who was standing on the ring apron. Ospreay draped Hiromu on the top turnbuckle, delivered a great looking Burning Star and then followed up by delivering an even better looking corkscrew shooting star press for a close near fall. Hiromu delivered a Canadian Destroyer and then applied a triangle. Ospreay broke free by deadlifting Hiromu and dropping him on his head (this was nuts.) Hiromu made a comeback as he delivered his signature sunset flip power bomb to Ospreay on the floor. Hiromu delivered a Dynamite Plunger but Ospreay kicked out for a close near fall. Ospreay went for the Storm Breaker but Hiromu countered with a triangle. Hiromu released the hold but then delivered a butterfly pile driver as Ospreay was dropped on his head. (This was crazy.) Hiromu delivered a running DVD into the turnbuckle and then delivered the Time Bomb to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. (This was a fantastic match as Hiromu and Ospreay worked really hard. There so many cool and creative spots. It’s so fun watching Hiromu and Ospreay compete but you get worried then they continue to drop each other on their head/neck.)
Chris Jericho def. Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title
- Rating: ****1/4
Jericho attacked Naito before the bell rang. Jericho gave Naito a snap suplex on the floor and then grabbed a table. Jericho power bombed Naito through a table. Jericho grabbed a camera (gave Naito the “one finger salute”) Jericho DDT’d Naito on the announcers table. The match finally began as Jericho delivered a Lionsault for a near fall. Naito spit in the face of Jericho which got boos from the crowd. Naito delivered a slingshot dropkick to Jericho in the corner. Naito was bleeding from the eye as he whacked Jericho with a piece from the broken table and got more boos. Naito delivered a pile driver to Jericho onto of the announcers table. Naito went for a top rope hurricanrana but Jericho countered by applying the Walls of Jericho. Jericho catapulted Naito who leaped on the turnbuckle and then delivered a tornado DDT for near fall. Jericho reapplied the Walls of Jericho but Naito grabbed the bottom rope. Naito draped Jericho on the ropes and then delivered a German suplex. Naito went for the Destino (looked really sloppy) but Jericho rolled him up for a near fall. Naito delivered the Destino but Jericho grabbed the bottom rope. Naito was bleeding from the ear and eye. Naito went for a springboard but Jericho caught him with a Code Breaker for a near fall. Jericho went for the Lionsault but Naito got his knees up and delivered Gloria. Naito went for the Destino but Jericho used Red Shoes as a distraction. Jericho delivered a low blow and followed up by delivering a Code Breaker for the win. (Not a great wrestling match but a really good brawl as it felt like Jericho and Naito truly hated each other. Jericho was star of this match and his run as a heel in NJPW has been awesome. With this win it looks like his run in NJPW will continue on.)
- Post match —> Jericho attacked Naito with the championship belt and then smeared it over him. Jericho continued the attack but EVIL ran down and made the save. Jericho bailed and then grabbed Don Callis headset and looked to set up a possible upcoming match with EVIL.
Kenny Omega defeated Kazuchika Okada (2-1) in a Two-Out-Of-Three Falls No Time Limit match to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
- Rating: ******
First Fall —> They moved at crazy pace early as Okada went for the Rainmaker and Omega went for the One Winged Angel. They exchanged strikes on the floor. Okada delivered a running boot to Omega over the barricade. Okada went for a running crossbody but Omega caught him with a V-Trigger. Omega scoop slammed Okada onto the barricade for a near fall. Omega delivered a running backbreaker for a near fall. Omega applied a camel clutch but Okada grabbed the ropes. Omega delivered hard chops but Okada with a flapjack. Okada delivered a DDT for a near fall. Okada applied the Cobra Clutch but Omega broke free. Omega went for a plancha but Okada moved and delivered a slingshot crossbody. Omega delivered a snap rana and followed up with a great looking springboard crossbody over the barricade to Okada on the floor. Omega delivered a Guitaro Crusher but Okada kicked out. Omega delivered a V-Trigger went for a snap rana but Okada held the ropes and delivered a German suplex for a near fall. They battled on the turnbuckle as Okada got the better and delivered a tombstone on the ring apron. Okada delivered a running Woo dropkick as Omega went into the barricade. Okada delivered a missile dropkick from the turnbuckle for a near fall and followed up with a flying elbow drop. Okada did his Rainmaker pose but Omega delivered a snap dragon suplex and followed up with a great looking Terminator Dive on the floor. Omega delivered a missile dropkick for a near fall. Omega countered the Rainmaker by delivering a V-Trigger and followed up with a German suplex for a close near fall. Omega with another V-Trigger but Okada delivered a dropkick. Omega ducked a Rainmaker and delivered a V-Trigger for a close near fall. Okada with a head scissors and followed up with a tombstone. Okada went for a Rainmaker but Omega countered with a sunset flip but Okada sat down and scored the first pin fall of the match. (Okada gets the first fall.) (A great match as both Okada and Omega are so smooth and work so well together in the ring.)
Second Fall —> Omega delivered strikes but Okada with a dropkick. Okada delivered a draping DDT to Omega on the floor. Okada no sold Omega’s chops and delivered a big boot. Okada applied the Cobra Clutch but Omega broke free with a stunner. Omega back dropped Okada on the ring apron and then grabbed a table. Omega placed a table on Okada and then delivered a running double stomp from the ring apron. Okada delivered a running Woo dropkick into the turnbuckle. Omega hooked Okada’s leg and delivered a superplex which looked great. Omega delivered a tornado DDT and then teased a German through a table on the floor but Okada blocked it. They countered each others finishers but Omega then delivered a snap rana on the floor. They teased a count-out but Okada made it in at 19. Okada entered the ring as Omega immediately charged and gave him a V-Trigger. Omega went for the One Winged Angle but Okada countered with a jumping tombstone. Okada went for the Rainmaker but Omega delivered a uranage. They had a great strike exchange. Omega delivered a snap dragon but Okada with a dropkick. Omega delivered a sit-out powerbomb into a V-Trigger. Omega with a double underhook pile diver which dropped Okada on his head. The crowd was going crazy at this point as Omega delivered another V-Trigger and followed up with a One Winged Angel and scored the second pin fall of the match. (Omega ties it up at 1-1) (This was just so fun to watch as both Okada and Omega picked up the pace as the intensity of this match grew with every near fall.)
Third Fall —> They moved at a crazy pace as Omega delivered a V-Trigger and then went for the One Winged Angel but Okada countered by delivering the Rainmaker for a near fall. There was an awesome moment as Omega delivered palm strikes and followed up by delivering a Styles Clash for an awesome near fall. Omega delivered back-to-back V-Triggers and then followed up with a J-Driller but Okada still kicked out. Omega went for a Phoenix Splash but Okada moved and delivered a dropkick. Omega bounced back and delivered a triple V-Trigger. Omega went for another V-Trigger but Okada delivered back-to-back dropkicks. Okada delivered a Rainmaker but collapsed to the mat. Omega delivered a head butt but Okada delivered another Rainmaker. Okada maintained wrist control and delivered a second Rainmaker. Omega avoided a third Rainmaker and delivered a German suplex. Omega maintained wrist control and delivered a second German suplex. Okada then delivered a German suplex of his own. Omega delivered a snap rana. Omega used Red Shoes for assistantce to get to his feet. Omega charged but Okada with a dropkick. Omega with the One Winged Angel but Okada was near the ropes. Omega delivered a V-Trigger and followed up with the One Winged Angel and captured the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
- This was unbelievable and probably the greatest professional wrestling match I’ve ever seen. Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega are without question the two best wrestlers in the world. They told an amazing story and worked at an incredible pace. Their ring technique is flawless and they are always in control. This was not only an incredible match but a historic win as Omega ended Okada’s legendary reign as IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
Post-match —> The Young Bucks came out and entered the ring. Red Shoes was about to hand Omega the IWGP Heavyweight Title but stopped him and embraced The Bucks. Omega cut a promo in Japanese and then in English. Omega said he’s seen the future of wrestling, and that he, Ibushi and The Bucks can do anything with the people behind them. Omega then did his pose as streamers came out.
Overall —> NJPW Dominion was a very good show and had some great professional wrestling matches. Highly recommend everyone watch the Okada and Omega match as it will likely be the pro wrestling match you will see this year.