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NJPW Dominion Review: Kazuchika Okada vs. Chris Jericho

NJPW DominionShow: NJPW Dominion
Location: Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan
Date: Sunday June 9, 2019

IWGP US Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley def. Shota Umino – Umino delivered a flip dive to Moxley before the match began and then delivered a missile dropkick. Moxley delivered a backdrop suplex for a near fall. Moxley applied an STF but Umino grabbed the ropes. Umino delivered a dropkick and then delivered a bridging German suplex for a near fall. Moxley delivered an X-Plex but Umino kicked out. Moxley delivered the Dirty Deeds for the win. ☆☆ 1/4

After the match, Moxley noted he wanted in the G1 Climax which got a big reaction. Moxley entered the ring and then helped Umino to the back. What a nice guy. 

(Amin’s Analysis: A good showcase match for Moxley as he looks great and will be fun to see him compete in the G1 Climax)

Shingo Takagi def. Satoshi Kojima – Kojima delivered a plancha and then exchanged forearm smashes with Shingo on the floor. Kojima delivered rapid fire chops in the corner. Shingo delivered a DVD to Kojima on the ring apron. Kojima delivered a chop block and then planted Shingo with a DDT on the ring apron. Kojima delivered the Koji Cutter for a near fall. Kojima delivered a Super Koji Cutter but Shingo kicked out. Kojima delivered a Brainbuster for a near fall. Shingo delivered a DDT. Shingo blocked a forearm and delivered Made in Japan for a near fall. Shingo delivered the Pumping Bomber and then delivered Last of the Dragon for the win. ☆☆☆ 2/4

Shingo cut a promo about wanting to compete in the G1 Climax and wants to prove that the junior heavyweight can compete with the heavyweight division. 

(Amin’s Analysis: A good showcase for Takagi coming off the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. A good hard-hitting match as both Kojima and Takagi worked hard)

YOSHI-HASHI & Jushin Liger def. Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki – Suzuki attacked Liger with a barricade. Sabre and Suzuki placed YOSHI in a combo kimura/knee bar. Sabre delivered an overhead kick. Suzuki delivered a PK for a near fall. YOSHI delivered a rewind kick as Liger tagged in. Suzuki applied an armbar but Liger placed his foot on the ropes. Liger delivered a Brainbuster to Suzuki. YOSHI delivered a running Blockbuster to Sabre. YOSHI delivered a running dropkick for a near fall. Sabre placed YOSHI in an armbar but Liger made the save. Sabre and Suzuki placed Liger and YOSHI in stereo Octopus stretches. YOSHI placed Sabre in a Lamistraca cradle and got the win. ☆☆ 2/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as everyone worked hard. An upset win for YOSHI building up a match for him to challenge Sabre for the British Heavyweight title)

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi def. Chase Owens, Taiji Ishimori & Jay White (w/Gedo) – White rammed Taguchi into the barricade and ring apron. Tanahashi delivered a dragon screw to White and followed with a somersault senton for a near fall. White delivered a Saito suplex to Tanahashi. Ishimori delivered a double knees to Tanahashi as White followed with a European uppercut. White delivered a corkscrew suplex for a near fall. Tanahashi delivered a sloppy Slingblade to White. Owens delivered a sliding knee for a near fall. Juice pulled White to the floor and delivered a big left-handed jab. Tanahashi delivered an inverted Slingblade to Owens for the win. ☆☆ 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was an average match. Tanahashi is a legend but he didn’t look good in this match. Either something was off or he’s still hurting and returned to soon from his injury)

Tomohiro Ishii def. Taiji to win the NEVER Openweight Title – Taichi stalled early. Ishii tossed Taichi’s mic stand away. Ishii and Taichi exchanged chops and kicks. Ishii delivered a powerslam. Taichi delivered a hook kick and an enzuigiri. Taichi delivered a backdrop suplex for a near fall. Ishii delivered a release German suplex. Taichi shoved the referee into Ishii. Ishii blocked a low blow. Taichi delivered a Shining Wizard and then applied the Gedo Clutch for a near fall. Taichi delivered an Axe Bomber and then placed Ishii in a Stretch Plum. Ishii looked out but the referee didn’t call for the stoppage. Taichi delivered a Buzzsaw Kick and followed with a Last Ride Powerbomb but Ishii kicked out. Ishii delivered an enzuigiri. Ishii delivered a Powerbomb and then delivered a sliding lariat but Taichi kicked out. Ishii delivered a Vertical Drop Brainbuster to Taichi for the win. ☆☆☆ 3/4

(Amin’s Analysis: The match started slow but after the referee bump this turned into a very good match as both Ishii and Taichi worked really hard. I really enjoy watching Ishii matches as he brings a different level of intensity to his matches

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (w/Jado) def. EVIL & SANADA to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles  Jado whacked EVIL with a kendo stick. Loa delivered a knee lift for a near fall. Tonga delivered a Slingshot corkscrew to EVIL. Loa delivered a Slingshot senton for a near fall. EVIL delivered a trust kick to Loa as SANADA delivered a running dropkick too Tonga. SANADA placed Loa in the Paradise Lock. SANADA delivered planchas to both Jado and Tonga. Loa delivered a sit-out Powerbomb to SANADA for a near fall. EVIL delivered a Superplex to Tonga as SANADA followed with a standing moonsault. There was a cool spot as EVIL placed Tonga in a Sharpshooter as SANADA placed Loa in the Skull End but Jado pulled the referee to the floor. Jado whacked EVIL with a kendo stick. BUSHI appeared and spat mist at Jado. BUSHI delivered a tope to Jado. EVIL and SANADA went for the Magic Killer but Tonga kicked SANADA away. Tonga grabbed a handful of tights, pinned EVIL and got the win. ☆☆☆ 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good tag team match)

Katsuyori Shibata came out looking very sharp in a suit and pointed to the entrance ramp as KENTA (Hideo Itami) walked out to a nice reaction wearing a shirt that read “Takeover.” KENTA said he wanted to show everyone KENTA’s professional wrestling and then declared himself for the G1 Climax. (Looking very forward to watching the G1 Climax with the addition of new participants as we will get some fresh matches)

Will Ospreay def. Dragon Lee to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title – The match started off at a fast pace as Lee and Ospreay countered each other’s signature spots. Ospreay delivered a 619 to Lee and then delivered a plancha on the floor. Ospreay went for a springboard but Lee countered with an STO. Lee delivered a running dropkick into the corner. Ospreay delivered a handspring kick and followed with a springboard lariat for a near fall. Lee avoided a Tiger Drop and delivered a knee lift too Ospreay. There was a CRAZY spot as Lee placed Ospreay on the barricade and then delivered a tope as both men went crashing over the Japanese announcers table. Lee delivered a straightjacket German suplex for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a corkscrew moonsault to Lee on the floor. Ospreay delivered a reverse Bloody Sunday for a near fall. Lee countered a Storm Breaker and delivered a jumping Spike DDT. Lee held on but Ospreay countered by delivering a seated stunner. Lee and Ospreay exchanged forearm strikes. Lee delivered a knee strike and then delivered a reverse hurricanrana. Ospreay delivered a Spanish Fly for a near fall. There was an AWESOME spot as Lee went for a flying hurricanrana but Ospreay landed on his feet on the floor. Lee charged but Ospreay countered by delivering an Apron Powerbomb. Ospreay delivered a Shooting Star Press but Lee kicked out. Osprey delivered the Robinson Special, went for the OzCutter but Lee countered with a flying knee. Ospreay went to climb the turnbuckle but Lee placed him in the tree of woe. Lee delivered a double stomp but slipped on the landing. Ospreay delivered a Hook Kick. Ospreay countered the Desnucadora but Lee transitioned by delivering the Canadian Destroyer and then delivered a sliding knee for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a pair of Hook Kicks and then delivered the Hidden Blade. Ospreay delivered a Super OzCutter, maintained control and then delivered a Storm Breaker for the win. ☆☆☆☆ 3/4

Lee and Ospreay shared a hug. Lee then placed the belt around Ospreay’s waist. Ospreay went to Kevin Kelley and challenged Robbie Eagles to a match in Australia at Southern Showdown on June 29. 

(Amin’s Analysis: Apart from the crazy tope spot over the announcers table, this was an amazing match as both Lee and Ospreay are fantastic wrestlers as they worked at an awesome pace as there were some great transitions and sequences. Lee is a terrific wrestler and is really fun to watch. Ospreay is just an awesome wrestler as he just so fun to watch and can come up with so many innovate ways to deliver all his signature spots)

Tetsuya Naito def. Kota Ibushi to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title – Ibushi delivered a mid kick. Naito delivered a sliding dropkick. Naito posed as the crowd booed. Naito applied a head scissors but Ibushi placed his foot on the ropes. Naito delivered a Slingshot corner dropkick. Ibushi delivered a double stomp. Ibushi delivered a hurricanrana and a corkscrew plancha on the floor. Ibushi delivered a half-and-half suplex but Naito responded with a tornado DDT. Naito delivered a Claymore Kick for a near fall. Ibushi countered a Frankenstiner and delivered a backflip kick. There was a CRAZY spot as Naito delivered a release German suplex as Ibushi was dropped on his head on edge of the ring apron. This was awful as Ibushi had a glazed look in his eyes. Naito delivered a top rope reverse Hurricanrana as Ibushi landed on his neck again for a near fall. Ibushi countered a Destino attempt and delivered a Cradle Tombstone dropping Naito on his head. Ibushi and Naito exchanged forearm strikes. Naito delivered head butts but Ibushi responded with a lariat. Ibushi did Shinsuke Nakamura’s pose, went for the Kinshasa but Naito moved and delivered a Dragon Suplex. Naito delivered a Destino but Ibushi kicked out. Naito went for a second Destino but Ibushi countered by delivering a GTS. Ibushi delivered a Last Ride Powerbomb for a near fall. Ibushi went for a Kamigoye Knee Strike but Naito countered by delivering a jumping Spike DDT. Naito delivered a top rope reverse DDT for a near fall. Naito delivered a reverse hurricanrana and then followed with Valentia for a near fall. Naito delivered the Destino to Ibushi for the win. ☆☆☆☆

(Amin’s Analysis: Let me start off by saying that both Ibushi and Naito are incredible wrestlers and they worked extremely hard in this match. Having said that, this match was a spectacle in the wrong way. As there were too many reckless spots and and not for my liking

Kazuchika Okada def. Chris Jericho to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title – Loud chants of Okada as the match began. Okada chased Jericho around the ring and then delivered a boot. Okada leaped off the turnbuckle but Jericho countered by applying the Walls of Jericho but Okada grabbed the ropes. Jericho delivered a baseball slide as Okada went flying over the barricade. Jericho delivered a Spike DDT to Okada on a table. Jericho grabbed a table from underneath the ring. Jericho delivered a flying crossbody for a near fall. Jericho delivered a dropkick and then did Hulk Hogan’s pose. Jericho delivered a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Okada delivered a flapjack. Okada delivered a running back elbow and a DDT. Okada delivered a running boot sending Jericho over the barricade. Okada charged but Jericho caught him with a slightly miss-timed Codebreaker. They countered each other’s Tombstone spots. Jericho applied a sunset flip and then transitioned into the Walls of Jericho but Okada grabbed the ropes. Jericho leaped off the turnbuckle but Okada caught him with a dropkick and then delivered a Tombstone. Jericho countered a Rainmaker and delivered a Butterfly Powerbomb for a near fall. Jericho went for a Codebreaker but Okada countered by delivering an air raid crash for a near fall. Jericho delivered a springboard dropkick. Okada delivered a diving elbow drop, went for the Rainmaker but Jericho countered with an enzuigiri. Jericho and Okada exchanged forearm smashes. Jericho delivered a Lionsault for a near fall. Okada delivered a Woo dropkick. Okada charged but Jericho caught him with a Codebreaker for a near fall. Jericho exposes the turnbuckle. Okada delivered a German suplex. Jericho went for a Rainmaker but Okada countered by delivering a Codebreaker for a near fall. Okada delivered a Spinning Tombstone. Jericho countered the Rainmaker, applied the Walls of Jericho, then transitioned into the Liontamer but Okada broke free. Okada ran into the exposed turnbuckle as Jericho delivered a clothesline. Okada avoided the Judas Effect. Jericho avoided the Rainmaker. Jericho went for the Codebreaker but Okada countered by sitting on top of him and got the win. ☆☆☆☆ 1/4

Jericho attacked Okada after the match. Jericho whacked Okada with a chair and then delivered the Judas Effect. Jericho placed a chair around Okada’s neck and then rammed him into the barricade. Jericho went to Powerbomb Okada through a table but Tanahashi made the save. Jericho and Tanahashi brawled. Jericho left and then cut a heel promo on Tanahashi. He called Japan a bull sh*t country and then called Okada a bi*ch. The Young Lions had to hold Tanahashi back. Tanahashi helped Okada to the back. The crowd booed loudly because Okada didn’t get the chance to cut a post-match promo. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a completely different style of NJPW main event but it worked as both Jericho and Okada worked hard and had a very good match. I liked the finish as it could set up a rematch. The post-match angle was also good as it sets up a Jericho and Tanahashi program which will be great. Only nitpick is that Okada who’s an incredible wrestler felt like a secondary player after the show)

Overall Thoughts: NJPW Dominion was a very good show from top to bottom as the show was filled with some good to great professional wrestling matches. There was also some newsworthy stuff coming out of the show. 

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