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New Japan Pro-Wrestling presented NJPW Dominion on Sunday, June 11th.
Juice Robinson was stripped of the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship due to his recent treatment for appendicitis. Will Ospreay will face SANADA for the vacant championship.
-The show opens with a video package that runs down the entire card, and a few of the pinfalls that led to tonight’s matchups.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (w/ Manabu Nakanishi) vs. The United Empire (TJP, Francesco Akira & Aaron Henare) (w/ Jessie Vargas)
United Empire were cornered by boxer Jessie Vargas, and Vargas was announced as a member of UE. Taguchi, Wato & Tenzan countered by coming out with former-IWGP Heavyweight Champion Manabu Nakanishi.
Akira got in Wato’s face before the bell, infuriating the young wrestler. The match was mainly a warm-up for the upcoming IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title defense on June 20th. TJP and Akira’s tandem offense was on point, as they brought a chaotic offense to the tag team champions, leaving Taguchi & Wato playing defense more often than offense..
Henare pummeled Taguchi with punches, as Vargas cheered him on and coached him on proper technique. TJP paid tribute to Shinjiro Otani with a series of face wash kicks.
Main Unit eventually took back control of the match but not for long. Akira and TJP once again unleashed a flurry of high impact offense on Wato & Taguchi, leaving both teams weary and beaten. It was up to Henare and Tenzan to battle it out for their teams.
Both men traded hard strikes. Everyone hit hip attacks on United Empire. Tenzan hit a brainbuster for a nearfall. Henare fought out of a Uranage. They trade more strikes. Henare hit a big punch to the gut. Tenzan countered Streets of Rage. Henare came back with Rampage for a nearfall. Henare locked in a Full Nelson on Tenzan, and Tenzan submitted in 10:31.
Winners: United Empire (TJP, Francesco Akira & Aaron Henare)
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi) vs. Bullet Club (El Phantasmo, Ace Austin & Taiji Ishimori)
Before the match, Naito tried to figure out how Ace Austin’s trick cane worked. Bullet Club ambushed LIJ to start the contest. All three BC members hit a series of fluid aerial attacks on Naito, showing how effortlessly Austin has been slotted into the faction.
“Sock stealing, back raking bastards,” Kevin Kelly said, as BC continued to embarrass Naito. During the assault, Ace Austin revealed that he had ANOTHER TRICK CANE and raked Naito’s back with it. All three men tagged in and out, attacking Naito. Phantasmo stopped by the commentary booth at one point.
Naito tagged in Hiromu, giving the Best of Super Juniors 29 winner a chance to get his hands on IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori, as well as IMPACT X Division Champion Ace Austin, two men that owe Takahashi title matches. Ishimori did not go gently into that good night, as he made Hiromu fight tooth and nail for any modicum of control in the match. BUSHI and El Phantasmo tag in, and BUSHI outpaced and outsmarted El Phantasmo.
ELP fought back and got an assist from Ace Austin, who took out Naito and Hiromu with a Moonsault over the top rope. El Phantasmo hit BUSHI with CR II for the pinfall in 8:05.
Winners: Bullet Club (El Phantasmo, Ace Austin & Taiji Ishimori)
After the match, Takahashi and Ishimori got in each other’s faces to talk trash before their June 21st title match. “Ace Austin, Chris Bey, Taiji Ishimori, El Phantasmo, that’s what you call a Junior Heavyweight Division All-Star Team,” ELP said to the camera.
Toru Yano vs. Doc Gallows
Gallows got pissed at Yano for disinfecting the ring and attacked him before the bell. He then doused Yano in disinfectant. They brawled to the outside. Yano beat Gallows back into the ring and removed a turnbuckle pad. Gallows took back control until he ended up in the exposed corner, torso-first.
Yano took back control, until he tried to talk trash, and then he got dropped by a big boot and a chokebomb for a series of nearfalls. Yano and Gallows exchanged a series of counters. Yano sneaks in a low blow and rolls up Gallows for the pin in 4:05.
Winner: Toru Yano
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Championship Match: House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) (w/ Dick Togo) (c) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
Champs attacked Suzuki-gun during SG’s entrance, leading to a wild brawl. Kanemaru started off the match by trying to submit SHO, the EVIL, then Yujiro. Dick Togo finally broke up the madness but then got locked in a Figure Four of his own. Dick Togo submitted but wasn’t a legal competitor so it didn’t count.
The match devolves back into a brawl on the outside. House of Torture exposed their turnbuckle. Kanemaru gets singled out and abused by House of Torture. Desperado tagged in and led Suzuki-gun in a bit of comeuppance against HoT. Kanemaru locked in a Figure Four Leglock on SHO. SHO tried to fight out. The referee got distracted and Yujiro broke up the hold.
House of Torture and Suzuki-gun members traded hard-hitting moves until everyone was down and out. SHO loaded up his kickpad with a wrench, but Kanemaru came back for a series of nearfalls. SHO hit Kanemaru with a series of kicks with a the loaded kickpad. SHO hit Kanemaru with Shock Arrow for the pinfall in 9:26.
Winners and STILL NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Champions: House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi)
IWGP Tag Team Championship Match: Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens) (c) vs. The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) (w/ Aaron Henare & Jessie Vargas)
O-Khan and Owens started the match, with O-Khan outwrestling the wily “Crown Jewel.” Both teams go back and forth, with Cobb stopping Owens from pinning O-Khan with his feet on the ropes, like Owens did at Capital Collision. Eventually Cobb and Fale squared off, leading to the massive Hawaiian bodyslamming the Tongan giant.
Bullet Club took control and double teamed Cobb. Cobb fought back valiantly but nearly fell to a Jewel Heist from Owens. O-Khan defended his partner with wild strikes but got flattened by Fale.
Owens was unable to capitalize on a series of C-Triggers, leading to O-Khan and Cobb to come back and dismantle the champions. O-Khan threw Owens across the ring and then Cobb crushed Owens with Tour of the Islands for the pinfall in 10:54.
Winners and NEW IWGP Tag Team Champions: The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan)
-Rocky Romero immediately attacked the new champs, to avenge his fallen Best Friend Trent, but United Empire knocked him out with an Eliminator and posed on his unconscious body.
-Before intermission, NJPW announced the participants in this year’s G1 Climax tournament.
AEW Interim Champion Elimination Match (Winner Faces Jon Moxley For The Interim AEW Championship At Forbidden Door): Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto
Goto took control early, after a steady feeling out process. They eventually fought to the outside, where Goto maintained the attack. Goto fought Tanahashi back into the ring, where both men started exchanging strikes and suplexes.
Tanahashi managed to come back with a Slingblade, but Goto came back with a Hangman GTR, as well as a rollup for a nearfall. Tanahashi persevered. Goto tried to get the better of Tanahashi but ended up eating another Slingblade. Tanahashi hit Aces High and then followed up with a High Fly Flow for the pinfall in 12:30.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi
KOPW 2022 10-Minute Unlimited Pinfall Scramble Match: Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Taichi (w/ Miho Abe)
-Taichi and Shingo exchanged a series of nearfalls (2-1 Taichi)
-Shingo gets another nearfall off of a rollup (3-2 Takagi)
-Takagi hits a brainbuster and covers for a 2 count (5-2 Takagi)
-Takagi hits a DDT and sliding lariat and covers for a 2 count (7-2 Takagi)
-Takagi hits a series of kicks and covers for a 2 count (7-4 Takagi)
-Taichi hits a Dangerous Backdrop and covers for a 2 count (7-6 Takagi)
-Takagi counters Black Mephisto with a Ground Cobra Twist for a 3 count (10-6 Takagi)
-Takagi hits Pumping Bomber and covers for a 1 count (11-6 Takagi)
-Taichi locks in the Gedo Clutch for a three count (11-9)
Time expires and Takagi wins with a finals score of 11-9 in 10:00.
Winner and STILL KOPW 2022 Provisional Trophy Holder: Shingo Takagi
NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Tama Tonga (w/ Jado) (c) vs. Karl Anderson (w/ Doc Gallows)
Tama charged Anderson with a Dropkick and both men immediately went to the outside and brawled all the way up the ramp. Tama had an answer for all of Anderson’s offense, sending Anderson into the guardrail.
They fought back into the ring and Karl distracted the referee while Doc Gallows attacked Tama with a chokeslam on the apron and a high kick into the guardrail. Tama fought back valiantly as Anderson took advantage of the vulnerable champion.
Jado helped Tama fight off Gallows and then Tama took the fight back to Anderson with a vicious crossbody. The two men traded strikes, jockeying for position. Tama hit a dropkick and then ripped off his chest protector. Karl stopped Tama from hitting a diving attack. Tama tossed Karl off the top rope, Anderson came back with a Spinebuster for a nearfall.
Tama got his wind back and exchanged nearfalls with Anderson. They traded strikes with neither man getting the better of the exchange. Both men traded Gun Stun attempts back and forth. Anderson hit a Menard Driver for a nearfall. Tama hit SRC and followed up with Supreme Flow for a nearfall. Anderson countered Dive Shack.
Referee gets distracted and Tama hits Gallows with a Gun Stun. Anderson hits Tama with a Gun Stun for the pinfall in 16:27.
Winner and NEW NEVER Openweight Champion: Karl Anderson
Vacant IWGP United States Championship Match: SANADA vs. Will Ospreay (w/ United Empire)
It should be noted that Juice is still in possession of the physical title belt, so these men are fighting for the general idea of a championship; the concept of a championship.
Match starts off fast, with both men trading near blows, but never landing. SANADA took advantage early and sent Ospreay to the outside. SANADA brought it back in the ring, where Ospreay started to regain his footing. SANADA fell back into defense as Ospreay came back with some high impact offense.
Ospreay and SANADA went back and forth, with Ospreay dominating in the more risky areas, hitting a huge Sky Twister to the outside. SANADA finally trapped Ospreay in the Paradise Lock, a move Ospreay has been immune to.
SANADA looked for revenge for Ospreay breaking his face and making him forfeit the title, while Ospreay seemed to try and break SANADA’s face some more. Ospreay hit SANADA with a Hidden Blade to the face, then a Hidden Blade to the back of the head, and then Stormbreaker for the pinfall in 12:49.
Winner and NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion: Will Ospreay
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Jay White (w/ Gedo)
Jay did his best to make a point of overpowering Okada during the measured start to this match. White toyed with not only Okada but the Osaka crowd, goading them into making noise in defiance of governmental regulations.
As White’s assault continued, he began to tire, and Okada took advantage. Gedo tried to interfere and stop Okada’s momentum but Okada fought back and hit a huge running crossbody, clearing the guardrail, taking out both men.
They fought back into the ring where Jay regained control. White Saito Suplexed Okada out of the ring. White drove Okada’s ribs into the barricade and the ring apron. White got Okada back in the ring, he hit a huge Uranage. White attempts riskier and riskier suplexes but Okada continues to break free of his clutches. Okada hit a Diving Shotgun Dropkick.
Okada fought through wounded ribs to hit another dropkick, as well as a Diving Elbow Drop. White came back to lock in TTO on Okada. White transitioned to a Cloverleaf to taunt Hiroshi Tanahashi, who was watching the match from commentary. Okada fought to the ropes.
Okada came back to lock in a submission of his own, The Money Clip. In fighting out, Jay White took out the referee. Okada stopped Jay from using a chair. Okada sent White into Gedo and locked The Money Clip back in. Gedo distracted the referee and White broke the hold with a low blow.
The two men unleashed a flurry of strikes on each other, with Okada getting the better of the exchange. White came back with a Sleeper Suplex. White followed up with a Regalplex for a nearfall. Jay hit Bloody Sunday and signaled for Bladerunner. White hit a short-arm lariat. Then another. Okada countered Bladerunner and hit lariat. Okada maintained wrist control. White tried to fight out but Okada hits a statement lariat. Okada countered Bladerunner with a Spinning Tombstone. Okada hit a Spinning Lariat. A series of rapid counters ends in a dropkick from Okada. Okada hit Landslide. White countered Rainmaker with a Bladerunner for the pinfall in 36:04.
Winner and NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion: Jay White
-After the match, Bullet Club came out to celebrate with Jay White, beers in hand. The Bullet Club Beer Bash raged in the ring as Okada was helped to the back by two NJPW Young Lions. Jay White calls Hangman Page a “cowboy b---h.” White recounts how he had his Young Lion farewell match in Osaka, and told the crowd they were his “family.” He then begs them to cheer for him, and many in the crowd do, in defiance of government regulations. “Maybe I wasn’t completely wrong.”
“Almost 6 years to the day, I stand here,” Switchblade said, “the number one wrestler in the world.” White claims he sold out Madison Square Garden and the United Center. He then taunts Tanahashi, saying he’s the “one and only true Grand Slam Champion.”
White held the belt high, “Let me hear you. Now the world breathes with the Switchblade, because it is still my era. This is the Switchblade Era.”
-Backstage, Jay White took credit for driving Kenny Omega, Hangman Page, The Bucks, and everyone out of NJPW and forming AEW. Jay White took credit for all of AEW. Bryan Danielson? Jay White took credit. Adam Cole “not wasting away somewhere else?” Jay White took credit.
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