Welcome to our live coverage of NJPW Dominion! The show kicks off at 3AM ET and will be broadcast on both FITE TV ($29.99) and NJPW World for all subscribers, with English commentary provided by Kevin Kelly and Don Callis.
Tonight’s main event will see “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the six-time WWE world champion, future Hall of Famer and current AEW star, Chris Jericho! Plus, Kota Ibushi defends the IWGP Intercontinental title against Tetsuya Naito, Jon Moxley in action, and more!
If you like NJPW or think you may be interested, check out The Lion-Gun Show: A New Japan Pro-Wrestling Podcast with hosts Mike Killam and Ross W. Berman IV. The latest episode provides a detailed preview of the Dominion card, as well as a Top 10 list of the best matches from the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament!
NJPW Dominion Results
Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan
June 9, 2019
— Kevin Kelly and Don Callas are our announces this morning. After an opening video package in Japanese they run down the card as Shota Umino heads to the ring for our opening contest!
JON MOXLEY vs. SHOTA UMINO
Umino surprised everyone with a tope to the outside right off the bat. The two brawled into the ring, officially starting the match, and Moxley immediately turned the tides with stiff elbow shots in the corner, before dragging the poor kid’s face across the top rope. After a few minutes of bullying Umino fought back with a surprise dropkick, followed by a bridging German suplex for two. Moxley came right back at him with a suplex, but just flung him around in mid-air. He quickly hit the Death Rider (double-arm DDT) and scored the relatively easy win.
Winner: Jon Moxley
— Moxley got on the microphone and called himself a global proprietor of violence, and had a warning for everyone around the world. He wants in the G1 Climax! The crowd roars for this announcement, and Moxley picks up Shota Umino and basically caries his lifeless husk to the back with him.
SHINGO TAKAGI vs. SATOSHI KOJIMA
Kojima surprised early with a great flurry of offense, chopping his opponent around the ring before doing a plancha to the floor. They started teeing off against each other with wild rights and lefts, totally ignoring the referee’s count, and barely made it in before the 20. Kojima hit a round of his Machine Gun chops in the corner, connected with a running big boot, but Shingo caught him a hard elbow strike and nearly killed him with a Death Valley Driver out on the apron.
Shingo tried to hoist his opponent back into the ring, but Kojima took out his knees then connected with a big DDT on the apron. Back in the ring he hit the Koji Cutter, but it wasn’t enough. He took it up to the top rope and hit a Super Koji Cutter, and it still wasn’t enough. After a beat, Shingo responded with a suplex and tried to set up for the Pumping Bomber, but Kojima ran right through it and hit a big lariat of his own. He screamed at this opponent to get back up, went for the Kozy Lariat, but Shingo dropped him with a DDT.
A lariat in the corner connected but Kojima absorbed the blow. Shingo hit him with another lariat, followed by yet another, and every single time the legend just absorbed the damage, before eventually connecting with the Kozy Lariat. Both men down. Shingo blocked the Koji Cutter again and hit the Noshigami, then picked him up and DESTROY him with a Jumping Bomber. 1…2…NO! Shingo picks him right back up, hits the Last of the Dragon, and scores the hard-fought win.
Winner: Shingo Takagi
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