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Numerous Titles Change Hands, Naito Busted Open, Young Bucks, Attendance Notes & More From NJPW Dominion

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In addition to the other major news stories that we’ve already covered this morning, the following are some general news and notes from today’s NJPW Dominion event in Osaka, Japan.

– The crowd at Osaka-Jo Hall was a legitimate sell-out with “more than 12,000” people in attendance. We’re still waiting on an exact number. In fact, it was the quickest sell-out NJPW has ever done in the building, and for their annual Dominion event in general.


– As previously reported, Kenny Omega defeated Kazuchika Okada to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and Chris Jericho brutalized Tetsuya Naito in a bloody match to become the new IWGP Intercontinental Championship. So two foreign Canadians are leaving the second biggest show of the year with the promotion’s top two singles titles.

– In their very first title match since moving to the heavyweight division, Matt and Nick Jackson defeated Evil and Sanada from Los Ingobernables de Japon to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. They have now won 11 championships in NJPW, but this is their first in the Heavyweight division.

– Hiromu Takahashi, who won the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors tournament earlier this week, defeated Will Ospreay in an outstanding match that will likely go overlooked by some because of the double main event that followed it. Seriously, go out of your way to check this out if you haven’t already.

– Naito was actually busted open multiple times in his match with Jericho. The first spot came after being put through a table before the match technically began (I believe it was the second table that actually did it), resulting in a cut over his eye that became a problem throughout the entire match. He was later bleeding from his cheek, or the side of his head. The match itself was incredibly physical, and it’s believed that both instances of both were done hard-way.

– Michael Elgin defeated Hirooki Goto and Taichi in a triple threat match to capture the NEVER Openweight Championship. Despite the fact that Taichi challenged for the belt, the actual title has basically become the “strong-style championship” as it just rotates from big brute to another big brute every few months. That’s not a bad thing.

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/23): New Champions Crowned, Tenzan Returns

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling continued the build to The New Beginning in Nagoya on Saturday with one of the more eventful Road To shows in recent memory.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan returned to action for the first time since New Year Dash, where a post-match attack from The Empire saw him leave the arena on a stretcher. Tenzan reunited with longtime partner Satoshi Kojima but was unable to score a tag team win over his attacks. He faces Great O-Khan on January 30 in Nagoya.


2020 Super J-Cup winner El Phantasmo and his Bullet Club partner Taiji Ishimori recaptured the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the main event.

El Desperado and Kanemaru won the titles last September at the end of a tournament. Prior to that, the belts were left vacant when YOH of Roppongi 3K, one half of the champions at the time, suffered a torn ACL.

NJPW Road to the New Beginning Results
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Ota City Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

— DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki def. Gedo & Jado

6-Man Tag Team Match: CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

10-Man Elimination Tag Team Match: Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato & SHO & Tomoaki Honma def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito)

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori def. El Desperado (c) & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) | NEW CHAMPIONS! 

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/18): Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato vs BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

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The Road to The New Beginning tour continued on Monday with the second of eight shows heading into Nagoya on January 30. This was largely the same card as Sunday in the same building, with a few minor tweaks.

Kojima teamed with a different Young Lion but was still unsuccessful against The Empire. The second match featured the same stars with the outcome reversed, and the third match was exactly the same.


Tanahashi & SHO swapped places, as did Shingo & Hiromu in the final two matches to continue their respective programs. Master Wato is 2-0 in main events on this tour so far.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 18, 2021
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yuya Uemura

— Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) def. Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori)

— CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) def. Kota Ibushi & SHO & Tomoaki Honma

— Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato def. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/17): BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi vs Master Wato & SHO

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling kicked off their annual New Beginning tour on Sunday in Korakuen Hall. It was a quick and easy five-match Road To card featuring tag team bouts previewing some of the advertised main events for the big shows on 1/30 in Nagoya, and 2/10-11 in Hiroshima.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 17, 2021
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan


— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yota Tsuji

— Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori) def. Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

— CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma

— Master Wato & SHO def. BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi

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