Several New Champions Crowned At NJPW Dominion, Ospreay’s First Defense Set


This Sunday’s highly anticipated NJPW Dominion pay-per-view saw the changing of quite a few championship belts, along with a few potential Match of the Year candidates for good measure.

In the first title change of the night, the “Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii put an end to Lord Taichi’s reign of terror, capturing the NEVER Openweight Championship in a shockingly competitive and hard-hitting matchup.

The IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship also changed hands, as the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament winner Will Ospreay proved yet again that he is the best in the world, slaying Dragon Lee to recapture the title he has helped put on the map in recent years.

After the match, in a touching moment, Ospreay was actually “strapped” by former champion Dragon Lee in a massive show of respect. He then announced that his first challenger will be Bullet Club’s Robbie Eagles, and that the match will take place during the upcoming NJPW tour in Australia.

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Finally, we have a new IWGP Intercontinental Champion as the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon, Tetsuya Naito, defeated the “Golden Star” Kota Ibushi in a deeply physical, almost downright dangerous match at times. Ibushi somehow managed to survive being German suplexed on the back of his neck as the rest of his body snapped awkwardly in the opposite direction. In the end it was Naito who would walk away with the gold, yet again.

Kazuchika OKada did manage to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a violent match against Chris Jericho, but suffered a post-match beating after the fact. The Guerrillas of Destiny, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa, also successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Championships over EVIL and Sanada.