New Japan Dominion Preview

Here is the full card for Dominion.

David Finlay, Shota Umino, & Tomoyuki Oka vs. Katsuya Kitamura, Hirai Kawato, & Tetsuhiro Yagi – Finlay is the only one of these who’s not a Young Lion. So my hunch is he gets the win, probably over Yagi, who’s only been wrestling for a few weeks.

Tiger Mask IV, Tiger Mask W, Yuji Nagata, & Togi Makabe vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima, & Hiroyoshi Tenzan – A good matchup of veterans. No real story here, but I think Tiger Mask W (psst, it’s Kota Ibushi) gets the win. Possibly over Liger.

NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Title Gauntlet Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (EVIL, SANADA, & BUSHI)(c) vs. Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson, & Ricochet) vs. CHAOS (Yoshi-Hashi, Toru Yano, & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale, & Hangman Page) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre Jr.) – My understanding is two teams will start out. When one team is defeated, the next team takes their place, and they go until only one team is left. Honestly it just sounds like a “Let’s get everybody on the card” match. Taguchi Japan come out the victors.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Beretta)(c) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) – Simple build. These teams are rivals. RPG Vice retain.

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson)(c) vs. The Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) – War Machine won the belts a few months back, but have yet to defend against the former champions in a two-on-two match. This should be a great hossfight. I think The Guerrillas win the belts back

Michael Elgin vs. Cody (Rhodes) – At Dontaku, Cody defeated David Finlay. He then cut a heel promo saying he wanted to face somebody “bigger and stronger”. Michael Elgin accepted the challenge. I can confirm that Michael Elgin IS, in fact, bigger and stronger than David Finlay. While not officially stated to my knowledge, the winner of this match will likely be in line for a major title shot. My guess is Cody

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi(c) vs. KUSHIDA – Takahashi has been on a roll since debuting last November. He defeated Kushida (one of my favorite wrestlers currently) for the title at Wrestle Kingdom 11 (New Japan’s WrestleMania) and retained the title twice against Kushida. One of which lasted only three minutes. So he’s dominated the former champion. He lost to Ricochet and Will Ospreay, and Kushida won the entire tournamet. This means even if he retains here, he has two more strong contenders. That said, I think Kushida gets the belt back.

NEVER Openweight Championship Lumberjack Match: Minoru Suzuki(c) vs. Hirooki Goto – Suzuki is of course the leader of the vile stable Suzuki-Gun, while Goto joined CHAOS last year. I’m assuming the Lumberjacks will be members of Suzuki-Gun and CHAOS, but names haven’t been released. I think Suzuki retains.

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito(c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – Tanahashi was unsuccessful in capturing the title at Wrestle Kingdom 11. He has a torn bicep, so I’m not sure how much he’ll be able to do. That said, I think he is coming out on top, even if it is to only briefly hold the title.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega – This is the rematch to what will probably be Match Of The Year. As you may recall Dave Meltzer gave the first match six stars out of five. So this match has very high expectations. Okada won the title almost exactly a year ago at Dominion 2016, plus New Japan is holding events in LA next month. That all adds up to Omega getting the strap in my book.

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