After the events of yesterday’s Best of the Super Jr. 26 Finals, New Japan Pro Wrestling has wasted no time announcing the card for their next big show, Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-Jo Hall, which makes sense given that it’s on Sunday and all! So let’s list ‘em out and break ‘em down!
Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-Jo Hall (June 9, 3AM Eastern / 12AM Pacific)
- Jon Moxley vs. Shota Umino
- Satoshi Kojima vs. Shingo Takagi
- Jushin Liger & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
- Bullet Club (Chase Owens, “Switchblade” Jay White, & Taiji Ishimori) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, & Ryusuke Taguchi
- Taichi (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (NEVER Openweight Championship)
- Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
- Dragon Lee (c) vs. Will Ospreay (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship)
- Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito (IWGP Intercontinental Championship)
- Chris Jericho vs. Kazuchika Okada (c) (IWGP Heavyweight Championship)
So, just working our way down the card, our new additions start with freshly-crowned IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley following up a big win over Juice Robinson with a match against New Japan’s current premier Young Lion, Shota Umino. The outcome of this one isn’t in doubt, but you bet Shota and Mox are gonna tear it up out there before he inevitably feels the sting of the Death Rider.
And after his loss in the Best of the Super Jr. tournament finals, Shingo Takagi made it clear that he wanted to fight as an openweight going forward, in much the same manner as BOSJ winner Will Ospreay, and demanded a heavyweight challenge for this card. Well he got one in the form of NJPW Dad and lariat master Satoshi Kojima, and I’m really looking forward to this one as well.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a New Japan card without undercard tags, but at Dominion we’ve got two tight, lean matches that should both be better than the average bear. I’m a bit more interested in the Liger/Tacos vs. Suzuki-gun match, but Bullet Club vs. Tanahashi and Friends should be fun as well, even if it doesn’t exactly end up as a must-watch.
And rounding out our new additions to the card, Guerrillas of Destiny defend their tag titles against Los Ingobernables de Japon, because... I guess we might as well have a tag title defense? I mean, it should be fun, and I’m totally down with it, plus GoD just beat the Briscoes on the War of the Worlds tour so the notion they’re going through all the teams in the four-way at G1 Supercard works for me, it’s just a little out of left field.
There you have it, folks
Excited to wake up at butt o’clock on a Sunday for this one, Cagesiders?