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  • NJPW Dominion 2020 LIVE Blog

    Published on July 12, 2020

    Photo credit: NJPW

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    10:33AM GMT: Thank you for joining, I’ll see you next week for Slammiversary and Extreme Rules!

    10:30AM GMT: What have we just seen? A wild weekend for NJPW. EVIL is on top, who predicted that leading into this weekend!?

    10:29AM GMT: Hiromu has challenged EVIL..

    10:26AM GMT: IT WAS DICK TOGO HELPING EVIL!

    10:23AM GMT: SHOCKER AT DOMINION. EVIL IS THE NEW IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT AND INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION. BUT WHO HELPED HIM, WAS IT REALLY BUSHI!?

    10:18AM GMT: The referee is out. Bullet Club out here attacking Naito but Hiromu comes out to fend off Bullet Club. But back in the ring, EVIL smashes a chair over the head of Naito!

    10:12AM GMT: Both men countering and giving it their best shot. EVIL showing why he’s in the main event. Naito just showing his greatness.

    10:05AM GMT: That looked nasty! EVIL sends Naito crashing through the table set-up outside of the ring with a knee crusher!

    09:58AM GMT: Naito slowly getting back into this using his impressive move set to take down EVIL, and now has him down on the mat in a submission hold, wearing him down.

    09:55AM GMT: The match moves inside the ring with EVIL still in control.

    09:53AM GMT: A chaotic start outside of the ring. EVIL is in control, a table has been set-up, and now commentator Milano has been attacked by EVIL and sent into the metal barricade! Poor bloke.

    09:43AM GMT: Both men are now in the ring, and we’re ready for this huge and personal main event against the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon and it’s former member who defected to Bullet Club just yesterday. The IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles are on the line. Lets get to it!

    09:39AM GMT: a new look EVIL makes his way to the ring acompanied by his new Bullet Club brothers!

    09:35AM GMT: It’s main event time.. Tetsuya Naito vs. Bullet Club’s latest acquisition, EVIL!

    09:29AM GMT: Another brief break as the ring is cleaned and disinfected for the performers safety. As I mentioned in my article earlier this week, NJPW have been a shining light throughout this pandemic, and have looked after their performers and staff extremely well.

    09:26AM GMT: They follow it with a post match attack on Ibushi to finish the job on Golden Ace.

    09:25AM GMT: And there it is! We have new IWGP Tag Team Champions – Zack Sabre Jr & Taichi def. Golden Ace.

    09:23AM GMT: Sabre Jr has just destroyed Tanahashi’s legs, as Taichi held him up. This one could be over soon.

    09:21AM GMT: WAIT, Zack Sabre Jr nearly picks up the win, but Taichi pulls out the metal hand but fails to use it!

    09:20AM GMT: All four men down in the ring right now. Giving it their all right the way through. Trememdous match.

    09:14AM GMT: Very accurate..

    09:11AM GMT: Kicks, counters, submissions, everything. This tag team title match is delivering on every level.

    09:05AM GMT: Beautiful by Ibushi as this IWGP Tag Team Title match rolls on..

    09:04AM GMT: ????????

    08:56AM GMT: Smark To Death know..

    08:50AM GMT: Next up; Golden Ace (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr and Taichi for the IWGP Tag Team Titles!

    08:48AM GMT: Post match, El Desperado takes out Shingo Takagi with his the NEVER Openweight title belt!

    08:45AM GMT: And just like that, Takagi defeats Sho to retain the NEVER Openweight Title

    08:41AM GMT: The crowd super into this war, as Takagi nearly takes Sho’s head off with a clothesline, and Sho kicks out at one!

    08:38AM GMT: The physicality in this match is great. A real test of strength and endurance so far. I can’t choose a winner right now. Fantastic match.

    08:35AM GMT: Beautiful from Sho..

    08:34AM GMT: Takagi back in control, until Sho counters and gets fired up once more. The crowd applaud both men’s efforts so far. I’ll say it again, it’s great to have fans back.

    08:31AM GMT: The pace of this match picking up here as Sho is starting to get fired up and in control.

    08:28AM GMT: A test of strength early on here. Both men now outside the ring as Takagi sends Sho crashing into the metal barricade.

    08:25AM GMT: The bell rings, here we. go. This should be a cracker.

    08:21AM GMT: All done, and we’re back with the NEVER Openweight Title on the line; Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Sho.

    08:13AM GMT: There is a brief intermission as the ropes and ring are now being cleaned and disinfected ready for the upcoming championship matches.

    08:10AM GMT: It’s a fall from grace for Okada. Losing in the New Japan Cup Final, and now a defeat to Bullet Club and being pinned clean by Takahashi.

    08:09AM GMT: It’s over. Yujiro Takahashi and Taiji Ishimori def. Hirooki Goto and Kazuchika Okada, and post-match attack follows!

    08:05AM GMT: We miss Pieter..

    08:02AM GMT Some interesting words from Yujiro yesterday..

    07:58AM GMT: Next up; Hirooki Goto and Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi and Taiji Ishimori.

    07:55AM GMT: Announcement coming. Hiromu had ‘Why?’ written on his wrist tape earlier in his match.

    07:53AM GMT: El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and DOUKI def. Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yuya Uemura in the third match of Dominion.

    07:45AM GMT: Master Wato made his NJPW ‘debut’ last night at the New Japan Cup final event. Wato who initially broke through the NJPW Dojo, returned after 2-years away from the company.

    07:42AM GMT: Next up; Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yuya Uemura vs. El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and DOUKI.

    07:38AM GMT: Life after EVIL starts with a win. Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA and BUSHI def. omohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yota Tsuji.

    07:37AM GMT: Interesting take from Liger on commentary..

    07:32AM GMT: ????

    07:26AM GMT: Big love to Toru Yano. Wrestling Travel travellers went to his bar, EBRIETAS, on the last night of the Wrestle Kingdom 14 travel package back in January. We all appreciated his hospitality. We’ll definitely make a stop there in January 2021!

    07:24AM GMT: Life without EVIL begins for Los Ingobernables de Japon.

    07:22AM GMT: Onto the second match of Dominion; Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yota Tsuji vs. Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA and BUSHI.

    07:20AM GMT: Just as I say that, Kidd has tapped out and the match is over. Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata and Ryusuke Taguchi def. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Gabriel Kidd.

    07:18AM GMT: I believe Gabriel Kidd is the youngest wrestler in this opening match. Fantastic education for him being in the ring with these veterans of Japanese wrestling.

    07:16AM GMT (EDIT – Just had to add this in!)

    07:14AM GMT: What a difference fans make though. The clapping and reactions feel so refreshing. A fun opener so far here to kick off Dominion.

    07:13AM GMT: No English commentary on NJPW World. Japanese only due to Covid-19 restrictions. It’s great to see fans back in attendance though at Osaka Jo Hall.

    07:11AM GMT: This venue though..

    07:08AM GMT: We’re kicking things off with Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Gabriel Kidd vs. Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata and Ryusuke Taguchi

    07:00AM GMT: It’s time. How wonderful does Osaka Jo Hall look!?

    06:52AM GMT: We’re moments away from the event getting underway. I’m certainly primed and ready for the action to begin. Breakfast and NJPW, what a morning!

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    06:40AM GMT We’re twenty minutes away from the event starting in Osaka Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan. There’s still time for you to sign up to NJPW World to watch the event. https://njpwworld.com/

    06:36AM GMT We asked you for your votes on who will win tonight’s main event between Naito and EVIL for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles. It looks as though Naito is edging it. Still time to vote!

    06:31AM GMT Yep, I still don’t think we can quite believe it! EVIL won the New Japan Cup last night defeating Okada, with help from Bullet Club and confirmed his shock alliance following his NJ Cup win!

    06:30AM GMT Welcome to the LIVE blog here on staging-buroxoma.kinsta.cloud. This is the first-ever time a NJPW event will be covered on the blog, so let’s get right to it! It’s 6:30 here in the UK, the sun is shining. It’s time for NJPW Dominion starting in half an hours time.

    Full announced card:
    Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. EVIL – IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Titles

    Golden Ace (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr and Taichi – IWGP Tag Team Titles

    Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Sho – NEVER Openweight Title

    Hirooki Goto and Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi and Taiji Ishimori

    Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yuya Uemura vs. El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and DOUKI

    Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yota Tsuji vs. Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA and BUSHI

    Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Gabriel Kidd vs. Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata and Ryusuke Taguchi

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