New Japan Pro Wrestling presented their annual Dominion event on Saturday. As the event began at 3am EDT, here’s a spoiler-free match listing for the non-nite-owl New Japan fans. Each match has been given a Need To Watch Rating of 0.0-10.0. The show is available at NJPWWorld.com.
A blistering start to the show. This match showcased how much, for better and worse, Sho and Yoh have grown through their time in the Best Of Super Juniors. A fresh chapter in one of the better rivalries of a 2018.
Need To Watch Rating: (8.0)
A fun, if inessential tag team match. The IWGP United States Title division is in a low-period, as the pillars of the division go through some growing pains.
Need To Watch Rating: (3.2)
The war between Ishii & Suzuki continues. One wonders if this rivalry will spill over to Revolution Pro, where Ishii and Suzuki are both champions. Zack Sabre Jr. and Minoru Suzuki are always a fun pair to watch.
Need To Watch Rating: (6.1)
This match is fine. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s definitely the least interesting of the championship matches on this card.
Need To Watch Rating: (6.9)
The Young Bucks and the lads from LIJ prove that this rivalry has legs. An entertaining match that saw some truly inspired selling from The Bucks. Definitely recommended viewing.
Need To Watch Rating: (9.0)
Bullet Club is fine. Fun debut for Mysterio.
Need To Watch Rating: (8.0)
Ospreay and Takahashi have a match that could main event any PPV, Wrestle Kingdom included. Definitely proof that the recent crop of Juniors have elevated the division in ways not thought possible. Someone PLEASE help Will’s neck.
Need To Watch Rating: (10.0)
Jericho has lost his damn mind, and Tetsuya Naito is along for the ride. This match broke new ground as to what a Chris Jericho match can be. Using every inch of the ring and ringside area, Jericho and Naito told the story of a life and death struggle for dominance, and one of the most prestigious titles in the world. Jericho is in rare form and Naito seems downright gleeful to match the insane Canadian blow for ridiculous blow. Quite simply a masterpiece from bell to bell.
Need To Watch Rating: (11.0) NEW RECORD
An entire era, told in a single match. The multi-fall format allows chapters to unfold in this novel of a struggle. Omega, his lover in his corner, comes up against Okada, who trying to establish himself as a living myth and a historic champion. The result is a dense tome, that has endless callbacks to minutes, moments, and even years ago. Expected to be a multi-hour marathon, the manageable length of the match works in its favor, giving it an accessibility that many were afraid it would lack. If you’ve watched the entire Okada/Omega series, then you’re in for an absolute delight, a payoff of payoffs. If this is your first Okada/Omega match, it’s all you’ll ever need. This is the match everyone has said these two could have.
Need To Watch Rating: (12.0) NEW NEW RECORD