Review: NJPW Dominion 2018

IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: SHO & YOH (w/ Rocky Romero, RPG 3K/CHAOS) vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (Suzuki-gun) Super fluid action early on, and good drama followed. A very good opener, but it was shorter and more anticlimactic than what these teams are capable of showing. ***1/2

Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs YOSHI-HASHI & Jay White Juice was very funny in this, but this wasn’t a very interesting match otherwise (outside of the result).

Zack Sabre Jr. (vegan!) & Minoru Suzuki (w/ Taka Michinoku, Suzuki-gun) vs Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (CHAOS) Great heat between Suzuki and Ishii, carrying over from the Best of the Super Juniors finals show. Just an incredible opening sequence between the two. Sabre and Yano contributed plenty to this match too (especially the second time they were in the ring against each other), but it was just electric every time Ishii and Suzuki were interacting. ****

NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Hirooki Goto (c) vs Taichi vs Michael Elgin Pretty good mostly due to some impressive spots, but it’s easy to feel like Goto versus just one of these challengers would have been better. This just leaned a little too much on individual spots and didn’t cohere all that well. ***1/4

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson (The Young Bucks) vs EVIL & SANADA (c, Los Ingobernables de Japon) Pretty unsurprising (if good) for the first few minutes. Nick Jackson then gets involved in some body-part-specific psychology, which makes this a much more interesting story in the ring. The match only gets better from there, resulting in some brilliant sequences and awesome drama. ****1/2

Cody, Marty Scurll, and Adam Page (Bullet Club) vs Jushin Thunder Liger, Rey Mysterio, & Hiroshi Tanahashi A fun exhibition, but nothing too great. ***1/4

IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs Will Ospreay (c) Spectacular work, as can be expected from these two. Some absolutely incredible sequences in this one, and I don’t think it really got into spotfest territory. Everything made a lot of sense. And, as always with these guys, I hope this match wasn’t half as dangerous as it looked. ****1/4

IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito (c) Appropriately brutal start, given the build. It was pretty easy to legitimately worry about Naito’s well-being, though. It was also really interesting how Osaka was so behind Jericho. Kind of a sloppy and worrying match at times, but it fit the intended tone, at least. ****

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match (2 out of 3 Falls, No Time Limit): Kenny Omega (w/ Kota Ibushi) vs Kazuchika Okada (c, w/ Gedo) It comes as no surprise that these two could put together an excellently-paced match, which is what this was. The first fall was pretty interesting in how surprising and smooth it was. A lot of this match was relatively straightforward call-backs to their previous matches, and I’m not sure of how effective that element was. I think the final fall’s wrestling was by far the most interesting, and it was beyond amazing. They somehow outdid their 2017 trilogy.  *****

Post-Match Absolutely amazing moment. This whole program (every aspect and every thread) may be the best that pro wrestling can be. ****3/4

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