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Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall
Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall
Promotional poster for the event, featuring various NJPW wrestlers
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Sponsor(s) Hoken Minaoshi Honpo
Date June 11, 2017
Attendance 11,756
Venue Osaka-jō Hall
City Osaka, Japan
Event chronology

Road to Dominion Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall Lion's Gate Project 6
Dominion chronology

Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall

Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall was professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event was scheduled to take place on June 11, 2017, in Osaka, Osaka, at the Osaka-jō Hall and was the ninth event under the Dominion name and third in a row to take place at the Osaka-jō Hall. The event was headlined by Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kenny Omega in a rematch from the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome.

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall was officially announced on January 4, 2017, during Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome.[1][2] The event is NJPW's biggest between Wrestle Kingdom 11 and July–August's G1 Climax.[3] The event will air through NJPW's internet streaming site, New Japan Pro Wrestling World, and was featured English commentary.[3]

StorylinesEdit

Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.[4]

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After defeating Bad Luck Fale to make his fouth title defense, Kazuchika Okada (left) nominated Kenny Omega (right) his challenger for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the Dominion 6.11

Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall was main evented by Kazuchika Okada making his sixth defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kenny Omega.[5][6] This will be a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, where Okada successfully defended the title against Omega in a match that earned critical acclaim, including a six-star rating (on a scale of zero to five) from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.[7][8][9] Following Wrestle Kingdom 11, Omega took a hiatus from NJPW to "reassess [his] future", stating he was "weighing all options".[10] Despite interest from WWE, Omega eventually decided to remain with NJPW and returned to the promotion in late February.[11] Upon his return, Omega set himself a deadline to claim the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, planning to be the champion when NJPW presents shows in Long Beach, California on July 1 and 2, 2017. His quickest way to another title shot was through the 2017 New Japan Cup, but his plan was derailed by Tomohiro Ishii, who eliminated him from the tournament in the first round.[12] Meanwhile, Okada continued defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, defeating Minoru Suzuki and New Japan Cup winner Katsuyori Shibata.[13][14] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2017, Omega avenged his loss from the New Japan Cup by defeating Tomohiro Ishii and following the main event of the show, where Okada successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Omega's Bullet Club stablemate Bad Luck Fale, he was nominated by the champion as his next challenger at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall.[15][16] The match was officially announced two days later.[5] Okada stated that he decided to nominate Omega due to wanting to face the strongest possible challenger. The match was officially announced two days later. In an out-of-character interview, Omega stated that he thought that it was "too soon to revisit [the match]", but recognized that "there comes a time in business when it's just important to move numbers, put asses in seats, as the saying goes, and you have to come out guns blazing".

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Tetsuya Naito, who is set to defend the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall will also feature another rematch from Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, where Tetsuya Naito will defend the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi.[6] After successfully defending the title against Juice Robinson on April 29, Naito was challenged by Tanahashi, who had defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate Evil earlier that same day. Naito, however, tried to turn down Tanahashi's challenge, noting that he and Evil were only tied 1–1 in their series against each other.[5] Tanahashi had lost to Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 11, but was compelled to challenge him to a rematch due to disliking how Naito was treating the championship belt, throwing and kicking it around. Others like Jushin Thunder Liger had also voiced their displeasure over Naito's actions.[5] The match was officially announced on May 5.[5]On May 18, NJPW announced that Tanahashi had ruptured his right biceps tendon during a recent tour of North America, but stated that he was scheduled to return to the ring in time for Dominion 6.11.[17] In the weeks leading to Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall, Naito criticized NJPW's decision to introduce the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship, stating that it had the same concept as the Intercontinental Championship. Feeling that the Intercontinental Championship was now worth less than a ¥10 coin, Naito stated that if he won at Dominion, he wanted the title retired and if that was not accepted by NJPW, he would vacate the title.[18] Tanahashi appeared at NJPW's June 3 show, stating that he was going to be ready by Dominion, while adding that he was going to save the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Naito.[19]

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Minoru Suzuki, who defends the NEVER Openweight Championship in a lumberjack deathmatch at the event

The NEVER Openweight Championship will also be defended at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall with champion Minoru Suzuki taking on challenger Hirooki Goto.[20][21] Suzuki captured the title from Goto on April 27 with help from El Desperado, a member of his Suzuki-gun stable.[20] Afterwards, Goto repeatedly requested a rematch with Suzuki.[20] On May 3, Suzuki called out Goto and his entire CHAOS stable, declaring war between his and Goto's stables.[20] On May 8, NJPW announced the rematch between Suzuki and Goto, adding that the match would be contested under lumberjack deathmatch rules, where the ring is surrounded by members of Chaos and Suzuki-gun.[20]

On May 8, NJPW also announced matches for both of the promotion's tag team championships for Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall.[20][21] In the IWGP Tag Team Championship match, War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) faces Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa).[20] War Machine made their first title defense on May 3 in a three-way match, involving Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) and Guerrillas of Destiny.[15] After pinning Tenzan to retain the title, War Machine was attacked from behind by Guerrillas of Destiny, which led to the champions challenging Tonga and Roa to confront them face-to-face.[20] In the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match, Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) defends against The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson).[20] The match was made as a result of a challenge made by Romero after he and Beretta captured the title from Suzuki-gun's Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru on April 27.[20]

Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall will also feature a match between Cody and Michael Elgin.[20][22] After debuting for NJPW on January 4, 2017, Cody has picked up singles match wins over Juice Robinson and David Finlay.[20] After defeating Finlay on May 3, Cody challenged NJPW to find him a stronger opponent, which led to the promotion announcing on May 8 that he would face Elgin at Dominion 6.11.[20] Both Elgin and The Young Bucks make their NJPW returns, after being sidelined earlier in the year due to the size of the promotion's roster.[23]

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KUSHIDA, the winner of the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors and number one contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

On June 3, KUSHIDA defeated Will Ospreay in the finals to win the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors (BOSJ) tournament, his second BOSJ win in three years.[24] Afterwards, KUSHIDA, while acknowledging that BOSJ is not technically a tournament for the number one contendership, stated that he wanted to face Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.[25] KUSHIDA had been NJPW's top junior heavyweight wrestler until the emergence of Takahashi in 2017. After losing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Takahashi on January 4 at Wrestle Kingdom 11, Kushida received a rematch for the title on April 9 at Sakura Genesis 2017, but suffered a "humiliating" loss by being defeated in just 116 seconds.[26][27] Kushida started his resurgence in May by capturing the Ring of Honor (ROH) World Television Championship during NJPW's North American tour and his confidence was boosted during the BOSJ, when he met WWE's William Regal, who praised his 2015 Best of the Super Juniors final match with Kyle O'Reilly.[27] After completing his comeback by winning the BOSJ, Kushida again set his sights on Takahashi, promising to avenge his previous losses.[28] Prior to the BOSJ final, Takahashi stated that he had chosen Ospreay, who had eliminated him from the tournament, as his challenger at Dominion 6.11.[29] Despite this, NJPW elected to make KUSHIDA the number one contender, officially announcing the match between him and Takahashi for Dominion 6.11 on June 5.[25] Takahashi left the press conference where the match was announced in tears, after failing to overturn the decision.[30]

On June 5, NJPW also announced that the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship would be defended at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall in a five-team gauntlet match with defending champions Los Ingobernables de Japon members BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA taking on Bullet Club's Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi, Chaos' Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi, Suzuki-gun's Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Zack Sabre Jr. and Taguchi Japan's Juice Robinson, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi.[25] This marks the second NEVER Openeweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship gauntlet match of 2017;[25] the previous took place at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome and was won by the Los Ingobernables de Japon trio.[31]

ReceptionEdit

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter wrote that Dominion 6.11 was "from a match quality standpoint, one of the best shows in company history", offering particular praise to the main event, stating that Okada and Omega "followed one of the greatest pro wrestling matches of all-time, with an even better sequel", awarding it a rating of six and a quarter stars. Comparing the main event to Okada and Omega's first match at Wrestle Kingdom 11 as well as a 1994 match between Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada, two matches he previously thought were the best matches he had seen, Meltzer concluded that the Dominion 6.11 match was better than either of them, featuring better selling, more drama and a better story. Meltzer wrote that the Dominion 6.11 main event featured "the two best wrestlers in the world at this point in time, both in the best match of their lives" and went on to compare the program between Okada and Omega to the 1989 series of matches between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat.[32]

Meltzer also praised several other matches on the card, awarding the IWGP Intercontinental Championship match four and a half stars, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match four and three quarter stars and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match four stars.[32]

Matthew Macklin of Pro Wrestling Insider called the main event "one of the best pro wrestling matches ever" and the event "one of the best top to bottom pro wrestling shows ever".[33] Pro Wrestling Torch's Sean Radican called the main event "the best match [he had] ever seen".[34]

MatchesEdit

# Matches Stipulations Times
1D David Finlay, Shota Umino and Tomoyuki Oka defeated Hirai Kawato, Katsuya Kitamura and Tetsuhiro Yagi Six-man tag team match 07:37
2 Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima Eight-man tag team match 07:01
3 Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA) (c) defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi) (with Pieter and Shiori), CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi), Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Zack Sabre Jr.), Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi) Gauntlet match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship 18:39
4 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defeated Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 14:14
5 Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) defeated War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 10:43
6 Cody defeated Michael Elgin Singles match 11:53
7 KUSHIDA defeated Hiromu Takahashi (c) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 19:12
8 Minoru Suzuki (c) (with El Desperado, Taka Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Zack Sabre Jr.) defeated Hirooki Goto (with Jado, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi) Lumberjack deathmatch for the NEVER Openweight Championship 16:00
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Tetsuya Naito (c) Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 25:56
10 Kazuchika Okada (c) (with Gedo) and Kenny Omega (with Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) wrestled to a time limit draw Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 60:00
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Gauntlet matchEdit

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time Ref.
1 Yujiro Takahashi Bullet Club Toru Yano Pinned after a 634 06:01 [35]
2 Toru Yano CHAOS Zack Sabre Jr. Pinned with a European Clutch 06:44 [35]
3 Taichi Suzuki-gun Juice Robinson Pinned after a Pulp Friction 11:37 [35]
4 Ryusuke Taguchi Taguchi Japan BUSHI Pinned after an MX 18:39 [35]
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA)

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