NJPW Dominion: Devitt puts Okada on notice

ON NOTICE: Prince Devitt issues a challenge to IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. PHOTO: Puroresu Spirit

ON NOTICE: Prince Devitt issues a challenge to IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. PHOTO: Puroresu Spirit

Kazuchika Okada retained the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Togi Makabe but will face stiff competition from Prince Devitt if the ending of New Japan Pro-Wrestling Dominion is anything to go by.

The Rainmaker sealed the deal for Okada and put an end to Makabe’s night before Devitt made his way to the ring.

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in the co-main event of the evening with his Bloody Sunday signature move, and the help of Bullet Club stablemates Bad Luck Fale, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga.

Devitt formally challenged the 59th IWGP Heavyweight Champion to a match for his title. Okada countered, requesting his stablemate, Gado, first receive a shot at Devitt’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Both men agreed to each other’s demands, setting up two significant singles title matches for NJPW events in July.

Dominion saw mixed results for its American competitors. NWA Heavyweight Champion “Iron Man” Rob Conway was able to retain his title against Japan’s Manabu Nakanishi.

Davey Boy Smith Jr and Lance Archer were unsuccessful in their title match, coming up short against IWGP Tag Team Champions Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima.

Shelton Benjamin struck Pay Dirt to pick up the victory in his tag team match; Forever Hooligans toppled Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships; TAKA Michinoku’s team bested Jushin Thunder Liger’s team in the night’s opening contest.

New Zealand’s Bad Luck Fale also took his Bullet Club team to victory in six-man action when he pinned Captain New Japan.

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NJPW Dominion Results:

  • Taichi & TAKA Michinoku def. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship:
    Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero (c) def. Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA
  • Bad Luck Fale, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga def. Captain New Japan, Tomoaki Honma & Yuji Nagata
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship:
    Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (c) def. Davey Boy Smith Jr & Lance Archer and Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano
  • NWA Heavyweight Championship:
    Rob Conway (c) def. Manabu Nakanishi
  • Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
  • Tetsuya Naito def. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Katsuyori Shibata def. Hirooki Goto
  • Prince Devitt w/ Bad Luck Fale def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship:
    Kazuchika Okada (c) def. Togi Makabe