While Wrestle Kingdom has been New Japan Pro Wrestling's premiere annual event for over thirteen years, the Dominion show has been their summer spectacular since debuting in 2009. Occasionally the June event has even outdone and overshadowed the big one in years past.
This year's news-making show featured marquee matches, ever-evolving feuds, and multiple stars laying out their paths for the remainder of the summer. The theme of the night quickly became who would throw their hat in the ring for the upcoming G1 Climax tournament. From the first bout through to the main event, multiple major stars announced their intentions to compete in NJPW's most prestigious tournament--from junior heavyweights Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi to the shocking declaration of Jon Moxley and possibly even Chris Jericho.
Furthermore, Dominion saw the championship landscape shift as titles were retained and changed in surprising fashion. New title challengers also stepped forth or were called to come out from the shadows. Meanwhile, Chris Jericho found another rival to add to his list by the night's end.
With all those stories and more - including what to expect for the G1 Climax -let's break down everything that happened at Dominion and where it's all headed from here.
Douglas Scarpa is a freelance writer, independent filmmaker, art school graduate, and pro wrestling aficionado -- all of which mean he is in financial ruin. He has no backup plan to speak of, yet maintains his abnormally high spirits. If he had only listened to the scorn of his childhood teachers, he wouldn't be in this situation.