New Japan Pro Wrestling has added to more title matches to Dominion on July 12.
In the co-main event of the evening, Shingo Takagi will defend his NEVER Openweight Championship against SHO. The other title bout will see IWGP Tag Team Champions Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi defend against Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.
SHO will challenge Shingo Takagi for the NEVER Openweight Championship at Dominion. The New Japan Cup draw worked out perfectly for SHO, who faced his rival Takagi in the first round, and in one of the most thrilling clashes of the tournament thus far, struck with Shock Arrow to defeat the champion. Takagi denied SHO a title shot until July 3, when after a six man tag team victory, SHO staked his claim with an emphatic spear to the champion. Takagi now puts the title on the line in Osaka for his second defence.
Also official for Osaka, Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi, GoldenAce defend the IWGP Tag Team Championships for the first time against Dangerous Tekkers, Taichi and Zack Sabre Junior.
Immediately after Ibushi and Tanahashi won the tag team championships in Korakuen Hall this February, Taichi and ZSJ seemed to jump to the front of the contendership line when they assaulted GoldenAce. Then, whether by fair means or foul (usually both), Taichi was able to cement that claim by defeating first Tanahashi and then Taichi in the New Japan Cup.
On July 3, Taichi continued to press the issue after an o0pening eight man tag team match. Snatching the tag team belts, Taichi would toss them in Ibushi’s path, daring him to ‘pick them up, we’re challenging’. An angered Ibushi gave chase to Dangerous Tekkers, resulting in a brawl backstage. Now these issues will be settled in-ring in Osaka.
As previously announced, Tetsuya Naito will defend the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles against the winner of the New Japan Cup in the main event of Dominion. Kazuchika Okada and EVIL are set to clash in the New Japan Cup finals on July 11.
Here's a look at the updated card for Dominion:
IWGP Heavyweight And Intercontinental Championships
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. New Japan Cup Winner
NEVER Openweight Championship
Shingo Takagi (c) vs. SHO
IWGP Tag Team Championships
Golden Ace (Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi) (c) vs. Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.
Fightful will have live coverage of NJPW Dominion on July 12.
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