[NJPW News] New Japan held a press conference for the IWGP signing ceremony for their upcoming iPPV on June 22nd. Which sees the main event as Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Togi Makabe.
Outside of the shows, both men have seemed to be quiet about the upcoming match as whole. Thought it seems Makabe is going into the show with confidence that he will not fall victim to the young Okada once more, while Okada is looking to claim his second successful defense and carry on with his reign through the G1 Climax in August. Okada’s only aim is to do his best against Makabe and to bring a fierce and intense match-up if it comes down to it.
There will be some pressure on Okada to retain his championship on 6.22 as it was this event last year when Okada lost the belt back to Hiroshi Tanahashi. The ultimate question that is up in the air at this time is who will walk out the rightful champion on 6/22, The Rainmaker or the Unchained Gorilla?
Among the main event for the IWGP Heavy between Okada and Makabe, there are another 8 matches to fill out the entirity of the show.
Prince Devitt gets his rematch against Hiroshi Tanahashi following his BOSJ XX win on June 9th. Devitt completely dominated the every single opponent he faced in the BOSJ, not to say BULLET CLUB as a whole had a hand in that, and now he has his eyes set on going after Hiroshi Tanahashi who defeated him previously on March 3rd of this year.
It has also been mentioned that the winner of this match could indeed be in line as the next challenger for IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Devitt has also stated that he would not relinquish the Jr. Heavyweight belt if he does indeed get a Heavyweight title opportunity.
Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata will meet in the ring yet again as they try and settle who is the better of the two. The two have meet multiple times now in the ring and each time nothing has been officially settled via pinfall or submission. Will we seen another replay like from the May 3rd “Dontaku 2013” show, or will a true victor finally emerge?
Tetsuya Naito will make his official in ring return since being forced out of action due to a severe knee injury that sidelined last October. Yujiro was the last person that Naito faced back in October and proceeded to do even more damage to Naito’s leg before it was all said and done. One has to think that Naito will be looking to exact revenge.
Also announced is that Manabu Nakanishi will get the match against the NWA Champion Rob Conway. After repeated announcements that the NWA would be coming back to NJPW, Nakanishi has taken upon himself to accept the challenge and try and put an end to this NWA invasion. Satoshi Kojima already fell to the invading Conway, but Nakanishi just cannot stand by and let Conway and Bruce Tharpe talk down to his fellow NJPW and Japanese wrestlers.
Both IWGP Tag Class belts will be defending on the show as TenCozy will be defending their newly won IWGP Heavy belts against “CHAOS” Yano & Iizuka and “Killer Elite Squad” Archer & Smith. The 3 way system has proven to be a wild card in the previous matches from this year and this could prove to be no different.
Forever Hooligans, Romero & Koslov, will be defending the IWGP Jr. Tag belts against the TIME SPLITTERS, KUSHIDA & Shelley, in the opening match of the show. Both KUSHIDA and Shelley proved to be the better men over Romero and Koslov in the BOSJ and have earned themselves a shot to reclaim the belts which they lost to the Hooligans on May 3rd.
Though unlike previously announced, Ryusuke Taguchi will not be a part of the show after being held back from competing in his scheduled the semi-final match of BOSJ. Taguchi was reported to have had a lot of pain in his hip, and it seems it will keep him out of action for an undisclosed amount of time.
The event will be on live iPPV for $25 on 6/22 (4am Eastern, 3 am Central, 9 am for England).
Update: As usual the event “will be” on instant video demand for a few days following the initial broadcast.
Below is the scheduled event card in full.
NJPW “DOMINION 6.22”, 6/22/2013 [Sat] 17:00 @ Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM in Osaka
(0) Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [35th Champions] “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. [Challengers] “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
~ 1st title defense.
(2) Yuji Nagata, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, “BadBoy” Tama Tonga & “UnderBoss” Bad Luck Fale
(3) IWGP Tag Championship 3 WAY Match: [62nd Champions] “TenCozy” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] “CHAOS” Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. “K.E.S.” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
~ 1st title defense.
(4) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Rob Conway vs. [Challenger] Manabu Nakanishi
(5) Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton “X” Benjamin
(6) Tetsuya Naito’s Return Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(7) Special Single Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
(8) Special Single Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Togi Makabe
~ 2nd title defense.