New Japan Pro Wrestling presented Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka on May 3rd and 4th. There was one title change at the event and multiple matches booked for next month’s Dominion event in Osaka.
Wrestling Dontaku Night 1 – May 3rd – Fukuoka
- Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Tomoaki Honma defeated Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
- Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask & YOSHI-HASHI
- CHAOS (Toru Yano & Will Ospreay) & Togi Makabe defeated BULLET CLUB(HIKULEO, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (w/Jado)
- Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) & Kota Ibushi defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon(BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito)
- CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Mikey Nicholls) & Juice Robinson defeated BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Jay White) (w/Gedo)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii)
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Taichi defeated Jeff Cobb (c) – Taichi wins NEVER Openweight Championships
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Dragon Lee (c) defeated Taiji Ishimori
Wrestling Dontaku Night 2 – May 4th – Fukuoka
- Ren Narita & Shota Umino defeated Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
- Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated Jeff Cobb, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Toa Henare & YOSHI-HASHI
- Jushin Thunder Liger, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano defeated Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) & Gedo
- Hirooki Goto, Juice Robinson, Mikey Nicholls & Tomoaki Honma defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, HIKULEO & Jay White)
- Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori) defeated Dragon Lee & Will Ospreay
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) defeated Kota Ibushi, SHO & YOH
- Tomohiro Ishii defeated EVIL
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) defeated SANADA
Storylines From NJPW Wrestling Dontaku
- Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito’s rivalry has been building in tag matches. They will meet at Dominion for the IWPG Intercontinental Championship.
- Ominous videos featuring a knife-wielding man in a bar have been shown following Juice Robinson matches. “Times Up” is the tag line on the videos.
- Chris Jericho sent a video message to Kazuchika Okada which aired after Okada defeated SANADA.
- Bullet Club celebrated their 6-year anniversary by welcoming El Phantasmo into their ranks, he will compete in the Best of the Super Juniors. Otherwise, the stable did not have a good weekend.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi announced he would return from injury on June 5th. Jay White took offense to this and told Tanahashi to get to the back of the line. He and Gedo then attacked him.
NJPW Dominion – June 9th – Osaka
The following matches are confirmed for Dominion in Osaka:
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Chris Jericho
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito