NJPW: Updated Dominion 2020 Card, YOSHI-HASHI & YOH Injuries, G1 Climax 2020 Update

Two New Matches Announced for Dominion 2020

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced two new matches for the card of their Dominion 2020 event on July 12th at the Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan.

These are an IWGP Tag Team Championship match of Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi (c) and a NEVER Openweight Championship match of SHO vs. Shingo Takagi (c).

Updated card for NJPW Dominion 2020:

  • IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Double Championship match – Winner of New Japan Cup 2020 (Kazuchika Okada or EVIL) vs. Tetsuya Naito (c)
  • NEVER Openweight Championship – SHO vs. Shingo Takagi (c)
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship – Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi (c)

YOSHI-HASHI and YOH Suffer Knee Injuries

NJPW announced that both YOSHI-HASHI and YOH will be out of action for the company for the foreseeable future due to knee injuries.

YOSHI-HASHI suffered a right knee injury during his match against BUSHI at NJPW’s New Japan Cup 2020 event on July 2nd while YOH suffered a left knee injury during his match against BUSHI at NJPW’s New Japan Cup 2020 event on June 23rd.

Official press release:

YOSHI-HASHI and YOH have both sustained injuries in recent bouts, YOSHI-HASHI to his right knee, and YOH to his left knee.

Both men will be unable to compete in Osaka Jo Hall on July 11 and 12, and there is no current timetable for either to return.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling apologizes to fans who were looking forward to seeing both wrestlers compete. We appreciate your understanding, and wish both men well in their recovery.

NJPW President Harold Meij Comments on Current Status of G1 Climax 2020 Tournament

Sports Illustrated held a recent interview with NJPW President Harold Meij. One of the topics discussed included the current status of this year’s G1 Climax tournament, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in Japan.

“As a result of the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, we had already decided to move our annual G1 Climax tournament, which traditionally takes place during the summer months, to the autumn. It is still on the calendar, although again, venues and crowd capacity will be dependent on both our own and the local governments’ guidelines. As for our previously scheduled tours like Best of the Super Juniors, both fans and wrestlers alike were disappointed at their cancellation. All of those voices will be taken into account in the second half of the year as we look to present something to fans that matches, or even surpasses, our initial plans.”