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NJPW News: Results from Dominion PPV Saturday - MVP's first IWGP IC Title defense, TNA wrestler appears, key title change

Jun 18, 2011 - 2:37:02 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

The following are news and notes from New Japan Pro Wrestling's "Dominion" PPV held Saturday, June 18 in Osaka, Japan. (Results from puroresuspirit.com)

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-- Former WWE wrestler MVP retained the new IWGP Intercontinental Title over Toru Yano in his first title defense. MVP defeated Yano in the finals of last month's tournament to determine the first IC champion in the New Japan promotion.

-- TNA wrestler Brian Kendrick made a surprise appearance in a six-man tag match. Kendrick, who replaced Killer Rabbit, scored the pinfall in the match teaming with Jado & Gego against Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Tiger Mask IV, and KUSHIDA.

-- Former WWE and TNA wrestler Lance Hoyt (Lance Archer in New Japan) teamed with Minoru Suzuki to defeat Satoshi Kojima and Togi Makabe.

-- The key title change on the PPV was Kota Ibushi capturing the IWGP Jr. Hvt. Title from Prince Devitt. Ibushi won the Super Juniors Cup earlier this month to receive the title shot against Devitt.

-- Former WWE wrestler Giant Bernard (Prince Albert) & Karl Anderson retained the IWGP Tag Titles and captured the GHC Tag Titles over Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano.

-- In the main event, IWGP Hvt. champion Tanahashi defeated Hirooki Goto to retain the IWGP Hvt. Title.

Afterward, Bernard challenged Tanahashi to a future IWGP Hvt. Title match, but Tanahashi answered back with a challenge for the IWGP Tag Titles with Goto as his partner.


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