NJPW Dominion 2020 Results and Grades: An unforgettable ending

NJPW, Tetsuya Naito (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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The first title defense of the night saw Roppongi 3K’s SHO take on former Dragon Gate Open The Dream Gate champion Shingo Takagi for his IWGP Never Openweight Championship.

Never Openweight Championship: SHO vs Shingo Takagi (C)

Result: Shingo Takagi pins SHO to retain his title.

A hard-hitting match from start to finish. SHO did his best to utilize his speed and high flying ability to knock Shingo off balance and never allow him to form a base from which to base his offense.

Unfortunately for SHO, it seems that Shingo spent his time during the hiatus working on his speed as well as raw strength as he was able to match SHO move for move with a newfound level of intensity.

Though SHO seemed to have him on the ropes and take him to the very limit of his abilities several times throughout the match Shingo Takagi was able to escape Dominion 2020 still in possession of his Never Openweight title. But only just barely.

With Rocky Romero stuck in the United States and YOH out rehabbing an injury. SHO has taken the opportunity to build himself as a legitimate singles star for the company.

Grade: B –

Following the match, Desperado attacked Shingo setting himself up as the next challenger for his title.