NJPW Dominion 6.4 (2023) Star Ratings By Dave Meltzer Revealed

Hamish Woodward

NJPW Dominion 6.4 (2023) was broadcast from Osaka-jo Hall in Osaka, Japan on June 4th, 2023. It was the 15th event under the Dominion name, the 9th to take place at the legendary Osaka-jo Hall.

The event came just weeks before the collaborative pay per view between New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling. AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door will take place on June 24th, and many matches for that event were built up at Dominion 6.4.

This page will detail Dave Meltzer’s Star Ratings for NJPW Dominion 6.4 (2023), looking at every match on the card. We will also detail the Cagematch rating for the event.

Cagematch is a website which aggregates fans opinions on wrestling match. Fans can log on and rank the matches on a scale of zero to ten, which then calculates an average score for the matches.

Great matches can expect a 9+ rating while the worst matches may not even be worth giving a rating to at all.

Only matches over 5 minutes may be rated on the website. This means fantastic, yet shorter matches like KENTA vs Ricky Marvin will not be given a rating but that does not mean they are bad bouts.

The highest rated match on the site is the Kazuchika Okada vs Kitsuyori Shibata match was NJPW Sakura Genesis 2017.

Here are the star ratings for the matches at NJPW Dominion 6.4 (2023).

Will Ospreay vs Lance Archer

Will Ospreay defeated Lance Archer to become number one contender for the IWGP United States Championship.

This is the title that Kenny Omega defeated Will Ospreay for at Wrestle Kingdom 17, in one of the best matches of all time.

After the match, Ospreay got on the microphone and said he’s out for revenge on Omega, and will walk into Canada to bring the title back.

This likely means that the rematch between the two will happen at Forbidden Door.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Ratings – 4 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 7.28

Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Bushi and Titán) vs Just 5 Guys (Taichi, Douki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taka Michinoku)

Los Ingobernables de Japon defeated Just 5 Guys by submission.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Ratings – 3.25 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 5.66

Catch 2/2 (Francesco Akira and TJP) vs Intergalactic Jet Setters (Kushida and Kevin Knight)

Catch 2/2 (Francesco Akira and TJP) def. Intergalactic Jet Setters (Kushida and Kevin Knight) by pinfall to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.

After the match, they were attacked by Clark Connors. He then introduces Dan Maloney as the newest member of Bullet Club, setting up a title match for down the line.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Ratings – 3.5 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 7.40

Zack Sabre Jr vs Jeff Cobb – NJPW TV Title

In a rematch from Dontaku, Zack Sabre Jr. def. Jeff Cobb by pinfall to retain the NJPW World Television Championship.

Countering a Tour of the Islands, but ZSJ countered with a crucifix roll up and managed to keep Cobb’s shoulders down for three, retaining his championship.

He will likely defend the belt against Bryan Danielson at Forbidden Door 2023.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 4 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 7.62

Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) vs House of Torture (Evil and Yujiro Takahashi) vs United Empire (Great-O-Khan and Aaron Henare)

Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) def. House of Torture (Evil and Yujiro Takahashi) and United Empire (Great-O-Khan and Aaron Henare) by pinfall to become the new IWGP Tag Team Champions and Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.

After the match, Gabriel Kidd and Alex Coughlin were introduced as the War Dogs of Bullet Club, and laid out Bishamon to indicate their next opponent.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 3.25 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 7.04

G1 Climax 32 Entrants Announced

During NJPW Dominion 6.4 (2023), the 32 entrants into the G1 Climax 33 field were announced.

Stars like Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay were included, as well as special guest like Eddie Kingstom (AEW) and Kaito Kiyomiya.

You can click this link to read the full details about the 2023 G1 Climax.

David Finlay vs El Phantasmo

David Finlay pinned El Phantasmo to win this match, as the Bullet Club leader retained his NEVER Openweight Championship.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 6.54

Hiromu Takahashi vs Master Wato

After winning the Best of the Super Juniors tournament last week, Master Wato took on champion Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Having got his first five-star match last week against Titan, expectations were high for the young Wato. He put on a valiant performance, but was pinned by Hiromu Takahashi, who retained his title in an exciting match.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 4.75 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 8.23

Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii vs Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Shota Umino)

After winning NEVER Openweight 6 man Tag Team Championship gold at Dontaku from Strong Style, the champion team of Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Hiroshi Tanahashi had their first ever title defence against a star-studded side.

AEW’s Blackpool Combat Club were represented by Jon Moxley and Claudio Castagnoli, who teamed with Moxley’s former Young Boy Shota Umino in a huge six-man tag team match.

Umino took the pin for his side after Okada hit him with a Rainmaker. After the match, Bryan Danielson challenged Kazuchika Okada to a match at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 5 stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 9.04

SANADA vs Yota Tsuji

Just one day after defecting to Los Ingobernables de Japon, Yota Tsuji wrestled in the biggest match of his life, as he took on Sanada for the grandest price in New Japan – the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Having returned from excursion in CMLL, Tsuji had everything to prove in NJPW, earning a world title shot very early on in his career.

In a fantastic match with some amazing teases of Yota Tsuji actually pulling off the upset (including the crowd being firmly on his side), SANADA manages to turn away the momentum and get the win.

After the match, LIJ left Tsuji in the ring, showing cracks in his relationship with the faction.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 8.34

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