Collision in Korea
|Collision in Korea|
|Promotion||New Japan Pro-Wrestling|
World Championship Wrestling
|Date||April 28–29, 1995|
(aired August 4, 1995)
|City||Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Venue||May Day Stadium|
Day 1: 165,000
Day 2: 190,000
|Tagline(s)||Two Legends, One Country|
|New Japan Pro-Wrestling events chronology|
|Interpromotional Inoki shows chronology|
Collision in Korea, officially known as the Pyongyang International Sports and Culture Festival for Peace (平和のための平壌国際体育・文化祝典, Heiwa no tame no Pyon'yan kokusai taiiku bunka shukuten), was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event jointly produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place over a period of two days on April 28 and 29, 1995 at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea. It aired in North America on August 4, 1995, when WCW broadcast a selection of matches from the show on pay-per-view.
The event was the first PPV from a North American wrestling promotion to be held in North Korea, and holds the current record for the largest combined attendance for a wrestling event, with a claimed crowd of 165,000 and 190,000 for the first and second day respectively. American wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reported different attendance numbers of 150,000 and 165,000 respectively.
NJPW's Hidekazu Tanaka was the ring announcer for the show, while Masao Tayama and Tiger Hattori refereed the matches. Commentary for the WCW pay-per-view presentation of the event was provided by Eric Bischoff, Mike Tenay and Kazuo Ishikawa.
|Ring announcer||Hidekazu Tanaka|
|1||Wild Pegasus defeated 2 Cold Scorpio||Singles match||06:22|
|2||Yuji Nagata defeated Tokimitsu Ishizawa||Singles match||04:28|
|3||Masahiro Chono and Hiro Saito defeated El Samurai and Tadao Yasuda||Tag team match||08:06|
|4||Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto defeated Manami Toyota and Mariko Yoshida||Tag team match||08:34|
|5||Shinya Hashimoto (c) fought Scott Norton to a time-limit draw||Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship||20:00|
|6||Road Warrior Hawk defeated Tadao Yasuda||Singles match||02:21|
|7||The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki||Tag team match||11:51|
|8||Antonio Inoki defeated Ric Flair||Singles match||14:52|
- Meltzer, Dave. "April 11, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter". f4wonline.com. Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
The all-time pro wrestling attendance record would be for shows on April 28 and April 29, 1995 at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea. The announced crowds for those shows were 165,000 and 190,000, although the real numbers were about 150,000 and 165,000. The first show was headlined by Scott Norton vs. Shinya Hashimoto and the second by Antonio Inoki vs. Ric Flair. While there were tickets sold, most of the people attending got in free, and were pretty much ordered to attend, so it's not really a fair comparison.
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