January 4 Dome Show

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The January 4 Tokyo Dome Show is a major professional wrestling show, held by Japanese professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The shows often feature wrestlers from North American promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and has on these occasions been shown either partially or in full in the United States. NJPW often invites other promotions to participate in their January 4 Dome Shows as well including several companies that have been involved in scripted inter-promotional rivalries such as UWF International (UWFi), Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), Pro Wrestling Zero1 and Pro Wrestling Noah, as well as representatives from the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion.

It has become an annual event that starts the new year in NJPW since its inception in 1992. NJPW have held shows at the Tokyo Dome as far back as April 24, 1989 but their January 4 show has become the most anticipated shows on NJPW calendar, similar to what the Super Bowl is to the NFL or WrestleMania to the WWE. Since 2007, when the event was renamed "Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome", the Dome shows have been broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV). As of 2014 all the Dome shows have featured championship matches, including several titles not owned by NJPW. On three occasions (1998, 2006 and 2013), no titles changed hands during the show. The 1993 Dome show set the attendance record with 63,500 fans packing the Tokyo Dome while the 2007 Dome show drew the lowest gates with only 18,000 in attendance. As of 2014, the January 4 shows have hosted 253 matches (not including dark matches), 72 of which were title matches leading to 30 title changes in total. The 2005 Dome show had a 16 match card, the largest of any of the shows while 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2013 featured 9 matches, the lowest number of matches on a show.

Starrcade 1992 in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Starrcade 1992 in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1992[1]
Attendance 50,000[1]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
First Starrcade 1992 in Tokyo Dome Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome

The first ever January 4 Dome show held by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) was called Starrcade 1992 in Tokyo Dome and would start the tradition of NJPW holding their biggest show of the year on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome, making it their Super Bowl or WrestleMania event. It was promoted in conjunction with the American based World Championship Wrestling (WCW) with the name "Starrcade" taken from WCW's December pay-per-view (PPV) event of the same name. The show featured a mixture of NJPW and WCW wrestlers facing each other, with most of the matches that included WCW wrestlers being shown in North America as a PPV under the name WCW/New Japan Supershow II. The show drew 50,000 spectators for a gate of the equivalent of $3,700,000 at the exchange rate at the time.[1] The show featured 12 matches, including two dark matches, matches held before the PPV broadcast began. Six of the twelve bouts featured wrestlers from WCW. On the show Lex Luger successfully defended his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Masahiro Chono, while the main event saw Riki Chōshū defeated Tatsumi Fujinami. The match unified the Greatest 18 Championship and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Japanese heavy metal band Show-Ya performed live music between matches and performed theme music for a match where The Great Muta and Sting wrestled The Steiner Brothers.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[1]
Dark match Black Cat defeated Hiroyoshi Yamamoto Singles match 10:28
Dark match Osamu Kido and Kuniaki Kobayashi defeated Kantaro Hoshino and Kengo Kimura Tag team match 11:54
1 Akira Nogami, Masashi Aoyagi and Jushin Liger defeated Norio Honaga, Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine Six-man tag team match 15:12
2 Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko defeated Shiro Koshinaka and Michiyoshi Ohara Tag team match 12:32
3 Dustin and Dusty Rhodes defeated Kim Duk and Masa Saito Tag team match 14:23
4 Tony Halme defeated Scott Norton Singles match 08:41
5 Shinya Hashimoto defeated Bill Kazmaier Singles match 08:37
6 Big Van Vader vs. El Gigante ended in a double disqualification Singles match 04:49
7 Antonio Inoki defeated Hiroshi Hase Singles match 10:09
8 The Great Muta and Sting defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) Tag team match 11:03
9 Lex Luger (c) defeated Masahiro Chono Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 15:09
10 Riki Chōshū (c) defeated Tatsumi Fujinami (c) Singles match for both the Greatest 18 Championship (Chosu) and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (Fujinami) 12:11
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1993[2]
Attendance 63,500[2]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Starrcade 1992 in Tokyo Dome Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome Battlefield

Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome. The show drew 63,500 spectators and $3,200,000 in ticket sales.[2] This was the second year that the show was co-promoted by the American World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promotion. The show was later shown on pay-per-view (PPV) in North America as WCW/New Japan Supershow III. The show featured 10 matches, including four matches that featured WCW wrestlers. Fantastic Story featured three title matches, including Jushin Liger defeating Último Dragón to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. IWGP Heavyweight Champion The Great Muta defeating Masahiro Chono to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in a match where the IWGP title was also on the line. Finally the show featured an IWGP Tag Team Championship match between The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior) and The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) that ended without a definitive winner.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[2]
1 Takayuki Iizuka, Akira Nogami and El Samurai defeated Nobukazu Hirai, Koki Kitahara and Masao Orihara Six-man tag team match 15:11
2 Masashi Aoyagi, The Great Kabuki, Shiro Koshinaka and Akitoshi Saito defeated Tatsutoshi Goto, Norio Honaga, Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine Eight-man tag team match 14:20
3 Jushin Liger defeated Último Dragón (c) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 20:09
4 Ron Simmons defeated Tony Halme Singles match 06:10
5 Sting defeated Hiroshi Hase Singles match 15:31
6 Shinya Hashimoto and Masa Saito defeated Scott Norton and Dustin Rhodes Tag team match 13:57
7 The Great Muta (c) defeated Masahiro Chono (c) Singles match for both the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (Muta) and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (Chono) 19:48
8 The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior) (c) wrestled The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) to a double countout Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 14:38
9 Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Takashi Ishikawa Singles match 11:41
10 Genichiro Tenryu defeated Riki Chōshū Singles match 18:14
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Battlefield[edit]

Battlefield
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1994[3]
Attendance 48,000[3]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome Battlefield Battle 7

Battlefield was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 each year in the Tokyo Dome. The show drew 48,000 spectators. Unlike the previous two years events the 1994 show was not billed as being co-promoted by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) although it did feature former WCW wrestlers The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott), who were working for WCW's rival, World Wrestling Federation (WWF), at the time. The show also featured Brutus Beefcake and Hulk Hogan before they began working with WCW, working freelance for NJPW for one night.

The show featured 11 matches in total, including two title matches that saw The Hell Raisers (Hawk and Power Warrior) defeat The Jurassic Powers (Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship while Shinya Hashimoto successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Masahiro Chono. The show also featured a Mask vs. Mask match where Tiger Mask was unmasked and revealed as Koji Kanemoto. It would be several years before a new Tiger Mask, the fourth Tiger Mask began using the ring persona and not until after the turn of the millennia that the Tiger Mask character would appear in NJPW.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[3]
1 The Great Kabuki, Kengo Kimura, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Shiro Koshinaka and Michiyoshi Ohara defeated Osamu Kido, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi and El Samurai Ten-man tag team match 12:09
2 Takayuki Iizuka and Akira Nogami defeated Masashi Aoyagi and Akitoshi Saito Tag team match 14:07
3 Brutus Beefcake defeated Black Cat Singles match 08:06
4 Super Strong Machine defeated Tatsutoshi Goto Singles match 08:51
5 Jushin Liger defeated Tiger Mask Mask vs. Mask match 14:26
6 The Hell Raisers (Hawk and Power Warrior) defeated The Jurassic Powers (Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 12:47
7 The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeated Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh Tag team match 20:51
8 Hulk Hogan defeated Tatsumi Fujinami Singles match 13:33
9 Riki Chōshū defeated Yoshiaki Fujiwara Singles match 09:04
10 Shinya Hashimoto (c) defeated Masahiro Chono Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 28:00
11 Genichiro Tenryu defeated Antonio Inoki Singles match 15:56
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Battle 7[edit]

Battle 7
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1995[4]
Attendance 52,500[4]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Battlefield Battle 7 Wrestling World 1996

Battle 7 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that traditionally takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome. Battle 7 was the fourth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 52,500 spectators and $4,800,000 in ticket sales.[4] Besides NJPW Wrestlers the show also featured Sting from World Championship Wrestling and former WCW stars The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) as well as freelance wrestlers Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Jeet Singh, Jr.. The show featured a four-man "Final Countdown BVD" tournament, named after NJPW sponsor BVD. The 1995 show marked the first time a non-NJPW title was defended as Shinjiro Otani defended the UWA World Welterweight Championship (originated in the Universal Wrestling Association in Mexico) against El Samurai.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[4]
1 Shinjiro Otani (c) defeated El Samurai Singles match for the UWA World Welterweight Championship 15:17
2 Norio Honaga (c) defeated Great Sasuke Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 14:39
3 The Great Kabuki, Kuniaki Kobayashi and Akitoshi Saito defeated Takayuki Iizuka, Osamu Kido and Akira Nogami Six-man tag team match 13:12
4 Koji Kanemoto defeated Yuji Nagata Singles match 14:43
5 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Manabu Nakanishi Singles match 07:40
6 Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Jeet Singh, Jr. defeated Shiro Koshinaka and Michiyoshi Ohara Tag team match 11:23
7 Sting defeated Tony Palmore Singles match: semifinals of the "Final Countdown BVD" tournament 04:29
8 Antonio Inoki defeated Gerard Gordeau Singles match: semifinals of the "Final Countdown BVD" tournament 06:37
9 Riki Chōshū and Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated Tatsutoshi Goto and Kengo Kimura Tag team match 12:32
10 Masahiro Chono and Sabu defeated Tatsumi Fujinami and Junji Hirata Tag team match 11:18
11 Hawk defeated Scott Norton Singles match 07:41
12 Antonio Inoki defeated Sting Singles match: finals of the "Final Countdown BVD" tournament 10:26
13 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh (c) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 25:12
14 Shinya Hashimoto (c) defeated Kensuke Sasaki Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 19:36
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Final Countdown BVD tournament bracket
Semifinals Finals
           
Tony Palmore Sub
Sting 04:29
Sting Sub
Antonio Inoki 10:26
Gerard Gordeau Sub
Antonio Inoki 06:37

Wrestling World 1996[edit]

Wrestling World 1996
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1996[5]
Attendance 54,000[5]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Battle 7 Wrestling World 1996 Wrestling World 1997

Wrestling World 1996 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that traditionally takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome. Wrestling World 1996 was the fifth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 54,000 spectators and $5,400,000 in ticket sales.[5] The driving storyline behind the show was an "inter-promotional" rivalry between NJPW and UWF International (UWFi) which faced off in a series of three matches. Hiroshi Hase's retirement match against his former tag team partner Kensuke Sasaki was also part of the elaborate card. The main event of the show was IWGP Heavyweight Champion Keiji Mutoh losing the championship to UWFi representative Nobuhiko Takada. The undercard featured an additional title change as Jushin Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. In total the show consisted of 10 matches.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[5]
1 Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Yuji Nagata and Shinjiro Otani defeated Hiromitsu Kanehara, Kazushi Sakuraba and Kenichi Yamamoto Six-man tag team match: NJPW (1) vs. UWFi (0) 10:15
2 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Satoshi Kojima Singles match 09:24
3 Jushin Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto (c) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 18:59
4 Shiro Koshinaka defeated Masahiro Chono Singles match 09:49
5 Hiromichi Fuyuki defeated Yoji Anjo Singles match 06:42
6 Kensuke Sasaki defeated Hiroshi Hase Singles match 16:36
7 Antonio Inoki defeated Big Van Vader Singles match 14:16
8 Riki Chōshū defeated Masahito Kakihara Singles match: NJPW (2) vs. UWFi (0) 05:46
9 Shinya Hashimoto defeated Kazuo Yamazaki Singles match 09:18
10 Nobuhiko Takada defeated Keiji Mutoh (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship: NJPW (2) vs. UWFi (1) 17:51
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestling World 1997[edit]

Wrestling World 1997
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1997[6]
Attendance 62,500[6]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 1996 Wrestling World 1997 Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome

Wrestling World 1997 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 each year in the Tokyo Dome. The show drew 62,500 spectators and $5,000,000 in ticket sales.[6] The show featured 12 matches, including four matches that were promoted jointly with the Big Japan Pro Wrestling promotion and presented as a rivalry between the two promotions. The show featured 12 matches in total, including three title matches, two of which saw new champions crowned.

The first match of the show was an eight-man tag team match which on one side featured Junji Hirata, Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura going against Takashi Iizuka, Osamu Kido, Yuji Nagata and Kazuo Yamazaki. The contest lasted for 11:21 before Junji Hirata pinned Yuji Nagata after striking him with a lariat.[6][7] This was the last match Nagata wrestled in Japan before travelling to the United States to work for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as part of an "educational tour" that a lot of young Japanese wrestlers undertake to learn various styles of wrestling.[6]

The second match of the night featured the debut of a character called "Super Liger", a silver and white version of Jushin Liger played by Chris Jericho. Super Liger wrestled Koji Kanemoto in what Power Slam Magazine correspondent Rob Butcher called "A super aerial battle". Super Liger won after 11 minutes and 11 seconds of action by using a bridging tiger suplex to pin Kanemoto.[6][7] NJPW intended to use "Super Liger" Character as a storyline enemy of Jushin Liger, hoping to create a rivalry similar to the Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger rivalry.[6] However, the character was so poorly received that it was never used again.[8]

In the third match freelancer Jinsei Shinzaki defeated longtime NJPW midcarder Michiyoshi Ohara after using the Nenbutsu powerbomb.[6][7]

Matches four, five, six and seven featured a "New Japan Pro Wrestling vs. Big Japan Pro Wrestling" (BJW) premise as wrestlers representing the two companies wrestled against each other. In previous years NJPW had great success promoting "inter-promotional rivalries" against UWF International, only this time they were working with the much smaller BJW.[6] IN the first match Shinjiro Otani defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri after a flying kneel kick in what was described as the best contest of the NJPW vs. BJW series.[6] Kendo Nagasaki defeated Tatsutoshi Goto to even the score to 1–1.[6][7] NJPW headliner Masahiro Chono made very short work of BJW wrestler Shoji Nakamaki, defeating him with a Yakuza kick in just over a minute.[6][7] The final match of the series saw NJPW veteran Masa Saito defeat BJW president Shinya Kojika, who wrestled under the ring name The Great Kojika, to win the series 3 to 1.[6][7]

Match number eight was billed as a Mixed Martial Arts match although it was still as predetermined as all the other matches of the night. NJPW founder Antonio Inoki took on Martial Artis Willie Williams in a rematch from a highly publicized match from 1980. In the end Inoki forced Williams to submit to a ground cobra twist after 4:19.[6][7]

The ninth match of the evening was originally supposed be for nine championships in total, but at the last minute WCW had not allowed Último Dragón to put the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship on the line in the match, Dragón still defended the J-Crown Championship, a championship consisting of eight unified titles. His opponent of the night was Jushin Liger, the driving force behind NJPW's very successful Light Heavyweight division and multiple time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship holder, a belt that at the time was part of the J-Crown.[6] Liger and Dragón had previously wrestled at the 1993 January 4 Dome show called Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome.[2] After over 18 minutes of high flying wrestling Liger pinned Dragón following a Steiner Screwdriver to become the fourth J-Crown holder.[6][7]

The storyline going into the tenth match of the evening was that of the first ever holders of the IWGP Tag Team Championship wanted "one last chance at the title that made them famous" before retirement. Fujinami and Kimura took on Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono (who had already wrestled that night, albeit in a very short match) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship. While the age of the challengers prevented the match from being a good wrestling match the antics of Tenzan and Chono and the emotion of the challengers "last stand" created a match the crowd in the Tokyo Dome enjoyed.[6] The end came after Tenzan accidentally hit his partner, allowing Fujinami to apply a dragon sleeper on Chono to force him to submit.[6][7] With this victory Fujinami and Kimura became four time tag team champions and the 29th overall champions.[6]

The semi-main event of the evening was billed as a "battle of the alter egos" as Keiji Mutoh reverted to his "Great Muta" character and Kensuke Sasaki wrestled as "Power Warrior". While Mutoh and Sasaki tended to wrestle a more scientific style their face painted alter egos tended to brawl more. The match quickly turned into more of a brawl than a wrestling match with both participants using the ringside tables and a steel chair during the match. Power Warrior won after moving out of the way of a Moonsault from Muta allowing him to drive Muta into a table with his Northern Lights bomb for the victory.[6][7]

The main event of the show featured the same "last stand" storyline that was used in the tag team title match as NJPW veteran Riki Chōshū challenged Shinya Hashimoto for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. In August, 1996 Choshu had surprisingly defeated Hashimoto during the 1996 G1 Climax tournament. Unlike their encounter in 1996 and unlike the tag team championship match the "legend" did not prevail in this match as Hashimoto pinned Choshu after a brainbuster following 18:04 of wrestling.

Match results
No. Results[6] Stipulations[6] Times[7]
1 Junji Hirata, Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi and Osamu Nishimura defeated Takashi Iizuka, Osamu Kido, Yuji Nagata and Kazuo Yamazaki Eight-man tag team match 11:21
2 Super Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto Singles match 11:11
3 Jinsei Shinzaki defeated Michiyoshi Ohara Singles match 09:17
4 Shinjiro Otani defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri Singles match: NJPW (1) vs. BJW (0) 08:30
5 Kendo Nagasaki defeated Tatsutoshi Goto Singles match: NJPW (1) vs. BJW (1) 09:23
6 Masahiro Chono defeated Shoji Nakamaki Singles match: NJPW (2) vs. BJW (1) 01:07
7 Masa Saito defeated Shinya Kojika Singles match: NJPW (3) vs. BJW (1) 04:25
8 Antonio Inoki defeated Willie Williams Mixed Martial Arts match 04:19
9 Jushin Liger defeated Último Dragón (c) Singles match for the J-Crown Championship 18:21
10 Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura defeated Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 16:10
11 Power Warrior defeated The Great Muta Singles match 16:09
12 Shinya Hashimoto (c) defeated Riki Chōshū Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 18:04
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1998[9]
Attendance 55,000[9]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 1997 Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome Wrestling World 1999

Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome was the seventh January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 62,500 spectators and $6,000,000 in ticket sales.[9] One of the focal points of the show was the retirement of wrestling legend Riki Chōshū, who would wrestle five times that night against select opponents in what was billed as the Riki Road Final Message 5, the completion of month long "retirement tour" for Choshu. The show also featured successful defenses of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, which made Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome the first January 4 Dome show to not have a single championship change hands. Besides the five Riki Road Final Message 5 matches the show featured eight additional matches.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[9]
1 Kendo Kashin defeated Koji Kanemoto Singles match 12:01
2 Shinjiro Otani (c) defeated Último Dragón Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 17:06
3 Yuji Nagata defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan Singles match 11:33
4 Tatsumi Fujinami and Osamu Nishimura defeated Satoshi Kojima and Manabu Nakanishi Tag team match 12:39
5 Riki Chōshū defeated Kazuyuki Fujita Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 03:57
6 Riki Chōshū defeated Yutaka Yoshie Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 01:42
7 Riki Chōshū defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 01:21
8 Takashi Iizuka defeated Riki Chōshū Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 02:02
9 Riki Chōshū defeated Jushin Liger Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 05:09
10 Don Frye defeated Naoya Ogawa via referee stoppage Singles match 08:47
11 Shinya Hashimoto defeated Dennis Lane via referee stoppage Singles match 01:34
12 Masahiro Chono defeated Shiro Koshinaka Singles match 15:05
13 Kensuke Sasaki (c) defeated Keiji Mutoh Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 25:18
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestling World 1999[edit]

Wrestling World 1999
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 1999[10]
Attendance 52,500[10]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome Wrestling World 1999 Wrestling World 2000

Wrestling World 1999 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestling World 1998 was the eight January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 52,500 spectators and $5,300,000 in ticket sales.[10] The show featured 10 matches in total including four championship matches, three of which saw the championship change hands.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[10]
1 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Kazuyuki Fujita Singles match 11:10
2 Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Kido and Tadao Yasuda defeated Tatsutoshi Goto, Kengo Kimura and Michiyoshi Ohara Six-man tag team match 09:17
3 Kendo Kashin and Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 16:53
4 Jushin Liger (c) defeated Koji Kanemoto Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 23:11
5 Kensuke Sasaki defeated Atsushi Onita by disqualification Singles match 05:55
6 Yuji Nagata defeated David Beneteau Singles match 05:30
7 Don Frye defeated Brian Johnston via referee stoppage Singles match 07:55
8 Shinya Hashimoto wrestled Naoya Ogawa to a no contest Singles match 06:58
9 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 16:35
10 Keiji Mutoh defeated Scott Norton (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 19:01
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestling World 2000[edit]

Wrestling World 2000
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2000[11]
Attendance 53,500[11]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 1999 Wrestling World 2000 Wrestling World 2001

Wrestling World 2000 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestling World 2000 was the ninth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 53,500 spectators and $5,900,000 in ticket sales.[11] The event saw the return of World Championship Wrestling's Chris Benoit under the ring name Wild Pegasus, reprising the character he played for NJPW in the early to mid-1990s. The show also featured Rick Steiner and Randy Savage, both working as freelancers brought in specifically for the show. The twelve match card saw a successful defense of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship as well as Kensuke Sasaki defeating Genichiro Tenryu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The undercard featured a match between Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Mutoh bearing a stipulation that the losing wrestler's faction would have to disband. Chono represented Team 2000, while Mutoh represented nWo Japan. Through Mutoh's loss nWo Japan ceased to be. It also featured the retirement match of Kazuo Yamazaki, as he wrestled his student, Yuji Nagata.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[11]
1 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa (c) defeated Kendo Kashin and Minoru Tanaka Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 13:19
2 Shiro Koshinaka defeated Satoshi Kojima Singles match 10:17
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Wild Pegasus Singles match 10:55
4 Jushin Liger (c) defeated Koji Kanemoto Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 03:56
5 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Kenzo Suzuki Singles match 06:41
6 Yuji Nagata defeated Kazuo Yamazaki Singles match 06:44
7 Kimo defeated Kazuyuki Fujita by disqualification Singles match 04:02
8 Scott Norton defeated Don Frye Singles match 08:50
9 Rick Steiner defeated Randy Savage Singles match 11:08
10 Shinya Hashimoto and Takashi Iizuka defeated Kazunari Murakami and Naoya Ogawa Tag team match 11:29
11 Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Mutoh Singles match, if Mutoh loses nWo Japan is forced to disband 25:00
12 Kensuke Sasaki defeated Genichiro Tenryu (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 14:43
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestling World 2001[edit]

Wrestling World 2001
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2001[12]
Attendance 52,000[12]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 2000 Wrestling World 2001 Wrestling World 2002

Wrestling World 2001 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestling World 2001 was the tenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 52,000 spectators.[12] The focal point of Wrestling World 2001 was a tournament to crown a new IWGP Heavyweight Champion, which accounted for five of the nine matches on the show. No other championships were defended in 2001, marking the first year that only one title was on the line. The show saw Toshiaki Kawada wrestle twice, Kawada had previously been one of the main event wrestlers of NJPW's bigges rival All Japan Pro Wrestling.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Kensuke Sasaki defeated Satoshi Kojima Singles match: IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament quarter-final 16:33
2 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Yuji Nagata Singles match: IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament quarter-final 16:45
3 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka defeated Shinya Makabe and Tatsuhito Takaiwa Tag team match 18:02
4 Takashi Iizuka defeated Kendo Kashin Singles match 06:12
5 Kensuke Sasaki defeated Masahiro Chono Singles match: IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament semi-final 11:28
6 Toshiaki Kawada defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan Singles match: IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament semi-final 10:45
7 Keiji Mutoh and Shinjiro Otani defeated Jushin Liger and Manabu Nakanishi Tag team match 05:44
8 Riki Chōshū wrestled Shinya Hashimoto to a no contest Singles match 15:20
9 Kensuke Sasaki defeated Toshiaki Kawada Singles match: IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament final 10:30
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament bracket
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                     
   Satoshi Kojima Sub  
 Kensuke Sasaki 16:33  
   Kensuke Sasaki Sub  
     Masahiro Chono 11:28  
 
     
     Kensuke Sasaki Pin
   Toshiaki Kawada 10:30
   Yuji Nagata Pin  
 Hiroyoshi Tenzan 16:45  
 Hiroyoshi Tenzan Pin
     Toshiaki Kawada 10:45  
 

Wrestling World 2002[edit]

Wrestling World 2002
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2002[13]
Attendance 52,000[13]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 2001 Wrestling World 2002 Wrestling World 2003

Wrestling World 2002 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestling World 2002 was the eleventh January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 52,000 spectators.[13] The show was the first January 4 Dome Show to feature wrestlers from Pro Wrestling Noah, with the main event of the nine match show being a successful defense of the GHC Heavyweight Championship as champion Jun Akiyama defeated NJPW representative Yuji Nagata. The show also featured a successful IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship defense by Kendo Kashin.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[13]
1 Masahito Kakihara and Masayuki Naruse defeated Wataru Inoue and Katsuyori Shibata Tag team match 10:50
2 El Samurai and Minoru Tanaka defeated Akira and Koji Kanemoto Tag team match 12:31
3 Yuki Ishikawa and Kazunari Murakami defeated Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroshi Tanahashi Tag team match 08:00
4 Jushin Liger, The Great Sasuke and Tiger Mask defeated Gedo, Jado and Dick Togo Six-man tag team match 20:12
5 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Giant Silva via countout Singles match 06:49
6 Kendo Kashin (c) defeated Daijiro Matsui Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 05:43
6 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh defeated Tatsumi Fujinami and Osamu Nishimura Tag team match 16:44
7 Naoya Ogawa wrestled Kensuke Sasaki to a no contest Singles match 04:02
8 Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Masahiro Chono and Giant Singh Tag team match 10:47
9 Jun Akiyama (c) defeated Yuji Nagata Singles match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship 19:58
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestling World 2003[edit]

Wrestling World 2003
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2003[14]
Attendance 30,000[14]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 2002 Wrestling World 2003 Wrestling World 2004

Wrestling World 2003 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestling World 2003 was the twelfth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 30,000 spectators.[14] The show featured the semi-finals and the finals of the "Young Generation Cup", an NJPW tournament for relative newcomers who have yet to establish themselves as top level wrestlers, which saw Ryushi Yanagisawa defeat Yutaka Yoshie to win the cup. The show featured a total of eleven matches, including a match for the vacant NWF Heavyweight Championship that Yoshihiro Takayama won by defeating Tsuyoshi Kosaka. The main event was a successful defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as champion Yuji Nagata defeated Josh Barnett.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[14]
1 Osamu Nishimura defeated Tatsumi Fujinami Singles match 08:10
2 Yutaka Yoshie defeated Shinya Makabe Singles match: semifinal of the Young Generation Cup 13:20
3 Ryushi Yanagisawa defeated Kenzo Suzuki Singles match: semifinal of the Young Generation Cup 09:23
4 Dai Majin and Makai #1 defeated Tatsutoshi Goto and Hiro Saito via disqualification Tag team match 07:50
5 Makai #4 and Makai #5 defeated Takashi Iizuka and Masahito Kakihara Tag team match 10:54
6 Koji Kanemoto, Jushin Liger and Takehiro Murahama defeated Heat, Masayuki Naruse and Tiger Mask Six-man tag team match 16:10
7 Ryushi Yanagisawa defeated Yutaka Yoshie Singles match: Finals of the Young Generation Cup 06:48
8 Shinsuke Nakamura and Michiyoshi Ohara defeated Kazunari Murakami and Tadao Yasuda via referee stoppage Tag team match 07:12
9 Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Masahiro Chono and Manabu Nakanishi Tag team match 23:18
10 Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Tsuyoshi Kosaka Singles match for the vacant NWF Heavyweight Championship 10:19
11 Yuji Nagata (c) defeated Josh Barnett Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 10:40
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Young Generation Cup tournament bracket
Semifinals Finals
           
Shinya Makabe Pin
Yutaka Yoshie 13:20
Yutaka Yoshie Sub
Ryushi Yanagisawa 06:48
Kenzo Suzuki Pin
Ryushi Yanagisawa 09:23

Wrestling World 2004[edit]

Wrestling World 2004
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2004[15]
Attendance 40,000[15]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 2003 Wrestling World 2004 Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005

Wrestling World 2004 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestling World 2004 was the thirteenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 40,000 spectators.[15] Main event of the 15 match show was a unification match between IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and NWF Heavyweight Champion Yoshihiro Takayama. Nakamura won the match, retiring the NWF Championship after only being active for one year. The undercard saw NJWP mainstay Jushin Liger defeat Pro Wrestling Noah's Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship, marking the first time a Noah championship changed hands at a January 4 Dome Show. Additionally Gedo and Jado successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Heat and Tiger Mask and Hiroshi Tanahashi retained the IWGP U-30 Championship against Yutaka Yoshie.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[15]
1 Hirooki Goto defeated Naofumi Yamamoto Singles match 06:21
2 Katsushi Takemura defeated El Samurai Singles match 06:53
3 Ryota Chikuzen, Makai #1, Mitsuya Nagai and Ryushi Yanagisawa defeated Tatsutoshi Goto, Enson Inoue, Michiyoshi Ohara and Hiro Saito Eight-man tag team match 11:55
4 Shinya Makabe and Toru Yano defeated Blue Wolf and Wataru Inoue Tag team match 10:18
5 Masayuki Naruse defeated Tadao Yasuda via disqualification (2:09), match restarted: Naruse won via stoppage Singles match 2:30
6 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Akiya Anzawa Singles match 04:53
7 Gedo and Jado (c) defeated Heat and Tiger Mask Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 17:15
8 Jushin Liger defeated Takashi Sugiura (c) Singles match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship 17:52
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Yutaka Yoshie Singles match for the IWGP U-30 Championship 17:06
10 Josh Barnett and Takashi Iizuka defeated Kazunari Murakami and Katsuyori Shibata tag team match 16:04
11 Osamu Nishimura defeated Minoru Suzuki Singles match 09:39
12 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Genichiro Tenryu Singles match 10:20
13 Yuji Nagata defeated Kensuke Sasaki via referee stoppage Singles match 12:10
14 Keiji Mutoh and Bob Sapp defeated Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan Tag team match 21:00
15 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Yoshihiro Takayama (c) Singles match for both the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (Nakamura) and the NWF Heavyweight Championship. The NWF title was unified with the IWGP title. As a result, the NWF title was retired. 13:55
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005[edit]

Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2005[16]
Attendance 46,000[16]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Wrestling World 2004 Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 Toukon Shidou Chapter 1

Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 was the fourteenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 46,000 spectators.[16] The undercard of the show featured an eight-man "submissions only" tournament which Ron Waterman won when he forced Yuji Nagata to submit in the finals. The show also saw Tiger Mask defeat Heat to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and in the main event Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP U-30 Championship. The show also featured a unique "Dog Fight" match between Masahiro Chono, Riki Chōshū and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Chono defeated Chosu in the first match and as a result had to wrestle Tenzan in the next match.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[16]
1 Gedo and Jado vs. Wataru Inoue and Katsushi Takemura ended in a time limit draw Tag team match 15:00
2 Jushin Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto Singles match to determine the number one contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 10:30
3 Tiger Mask defeated Heat (c) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 14:17
4 Yuji Nagata defeated Katsuhiko Nagata 15 points to 11 points Amateur wrestling-style exhibition match 5:00
5 Minoru Suzuki defeated Takashi Iizuka Singles match 09:45
6 Satoshi Kojima defeated Osamu Nishimura Singles match 19:26
7 Ron Waterman defeated Masayuki Naruse, Manabu Nakanishi, Toru Yano, Dolgorsürengiin Sumiyaabazar, Mitsuya Nagai, Yuji Nagata and Blue Wolf Eight-man Ultimate Royal match 22:55
8 Ron Waterman defeated Masayuki Naruse via referee stoppage Singles match: tournament quarter-final match 02:35
9 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Toru Yano Singles match: tournament quarter-final match 03:09
10 Dolgorsürengiin Sumiyaabazar defeated Mitsuya Nagai Singles match: tournament quarter-final match 05:46
11 Yuji Nagata defeated Blue Wolf Singles match: tournament quarter-final match 05:49
12 Ron Waterman defeated Manabu Nakanishi Singles match: tournament semi-final match 01:02
13 Yuji Nagata defeated Dolgorsürengiin Sumiyaabazar via referee stoppage Singles match: tournament semi-final match 01:53
14 Ron Waterman defeated Yuji Nagata Singles match: tournament final match 01:41
15 Masahiro Chono defeated Riki Chōshū and Hiroyoshi Tenzan "Dog Fight" match that consisted of two separate singles matches 18:07
15A Masahiro Chono defeated Riki Chōshū "Dog Fight" singles match 1 06:34
15B Masahiro Chono defated Hiroyoshi Tenzan "Dog Fight" singles match 2 11:33
16 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) Singles match for the IWGP U-30 Championship 24:45
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Tournament bracket
  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
   Masayuki Naruse TKO  
 Ron Waterman 02:35  
   Ron Waterman Sub  
   Manabu Nakanishi 01:02  
 Manabu Nakanishi Sub
   Toru Yano 03:09  
     Ron Waterman Sub
   Yuji Nagata 01:41
   Mitsuya Nagai Sub  
 D. Sumiyaabazar 05:46  
   D. Sumiyaabazar TKO
   Yuji Nagata 01:53  
 Blue Wolf Sub
   Yuji Nagata 05:49  

Toukon Shidou Chapter 1[edit]

Toukon Shidou Chapter 1
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2006[17]
Attendance 31,000[17]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Event chronology
Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome

Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 was the fifteenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 31,000 spectators.[17] The main focus of the 11 match show was the IWGP championship defenses in the semi-main event and the main event. In the semi-main event Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Shiro Koshinaka and Takao Omori; while the main event featured Brock Lesnar retaining the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. For only the second time in the history of the January 4 Dome Shows no title changed hands.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[17]
1 Ryouji Sai defeated Naofumi Yamamoto Singles match 08:18
2 Badboy Hido, Kintaro Kanemura and Masato Tanaka defeated Gedo, Jado and Jushin Liger Six-man tag team match 10:03
3 Minoru and Tiger Mask defeated Tomohiro Ishii and Tatsuhito Takaiwa Tag team match 12:11
4 Riki Chōshū, Kamikaze, Yoshihito Sasaki, Kohei Sato, Takashi Uwano and Daisuke Sekimoto defeated Tatsumi Fujinami, Hirooki Goto, Takashi Iizuka, Hiroshi Nagao, Osamu Nishimura and Toru Yano Twelve-man tag team match 12:16
5 Akebono and Yutaka Yoshie defeated Black Strong Machine and Hiro Saito Tag team match 09:18
6 Yuji Nagata defeated Kazunari Murakami Singles match 13:11
7 Shinjiro Otani defeated Koji Kanemoto Singles match 10:47
8 Katsuyori Shibata defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi Singles match 11:59
9 Giant Bernard defeated Manabu Nakanishi Singles match 09:53
10 Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (c) defeated Shiro Koshinaka and Takao Omori Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 19:28
11 Brock Lesnar (c) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 08:58
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2007[18]
Attendance 18,000[18]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome

Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start-of-the-year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome was the sixteenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 18,000 spectators, the lowest number of any of the January 4 Dome Shows.[18] This was the first show that was billed as being co-promoted with NJPW's old rival All Japan Pro Wrestling, indicating that relationship between the former rivals had turned amicable after former NJPW main eventer Keiji Mutoh had taken over as president of AJPW. The multi-man tag team match on the card featured mixed teams with NJPW and AJPW wrestlers teaming with each other, showing that it was a collaboration and not a "rivalry" between the two promotions. The semi-main events featured successful defenses of both the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship while the main event reunited the teams of Masahiro Chono and Keiji Mutoh as well as Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan, both multiple time holders of the IWGP Tag Team Championship. At the end of the card, Chono and Mutoh paid tribute to their fallen Musketeer, Shinya Hashimoto.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[18]
1 Masanobu Fuchi, El Samurai and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Nobutaka Araya, Kikutaro and Akira Raijin Six-man tag team match 08:20
2 Gedo and Jado defeated Mazada and Nosawa Rongai Tag team match 13:06
3 Tomohiro Ishii, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano defeated D'Lo Brown, Buchanan and Travis Tomko Six-man tag team match 09:36
4 Giant Bernard, Ro'z, Suwama and Taru defeated Riki Chōshū, Takashi Iizuka, Manabu Nakanishi and Naofumi Yamamoto Eight-man tag team match 15:38
5 Kaz Hayashi, Wataru Inoue, Koji Kanemoto, Taka Michinoku and Tiger Mask defeated Shuji Kondo, Jushin Liger, Milano Collection A.T., Minoru and "brother" Yashhi Ten-man tag team match 13:01
6 Toshiaki Kawada defeated Shinsuke Nakamura Singles match 19:02
7 Minoru Suzuki (c) defeated Yuji Nagata via referee stoppage Singles match for the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship 17:22
8 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Taiyo Kea Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 17:09
9 Masahiro Chono and Keiji Mutoh defeated Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan Tag team match 18:43
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2008[19]
Attendance 20,000[19]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome

Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome was the seventeenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 20,000 spectators.[19] The 2008 show was the first year that NJPW used wrestlers from the Orlando, Florida based Total Nonstop Action Wrestling competing against wrestlers from NJPW. The matches involving the TNA wrestlers was shown as a special broadcast in the United States under the title Global Impact! and was later released on a DVD with other TNA/NJPW matches. TNA wrestlers featured in six of the ten matches, including Kurt Angle's successful defense of the IGF's version of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship (known as the IWGP Third Belt Championship in NJPW) against Yuji Nagata. The show also featured All Japan Pro Wrestling president Keiji Mutoh reprising his role as "The Great Muta", a character that first became popular when he worked for NJPW.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[19]
1 Christian Cage, A.J. Styles and Petey Williams defeated Milano Collection A.T., Minoru and Prince Devitt Six-man tag team match 10:25
2 Wataru Inoue (c) defeated Christopher Daniels Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 10:17
3 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Abyss Singles match 06:00
4 Masato Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Yutaka Yoshie and Katsushi Takemura defeated Takashi Iizuka, Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask and Ryusuke Taguchi Eight-man tag team match 08:36
5 Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeated R&R (Togi Makabe and Toru Yano) Hardcore match 13:12
6 Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Chōshū, Masahiro Chono, Jushin Liger and Akira defeated Jado, Gedo, Taru, Shuji Kondo and "brother" Yasshi Ten-man tag team match 07:18
7 The Great Muta defeated Hirooki Goto Singles match 13:04
8 Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko (c) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 12:50
9 Kurt Angle (c) defeated Yuji Nagata Singles match for the IWGP Third Belt Championship 18:29
10 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 23:08
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2009[20]
Attendance 27,500[20]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome

Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome was the eighteenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 27,500 spectators.[19] 2009 was the second year in a row in which Total Nonstop Action Wrestling wrestlers competed at NJPW's January 4 Dome Show, and like the previous year's matches those matches were shown in the United States under the title Global Impact and released on DVD later on. The show was the first time in several years that featured luchadores from the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). In addition the show featured several wrestlers working for NJPW rivals Pro Wrestling Noah, Pro Wrestling Zero1 and All Japan Pro Wrestling. The show featured 10 matches in total, including four title changes and the successful defense of the Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship.

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[20]
Dark match Milano Collection A.T., Minoru and Taichi Ishikari defeated Mitsuhide Hirasawa, Kazuchika Okada and Nobuo Yoshihashi Six-man tag team match 06:24
1 Místico, Ryusuke Taguchi and Prince Devitt defeated Averno, Jado and Gedo Six-man tag team match (9:50)
2 Jushin Liger and Takuma Sano defeated Wataru Inoue and Koji Kanemoto Tag team match 08:47
3 The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated No Limit (Yujiro and Tetsuya Naito) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 13:21
4 Tiger Mask defeated Low Ki (c) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 08:48
5 Riki Chōshū, Masahiro Chono, Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash defeated Giant Bernard, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Karl Anderson Eight-man tag team match 07:09
6 Yuji Nagata (c) defeated Masato Tanaka Singles match for the Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship 11:41
7 Jun Akiyama defeated Manabu Nakanishi Singles match 10:27
8 Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeated The Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe and Toru Yano) (c) Tag team Hardcore match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 15:34
9 Shinsuke Nakamura and Hirooki Goto defeated Mitsuharu Misawa and Takashi Sugiura Tag team match 15:17
10 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Keiji Mutoh (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 30:32
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2010
Attendance 41,500[21]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome

Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome was the nineteenth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 41,500 spectators.[19] 2010 was the third year in a row in which wrestlers from the Orlando, Florida based Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) appeared on the show. For the second year in a row it also featured luchadores from the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion in addition to wrestlers from Japanese promotions Pro Wrestling Noah and Pro Wrestling Zero1. One of the focal points of the event was a four match inter-promotional "NJPW vs. Noah" series, which ended with two victories for each promotion. The event featured five title defenses including successful defenses of the GHC Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the top titles in Noah and NJPW respectively. Wrestle Kingdom IV also saw the IWGP Tag Team Championship return to Japan after being defended in the United States throughout the previous year. In total 10 matches were presented.[22][23]

Match results
No. Results Stipulations Times[23]
1 Seigigun (Wataru Inoue, Mitsuhide Hirasawa and Super Strong Machine) defeated Koji Kanemoto, Jushin Liger and Kazuchika Okada Six-man tag team match 04:59
2 Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) defeated Averno and Último Guerrero Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 09:07
3 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) (c) and Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard) Three-way hardcore match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 13:28
4 Masato Tanaka and Tajiri defeated Seigigun (Akebono and Yuji Nagata) Tag team match 09:37
5 Masahiro Chono, Riki Chōshū, Terry Funk and Manabu Nakanishi defeated Abdullah the Butcher, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano Eight-man tag team match 08:52
6 Togi Makabe defeated Mohammed Yone Singles match: NJPW (1) vs. Noah (0) 05:39
7 Naomichi Marufuji defeated Tiger Mask (c) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: NJPW (1) vs. Noah (1) 14:14
8 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Go Shiozaki Singles match: NJPW (2) vs. Noah (1) 19:04
9 Takashi Sugiura (c) defeated Hirooki Goto Singles match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship: NJPW (2) vs. Noah (2) 20:54
10 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Yoshihiro Takayama Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 15:51
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2011
Attendance 42,000[24][25]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome

Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome was the twentieth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW and also included wrestlers from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) for the fourth and third year in a row, respectively.[26] Wrestlers from Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), Pro Wrestling Noah and Pro Wrestling Zero1 also took part in the show. The card featured eleven matches, including four title matches and the first time that the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was defended in Japan.[27][28] The show was attended by 42,000 people, the largest audience at a January 4 Dome Show in six years.[25]

Match results
No. Results[27][28][29] Stipulations Times[24][30]
Dark match Tama Tonga, Tiger Mask, Tomoaki Honma and Wataru Inoue defeated Gedo, Jado, Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi Eight-man tag team match 07:33
Dark match Koji Kanemoto and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Kenny Omega and Taichi Tag team match 08:04
1 Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) (c) defeated Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man) Three way tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 08:36
2 Máscara Dorada and La Sombra defeated Jushin Liger and Héctor Garza Tag team match 07:42
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Takashi Iizuka Deep Sleep to Lose match; the match could only be won by choking the opponent unconscious 11:13
4 Rob Van Dam defeated Toru Yano Hardcore match 11:28
5 Yuji Nagata defeated Minoru Suzuki Singles match 16:15
6 Prince Devitt (c) defeated Kota Ibushi Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 16:22
7 Takashi Sugiura and Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Hirooki Goto and Kazuchika Okada Tag team match 12:08
8 Jeff Hardy (c) defeated Tetsuya Naito Singles match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship 11:04
9 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Go Shiozaki Singles match 14:17
10 Togi Makabe defeated Masato Tanaka Singles match 12:46
11 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Satoshi Kojima (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 21:57
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2012[31]
Attendance 43,000[32]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome

Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome was announced on September 12, 2011, as taking place on January 4, 2012, in Tokyo Dome, celebrating the 40th anniversary of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome was the twenty-first January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW.[31] The event featured outside participants from the All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Pro Wrestling Noah promotions. For the first time in five years, the event did not feature wrestlers from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[33] The card featured eleven matches, including three title matches.[32]

Match results
No. Results[33][34][35] Stipulations Times[32]
Dark match Captain New Japan and Tama Tonga defeated Kyosuke Mikami and Tomoaki Honma Tag team match 08:47
1 Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) defeated No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards and Rocky Romero) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 12:44
2 Jushin Liger, Kushida, Máscara Dorada and Tiger Mask defeated Atlantis, Taichi, Taka Michinoku and Valiente Eight-man tag team match 10:18
3 Kazuchika Okada defeated Yoshi-Hashi Singles match 04:37
4 Stack of Arms (Masakatsu Funaki and Masayuki Kono) defeated Seigigun (Yuji Nagata and Wataru Inoue) Tag team match 06:34
5 MVP and Shelton Benjamin defeated Complete Players (Masato Tanaka and Yujiro Takahashi) Tag team match 09:41
6 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 12:40
7 Hirooki Goto defeated Takashi Sugiura Singles match 12:35
8 Togi Makabe defeated Yoshihiro Takayama Singles match 09:15
9 Go Shiozaki and Naomichi Marufuji defeated Chaos Top Team (Shinsuke Nakamura and Toru Yano) Tag team match 15:10
10 Keiji Mutoh defeated Tetsuya Naito Singles match 22:35
11 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Minoru Suzuki Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 25:59
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2013[36]
Attendance 29,000[37]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome

Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome (subtitled "Evolution") was announced on February 29, 2012, as taking place on January 4, 2013, at the Tokyo Dome. Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome was the twenty-second January 4 Dome Show held by New Japan Pro Wrestling.[36] The event featured outside participation from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) representative Keiji Mutoh, Pro Wrestling Zero1 representative Shinjiro Otani, and American freelancer Shelton Benjamin.[27][38] Originally, Zero1's Daichi Hashimoto was announced as taking part in the event, but on December 27 it was announced that he had fractured his left forearm and would be replaced by Zero1 president Shinjiro Otani.[39] For the first time in five years, the event did not feature wrestlers from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).[38] For the first time, the event was made available for international market on internet pay-per-view.[40] The event drew 29,000 fans to the Tokyo Dome, supposedly down from the three previous years, though, it should be noted that New Japan president Naoki Sugabayashi revealed that for the first time, the promotion announced a legitimate number of tickets sold instead of a "papered" number of attendees.[41]

Match results
No. Results[27][40] Stipulations Times[37]
Dark Captain New Japan, Tama Tonga and Wataru Inoue defeated Chaos (Jado, Tomohiro Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi) Six-man tag team match 05:58
Dark Bushi, Kushida and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Hiromu Takahashi, Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask Six-man tag team match 07:12
1 Akebono, Manabu Nakanishi, MVP and Strong Man defeated Chaos (Bob Sapp, Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi) Eight-man tag team match 07:53
2 Masato Tanaka (c) defeated Shelton Benjamin Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship 06:41
3 K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) (c) defeated Sword & Guns (Hirooki Goto and Karl Anderson) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 10:52
4 Yuji Nagata defeated Minoru Suzuki Singles match 17:03
5 Prince Devitt (c) defeated Kota Ibushi and Low Ki Three-way match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 14:45
6 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Keiji Mutoh and Shinjiro Otani Tag team match 15:36
7 Togi Makabe defeated Katsuyori Shibata Singles match 08:37
8 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Kazushi Sakuraba Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 11:12
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Kazuchika Okada Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 33:34
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome[edit]

Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date January 4, 2014[42]
Attendance 35,000[43]
Venue Tokyo Dome
City Tokyo, Japan
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome TBA

Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome[44] was announced on January 23, 2013, as taking place on January 4, 2014, at the Tokyo Dome.[42] Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome was the twenty-third January 4 Dome Show held by New Japan Pro Wrestling. The event featured ten matches, six of which are contested for championships. For the first time in twenty years, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship was defended during the event with NWA representative Rob Conway defending against Satoshi Kojima.[45] The event was headlined by a double main event; Shinsuke Nakamura defending the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the winner of the 2013 G1 Climax, Tetsuya Naito.[45][46] A fan vote decided the order in which the two matches took place during the event; the Heavyweight Championship match went first and the Intercontinental Championship match was the final match of the event.[47] The event also featured outside participation from Wrestle-1 representative Keiji Mutoh, who worked under his Great Muta character.[48] The event also featured appearances by Harley Race, Marty Friedman and Stan Hansen.[43]

Match results
No. Results[43][49] Stipulations Times[43]
Dark Bushi, Captain New Japan, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Tomoaki Honma defeated Jushin Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Super Strong Machine and Yohei Komatsu Eight-man tag team match 08:11
1 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) defeated Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero), Suzukigun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) and Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) Four-way tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 10:35
2 Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) (with Tama Tonga) defeated K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 10:27
3 Satoshi Kojima (with Hiroyoshi Tenzan) defeated Rob Conway (c) (with Bruce Tharpe and Jax Dane) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 08:27
4 Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata defeated Daniel Gracie and Rolles Gracie by disqualification Tag team match 09:50
5 The Great Muta and Toru Yano defeated Suzukigun (Minoru Suzuki and Shelton X Benjamin) (with Taichi and Taka Michinoku) Tag team match 12:04
6 Togi Makabe defeated Bad Luck Fale King of Destroyer match 15:05
7 Hirooki Goto defeated Katsuyori Shibata Singles match 15:33
8 Kota Ibushi defeated Prince Devitt (c) (with Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson and Tama Tonga) Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 16:22
9 Kazuchika Okada (c) (with Gedo) defeated Tetsuya Naito Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 30:58
10 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (c) Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 23:24
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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