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This Day In Wrestling History – January 4th‏



Trivia

2010 – TNA Impact featuring the debuts of Eric Bischoff & Hulk Hogan goes head to head with Raw featuring the return of Bret Hart. The ratings were excellent for both shows, Raw with 5.6 million viewers (their highest since August 2009) and Impact with 3.1 million (their highest ever, by quite some margin). Impact would continue to go up against Raw on Monday nights, but lost the war badly and moved back to Thursdays in May

Events

Every year on January 4th, New Japan Pro Wrestling hold a show at the Tokyo Dome. In order to keep the column as short as possible, I’m only going to report the major matches.

In 1992, the first Tokyo Dome show was co-promoted by WCW, and would later air on PPV in the US as WCW/New Japan Supershow II

– Lex Luger defeats Masahiro Chono to retain the WCW World Title
– Riki Choshu defeats Tatsumi Fujinami to retain the Greatest 18 Championship and win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 1993, the event was also co-promoted by WCW and would later air on PPV in the US as WCW/New Japan Supershow III. In Japan, the event was referred to as Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome (loose translation). This event currently holds the record for the largest attendance on a January 4th Dome show with 63,500

– Jushin Liger defeats Ultimo Dragon to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– The Great Muta defeats Masahiro Chono to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title and win the NWA World Title
– The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior & Power Warrior) defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to a double countout (The Warriors retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles)

In 1994, WCW was no longer involved with the event. This year it was titled ‘Battlefield’

– Jushin Liger defeats Tiger Mask III in a Mask vs Mask Match
– The Hell Raisers (Power Warrior & Hawk Warrior) defeat The Jurassic Powers (Hercules Hernandez & Scott Norton) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Hulk Hogan defeats Tatsumi Fujinami
– Shinya Hashimoto defeats Masahiro Chono to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 1995, the event was titled ‘Battle 7′

– Shinjiro Otani defeats El Samurai to retain the UWA Welterweight Title
– Norio Honaga defeats The Great Sasuke to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Antonio Inoki defeats Sting to win the Final Countdown BVD Tournament
– Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Mutoh defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Shinya Hashimoto defeats Kensuke Sasaki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 1996, the show was titled ‘Wrestling World 1996′. It featured an inter-promotional rivalry storyline between New Japan and UWF International

– Jushin Liger defeats Koji Kanemoto to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Hiroshi Hase in Hase’s retirement match
– Nobuhiko Takada defeats Keiji Mutoh to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 1997, the event was titled ‘Wrestling World 1997′. This year, the ‘rivalry’ was with Big Japan

– Antonio Inoki defeats Willie Williams in an MMA Match
– Jushin Liger defeats Ultimo Dragon to win the J-Crown
– Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura defeat Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Shinya Hashimoto defeats Riki Choshu to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 1998, the event was titled ‘Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome’ (again, a loose translation). This was the first Tokyo Dome show not to feature a title change. It also featured the retirement of Riki Choshu, who wrestled 5 matches on the card

– Shinjiro Otani defeats Ultimo Dragon to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Riki Choshu defeats Kazuyuki Fujita, Yutaka Yoshie, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Jushin Liger in separate singles matches, but loses another to Takashi Iizuka
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Keiji Mutoh to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 1999, the event reverted to the ‘Wrestling World 1999′ moniker

– Kendo Kashin & Dr Wagner Jr defeat Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Jushin Liger defeats Koji Kanemoto to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeat Shiro Koshinaka & Genichiro Tenryu to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Scott Norton to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2000, the event was titled ‘Wrestling World 2000′

– Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeat Kendo Kashin & Minoru Tanaka to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Jushin Liger defeats Koji Kanemoto to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Yuji Nagata defeats Kazuo Yamazaki in Yamazaki’s retirement match
– Masahiro Chono defeats Keiji Mutoh, thus forcing nWo Japan to disband
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Genichiro Tenryu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2001, the 10th annual event was titled ‘Wrestling World 2001′. It featured a tournament to crown a new IWGP Heavyweight Champion

– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Masahiro Chono in the tournament semi-final
– Toshiaki Kawada defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the tournament semi-final
– Kensuke Sasaki defeats Toshiaki Kawada in the tournament final to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2002, the event was titled ‘Wrestling World 2002′. The event was the first to feature wrestlers from Pro Wrestling NOAH

– Kendo Kashin defeats Daijiro Matsui to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Jun Akiyama defeats Yuji Nagata to retain the GHC Heavyweight Title

In 2003, the event was titled ‘Wrestling World 2003′

– Ryushi Yanagisawa defeats Yutaka Yoshie to win the Young Generation Cup
– Yoshihiro Takayama defeats Tsuyoshi Kosaka to win the vacant NWF Heavyweight Title
– Yuji Nagata defeats Josh Barnett to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2004, the event was titled ‘Wrestling World 2004′

– Gedo & Jado defeat HEAT & Tiger Mask IV to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Jushin Liger defeats Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Title
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Yutaka Yoshie to retain the IWGP U-30 Title
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Yoshihiro Takayama to unify the NWF Heavyweight Title and the IWGP Heavyweight Title. The NWF Title is retired

In 2005, the event was titled ‘Toukon Festival ~ Wrestling World 2005′

– Tiger Mask IV defeats HEAT to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Ron Waterman wins an 8-Man Submissions-only tournament
– Masahiro Chono defeats Riki Choshu & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in a ‘Dog Fight’ Gauntlet Match
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP U-30 Title

In 2006, the event was titled ‘Toukon Shidou Chapter 1′. For only the second time, no titles changed hands on the show

– Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeat Shiro Koshinaka & Takao Omori to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Brock Lesnar defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2007, the event was titled ‘Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome’, a name that has stuck ever since. The event was co-promoted with AJPW, but drew the lowest attendance ever of a Dome show. It was also the first to air on PPV

– Minoru Suzuki defeats Yuji Nagata to retain the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Title
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Taiyo Kea to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2008, the event was titled ‘Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome’. This was the first NJPW event that showcased their relationship with TNA

– Wataru Inoue defeats Christopher Daniels to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko defeat The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Kurt Angle defeats Yuji Nagata to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title (IGF version)
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title (NJPW version)

In 2009, the event was titled ‘Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome’. The event featured wrestlers from many Japanese promotions, aswell as some from the USA’s TNA and Mexico’s CMLL

– The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) defeat No Limit (Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Tiger Mask IV defeats Low Ki to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Yuji Nagata defeats Masato Tanaka to retain the Zero1 World Heavyweight Title
– Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat The Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) in a Hardcore Match to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Keiji Mutoh to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2010, the event was titled ‘Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome’. Again, there were many promotions represented at the event

– Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) defeat Averno & Ultimo Guerrero to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– No Limit (Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro) defeat Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) & Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard) in a 3-Way Hardcore Match to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles. This brought the titles back to Japan, having been defended in the USA for the past year
– Naomichi Marufuji defeats Tiger Mask IV to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Takashi Sugiura defeats Hirooki Goto to retain the GHC Heavyweight Title
– Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Yoshihiro Takayama to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2011, ‘Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome’ also showcased many different promotions

– Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard) defeat Beer Money Inc (James Storm & Robert Roode) & Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Prince Devitt defeats Kota Ibushi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
– Jeff Hardy defeats Tetsuya Naito to retain the TNA World Title
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Satoshi Kojima to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

In 2012, ‘Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome’ continued the tradition of featuring talent from multiple promotions, though for the first time in 5 years, TNA was not included. The event also drew the highest attendance since 2005

– Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) defeat No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
– Ten-Koji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) defeat Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles
– Keiji Mutoh defeats Tetsuya Naito
– Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Minoru Suzuki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Title Changes

1929 – Gus Sonnenberg defeats Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis to win the World Heavyweight Title

1986 – Arn Anderson defeats Wahoo McDaniel in the final of a tournament to win the NWA Television Title

1988 – The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts & King Parsons) defeat Chris Adams, Steve Simpson & Kevin von Erich to win the WCCW World 6-Man Tag Team Titles

1989 – Eric Embry defeats Cactus Jack to win the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Title. This was the final reign before the title was abandoned later in the year

1999 – The Fingerpoke of Doom incident sees Hulk Hogan defeat Kevin Nash to win the WCW World Title. Hogan poked Nash in the chest, Nash fell to the ground and was pinned. Many people cite this incident as the beginning of the end for WCW

2010 – ODB defeats Awesome Kong to win the TNA Knockouts Title. Also, Awesome Kong & Hamada defeat Sarita & Taylor Wilde to win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles

2011 – Kofi Kingston defeats Dolph Ziggler to win the WWE Intercontinental Title

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WWF and WCW wrestler Jim Powers (55), former AAA and AJPW Tag Team Champion Cuervo (39), 4-time AAA Rey de Reyes winner La Parka II (47)

Also, today would have been the birthday of former WCW United States and Tag Team Champion Chris Kanyon (43) and 6-time NWA Middleweight Champion Rene Guajardo (80)

In Memoriam

On this day in 2001, the wrestling world lost Mexican star Villano I at the age of 50. He debuted alongside his brother in 1969, with the pair adopting the ‘Los Villanos’ moniker the following year. It was in their father’s UWA promotion that the Villanos found their greatest success. Villano I was a one-time Light Heavyweight Champion and 3-time Trios Champion alongside his youngest brothers. By the 90’s, he was beginning to cut back on his active duties, preferring to take a training role, and officially retired in 1995. In 2000, he underwent brain surgery to correct a coagulum caused by years of bumps to the head. Sadly, there were complications, and he later died of a heart attack brought on by cerebral haemorrhage. His funeral was attended by several high-profile luchadors

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One Response

  1. Joan B. in S. C. says:

    Do we know why the event is always held on January 4th? Is that some holiday or a date sigificant to the promotion?

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