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The January 4 Tokyo Dome Show is a professional wrestling event produced annually on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), a Japan-based professional wrestling promotion. NJPW has promoted events in the Tokyo Dome on January 4 since 1992. The January 4 Tokyo Dome Show has since became NJPW's premier annual event and the biggest event in Japanese wrestling, similar to what WrestleMania is for WWE and American professional wrestling.

January 4 Tokyo Dome Show
Promotion(s)New Japan Pro-Wrestling
First eventSuper Warriors in Tokyo Dome

The first two January 4 Tokyo Dome Shows were also the last two WCW/New Japan Supershows. 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 2019, 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 2019 show, which featured eight title matches, was the first in which all contested titles changed hands. Some of the earlier January 4 show attendance numbers have been disputed. Officially, the 1993 Tokyo Dome show set the attendance record with 63,500 fans packing the Tokyo Dome, while according to Dave Meltzer, the 1998 show holds the record with an attendance of 55,000.[1] Unofficially, the 2007 and 2011 Dome shows drew the lowest gates with only 18,000 in attendance.[1] As of 2019, the January 4 shows have hosted 300 matches (not including dark or pre-show matches), 110 of which were title matches leading to 57 title changes in total. The 2005 Tokyo Dome show had a 16-match card, the largest of any of the shows, while 2001, 2002, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019 featured 9 matches, the lowest number of matches on a show (again, not counting dark or pre-show matches).

It was announced on January 4, 2019, as part of that year's Dome Show, that the next January 4 event will expand to two days in 2020. The show will be on January 4 and 5.

EventsEdit

# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref
1 Super Warriors in Tokyo Dome January 4, 1992 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Dome Riki Choshu (c) vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (c) for both the Greatest 18 Championship (Choshu) and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (Fujinami) [2]
2 Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome January 4, 1993 Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu [3]
3 Battlefield January 4, 1994 Antonio Inoki vs. Genichiro Tenryu [4]
4 Battle 7 January 4, 1995 Shinya Hashimoto (c) vs. Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [5]
5 Wrestling World 1996 January 4, 1996 Keiji Mutoh (c) vs. Nobuhiko Takada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [6]
6 Wrestling World 1997 January 4, 1997 Shinya Hashimoto (c) vs. Riki Choshu for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [7][8]
7 Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome January 4, 1998 Kensuke Sasaki (c) vs. Keiji Mutoh for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [9]
8 Wrestling World 1999 January 4, 1999 Scott Norton (c) vs. Keiji Mutoh for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [10]
9 Wrestling World 2000 January 4, 2000 Genichiro Tenryu (c) vs. Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [11]
10 Wrestling World 2001 January 4, 2001 Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada in the IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament final [12]
11 Wrestling World 2002 January 4, 2002 Jun Akiyama (c) vs. Yuji Nagata for the GHC Heavyweight Championship [13]
12 Wrestling World 2003 January 4, 2003 Yuji Nagata (c) vs. Josh Barnett for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [14]
13 Wrestling World 2004 January 4, 2004 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (c) for both the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (Nakamura) and the NWF Heavyweight Championship (Takayama) [15]
14 Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 January 4, 2005 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship [16]
15 Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 January 4, 2006 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [17]
16 Wrestle Kingdom I January 4, 2007 Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono vs. Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) [18][19][20]
17 Wrestle Kingdom II January 4, 2008 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [21][22][23][24]
18 Wrestle Kingdom III January 4, 2009 Keiji Mutoh (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [25][26][27][28][29]
19 Wrestle Kingdom IV January 4, 2010 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Yoshihiro Takayama for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [30][31][32][33]
20 Wrestle Kingdom V January 4, 2011 Satoshi Kojima (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [34][35][36][37]
21 Wrestle Kingdom VI January 4, 2012 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [38][39][40][41][42]
22 Wrestle Kingdom 7 January 4, 2013 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [43][44][36][45]
23 Wrestle Kingdom 8 January 4, 2014 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship [46][47][48][36][49]
24 Wrestle Kingdom 9 January 4, 2015 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [50][51][52][53]
25 Wrestle Kingdom 10 January 4, 2016 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [54][55][56][57]
26 Wrestle Kingdom 11 January 4, 2017 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [58][59][60]
27 Wrestle Kingdom 12 January 4, 2018 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [61][62]
28 Wrestle Kingdom 13 January 4, 2019 Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [63]
29 Wrestle Kingdom 14 January 4, 2020 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [64]
January 5, 2020 TBA
(c) - refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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