Battlefield was a professional wrestling event produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). It took place on January 4, 1994 in the Tokyo Dome. The show drew 48,000 spectators. Unlike the previous two years January 4 events the 1994 show was not a co-promotion with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) although it did feature former WCW wrestlers The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott), who were working for WCW's rival, the 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 Lucha de Apuestas Mask vs. Mask match where Tiger Mask was unmasked and revealed as Koji Kanemoto.
Production[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
The January 4 Tokyo Dome Show is NJPW's biggest annual even and has been called "the largest professional wrestling show in the world outside of the United States" and the "Japanese equivalent to the Super Bowl".
Storylines[edit | edit source]
Battlefield featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
Results[edit | edit source]
|1||Heisei Ishingun (The Great Kabuki, Kengo Kimura, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Michiyoshi Ohara and Shiro Koshinaka) defeated El Samurai, Manabu Nakanishi, Osamu Kido, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata||Ten-man tag team match||12:09|
|2||Akira Nogami and Takayuki Iizuka defeated Akitoshi Saito and Masashi Aoyagi||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 Thunder Liger defeated Tiger Mask||Luchas de Apuestas Mask vs. Mask match||14:26|
|6||The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior 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 Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh||Tag team match||20:51|
|8||Hulk Hogan defeated Tatsumi Fujinami||Singles match||13:33|
|9||Riki Choshu 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|
References[edit | edit source]
- Battlefield . ProWrestlingHistory.com (1994-01-04). Retrieved on 2010-04-13.
- GFW News: New Japan Pro Wrestling "Wrestle Kingdom 9" press conference details . Pro Wrestling Dot Net (2014-12-23). Retrieved on 2017-10-09.
- Keller, Wade 2016-12-13. New Japan's WrestleKingdom 11 to air on AXS TV starting Jan. 13 in four weekly special episodes with Ross & Barnett on commentary . Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved on 2017-10-09.
- Grabianowski, Ed. How Pro Wrestling Works . HowStuffWorks, Inc.. Discovery Communications. Retrieved on 2017-10-09.