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Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome was a professional wrestling event co-produced by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promotions. The show took place on January 4, 1993 in Tokyo's Tokyo Dome. Officially, the show drew 63,500 spectators and $3,200,000 in ticket sales.[1] This was the second year that the show was co-promoted by the American WCW promotion. The show featured 10 matches, including four matches that featured WCW wrestlers. Fantastic Story featured three title matches, including Jushin Thunder 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 Steiner and Scott Steiner) that ended without a definitive winner. The show was later shown on pay-per-view (PPV) in North America as WCW/New Japan Supershow III.

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

The January 4 Tokyo Dome Show is NJPW's biggest annual event 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".[3][4]

StorylinesEdit

Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome 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.[5]

ResultsEdit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Takayuki Iizuka, Akira Nogami and El Samurai defeated Nobukazu Hirai, Koki Kitahara and Masao Orihara Six-man tag team match 15:11
2 Akitoshi Saito, The Great Kabuki, Masashi Aoyagi and Shiro Koshinaka defeated Hiro Saito, Norio Honaga and Super Strong Machine and Tatsutoshi Goto Eight-man tag team match 14:20
3 Jushin Thunder 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 Masa Saito and Shinya Hashimoto defeated Dustin Rhodes and Scott Norton Tag team match 13:57
7 The Great Muta (c, IWGP) defeated Masahiro Chono (c, NWA) Singles match for both the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 19:48
8 The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior) (c) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) ended in 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 Choshu Singles match 18:14
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fantastic Story . ProWrestlingHistory.com (1993-01-04). Retrieved on 2010-04-13.
  2. Meltzer, Dave (January 16, 2012). "Jan 16 Observer Newsletter: Cyborg busted for steroids, all the details, Edge and Horsemen going into WWE Hall, New Japan Dome Show review, 30 year Muchnick retrospective, TNA and Strikeforce shows, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 14–16. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  3. GFW News: New Japan Pro Wrestling "Wrestle Kingdom 9" press conference details . Pro Wrestling Dot Net (2014-12-23). Retrieved on 2017-10-09.
  4. 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.
  5. Grabianowski, Ed. How Pro Wrestling Works . HowStuffWorks, Inc.. Discovery Communications. Retrieved on 2017-10-09.
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