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Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome was a professional wrestling event produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). It took place on January 4, 1998 in the Tokyo Dome. Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome was the seventh January 4 Tokyo Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 55,000 spectators and $6,000,000 in ticket sales.[1] One of the focal points of the show was the retirement of wrestling legend Riki Choshu, who would wrestle five times that night against select opponents in what was billed as the Riki Road Final Message 5, the completion of a months-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 Tokyo 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.

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

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".[2][3]

StorylinesEdit

Final Power Hall 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.[4]

ResultsEdit

# Results Stipulations Times
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 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima Tag team match 12:39
5 Riki Choshu defeated Kazuyuki Fujita Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 03:57
6 Riki Choshu defeated Yutaka Yoshie Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 01:42
7 Riki Choshu defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 01:21
8 Takashi Iizuka defeated Riki Choshu Singles match: Riki Road Final Message 5 02:02
9 Riki Choshu defeated Jushin Thunder 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 (with Hiro Saito and Hiroyoshi Tenzan) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 25:18
  • (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 Power Hall in Tokyo Dome . ProWrestlingHistory.com (1998-01-04). Retrieved on 2010-04-13.
  2. GFW News: New Japan Pro Wrestling "Wrestle Kingdom 9" press conference details . Pro Wrestling Dot Net (2014-12-23). Retrieved on 2017-10-09.
  3. 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.
  4. Grabianowski, Ed. How Pro Wrestling Works . HowStuffWorks, Inc.. Discovery Communications. Retrieved on 2017-10-09.

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