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The January 4 Tokyo Dome Show is a major show, held by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), held annually on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome. NJPW often invites other promotions, Japanese and international, to participate in their January 4 Tokyo Dome Shows as well including several companies that have been involved in scripted inter-promotional rivalries such as UWF International (UWFi), Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), Pro Wrestling ZERO1 and Pro Wrestling NOAH, as well as representatives from the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion. The shows have regularly featured wrestlers from American promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and has on these occasions been shown either partially or in full in the American market.

It has become an annual event that starts the new year in NJPW since its inception in 1992. NJPW have held shows at the Tokyo Dome as far back as April 24, 1989, but their January 4 show has become the most anticipated show on NJPW calendar. It is Japan's biggest wrestling event and NJPW's premier show, similar to what the WrestleMania is for the WWE. 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 1993 Tokyo Dome show set the attendance record with 63,500 fans packing the Tokyo Dome, while the 2007 Dome show drew the lowest gates with only 18,000 in attendance.

EventsEdit

# Event Date City Venue Attendance Main Event
1 Super Warriors in Tokyo Dome January 4, 1992 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Dome 50,000 Riki Choshu (c) vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (c) for the The Greatest 18 Club Championship and IWGP Heavyweight Championship
2 Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome January 4, 1993 63,500 (official)
53,500 (claimed)
Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu
3 Battlefield January 4, 1994 48,000 Antonio Inoki vs. Genichiro Tenryu
4 Battle 7 January 4, 1995 52,500 Shinya Hashimoto (c) vs. Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
5 Wrestling World 1996 January 4, 1996 54,000 Keiji Mutoh (c) vs. Nobuhiko Takada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
6 Wrestling World 1997 January 4, 1997 62,500 (official)
52,500 (claimed)
Shinya Hashimoto (c) vs. Riki Choshu for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
7 Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome January 4, 1998 55,000 Kensuke Sasaki (c) vs. Keiji Mutoh for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
8 Wrestling World 1999 January 4, 1999 52,500 Scott Norton (c) vs. Keiji Mutoh for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
9 Wrestling World 2000 January 4, 2000 53,500 Genichiro Tenryu (c) vs. Kensuke Sasaki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
10 Wrestling World 2001 January 4, 2001 52,000 Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada in the IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament final
11 Wrestling World 2002 January 4, 2002 Jun Akiyama (c) vs. Yuji Nagata for the GHC Heavyweight Championship
12 Wrestling World 2003 January 4, 2003 30,000 Yuji Nagata (c) vs. Josh Barnett for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
13 Wrestling World 2004 January 4, 2004 40,000 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (c) for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and NWF Heavyweight Championship
14 Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 January 4, 2005 46,000 (official)
36,000 (claimed)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship
15 Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 January 4, 2006 31,000 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
16 Wrestle Kingdom I January 4, 2007 28,000 (official)
18,000 (claimed)
Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono vs. Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
17 Wrestle Kingdom II January 4, 2008 27,000 (official)
20,000 (claimed)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
18 Wrestle Kingdom III January 4, 2009 40,000 (official)
27,500 (claimed)
Keiji Mutoh (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
19 Wrestle Kingdom IV January 4, 2010 41,500 (official)
20,000 (claimed)
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Yoshihiro Takayama for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
20 Wrestle Kingdom V January 4, 2011 42,000 (official)
18,000 (claimed)
Satoshi Kojima (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
21 Wrestle Kingdom VI January 4, 2012 43,000 (official)
23,000 (claimed)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
22 Wrestle Kingdom 7 January 4, 2013 29,000 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
23 Wrestle Kingdom 8 January 4, 2014 35,000 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
24 Wrestle Kingdom 9 January 4, 2015 36,000 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
25 Wrestle Kingdom 10 January 4, 2016 25,204 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
26 Wrestle Kingdom 11 January 4, 2017 26,192 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
27 Wrestle Kingdom 12 January 4, 2018 43,000 (total)
34,995 (paid)
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kenny Omega (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
28 Wrestle Kingdom 13 January 4, 2019 38,162 Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
29 Wrestle Kingdom 14 January 4, 2020 40,008 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
January 5, 2020 30,063 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito (c) for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and IWGP Intercontinental Championship
(c) - refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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