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Wrestling World 2004 was a professional wrestling event produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). It took place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome. Wrestling World 2004 was the thirteenth January 4 Tokyo Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 40,000 spectators.[1] Main event of the 15 match show was a unification match between IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and NWF Heavyweight Champion Yoshihiro Takayama. Nakamura won the match, retiring the NWF Championship after only being active for one year. The undercard saw NJPW mainstay Jushin Thunder Liger defeat Pro Wrestling Noah's Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship, marking the first time a Noah championship changed hands at a January 4 Tokyo Dome Show. Additionally Gedo and Jado successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Heat and Tiger Mask and Hiroshi Tanahashi retained the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship against Yutaka Yoshie.

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

Wrestling World 2004 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 Hirooki Goto defeated Naofumi Yamamoto Singles match 06:21
2 Katsushi Takemura defeated El Samurai Singles match 06:53
3 Makai #1, Mitsuya Nagai, Ryota Chikuzen and Ryushi Yanagisawa defeated Enson Inoue, Hiro Saito, Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto Eight-man tag team match 11:55
4 Shinya Makabe and Toru Yano defeated Blue Wolf and Wataru Inoue Tag team match 10:18
5 Masayuki Naruse defeated Tadao Yasuda by disqualification (2:09), match restarted: Naruse won via stoppage Singles match 02:30
6 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Akiya Anzawa Singles match 04:53
7 Gedo and Jado (c) defeated Heat and Tiger Mask Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 17:15
8 Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Takashi Sugiura (c) Singles match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship 17:52
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Yutaka Yoshie Singles match for the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship 17:06
10 Josh Barnett and Takashi Iizuka defeated Katsuyori Shibata and Kazunari Murakami Tag team match 16:04
11 Osamu Nishimura defeated Minoru Suzuki Singles match 09:39
12 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Genichiro Tenryu Singles match 10:20
13 Yuji Nagata defeated Kensuke Sasaki via referee stoppage Singles match 12:10
14 Bob Sapp and Keiji Mutoh defeated Cho-Ten (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono) Tag team match 21:00
15 Shinsuke Nakamura (c, IWGP) defeated Yoshihiro Takayama (c, NWF) Singles match for both the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the NWF Heavyweight Championships. The NWF title was unified with the IWGP title. As a result, the NWF title was retired. 13:55
  • (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 Wrestling World 2004 . ProWrestlingHistory.com (2004-01-04). 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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