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This Day in Wrestling History (Jan. 4): New Japan’s Annual Supershow in Tokyo Dome

Today’s TDIPWH will be presented in two parts. The first part focused on the events of the day, including the Fingerpoke of Doom, Bret Hart’s return to WWE, and TNA’s Monday night debut. This part will focus on New Japan’s annual January 4 show.

Since 1992, New Japan Pro Wrestling has annually held its biggest show of the year on January 4. Known under various names such as Super Warriors in Tokyo Dome, Battlefield, WCW/New Japan Supershow, and Wrestling World, New Japan’s big show is known these days as Wrestle Kingdom.

The 2017 edition (which will have taken place by the time you read this) will be the 11th annual Wrestle Kingdom and the 26th annual January 4 show. Similar to Wrestlemania in WWE, Bound for Glory in TNA, and Final Battle in Ring of Honor, Wrestle Kingdom is often seen as the culmination of long-running storylines within New Japan. Until last year, it was also the culmination of the yearly contracts of all of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s performers (this changed following the exits of top stars AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, and Shinsuke Nakamura; NJPW’s top performers are now locked into longer-term deals).

Wrestlers from Big Japan Pro Wrestling, UWF International, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Zero1, Pro Wrestling NOAH, CMLL, WCW, and TNA have appeared on the card.

Below are results of selected January 4 matches, and the results of every match in the Wrestle Kingdom era.

1992: Super Warriors in Tokyo Dome (known in the United States as WCW/New Japan Supershow II; an edited version of the card aired on PPV. The PPV is not available on WWE Network)

  • Big Van Vader and El Gigante fought to a double disqualification.
  • Antonio Inoki defeated Hiroshi Hase.
  • The Great Muta and Sting defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott).
  • Lex Luger defeated Masahiro Chono to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Riki Choshu defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to unify the Greatest 18 and IWGP Heavyweight Championships.

1993: Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome (known in the United States as WCW/New Japan Supershow III; an edited version of the card aired on PPV. The PPV is not available on WWE Network)

  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Ultimo Dragon to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Ron Simmons defeated Tony Halme.
  • Sting defeated Hiroshi Hase.
  • The Great Muta defeated Masahiro Chono in a title-for-title match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Muta’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship was also at stake.
  • The Hell Raisers (Hawk Warrior & Power Warrior) and the Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) fought to a double countout.
  • Genichiro Tenryu defeated Riki Choshu.

1994: Battlefield (The show featured both Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake. They were both considered freelance at the time, as neither were under contract to the WWF and they were months off from signing with WCW)

  • Brutus Beefcake defeated Black Cat.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Tiger Mask in a mask versus mask match. Tiger Mask unmasked post-match to reveal himself as Koji Kanemoto.
  • The Hell Raisers (Hawk & Power Warrior) defeated The Jurassic Powers (Hercules Hernandez & Scott Norton) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) defeated Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Mutoh.
  • Hulk Hogan defeated Tatsumi Fujinami.
  • Shinya Hashimoto defeated Masashiro Chono to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

1995: Battle 7 (The show featured a four-man “Final Countdown BVD” tournament, named after New Japan’s primary sponsor BVD. It also featured the first a title defense from a promotion other than New Japan or the NWA for the first time)

  • Shinjiro Otani defeated El Samurai to retain the UWA World Welterweight Championship.
  • Sting defeated Tony Palmore by submission in a Final Countdown BVD semifinal match.
  • Antonio Inoki defeated Gerard Gordeau by submission in a Final Countdown BVD semifinal match.
  • Antonio Inoki defeated Sting by submission to win the Final Countdown BVD tournament.
  • Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh defeated the Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Shinya Hashimoto defeated Kensuke Sasaki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

1996: Wrestling World 1996 (The show featured three interpromotional matches between New Japan and UWF International)

  • Team New Japan (Shinjiro Otani, Tokimitsu Ishizawa, and Yuji Nagata) defeated Team UWFi (Hiromitsu Kanehara, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Kenichi Yamamoto) in an interpromotional match.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Riki Choshu defeated Masahito Kakihara in an interpromotional match.
  • Nobuhiko Takada defeated Keiji Mutoh in an interpromotional match to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

1997: Wrestling World 1997 (The show featured four New Japan versus Big Japan Pro Wrestling matches as well as the one and only appearance of Super Liger. Super Liger, played by Chris Jericho, was intended to be a rival for Jushin Thunder Liger; however, Super Liger was so poorly received, the character was immediately scrapped)

  • Super Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto.
  • Shinjiro Otani defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri in a New Japan-Big Japan interpromotional match.
  • Kendo Nagasaki defeated Tatsutoshi Goto in a New Japan-Big Japan interpromotional match.
  • Masahiro Chono defeated Shoju Nakamaki in a New Japan-Big Japan interpromotional match.
  • Masa Saito defeated Shinya Kojika in a New Japan-Big Japan interpromotional match. The win gave New Japan the head-to-head win 3-1.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Ultimo Dragon to win the J-Crown Championship.
  • Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Cho-Ten (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Masahiro Chono) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Shinya Hashimoto defeated Riki Choshu to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

1998: Final Power Hall in Tokyo Dome (The show is noted for the “Riki Road Final Message 5”, a five-match series commemorating the retirement of Riki Choshu. Also of note, for the first time, no championship changed hands on the January 4 show.)

Riki Road Final Message 5:

  • Riki Choshu defeated Kazuyuki Fujita.
  • Riki Choshu defeated Yutaka Yoshie.
  • Riki Choshu defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa.
  • Takashi Iizuka defeated Riki Choshu.
  • Riki Choshu defeated Jushin Thunder Liger.

Other key matches:

  • Shinjiro Otani defeated Ultimo Dragon to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Don Frye defeated Naoya Ogawa via referee stoppage.
  • Shinya Hashimoto defeated Dennis Lane via referee stoppage in just 94 seconds.
  • Kensuke Sasaki defeated Keiji Mutoh to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Wrestling World 1999

  • Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Kendo Kashin defeated Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Kensuke Sasaki defeated Atsushi Onita by disqualification.
  • Shinya Hashimoto and Naoya Ogawa fought to a no contest.
  • Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Keiji Mutoh defeated Scott Norton to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Wrestling World 2000 (The show featured Rick Steiner and Randy Savage as freelancers, and the one-time return of Chris Benoit as Wild Pegasus.)

Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Kendo Kashin and Minoru Tanaka to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Wild Pegasus.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Yuji Nagata defeated Kazuo Yamazaki. This was Yamazaki's retirement match.
  • Rick Steiner defeated Randy Savage.
  • Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Mutoh. As a result of the loss, Mutoh's nWo Japan was forced to disband.
  • Kensuke Sasaki defeated Genichiro Tenryu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Wrestling World 2001 (The show's focus was to crown a new IWGP Heavyweight Champion after Kensuke Sasaki vacated the title after losing a non-title match to former All Japan Pro Wrestling main eventer Toshiaki Kawada in October. Kawada and Masahiro Chono received byes into the semifinals of the six-man tournament.)

Quarterfinals

  • Kensuke Sasaki defeated Satoshi Kojima by submission.
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Yuji Nagata.

Semifinals

  • Kensuke Sasaki defeated Masahiro Chono by submission.
  • Toshiaki Kawada defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan.

Final

  • Kensuke Sasaki defeated Toshiaki Kawada to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Wrestling World 2002 (This was the first show to feature wrestlers from Pro Wrestling NOAH. In fact, their championship, the Global Honored Crown (GHC) Heavyweight Championship would be contested in the show's main event, the first time in the history of the event that another promotion's title would be contested in the main event)

  • The Great Sasuke, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask defeated Dick Togo, Gedo and Jado.
  • Kendo Kashin defeated Daijiro Matsui to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Naoya Ogawa and Kensuke Sasaki fought to a no contest.
  • Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Giant Singh and Masahiro Chono.
  • Jun Akiyama defeated Yuji Nagata to retain the GHC Heavyweight Championship.

Wrestling World 2003 (The show featured the semifinals and finals of theYoung Generation Cup.)

Young Generation Cup:

  • Yutaka Yoshie defeated Shinya Makabe.
  • Ryushi Yanagisawa defeated Kenzo Suzuki.
  • Ryushi Yanagisawa defeated Yutaka Yoshie by submission to win the Young Generation Cup.

Other key matches:

  • Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Tsuyoshi Kosaka to win the vacant NWF Heavyweight Championship.
  • Yuji Nagata defeated Josh Barnett to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Wrestling World 2004

  • Gedo and Jado defeated Heat and Tiger Mask to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Yutaka Yoshie to retain the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship.
  • Josh Barnett and Takashi Iizuka defeated Katsuyori Shibata and Kazunari Murakami.
  • Bob Sapp and Keiji Mutoh defeated Cho-Ten (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono).
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Yoshihiro Takayama to unify the IWGP and NWF Heavyweight Championships. The NWF Heavyweight Championship was retired following the bout.

2005: Toukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 (The show was highlighted by an eight-man submission only tournament)

Submission tournament (all victories via submission unless otherwise noted):

  • Ron Waterman defeated Masayuki Naruse via referee stoppage.
  • Manabu Nakanishi defeated Toru Yano.
  • Dolgorsürengiin Sumyaabazar defeated Mitsuya Nagai.
  • Yuji Nagata defeated Blue Wolf.
  • Ron Waterman defeated Manabu Nakanishi in just 62 seconds.
  • Yuji Nagata defeated Dolgorsürengiin Sumyaabazar via referee stoppage.
  • Ron Waterman defeated Yuji Nagata to win the submissions only tournament.

Other matches:

  • Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto to become the #1 contender for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Tiger Mask defeated Heat to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Yuji Nagata defeated Katsuhiko Nagata 15-11 in a five-minute amateur wrestling exhibition.
  • Ron Waterman defeated Masayuki Naruse, Manabu Nakanishi, Toru Yano, Dolgorsürengiin Sumyaabazar, Mitsuya Nagai, Yuji Nagata and Blue Wolf in an eight-man Ultimate Royal battle royal.
  • Masahiro Chono defeated Riki Choshu and Hiroyoshi Tenzan in a dog fight rules match.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship.

2006: Toukon Shidou Chapter 1

  • Badboy Hido, Kintaro Kanemura and Masato Tanaka defeated Gedo, Jado and Jushin Thunder Liger.
  • Shinjiro Otani defeated Koji Kanemoto.
  • Katsuyori Shibata defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi.
  • Giant Bernard defeated Manabu Nakanishi.
  • Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Shiro Koshinaka and Takao Omori to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Brock Lesnar defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to regain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

nr2007: Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome (The show was co-promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling and longtime rival All Japan Pro Wrestling. Just 18,000 were in attendance for the show, a record low for the event. There was also a post-show tribute to former IWGP heavyweight champion Shinya Hashimoto, who had passed away the previous July)

  • El Samurai, Masanobu Fuchi and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Akira Raijin, Kikutaro and Nobutaka Araya.
  • Gedo and Jado defeated Tokyo Gurentai (Mazada and Nosawa Rongai).
  • G.B.H. (Togi Makabe, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano) defeated D'Lo Brown, Buchanan and Travis Tomko.
  • Giant Bernard, Ro'z, Suwama and Taru defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Naofumi Yamamoto, Riki Choshu and Takashi Iizuka.
  • Kaz Hayashi, Koji Kanemoto, Taka Michinoku, Tiger Mask and Wataru Inoue defeated "brother" Yashhi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Milano Collection A.T., Minoru and Shuji Kondo.
  • Toshiaki Kawada defeated Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • Minoru Suzuki defeated Yuji Nagata via referee stoppage to retain the All Japan Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Taiyo Kea to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
  • Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima.

2008: Wrestle Kingdom II (Just 20,000 were in attendance for the event. TNA Wrestling was well-represented on the show, as they competed in seven of the ten matches. A portion of the show aired in the United States as Global Impact! later in the month and was released on DVD with all of the interpromotional bouts on the disc. The show also featured the return of Keiji Mutoh’s most famous persona, The Great Muta.)

  • Christian Cage, AJ Styles, and Petey Williams defeated Milano Collection A.T., Minoru, and Prince Devitt.
  • Wataru Inoue defeated Christopher Daniels to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Manabu Nakanishi defeated Abyss.
  • Masato Tanaka, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Yutaka Yoshie, and Katsushi Takemura defeated Takashi Iizuka, Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask, and Ryusuke Taguchi.
  • Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeated GBH (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) in a hardcore tag team match.
  • Legend (Riki Choshu, Masahiro Chono, Jushin Thunder Liger, AKIRA, and Tatsumi Fujinami) defeated Jado, Gedo, TARU, Shuji Kondo, and "Brother" YASSHI.
  • Great Muta defeated Hirooki Goto.
  • Giant Bernard & Travis Tomko defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Kurt Angle defeated Yuji Nagata to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (IGF version, also known as the Third Belt).
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2009: Wrestle Kingdom III (For the second straight year, wrestlers from TNA competed on the show. The show also featured the return of CMLL to the event. Selected matches on the show aired as TNA Global Impact 2, but not until October 2009.)

  • Milano Collection A.T., Minoru, and Taichi Ishikari defeated Mitsuhide Hirasawa, Kazuchika Okada, and Nobuo Yoshihashi.
  • Mistico, Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt defeated Averno, Jado & Gedo.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger & Takuma Sano defeated Wataru Inoue & Koji Kanemoto in a Tag Team Match (8:47)
  • The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) defeated No Limit (Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (13:21)
  • Tiger Mask defeated Low Ki to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Riki Choshu, Masahiro Chono, Kurt Angle, and Kevin Nash defeated Giant Bernard, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii, and Karl Anderson.
  • Yuji Nagata defeated Masato Tanaka to retain the Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Jun Akiyama defeated Manabu Nakanishi.
  • Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeated The Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura & Hirooki Goto defeated Mitsuharu Misawa & Takashi Sugiura.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Keiji Mutoh to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2010: Wrestle Kingdom IV (A portion of the show was a four-match New Japan versus Pro Wrestling NOAH series)

  • Super Strong Machine, Wataru Inoue & Mitsuhide Hirasawa defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Kazuchika Okada & Koji Kanemoto.
  • Apollo 55 (Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt) defeated Ultimo Guerrero & Averno to retain IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • No Limit (Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) and Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson in a three-team hardcore match to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • TAJIRI & Masato Tanaka defeated Yuji Nagata & Akebono.
  • Terry Funk, Riki Choshu, Masahiro Chono & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Abdullah The Butcher, Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii.
  • Togi Makabe defeated Mohammed Yone.
  • Naomichi Marufuji defeated Tiger Mask in a Singles Match to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Go Shiozaki.
  • Takashi Sugiura defeated Hirooki Goto in a Singles Match to retain the GHC Heavyweight Championship. The win gave Pro Wrestling NOAH a 2-2 split with New Japan.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Yoshihiro Takayama to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2011: Wrestle Kingdom V

  • In a preshow dark match, Wataru Inoue, Tiger Mask,Tomoaki Honma, and Tama Tonga defeated Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii, Jado, and Gedo.
  • Koji Kanemoto & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Kenny Omega & Taichi.
  • Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson defeated Beer Money Inc. (James Storm & Robert Roode) and Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man in a three-team match to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • La Sombra & Mascara Dorada defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Hector Garza.
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Takashi Iizuka.
  • Rob Van Dam defeated Toru Yano.
  • Yuji Nagata defeated Minoru Suzuki.
  • Prince Devitt defeated Kota Ibushi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada.
  • Jeff Hardy defeated Tetsuya Naito to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Go Shiozaki.
  • Togi Makabe defeated Masato Tanaka.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Satoshi Kojima to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2012: Wrestle Kingdom VI

  • In a dark match, Captain New Japan & Tama Tonga defeated Tomoaki Honma & Kyosuke Mikami.
  • Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) defeated No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada & Kushida defeated Taka Michinoku & Atlantis & Valiente & Taichi in an "Aerial Kingdom vs. CMLL Super Estrellas" match.
  • Kazuchika Okada defeated Yoshi Hashi.
  • Stack of Arms (Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono) defeated Seigigun (Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue).
  • Montel Vontavious Porter & Shelton Benjamin defeated Complete Players (Yujiro Takahashi & Masato Tanaka) in a "Tokyo Monster War Match" (9:41).
  • Tencozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) defeated Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Hirooki Goto defeated Takashi Sugiura.
  • Togi Makabe defeated Yoshihiro Takayama.
  • Go Shiozaki & Naomichi Marufuji defeated Chaos Top Team (Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano).
  • Keiji Muto defeated Tetsuya Naito.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Minoru Suzuki to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2013: Wrestle Kingdom 7: Evolution

  • In a dark match, Captain New Japan, Tama Tonga & Wataru Inoue defeat CHAOS (Jado, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI).
  • In a dark match, BUSHI, KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi defeat Hiromu Takahashi, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask.
  • Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man), Akebono & MVP defeat CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano & Yujiro Takahashi) & Bob Sapp.
  • Masato Tanaka (c) defeats Shelton Benjamin to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship.
  • Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) defeat Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship
  • Yuji Nagata defeats Minoru Suzuki.
  • Prince Devitt defeats Kota Ibushi and Low Ki in a three-way match to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) defeat Keiji Muto & Shinjiro Otani.
  • Togi Makabe defeats Katsuyori Shibata.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kazushi Sakuraba to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2014: Wrestle Kingdom 8 (For the first time since 1993, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship was defended at the event. Also of note, a fan vote was conducted to determine whether Okada’s IWGP Heavyweight title match or Shinsuke Nakamura’s Intercontinental title match should be the main event. In the end, the Intercontinental title bout won the vote.)

  • In a dark match, BUSHI, Captain New Japan, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomoaki Honma defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Super Strong Machine & Yohei Komatsu.
  • The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeated Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero) and Suzuki-gun (Taichi & TAKA Michinoku) and Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) in a four-team match to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • BULLET CLUB (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Satoshi Kojima defeated Rob Conway to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Kazushi Sakuraba & Yuji Nagata defeated Daniel Gracie & Rolles Gracie by disqualification.
  • Great Muta & Toru Yano defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin).
  • Togi Makabe defeated Bad Luck Fale by knockout in a “King of Destroyer” match. The match was conducted under last man standing rules.
  • Hirooki Goto defeated Katsuyori Shibata.
  • Kota Ibushi defeated Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Kazuchika Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

2015: Wrestle Kingdom 9 (The show was presented in the United States and Canada under the Global Force Wrestling banner. The show was voted as Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Best Major Show of 2015, with Nakamura-Ibushi being voted that publication’s match of the year. The show also introduced the New Japan Rumble, basically New Japan’s version of the Royal Rumble match.)

  • In a dark match, Yuji Nagata last eliminated YOSHI-HASHI to win the New Japan Rumble match. Other participants were The Great Kabuki, Tama Tonga, Captain New Japan, Jushin Thunder Liger, El Desperado, Hiro Saito, TAKA Michinoku, Taichi, Tiger Mask IV, Manabu Nakanishi, Sho Tanaka, Yohei Komatsu, and Yoshiaki Fujiwara.
  • reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) defeated Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & Kushida) , the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Forever Hooligans ( Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov) in a four-team match to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma defeated Bullet Club (Jeff Jarrett & Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale).
  • Toru Yano & Naomichi Marufuj & TMDK (Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls) defeated Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr & Shelton Benjamin & Takashi Iizuka)
  • Minoru Suzuki defeated Kazushi Sakuraba. The match could only be won by submission, knockout, or referee stoppage.
  • Togi Makabe defeated Tomohiro Ishii in to win the NEVER Openweight Championship.
  • Kenny Omega defeated Ryusuke Taguchi to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship .
  • Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata) defeated Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • AJ Styles defeated Tetsuya Naito.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kota Ibushi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2016: Wrestle Kingdom 10

  • In a preshow dark match, Jado last eliminated Ryusuke Taguchi to win the New Japan Rumble. Other participants were Captain New Japan, Cheeseburger, Great Kabuki, Hiro Saito, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Kazushi Sakuraba, King Haku, Manabu Nakanishi, Mascara Dorada, Satoshi Kojima, Shiro Koshinaka, Tiger Mask, YOSHI-HASHI, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, and Yuji Nagata.
  • The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeat reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly, Roppongi Vice (Beretta & Rocky Romero), and Matt Sydal & Ricochet to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) & Toru Yano defeat BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi) to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship.
  • Jay Lethal defeated Michael Elgin to retain the ROH World Championship.
  • KUSHIDA defeated Kenny Omega to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) defeated BULLET CLUB (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson)) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Hirooki Goto defeats Tetsuya Naito.
  • Katsuyori Shibata defeated Tomohiro Ishii to win the NEVER Openweight Championship.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated AJ Styles to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
  • Kazuchika Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2017: Wrestle Kingdom 11

For results and a full wrap-up of Wrestle Kingdom 11, which took place earlier today, click right here.

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