Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1989

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)

1989

04-24-1989: The first ever pro wrestling show at the Tokyo Egg Dome takes place hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Attendance is reported to be 53,600 (likely inflated). Results: Naoki Sano defeated Hiro Saito in the Young Tokyo Dome Cup Final… IWGP heavyweight title tournament: Big Van Vader defeated Masahiro Chono… Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Vladimir Berkovich… Victor Zangiev defeated Buzz Sawyer… Shinya Hashimoto defeated Riki Choshu… Big Van Vader defeated Tatsumi Fujinami… Shinya Hashimoto defeated Victor Zangiev… Finals: Big Van Vader defeated Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP World heavyweight title… Benny Urquidez fought Shinya Asuka to a draw in a Mixed Martial Arts match… Wahka Evloev defeated Masa Saito… George Takano & Super Strong Machine defeated Hiroshi Hase & Shiro Koshinaka… Jushin Liger defeated Kuniaki Kobayashi… Salman Hashimikov defeated Bam Bam Bigelow… Shota Chochishvili defeated Antonio Inoki for the World Martial Arts title.

11-29-1989: The second ever pro wrestling show at the Tokyo Egg Dome takes place hosted by UWF called U-Cosmos. Attendance is reported to be 60,000 (likely inflated). Results: Shigeo Miyato defeated Tatsuo Nakano… Changpuek Kiatsongrit fought Yoji Anjo to a draw… Maurice Smith defeated Minoru Suzuki… Yoshiaki Fujiwara defeated Dick Leon Vrij… Chris Dolman defeated Kazuo Yamazaki… Nobuhiko Takada defeated Duane Koslowski… Akira Maeda defeated Willy Wilhelm.

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