Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1998

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)

1998

01-04-1998: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds it’s Final Power Hall at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 65,500 fans. Results: Kendo Kashin defeated Koji Kanemoto… IWGP Junior heavyweight title: Shinjiro Otani defeated Ultimo Dragon… Yuji Nagata defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan… Osamu Nishimura & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Bull Powers (Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima)… Riki Road Final Five: Riki Choshu defeated Kazuyuki Fujita… Riki Choshu defeated Yutaka Yoshie… Tiki Choshu defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa… Takashi Iizuka defeated Riki Choshu… Riki Choshu defeated Jushin Thunder Liger… Mixed Martial Arts Match: Don Frye defeated Naoya Ogawa… Mixed Martial Arts Match: Shinya Hashimoto defeated Dennis Lane… Masahiro Chono defeated Shiro Koshinaka… IWGP heavyweight title: Kensuke Sasaki defeated Keiji Muto.

04-04-1998: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Inoki the Final at the Tokyo Egg Dome with an announced attendance of 70,000 supposedly the largest Tokyo Dome attendance to date and the largest gate to date in Japanese wrestling history. Results: Inoki Final Tournament: Naoya Ogawa defeated Brian Johnston… Don Frye defeated Igor Meindert… Don Frye defeated Naoya Ogawa to win the spot in Inoki’s retirement match… Bull Powers (Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiro Saito… Heisei Ishingun (Michiyoshi Ohara & Shiro Koshinaka & Tatsutoshi Goto) defeated Junji Hirata & Kazuo Yamazaki & Tadao Yasuda… Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Koji Kanemoto… Shinjiro Otani defeated Yuji Yasuraoka… IWGP Junior heavyweight title: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Kendo Kashin… IWGP tag team championship: NWO Japan (Keiji Muto & Masahiro Chono) defeated Osamu Nishimura & Shinya Hashimoto… IWGP heavyweight title: Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Kensuke Sasaki.

05-01-1998: All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) holds it’s 25th anniversary show at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of an announced 58,300 fans. Results: Satoru Asako defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru… Maunakea Mossman defeated Daisuke Ikeda… Jumbo Tsuruta & Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura defeated Haruka Eigen & Masanobu Fuchi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi… The Headhunters (Headhunter A & B) defeated Shigeo Okumura & Tamon Honda… Johnny Smith & Wolf Hawkfield defeated Jado & Gedo… Akira Taue & Mighty Inoue & Takao Omori defeated Hideki Hosaka & Tatsuhiro Kuroda & The Gladiator… Gary Albright & Steve Williams defeated Masahito Kakihara & Yoshihiro Takayama… Giant Baba & Hayabusa & Kentaro Shiga defeated Kamala & Jinsei Shinzaki & Jun Izumida… Jun Akiyama defeated Hiroshi Hase… Johnny Ace & Kenta Kobashi defeated Stan Hansen & Vader (Leon White)… Triple Crown heavyweight title: Toshiakai Kawada defeated Mitsuharu Misawa.

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