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2000

01/04Kazuo Yamazaki retires at New Japan's Tokyo Dome card. Both Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada are in attendance. Maeda has a meeting with Antonio Inoki and New Japan president Tatsumi Fujinami after the card. Also, Kenzo Suzuki debuts on the same card. Kensuke Sasaki defeats Gen'ichiro Tenryu in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
Manami Toyota defeats Yumiko Hotta in Tokyo to win WWWA World Title.
01/07OBITUARY: Gary Albright (36) [Pennsylvania, heart attack during a match]
01/30Dream Stage Entertainment promotes the first round of PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 tournament at Tokyo Dome. Kazuyuki Fujita, formerly with New Japan, defeats Han Nyman in 2:48. Masaaki Satake, formerly with Seido Kaikan karte, lost to Mark Coleman in 1:14.
02/20Vader & Steve Williams defeat Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama in Kobe to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
02/27Kenta Kobashi defeats Vader in Tokyo to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
04/07After being defeated by Naoya Ogawa once again at Tokyo Dome, Shin'ya Hashimoto announces his retirement.
04/09Following the first round of the 16-man tournament in Sendai, Michinoku promotes the final rounds of Super J-Cup 3rd Stage at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Jushin Thunder Liger defeats CIMA in final.
04/19OBITUARY: Masakazu Fukuda (27) [internal bleeding in brain]
04/21New Japan's Kuniaki Kobayashi retires. Satoru Sayama is in attendance, and Dynamite Kid sends a message for the ceremony.
05/01Kazushi Sakuraba defeats Royce Gracie in the second round of the PRIDE Grand Prix tournament after six 15-min rounds of the battle. Also, Kazuyuki Fujita, a former New Japan wrestler, defeats Mark Kerr.
05/13OBITUARY: Jumbo Tsuruta (49) [Manila, Philippines - failure of a liver transport surgery]
05/20Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa vacate WWWA World Tag Team Title.
05/28Mitsuharu Misawa is removed from the position as the president of All Japan Pro-Wrestling by the majority votes of the executive board. He and some other wrestlers have had conflict with Motoko Baba, a widow of late Giant Baba.
06/09Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue defeat Takao Ohmori & Yoshihiro Takayama in 4-team tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
06/13All Japan holds a regular board meeting. Following Mitsuharu Misawa, six more members resign from their position. Three days later, 24 former All Japan wrestlers have a press conference and annouce the starting of new promotion.
06/25Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka defeat Shinjiro Ohtani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa in Tokyo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
06/29Gran Hamada & Ayako Hamada defeat Minoru Tanaka & Yumi Fukawa in 14-team P*MIX championship tournament. The Hamadas become the first mixed gender tag team champions in the world as well as the first parent-child tag team champions in Japan.
07/02Gen'ichiro Tenryu appears on an All Japan card for the first time in ten years. He greets to the remaining members and the fans from the ring.
Naoya Ogawa vacates NWA World Heavyweight Title.
07/16Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi defeat Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita in 6-team tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
07/30Riki Choshu returns to the ring only to destroy Atsushi Ohnita at 7'46" in a death match for New Japan's Yokohama Arena card.
08/05Mitsuharu Misawa's new group "Pro-Wrestling NOAH" has the first card at Differ Ariake.
08/22OBITUARY: "Professor" Toru Tanaka (70) [heart attack]
09/17Kaoru Itoh defeats Manami Toyota in Tokyo to win WWWA World Title.
10/09All Japan's top star Toshiaki Kawada defeats New Japan's IWGP Heavyweight champion Kensuke Sasaki at Tokyo Dome in a non-title match. Sasaki vacates the title immediately after the match. On the opening card, Shin'ya Hashimoto comes out of retirement and defeats Tatsumi Fujinami.
10/28Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeats Toshiaki Kawada in 8-man tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
11/15New Japan announces the release of Shin'ya Hashimoto from the organization. Hashimoto has started a new group called "ZERO"(later renamed "ZERO-ONE") in the previous month.
12/22OBITUARY: Yoshihiro Momota (54) [liver failure] - a son of Rikidozan and one of the founding members of All Japan and NOAH

2001

01/04Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita defeat Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
Kensuke Sasaki defeats Toshiaki Kawada in 6-man one-night tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title.
01/14Taiyo Kea (Maunakea Mossman) & Johnny Smith defeat Toshiaki Kawada & Masanobu Fuchi in Tokyo to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
01/28Stan Hansen has retirement ceremony on All Japan card at Tokyo Dome.
03/02Shin'ya Hashimoto's "ZERO-ONE" has debut card at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
03/06Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai defeat Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka in Tokyo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
03/17Scott Norton defeats Kensuke Sasaki in Nagoya to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
03/20Yumi Fukawa has retirement match against Mariko Yoshida at Korakuen Hall.
04/09Kazuyuki Fujita defeats Scott Norton in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
04/24OBITUARY: Johnny Valentine (71) - one of Antonio Inoki's biggest rivals
06/08Keiji Mutoh defeats Gen'ichiro Tenryu to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title. Masahito Kakihara & Mitsuya Nagai defeat Yuuji Nagata & Shin'ya Makabe in Tokyo to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title on the same card.
07/14Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Yoji Anjoh defeat Taiyo Kea (Maunakea Mossman) & Johnny Smith in Tokyo to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
07/16OBITUARY: Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy (40) [Tennessee - heart failure] - the original Freebird
07/20Jado & Gedo defeat Jushin Thunder Liger & El Samurai in Sapporo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
07/27OBITUARY: "Monster Ripper" Rhonda Singh (40) [suicide]
Tomoko Watanabe & Nanae Takahashi defeat Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
07/30Atsushi Ohnita is eleceted as a senator from the majority Liberal Democratic Party. He is the third pro-wrestler to become a congressman in Japan following Antonio Inoki and Hiroshi Hase.
08/06Tajiri defeats X-Pac in Anaheim to win WWF World Light Heavyweight Title.
08/19X-Pac defeats Tajiri in San Jose to win WWF World Light Heavyweight Title.
09/08Arashi & Kouki Kitahara defeat Nobutaka Araya & Shigeo Okumura in Tokyo to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
10/08New Japan has memorial card for 50th year of puroresu at Tokyo Dome. In main event, Yuji Nagata (New Japan) & Jun Akiyama (NOAH) defeat Mutoh (New Japan) & Hiroshi Hase (All Japan). Earlier on the card, Fujinami has his 30th anniversary match, teaming with Bob Backlund to defeat Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk.
10/13NWA World Heavyweight Title is held-up after a match between the champion Steve Corino and Shin'ya Hashimoto in St. Petersburg, FL when Corino is unable to continue due to injury.
10/22Hayabusa (FMW) is paralyzed due to an accident during a match against Mommoth Suzuki.
Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea defeat Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Yoji Anjoh in Niigata to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
10/28All Japan's World Tag Team champions Mutoh & Taiyo Kea defeat New Japan's IWGP Tag Team champions Fujianmi & Osamu Nishimura and become the firs team to hold the titles from both organizations.
11/02Osamu Kido, one of the original members of New Japan, retires. He teams with Choshu to face Fujinami & Kengo Kimura to a 10min time limit draw.
11/06OBITUARY: Shinji Ueda [heart failure] - long-time commissioner of All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
12/15Shin'ya Hashimoto defeats the champion Steve Corino and Gary Steele in a round-robin triangle match in McKeesport, PA to win NWA World Heavyweight Title.

2002

01/04Rumi Kazama & Takako Inoue defeat Tomoko Watanabe & Nanae Takahashi in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
Kazuyuki Fujita vacates IWGP Heavyweight Title due to injury.
01/14Arashi & Kouki Kitahara vacate All Asia Tag Team Title.
01/18Keiji Mutoh leaves New Japan. Shortly after, Satoshi Kojima and several others including office employees leave the promotion.
02/15FMW closes.
RINGS has its final card.
02/16Tadao Yasuda defeats Yuuji Nagata in 7-man tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title.
02/24Manami Toyota defeats Kaoru Itoh in Yokohama to win WWWA World Title.
Toshiaki Kawada defeats Keiji Mutoh in Tokyo to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
03/09With a fast count by the referee, Dan Severn defeats Shin'ya Hashimoto in Tokyo to win NWA World Heavyweight Title
03/11OBITUARY: Kiyoshi Sagawa [heart failure] - president of Sagawa Express and owner of New Japan Pro-Wrestling
03/28Toshiaki Kawada vacates Triple Crown Heavyweight Title due to a knee injury.
03/29All Japan Women's TV program on Fuji TV is cancelled.
04/05Yuuji Nagata defeats Tadao Yasuda in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
04/07Akira Hokuto has retirement match on GAEA JAPAN card in Yokohama, teaming with Meiko Satomura to face Chigusa Nagayo & Ayako Hamada.
04/13Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeats Toshiaki Kawada in Tokyo to win the vacant Triple Crown Heavyweight Title. Also on the same card, Arashi & Nobutaka Araya defeat Mitsuya Nagai & Shigeo Okumura in Tokyo to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
04/14Hiromichi Fuyuki, no longer able continue to wrestle due to a stomach cancer, has retirement match on NOAH card at Differ Ariake, teaming with Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa to face the team of Akira Taue, Masao Inoue, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi.
04/18OBITUARY: Wahoo McDaniel (63) [diabetes]
04/21Taka Michinoku's KAIENTAI-DOJO has the debut card at Differ Ariake.
04/28OBITUARY: Lou Thesz (86) [heart failure]
Bob Sapp has his first MMA match on PRIDE 20 against Norihisa Yamamoto.
Tomezo Tsunokake, a midget wrestler, has retirement match against Mr. Buttaman.
05/02In the first female match ever on New Japan card, Manami Toyota & Yumiko Hotta face Kaoru Itoh & Momoe Nakanishi at Tokyo Dome. Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka defeat Jado & Gedo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title on the same card.
05/05Hiromichi "Kohdoh" Fuyuki has an opening card for his newly created "World Entertainment Wrestling" with some of the former FMW stars.
05/13OBITUARY: George Gordienko (74) [brain tumor]
05/16OBITUARY: Shouichi Arai [committs suicide] - former president, Frontier Martial-arts Wrestling
05/17OBITUARY: Davey Boy Smith (39) [heart failure]
07/06Kaoru Itoh defeats Manami Toyota in Tokyo to win WWWA World Title. Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi defeat Rumi Kazama & Takako Inoue in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
07/17Brian Adams & Brian Clark defeat Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea in Osaka to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
08/01OBITUARY: Don Owen (90) - legendary promoter in Pacific Northwest
08/15OBITUARY: Little Frankie (44) - Japanese midget wrestling legend
08/28W.M.F. (Wrestling Marvelous Future) has its opening card with Hayabusa as the president.
08/29Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeat Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka in Tokyo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title. Shinsuke Nakamura has his debut match at Nippon Budokan against Tadao Yasuda on the same card.
09/22OBITUARY: Toshikuni Matsunaga (57) - former president, All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
09/27Atsushi Ohnita promotes a wrestling card in Afghanistan.
10/10Brian Adams & Brian Clark vacate World Tag Team Title (All Japan) since Adams becomes a pro boxer.
10/19OBITUARY: Miyuki Yanagi (64) former female wrestler and referee
10/20Momoe Nakanishi defeats Kaoru Itoh in Kawasaki to win WWWA World Title.
10/23Kaori Nakayama has retirement match at Korakuen Hall against Shark Tsuchiya.
10/27Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh) defeats Gen'ichiro Tenryu in Tokyo to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
11/22OBITUARY: Thunder Sugiyama (62) [heart failure caused by diabetes]
11/24Nobuhiko Takada has retirement match on PRIDE 23 at Tokyo Dome and loses to Kiyoshi Tamura.
11/28New Japan's Hiroshi Tanahashi is stabbed by his girl friend.
11/29Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita defeat Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
12/06Satoshi Kojima & Taiyo Kea win a 8-team round-robin tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
12/23Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vacate WWWA World Tag Team Title for not being able to win Tag League the Best '02.

2003

01/03Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue defeat Momoe Nakanishi & Kayo Noumi in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
01/04Yoshihiro Takayama defeats Tsuyoshi Kosaka in the final of 4-man tournament at Tokyo Dome to win the revived NWF Heavyweight Title. Also on the same card, former UFC champion Josh Barnett has the first pro-wrestling match, challenging Yuuji Nagata's IWGP Heavyweight Title.
01/09OBITUARY: Naoto Morishita (42) [suicide] - PRIDE promoter
01/10NOAH's Mitsuharu Misawa and New Japan's Masahiro Chono teams for the first time and lose to Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue on a NOAH card at Nippon Budokan.
01/18OBITUARY: The Sheik (73) [lung failure]
01/26Jushin Thunder Liger & Koji Kanemoto defeat Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru in Kobe to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
02/15OBITUARY: Michiaki Yoshimura (76) - probably the greatest side player in the puroresu history
Kiyoshi Tamura's U-STYLE has its debut card at Differ Ariake
02/23Shin'ya Hashimoto defeats Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh) in Tokyo to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
03/01Riki Choshu's WJ Pro-Wrestling has the debut card at Yokohama Arena.
03/09MMA fighter Ensen Inoue has his first pro-wrestling match in a 8-man tag team match at Nagoya Rainbow Hall.
03/19OBITUARY: Hiromichi Fuyki (42) [after a one-year battle with cancer]
04/13The Great Sasuke of Michinoku Pro-Wrestling is elected a congressman of Iwate Prefecture. He is the first masked wrestler in the world to become a politician.
04/18Kengo Kimura has retirement match against Osamu Nishimura at Korakuen Hall.
04/20Nanae Takahashi & Etsuko Mita defeat Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
05/02In a double title match, NWF Heavyweight champion Yoshihiro Takayama defeats Yuuji Nagata in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
05/05Chapparita ASARI has retirement match against Kyoko Inoue in a NEO card at Korakuen Hall.
05/08Satoshi Kojima vacates World Tag Team Title (All Japan) because of no title defense almost for half a year due to his partner Taiyo Kea's absence.
05/11Ayako Hamada defeats Momoe Nakanishi in Yokohama to win WWWA World Title.
06/01Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa defeat Nanae Takahashi & Etsuko Mita in Sapporo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
06/02OBITUARY: Fred Blassie (85)
06/08Keiji Mutoh & Arashi win a one-night tournament in Yokohama to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
06/20Arashi vacates All Asia Tag Team Title to concentrate on World Tag Team Title.
06/25At the Iwate Prefecture congress, The Great Sasuke of Michinoku Pro-Wrestling is allowed to continue wearing the mask during the official activities.
07/19Kohei Sato & Hirotaka Yokoi defeat Tomoaki Honma & Kazushi Miyamoto in a 5-team tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
07/25AtoZ has the debut card at Kawasaki City Gym.
08/03Rumi Kazama retires.
08/16Shin'ya Hashimoto vacates Triple Crown Heavyweight Title due to knee injury.
08/28Yoshihiro Takayama and Masahiro Chono wrestles in the first steel cage match ever to take place on a New Japan card.
09/06Katsuhiko Nakajima has his debut match at the age of 15 against Jason Ray in Yokohama.
Toshiaki Kawada defeats Shinjiro Otani in a tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
09/08OBITUARY: Great Antonio (77) [heart attack]
09/13Mima Shimoda has retirement match at Ariake Coliseum.
09/15Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue defeat Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
10/10Kintaro Kanemura & Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeat Kohei Sato & Hirotaka Yokoi in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
10/16OBITUARY: Stu Hart (88) [heart attack & lung failure]
The Mask of Tiger (Satoru Sayama, the legendary original Tiger Mask) wrestles for All Japan for the first time and defeats Gran Hamada.
10/19OBITUARY: Hawk Warrior (45) [heart attack]
10/28OBITUARY: Mitsu Hirai (60) [heart failure]
11/03Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Yoshihiro Takayama in Yokohama to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
11/04IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title is vacant due to co-holder Koji Kanemoto's injury on cheekbone.
11/20WJ Pro-Wrestling releases all wrestlers due to financial problem.
11/29Jado & Gedo defeat Yuusuke Goto & Hirooki Taguchi in Sendai to win the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
12/04Dream Stage Entertainment holds a press conference to announce that a pro-wrestling event "Hustle 1" will be held on 2004/01/04 at Saitama Super Arena.
12/09Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Osaka to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
12/14All Asia Tag Team Title is declared vacant due to Kanemura's illness.
12/22Shoji Nakamaki retires in a 8-man tag match on a card promoted by Atsushi Onita at Korakuen Hall.
12/23OBITUARY: Sunoe Matsunaga aka Yuriko Amami (67) - one of the first trainees in All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling
12/25Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Mr. Gannosuke defeat Tengukeiser & Jun Kasai in Tokyo to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
12/31The MMA promotional war takes place when Inoki Bombaye 2003 (Antonio Inoki), Dynamite! (K-1), and PRIDE Otoko Matsuri (DSE) are held and aired on television at the same day. Former yokozuna Akebono has his first MMA match on Dynamite! and loses to Bob Sapp at Nagoya Dome.

2004

01/02Great Kosuke (Satoshi Kojima) & Shiryu (Kaz Hayashi) defeat Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Mr. Gannosuke in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
01/03Ayako Hamada & Nanae Takahashi defeat Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
01/04Amazing Kong defeats Ayako Hamada in Tokyo to win WWWA World Title.
IWGP Heavyweight champion Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Yoshihiro Takayama to win NWF Heavyweight Title to unify both titles.
Hustle 1 is held at Saitama Super Arena.
01/05Katsuhiko Nakajima has his first wrestling match at the age of 15 on a WJ card.
01/18Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi defeat Keiji Mutoh & Arashi in Osaka to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
02/05Shinsuke Nakamura vacates IWGP Heavyweight Title due to the injury from a match on 2003/12/31.
02/11WMF has the last card at Korakuen Hall.
02/15Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Gen'ichiro Tenryu in one-night 8-man tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title.
03/12Kensuke Sasaki defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title. American Dragon (Brian Danielson) & Curry Man (Christopher Daniels) defeat Jado & Gedo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title on the same card.
03/20Akira Hokuto becomes the first female to appear on an All Japan card at Korakuen Hall.
03/28Bob Sapp defeats Kensuke Sasaki in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
04/03New Japan's weekly television show on TV Asahi "World Pro-Wrestling" becomes a 30-min program.
04/04M's Style has the debut card at Differ Ariake.
04/18Kayo Noumi has retirement match against Kumiko Maekawa at Korakuen Hall.
05/02Ayako Hamada defeats Amazing Kong in Tokyo to win WWWA World Title.
05/04Mike Rutondo has retirement match at Korakuen Hall.
05/05Fuyuki Army Promotion has its last card at Kawasaki Stadium.
05/18OBITUARY: Sambo Asako (40) [diabetes]
05/22Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi defeat Great Kosuke (Satoshi Kojima) & Shiryu (Kaz Hayashi) in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
06/01Bob Sapp vacates IWGP Heavyweight Title after losing to Kazuyuki Fujita in an MMA match on 2004/05/22 in Saitama.
06/05Kazuyuki Fujita defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi in Osaka to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title.
06/06Also on the same card, Jado & Gedo defeat American Dragon (Brian Danielson) & Curry Man (Christopher Daniels) in Osaka to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
06/12Kendo Kashin & Yuji Nagata defeat Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi in Nagoya to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
06/23Masakazu Kusama becomes the New Japan president. Former president Tatsumi Fujinami becomes the vice-chairman of the board.
07/04Kensuke Sasaki and his wife Akira Hokuto team in a match for the first time.
07/05Toryumon Japan becomes Dragon Gate. Ultimo Dragon is no longer with the promotion.
08/19Riki Choshu's "Riki Production" has the first card at Korakuen Hall.
08/22Rie Tamada has retirement match at Korakuen Hall, teaming with Aja Kong to face Manami Toyota & Takako Inoue.
09/16New Japan has its first chain death match with Masahiro Chono defeating Gen'ichiro Tenryu at Miyagi Prefecture Sports Center.
09/17OBITUARY: Jim Barnett (80) [lung failure] - a legendary promoter in Australia, Detroit, and Georgia
09/22OBITUARY: Big Boss Man (41)
10/06Aja Kong & Amazing Kong defeat Nanae Takahashi & Hikaru in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
10/09Kensuke Sasaki defeats Kazuyuki Fujita in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
10/12OBITUARY: Samson Kutsuwada (57) [marrow leukemia] - the first one to wrestle under the Tiger Mask gimmick
10/14Ultimo Dragon has the last match under the character at Korakuen Hall, teaming with Jushin Thunder Liger and The Great Sasuke to face the original, third, & fourth Tiger Masks.
10/31Keiji Muto and Mitsuharu Misawa team for the first time and defeat the team of Kensuke Sasaki & Hiroshi Hase on an All Japan card at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
11/03Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse defeat Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
12/12Nanae Takahashi defeats Ayako Hamada in Kawasaki to win WWWA World Title.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Kensuke Sasaki in Nagoya to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
12/16World Tag Team Title (All Japan) is declared vacant due to no defense for longer than six months.
12/22ZERO-ONE has its last card at Korakuen Hall. The promotion becomes ZERO1-Max with Shin'ya Hashimoto no longer as the president.
12/29Nanae Takahashi vacates WWWA World Title due to injury.

2005

01/03Kumiko Maekawa defeats Ayako Hamada in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Title.
01/07Momoe Nakanishi has retirement match against Nanae Takahashi at Korakuen Hall.
01/16Taiyo Kea & Jamal defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yutaka Yoshie in Osaka to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
01/23ZERO1-MAX, formerly Pro-Wrestling ZERO-ONE, has the first card since the company was renamed upon the resignation of the president Shin'ya Hashimoto.
02/02Bull Buchanan & Rico (Constantino) defeat Mitsuya Nagai & Masayuki Naruse in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
02/05The 7th annivarsary card for Giant Baba's death is held at Nippon Budokan. Motoko Baba, the widow, retired from the pro-wrestling business.
02/16Satoshi Kojima defeats Toshiaki Kawada in Tokyo to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
02/20Triple Crown Heavyweight champion Satoshi Kojima defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
03/04Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue defeat Jado & Gedo in Tokyo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
03/26Atsushi Onita has a "graduation" match at Korakuen Hall, teaming with Ichiro Yaguchi to face the team of Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka.
HERO'S has the debut card at Saitama Super Arena.
04/03Lioness Asuka has retirement match on a GAEA JAPAN card at Yokohama Culture Gym, teaming with Chigusa Nagayo to face Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima.
04/10GAEA JAPAN has its final card at Korakuen Hall. All titles are vacated. Chigusa Nagayo has retirement match against Meiko Satomura. Sakura Hirota and Ayana Mizumura also retire on the same card.
ZERO1-Max holds the first wrestling card in 44 years at Yasukuni Shrine.
04/17All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, the oldest promotion in Japan, has its final card.
05/14During a New Japan card at Tokyo Dome, Tatsumi Fujinami & Mitsuharu Misawa team for the first time and defeat Masahiro Chono & Jushin Thunder Liger. Also on the same card, Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeats Satoshi Kojima to win IWGP Heavyweight Title, and Minoru (Tanaka) & Hirooki Goto defeat Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
05/27All Asia Tag Team Title is declared vacant after Rico Constantino retires.
06/19Shuji Kondo & Brother YASSHI defeat Tomoaki Honma & Katsuhiko Nakajima in a 8-team tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
07/11OBITUARY: Shin'ya Hashimoto (40) [internal bleeding in the brain]
07/18Kazuyuki Fujita defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Sapporo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
07/26Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima defeatShuji Kondo & Brother YASSHI in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
08/25Black Tiger (4th) defeats Jason Rumble in Columbia, TN to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
10/08NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Black Tiger (4th) defeats Tiger Mask (4th) in Tokyo to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title.
In the first 3-way match every for IWGP Heavyweight Title, Brock Lesnar wins the match against the champion Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono by pinning Chono.
10/22OBITUARY: Crusher Lisowski (79)
11/13OBITUARY: Eddy Guerrero (38)
11/14New Japan president Simon Kelly Inoki announces the aquisition of Antonio Inoki's 51.5% share of the company by Yukes, a video game company.

2006

01Taiyo Kea & Jamal vacate the World Tag Team Title (All Japan) when Jamal leaves All Japan.
01/15King's Road has its opening card at Korakuen Hall.
01/28OBITUARY: Black Cat (51) [heart failure]
02/19Tiger Mask (4th) defeats Black Tiger (4th) in Tokyo to win NWA World & IWGP junior heavyweight titles.
03/26Haruka Eigen has retirement match, teaming with Jun Akiyama against Akira Taue & Masao Inoue.
Kumiko Maekawa has retirement match at Korakuen Hall and loses the WWWA World Title to Nanae Takahashi. Takahashi, however, retires the title immediately after the match by returning the belt to Takashi Matsunaga, the chairman of All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling.
05/28Kakihara Masahito has retirement match against Kouji Kanemoto at Korakuen Hall.
06/07OBITUARY: John Tenta (42) [bladder cancer]
06/20Tatsumi Fujinami, who has been with New Japan since its opening, gives a notice of resignation to the company.
07/03Taiyo Kea defeats Satoshi Kojima in Tokyo to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
07/08Jado & Gedo defeat Minoru (Tanaka) & Hirooki Goto in Shizuoka to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title.
07/12Former New Japan ring announcer Hidekazu Tanaka, along with Tatsumi Fujinami, Osamu Nishimura, Hiro Saito, and Tatsutoshi Goto, have a press conference to announce the start of their new company, "Muga World Pro-Wrestling".
07/15Brock Lesnar is stripped of the IWGP Heavyweight Title due to a contractual issue but refuses to return the belt.
07/17Hiroshi Tanahashi wins the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title, defeating Giant Bernard in a 6-man tournament final in Sapporo.
07/27WAR has its final card ato Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
08/27Hiroshi Hase retires on All Japan's card at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
09/03Minoru Suzuki defeat Taiyo Kea to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Title in Sapporo.
09/12Global Professional Wrestling Alliance is formed with various organizations in Japan as well as European Wrestling Association and some American organizations such as Ring of Honor, WORLD-1, and WLW. The first chairman is Mitsuharu Misawa .
09/15Muga World Pro-Wrestling has its first card in Fukuoka.
10/26OBITUARY: Kintaro Ohki (77) [heart failure]
11/24GPWA has its first card at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
12/13OBITUARY: Yoshihiro Inoue (72, one of the most respected puroresu journalists) [stomach cancer]

2007

01/19OBITUARY: Bam Bam Bigelow (45)
02/11Kensuke Sasaki's "Kensuke Office" has its first card.
02/17OBITUARY: Mike Awesome (42)
Toshiaki Kawada & Taiyo Kea defeat Suwama & RO'Z to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan) in Tokyo.
03/06OBITUARY: Bad News Allen (63) [heart failure]
03/12Former New Japan wrestler Katsuyori Shibata has his first MMA match on "HERO'S" card at Nagoya Rainbow Hall. He defeats former RINGS Japan star Yoshihisa Yamamoto by KO.
03/27Dream Stage Entertainement sells the promotional rights of the PRIDE events to Zuffa, the promoter of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
04/08Dream Stage Entertainement promotes its last PRIDE card at Saitama Super Arena.
04/11Chavo Guerrero (Sr.) has his Japanese retirement match against Tatsumi Fujinami on a Muga card at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
04/13Yuji Nagata defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi in Osaka to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
04/27Yukio Sakaguchi, the first son of Seiji Sakaguchi, has his debut match on Pancrase card at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
05/01A new company "Hustle Entertainment" buys the right to the Hustle events from Dream State Entertainment.
05/02Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku defat Jado & Gedo to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Tokyo.
05/20LLPW veteran Eagle Sawai has retirement match, teaming with Mayumi Ozaki against Harley Saito & Dynamite Kansai at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
06/23OBITUARY: Chris Benoit (40) [suicide]
06/29Antonio Inoki's new group, "Inoki Genome Federation", has its first card at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Kurt Angle defeats Brock Lesnar for the third version of the IWGP Heavyweight Title belt on an IGF card in Tokyo without the authorization by New Japan.
07/16JD Star, a women's group, has its final card at Shinkiba 1st Ring in Tokyo.
07/23OBITUARY: Tor Kamata (70) [heart failure]
07/28OBITUARY: Karl Gotch (82)
08/26Kensuke Sasaki defeat Minoru Suzuki to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Title in Tokyo.
Satoshi Kojima & TARU defeat Toshiaki Kawada & Taiyo Kea to win the World Tag Team Title (All Japan) in Tokyo.
10/04PRIDE Japan office closes.
10/08Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Yuji Nagata to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Tokyo.
10/19Osamu Nishimura leaves Muga to join All Japan.
11/29Muga terminates the contract with Tatsutoshi Goto.
12/09Michiko Ohmukai has retirement match at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo.

2008

01/03Keiji Mutoh & Joe Doring defeat Satoshi Kojima & TARU to win the World Tag Team Title (All Japan) in Tokyo.
01/04Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
01/27Minoru (Tanaka) & Prince Devitt defeat Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Tokyo.
02/17Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Kurt Angle to unify the third version of the IWGP Heavyweight Title belt in Tokyo.
Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA defeat Minoru & Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Tokyo.
03/01Dory Funk Jr. has his Japanese retirement match on All Japan card at Ryogoku Kokugikan, teaming with Osamu Nishimura to defeat Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Masanobu Fuchi.
03/16OBITUARY: Gary Hart (66, managed the Great Kabuki, Dragon Master, and Great Muta in the US) [heart failure]
04/27Keiji Mutoh defeats Shinsuke Nakamura to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Osaka.
04/29Suwama defeat Kensuke Sasaki to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Title in Nagoya.
06/21OBITUARY: Great Kusatu (66)
06/28Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki defeat Keiji Mutoh & Joe Doring to win the World Tag Team Title (All Japan) in Osaka.
07/21Minoru (Tanaka) & Prince Devitt defeat Jushin Thunder Liger & AKIRA to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Sapporo.
09/28Great Muta defeat Suwama to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Title in Yokohama.
10/13Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito defeat Minoru & Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Tokyo.

2009

01/03Keiji Mutoh & Masakatsu Funaki defeat Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki to win the World Tag Team Title (All Japan) in Tokyo.
01/04Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Keiji Mutoh to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Tokyo.
Alex Shelly & Chris Sabin defeat Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Tokyo.
02/19The Great Sasuke is arrested for a physical assault against a fan who took a photo of Sasuke in a train without permission.
03/14Yoshihiro Takayama defeat Great Muta to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Title in Tokyo.
03/29Nippon Television airs its last over-the-air weekly episode of pro-wrestling after 55 years since the Rikidozan era.
05/06Manabu Nakanishi defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Tokyo.
06/13OBITUARY: Mitsuharu Misawa (46)
06/15OBITUARY: Tetsuo "Ted" Tanabe (46)
06/20Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Manabu Nakanishi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Osaka.
06/30Yoshi Tatsu, a former New Japan wrestler Naofumi Yamamoto, debuts on a WWE brand, ECW.
07/05Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt defeat Alex Shelly & Chris Sabin to win the IWGP Junior Tag Team Title in Tokyo.
07/11OBITUARY: Takashi Matsunaga (73, founder and chairman of All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling) [pneumonia]
08/17Hiroshi Tanahashi vacates the IWGP Heavyweight Title due to the fractured eye socket.
08/23Dynamic Dream Team has the first Ryogoku Kokugikan card, drawing 8,000.
08/30Former Pancrase star Masakatsu Funaki returns to the traditional style of puroresu when he teams with Keiji Mutoh to face Masahiro Chono & Minoru Suzuki at Ryogoku Kokugikan on an All Japan card.
09/02Dragon Gate holds a press conference to make a public apology regarding the animal abuse on which police has been investigating since the spring. Several wrestlers have posted photo of their pet monkey being abused.
09/26Satoshi Kojima defeat Yoshihiro Takayama to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight Title in Yokohama.
09/27Shinsuke Nakamura defeats Togi Makabe for the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title in Kobe.
10/18OBITUARY: Ryuma Go (53) [sepsis]
10/28Hustle announces the cancellation of four of the five remaining cards for the year.
11/20Jun Kasai defeats Ryuji Ito in a "razor board plus alpha death match" on a BJW card at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. This match is voted as the Match of Year in the annual Puroresu Awards.
12/14Yoshi Tatsu, a former New Japan wrestler Naofumi Yamamoto, debuts on WWE RAW.
12/23Huslte office/dojo closes down.

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