Wrestling Dontaku (レスリングどんたく, Resuringu Dontaku) is an annual professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW).

Wrestling Dontaku
PromotionsNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
First eventWrestling Dontaku 1993

It was originally held from 1993 to 1995 and again from 2000 to 2001 in Fukuoka at the Fukuoka Dome. The event was revived in 2009 and has since been held at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Constitution Memorial Day, a national holiday in Japan on May 3, and aired as a pay-per-view (PPV). From 2013 to 2014, the event also aired outside Japan as an internet pay-per-view (iPPV). Since 2015, the event has aired worldwide on NJPW's internet streaming site, NJPW World. In 2018 and 2019, Wrestling Dontaku took place over two back-to-back shows.[1] The event was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 on May 3 and May 4, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] "Dontaku" is an obsolete Japanese word for holiday, derived from the Dutch word for Sunday, "Zondag",[3] used in reference to Hakata Dontaku, a Fukuoka-based festival held in early May, the same time as the event. In 2022, the event took place on May 1 at Fukuoka PayPay Dome, formerly known as the Fukuoka Dome. This was the first time that Wrestling Dontaku was held in the domed venue since 2001.

Events

# Event Date City Venue Attendance Main event Ref(s)
1 Wrestling Dontaku 1993 May 3, 1993 Fukuoka, Japan Fukuoka Dome 55,000 Antonio Inoki and Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Genichiro Tenryu and Riki Choshu [4]
2 Wrestling Dontaku 1994 May 1, 1994 53,500 Antonio Inoki vs. The Great Muta [5]
3 Wrestling Dontaku 1995 May 3, 1995 52,000 Shinya Hashimoto (c) vs. Keiji Mutoh for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [6][7]
4 Wrestling Dontaku 2000 May 5, 2000 25,000 Power Warrior (c) vs. The Great Muta for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [8]
5 Wrestling Dontaku 2001 May 5, 2001 25,000 Kazunari Murakami and Naoya Ogawa vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Riki Choshu [9]
6 Wrestling Dontaku 2009 May 3, 2009 Fukuoka Kokusai Center 5,500 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Hirooki Goto for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [10][11][12]
7 Wrestling Dontaku 2010 May 3, 2010 6,000 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Togi Makabe for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [13]
8 Wrestling Dontaku 2011 May 3, 2011 6,500 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [14]
9 Wrestling Dontaku 2012 May 3, 2012 6,500 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Hirooki Goto for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [15][16]
10 Wrestling Dontaku 2013 May 3, 2013 6,800 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [17][18][19]
11 Wrestling Dontaku 2014 May 3, 2014 7,190 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. A.J. Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [20][21][22]
12 Wrestling Dontaku 2015 May 3, 2015 5,180 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Hirooki Goto for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship [23][24][25]
13 Wrestling Dontaku 2016 May 3, 2016 5,299 Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [26][27][28]
14 Wrestling Dontaku 2017 May 3, 2017 6,126 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Bad Luck Fale for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [29][30]
15 Wrestling Dontaku 2018 May 3, 2018 4,066 Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page [1]
May 4, 2018 6,307 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [1]
16 Wrestling Dontaku 2019 May 3, 2019 4,011 Dragon Lee (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship [31]
May 4, 2019 6,105 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Sanada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
17 Wrestling Dontaku 2021 May 3, 2021 2,211 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Jay White for the NEVER Openweight Championship [32]
May 4, 2021 2,367 Will Ospreay (c) vs. Shingo Takagi for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
18 Wrestling Dontaku 2022 May 1, 2022 Fukuoka PayPay Dome 8,162 Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship [33][34]
19 Wrestling Dontaku 2023 May 3, 2023 Fukuoka Kokusai Center 4,489 Sanada (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship [35]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

1993

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 1993

1994

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 1994

1995

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 1995

2000

Wrestling Dontaku 2000
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateMay 5, 2000[8]
CityFukuoka, Japan[8]
VenueFukuoka Dome[8]
Attendance25,000[8]
Wrestling Dontaku chronology
← Previous
1995
Next →
2001

The fourth Wrestling Dontaku, first in five years, was held on May 5, 2000, in Fukuoka, Fukuoka, at the Fukuoka Dome. The event featured eight matches, two of which were contested for championships.[8] The event opened with the finals of the 2000 Young Lion Cup, where Kenzo Suzuki defeated Shinya Makabe,[8] who later became better known as Togi Makabe, winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[36] In the semi-main event, Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Kazunari Murakami and Naoya Ogawa, while in the main event, Kensuke Sasaki, using his Power Warrior persona, defeated The Great Muta to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[8]

No.Results[8]StipulationsTimes[8]
1Kenzo Suzuki defeated Shinya MakabeSingles match in the finals of the 2000 Young Lion Cup15:08
2Junji Hirata, Shiro Koshinaka and Tadao Yasuda defeated Team 2000 (Hiro Saito, Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi GotoSix-man tag team match10:19
3Kendo Kashin, Koji Kanemoto, Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Cima, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Minoru Tanaka and Sumo Dandy FujiEight-man tag team match14:26
4Genichiro Tenryu defeated Takashi IizukaSingles match13:26
5Yutaka Yoshie defeated Satoshi KojimaSingles match16:08
6Masahiro Chono defeated Tatsumi FujinamiSingles match06:03
7Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata (c) defeated Kazunari Murakami and Naoya OgawaTag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship09:26
8Power Warrior (c) defeated The Great MutaSingles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship12:44
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match

2001

Wrestling Dontaku 2001
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateMay 5, 2001[9]
CityFukuoka, Japan[9]
VenueFukuoka Dome[9]
Attendance25,000[9]
Wrestling Dontaku chronology
← Previous
2000
Next →
2009

The fifth Wrestling Dontaku was held on May 5, 2001, in Fukuoka, Fukuoka, at the Fukuoka Dome. The event featured nine matches, one of which was contested for a championship.[9] In the title match, El Samurai and Jyushin Thunder Liger defeated the Mexican brother tag team of Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Silver King to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[9] The event also featured appearances by mixed martial artists Don Frye and Rainy Martinez.[9]

No.Results[9]StipulationsTimes[9]
1Katsuyori Shibata and Shinya Makabe defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Wataru InoueTag team match11:01
2Osamu Nishimura, Shiro Koshinaka and Yutaka Yoshie defeated Team 2000 (Hiro Saito, Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)Six-man tag team match11:00
3Minoru Tanaka defeated Kendo KashinSingles match10:18
4El Samurai and Jyushin Thunder Liger (c) defeated Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Silver KingTag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship19:09
5Don Frye defeated Scott NortonSingles match07:15
6Tadao Yasuda defeated Takashi IizukaSingles match07:23
7Yuji Nagata defeated Rainy MartinezSingles match02:29
8BATT (Hiroshi Hase, Keiji Mutoh and Taiyō Kea) defeated Team 2000 (Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Masahiro Chono and Satoshi Kojima)Six-man tag team match27:00
9Manabu Nakanishi and Riki Choshu defeated Kazunari Murakami and Naoya OgawaTag team match09:07
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match

2009

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2009

2010

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2010

2011

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2011

2012

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2012

2013

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2013

2014

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2014

2015

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2015

2016

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2016

2017

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2017

2018

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2018

2019

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2019

2021

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2021

2022

Main article: Wrestling Dontaku 2022

See also

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