The EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion is a series of shows exploring a different year in the wrestling history of the Tokyo Dome with a different guest each episode.
Episode 17 sees Chris Charlton and Matt Charlton look at 2005. NJPW reaches their lowest ebb, business wise, with extremely poor attendance in the Dome, but some bright spots as Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi begin their rivalry. Meanwhile, NOAH hold another classic show with a legendary bout between Kensuke Sasaki and Kenta Kobashi standing out in particular.
Episode 16 sees Chris Charlton and John Carroll look at 2004. Despite a strong start to the year, NJPW would struggle, especially through a difficult IWGP title reign for Bob Sapp. Meanwhile NOAH make their Tokyo Dome debut with a fantastic Departure card. The podcast is an audio companion to EGGSHELLS: Pro Wrestling in the Tokyo Dome, available now!
Episode 13 sees Chris Charlton and Rich Kraetsch look at 2001. NJPW continued their relationship with an AJPW that was experiencing radical change. This was the last year All Japan ran in the Dome on their own. They’d also have significant presences on New Japan cards, with Toshiaki Kawada rematching Kensuke Sasaki, and Keiji Muto in the mix in both companies.
Episode 11 sees Chris Charlton and Dan Lovranski look at 1999, which saw one of Japanese wrestling’s most controversial moments occur inside the Tokyo Dome when Shinya Hashimoto faced Naoya Ogawa. 1999 also saw AJPW return to the Tokyo Dome for the second year running, though under sad circumstances as the company mourned the death of Giant Baba.
Episode ten sees Chris Charlton and Kim Justice look at 1998, including two huge retirements as Riki Choshu and Antonio Inoki withdrew from active involvement in NJPW. Also, AJPW return to the Tokyo Dome for the first time in eight years for a memorable show with Hiroshi Hase vs. Jun Akiyama in a featured position.
Episode nine sees Chris Charlton and Nate Milton look at 1997, which saw NJPW have the biggest business year in its history to date, thanks in large part to the hugely successful nWo Japan faction. Nate talks about how the faction related to the WCW product at the time, and also talks about his own experiences living in Japan in the late 1990s.
Episode seven sees Chris Charlton and Wai Ting look at 1995, which saw NJPW start a hugely influential and profitable feud with UWFi. The year also saw Baseball Magazine Sha, publishers of Weekly Pro Wrestling, stage the Bridge of Dreams card, with almost every Japanese promotion represented on one show.
Episode four sees Chris Charlton and Paul Lazenby look at 1992, which saw NJPW start a tradition of Tokyo Dome shows held on January 4, as well as PWFG stage their one and only Tokyo Dome show. Minoru Suzuki and Masakatsu Funaki had prominent spots on that card, and Paul shares some stories about both of them from his time in Pancrase.
Episode three sees Chris Charlton and Alan Counihan look at 1991, which saw NJPW stage a controversial double title match between Tatsumi Fujinami and Ric Flair, as well as SWS blowing up and quickly disappearing in a pair of big budget shows cross promoted with WWF and headlined by Hulk Hogan and Genichiro Tenryu.