Wrestle Kingdom 9 was a professional wrestling event at the Tokyo Dome
on January 4, 2015, produced by the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)
promotion. The first event on the 2015 NJPW schedule, it featured ten
professional wrestling matches and one pre-show match, six of which were
for championships. In the double main event, Shinsuke Nakamura
successfully defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship (belt
pictured) against Kota Ibushi, and Hiroshi Tanahashi successfully
defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kazuchika Okada. The
appearance of Pro Wrestling Noah wrestlers led to a storyline in which
NJPW’s Suzuki-gun group began wrestling at Noah events. Wrestle Kingdom
9 was attended by 36,000 people and was broadcast as a pay-per-view
event with English commentary in the United States and Canada. Critics
issued universally positive reviews; Paste magazine said it presented
“some of the most passionate and poignant performance art today”.
Readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter voted Wrestle Kingdom 9 the
Best Major Wrestling Show of 2015, and named its Ibushi–Nakamura match
as the 2015 Pro Wrestling Match of the Year.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
King Charles I of England sent soldiers to arrest members of
Parliament, beginning England’s slide into civil war.
After having been invested as Prince of Wallachia, Constantine
Hangerli arrived in Bucharest to assume the throne.
American gun inventor Samuel Colt made his first large sale of
his revolvers to the Texas Rangers.
The Boy Scout Association was incorporated throughout the then
British Empire by royal charter.
Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade.
Last of the Summer Wine, the longest-running sitcom in the
world, premiered as an episode of the BBC’s Comedy Playhouse.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. (law) The legal right to use another person’s real property (real
estate), generally in order to cross a part of the property, or to gain
access to something on the property.
2. (architecture) An element such as a baseboard, handrail, etc., that is
curved instead of abruptly changing direction.
3. (archaic) Easing, relief.
4. (archaic, euphemistic) The act of relieving oneself: defecating or
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Unions and management agree that we ought to sell the time of our
lives in exchange for survival, although they haggle over the price.
Marxists think we should be bossed by bureaucrats. Libertarians think we
should be bossed by businessmen. Feminists don’t care which form bossing
takes so long as the bosses are women. Clearly these ideology-mongers
have serious differences over how to divvy up the spoils of power. Just
as clearly, none of them have any objection to power as such and all of
them want to keep us working. You may be wondering if I’m joking or
serious. I’m joking and serious.
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