EGGSHELLS

Pro Wrestling in the Tokyo Dome

559 Participants.

576 Matches.

64 Events.

10 Promotions.

30 Years.

Eggshells tells the complete history of professional wrestling in Japan's greatest arena: the Tokyo Dome. Through historical sources and first hand personal accounts, Chris Charlton tells the complete story of every event in the building's three decades, and the promotions and people that made the Big Egg a wrestling institution.

Progress Update 2: First Pass Almost Done!

It's taken about 14 months, but the first draft of EGGSHELLS is just about finished. Right now, a couple of concerted writing sessions is all that's needed for the text itself, and there are a couple of interviews to be updated and a couple of new ones to be done. 

Hopefully I'll be able to update you on one of those still to be completed interviews next Sunday. It's an influential name that I'm excited to have on board. 

Putting fingers to keyboard about Wrestle Kingdom 12 this week, I was grateful to receive some input from Jay White. 'Switchblade' had a grower of a match with Hiroshi Tanahashi January 4, in that it's one that improved in my mind with a second and third viewing. White was put in a novel position returning under a new character straight into a title match with the Ace in the Tokyo Dome, and he offered a valuable look into his process before and during the match. 

The Tokyo Dome made a wrestling headline or two recently as DDT's Sanshiro Takagi vowed to run in the building 'properly' (ie. with a paid audience as opposed to his empty arena effort with Minoru Suzuki) in 2020. With the Olympic year also being targeted by NJPW for a proper 40,000+ sellout, it's a testament to the status the Tokyo Dome has that running there successfully is still the de facto measure of success after 30 plus years.

New Japan is currently in the middle of Fantasticamania, the stars of CMLL coming over to Japan in an annual lucha festival. The first time CMLL (then EMLL) made their presence felt in the Tokyo Dome was with SWS rather than New Japan, and Ultimo Dragon's high flying affair with Jerry Estrada in December 1991. Yoshihiro Asai had been turned down by the New Japan dojo because of his diminutive height, but made things happen for himself in Mexico, and when back in Japan, would become one of the most exciting juniors of the decade. The match is 9:30 in here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcFjuCzuczs