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Wrestling World 2000 was the title of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s annual start of the year show that takes place on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome each year. Wrestling World 2000 was the ninth January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 53,500 spectators and $5,900,000 in ticket sales. The event saw the return of World Championship Wrestling's Chris Benoit under the ring name Wild Pegasus, reprising the character he played for NJPW in the early to mid–1990s. The show also featured Rick Steiner and Randy Savage, both working as freelancers brought in specifically for the show. The twelve match card saw a successful defense of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship as well as Kensuke Sasaki defeating Genichiro Tenryu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The undercard featured a match between Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Mutoh bearing a stipulation that the losing wrestler's faction would have to disband. Chono represented Team 2000, while Mutoh represented nWo Japan. Through Mutoh's loss nWo Japan ceased to be. It also featured the retirement match of Kazuo Yamazaki, as he wrestled his student, Yuji Nagata.

Match results
# Result Stipulation Time
1 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa (c) defeated Kendo Kashin and Minoru Tanaka – Takaiwa pinned Kashin Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 13:19
2 Shiro Koshinaka defeated Satoshi Kojima Singles match 10:17
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Wild Pegasus Singles match 10:55
4 Jushin Liger (c) defeated Koji Kanemoto Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 03:56
5 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Kenzo Suzuki Singles match 06:41
6 Yuji Nagata defeated Kazuo Yamazaki Singles match 06:44
7 Kimo defeated Kazuyuki Fujita by disqualification Singles match 04:02
8 Scott Norton defeated Don Frye Singles match 08:50
9 Rick Steiner defeated Randy Savage Singles match 11:08
10 Shinya Hashimoto and Takashi Iizuka defeated Kazunari Murakami and Naoya Ogawa – Iizuka submitted Murakami Tag team match 11:29
11 Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Mutoh Singles match, if Mutoh loses nWo Japan is forced to disband 25:00
12 Kensuke Sasaki defeated Genichiro Tenryu (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 14:43
(c) Refers to the champion going into the match

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