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Wrestling World 2002 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 2002 was the eleventh January 4 Dome Show held by NJPW. The show drew 52,000 spectators. The show was the first January 4 Dome Show to feature wrestlers from Pro Wrestling Noah, with the main event of the nine match show being a successful defense of the GHC Heavyweight Championship as champion Jun Akiyama defeated NJPW representative Yuji Nagata. The show also featured a successful IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship defense by Kendo Kashin.

Match results
# Result Stipulation Time
Dark Match Masahito Kakihara and Masayuki Naruse defeated Wataru Inoue and Katsuyori Shibata – Kakihara pinned Inoue Tag team match 10:50
1 El Samurai and Minoru Tanaka defeated AKIRA and Koji Kanemoto – Tanaka pinned AKIRA Tag team match 12:31
2 Yuki Ishikawa and Kazunari Murakami defeated Kenzo Suzuki and Hiroshi Tanahashi – via referee stoppage Tag team match 08:00
3 Jushin Liger, The Great Sasuke and Tiger Mask IV defeated Gedo, Jado and Dick Togo – Liger pinned Gedo Six–man tag team match 20:12
4 Manabu Nakanishi defeated Giant Silva via countout Singles match 06:49
5 Kendo Kashin (c) defeated Daijiro Matsui Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 05:43
6 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh defeated Tatsumi Fujinami and Osamu Nishimura – Mutoh pinned Nishimura Tag team match 16:44
7 Naoya Ogawa fought Kensuke Sasaki to a no contest Singles match 04:02
8 Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Masahiro Chono and Giant Singh – Tenzan pinned Singh Tag team match 10:47
9 Jun Akiyama (c) defeated Yuji Nagata Singles match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship 19:58
(c) Refers to the champion going into the match


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