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AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #1 7/1/02
-2hr. Q=Ex

2/26/91 Miyagi-ken Sports Center, World Tag Title Match: Terry Gordy & Steve Williams vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Mitsuharu Misawa

11/30/79: Wahoo McDaniel & Frank Hill vs. Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik

5/12/89: Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith vs. Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat

Lou Thesz feature

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #2 8/5/02
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/2/74 Kagoshima Kenritsu Taiikukan:

Jumbo Tsuruta & Akihisa Takachiho vs. Pat O'Connor & Ken Mantell

2/3 Falls NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco vs. Giant Baba 20:46 [11:47, 5:39, 3:20]. I'm developing more of an appreciation for Giant Baba as I watch these fights from the late 60's-mid 70's when he's in his 30's. He's definitely not the smoothest or most fluid guy out there, but he gives a genuine effort in these big matches, is way ahead of his time at structuring matches by playing off (recent) past history (one of the most important aspects to any fan of peak AJ), and provides a lot of action (for his time). That being said, the thing I appreciate about him most is that he's an all around credible & respectable fighter who, although he'll butcher a spot here & there, never appears to be out there for himself & allows you to believe in the match as an athletic contest. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many of his famous foreign opponents, who tend to be much more highly regarded despite actually being cornballs, the primary exception being Billy Robinson, who was a good decade or two ahead of his time & really in a class by himself. This match against Brisco had a ton of potential, and Baba more than lived up to his end. The opening was excellent because Brisco has the ability to be vastly different than the typical amateur wrestling champion. Rather than relying on power, which doesn't really come across given the opponent isn't resisting in the pros, he can be quick & nimble, as shown in the early portion when he's getting Baba to the canvas where the big man's size doesn't really matter, which comes across really well as he's beating Baba to holds on speed, superior reflexes, & through general athletcism. Baba went to great lengths to adapt to this style, being as quick, explosive, & responsive as he could be, and this was really some choice stuff before they settled in to a more traditional world title match. The 1st fall was cleanly wrestled sequences of struggle until Brisco took a cheap shot on the break at the end & began roughing Baba up. Baba almost immediately came back though, with Brisco taking absurdly overexaggerated bumps on a chop off the ropes & dropkick before losing to the Russian leg sweep. The match didn't exactly work because Baba was offensive guy, but every time he did anything Brisco insisted on selling it as though he were shot with a freaking bazooka! This obviously doesn't exactly jive with his gimmick of Mr. Serious pro wrestler who just relies upon his superior skill or his reputation as one of the supposed stallwarts of protecting the credibility of the business, but as my friend likes to describe this sort of "logic", "The best way to protect the business: act in a way no one would EVER act in a real fight." Anyway, Baba's high spots didn't wind up working great as a counterpoint to Brisco's focus on struggling for locks because Brisco doesn't know how to simply fall in a plausible manner that would allow the audience to focus on the moves Baba was using rather than what a jackass Brisco looked like putting them over with flailing, spasming, & contorting pratfalls that even the worst silent film star would be too ashamed to run with. Baba pushed hard to start the 2nd, but Brisco again took over with a cheapshot off the break. Brisco owned the match when it was on the mat, but there was no leg work at all in this fall, just a back suplex to get Baba down & the figure 4 to finish him, which I'm okay with since a submission hold that can't finish outright isn't a submission hold at all, it's an attrition hold. Brisco's choice made much more sense, as he instead worked the now injured leg to start the 3rd, leading to other figure 4 attempts that Baba defended. In turn, Brisco got his leg on the ropes to save himself from losing to the Russian leg sweep again. This fall was very action packed as well as now playing well on what history they had, but it's disappointing it was so short as it seemed they'd finally hit their stride, combining hot action with a good story, when Baba countered a charging Brisco with his neckbreaker drop to begin his 1st of 3 brief reigns with the top heavyweight belt in the sport. Baba really upped his game here, laying out a smart match, providing good action, and adapting well to Brisco's style while also making his own disparate style work as well has he could with it. Brisco is obviously the more gifted athlete, but I suppose his selling is actually even worse than Terry Funks because Funk is purposely hamming it up. There was enough to praise here from both men that the match could still be greatly enjoyed even though it was a serious match you couldn't take it seriously, but things really went into the toilet in their rematch when you combined Brisco's inability to plausibly sell anything with his inability to actually connect with a strike. ***1/2

12/5/74 Nippon University Public Hall

2/3 Falls NWA Junior Title Match: Ken Mantell vs. Jumbo Tsuruta 20:26

2/3 Falls, NWA World & PWF Heavyweight Double Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Jack Brisco 22:36 [13:53, 3:53, 4:50]. Their previous match was a really high end match that was turned cartoonish by Brisco's selling, but this one showed his limitations way more than his strengths, as the last 2 falls did not work at all. The first fall was promising, basically the standard good technical wrestling, with the questions being asked for a while before being answered with a brief explosive counter. It was generally Brisco's style, with Baba giving depth to the finish by playing off their previous match. Though Brisco lost 3 days earlier, his stategy of focusing on the legs to negate Baba's size early & capitalize on the residual damage from his fall winning figure 4 late was much more practical than his failed attempts to control his towering opponent with a side headlock early on here. Brisco luckily recognized this & used more practical measures, diving at the knee & punching it to break Baba's standing armbar. The finish was excellent as Baba couldn't put Brisco away with the Russian leg sweep this time so he tried to repeat his other success on 12/2, the neckbreaker drop, but Brisco was ready for it this time, countering with a dropkick then finishing with a backdrop. The first fall was a nice lead in to a lengthy Brisco match, except this was a 20+ minute Baba match so they now had less than 10 minutes to figure out the final 2 falls. This didn't work at all, as Baba just inexplicably rolled Brisco in a brief 2nd fall to even things up. By the middle of this fall, I was certain that Brisco's head wasn't attached properly because it bobbled whether he was arm dragged, backbreakered, or stomped in the knee. Baba's winning swinging neckbreaker was worth 9 bobbles plus some mini spasms. Rumor has it that Brisco's selling was one of the reasons some states switched from the electric chair to lethal injection... The 3rd fall was an absolute disaster as they switched to striking & Brisco was either straight up missing the blows that were supposed to be connecting or doing the most ridiculous palm strike ever where he'd jump & touch his palm on the top of Baba's head, kind of like something you'd do to your little sister to annoy her by messing up her hair, except this was supposed to actually be combining annoyance with at least jab impact, I think. Baba's chops may be hokey & dated, but at least they actually connected. This was the whole fall, except for a botched swinging neckbreaker where Baba fell way too late followed by Baba kicking off the top rope while Brisco was trying to again take him out with the backdrop, landing on top for his first successful defense. **1/4

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #3 9/1/02 Open Title League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/9/75 Fukuoka

Note: all matches Matches

Dick Murdoch vs. Anton Geesink

Mr. Wrestling vs. Don Leo Jonathan

Dusty Rhodes vs. Hiro Matsuda

The Destroyer vs. Great Kusatsu

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Horst Hoffman

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Baron Von Rashke

Harley Race vs. Giant Baba

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #4 10/7/02
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5/1/76 Champion Carnival League Match: Giant Baba vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

7/24/76 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Billy Robinson

8/28/76 2/3 Falls UN Heavyweight Title Decision Match: Jack Brisco vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

10/28/76 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls International Tag Title Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Kintaro Oki & Kim Duk (Tiger Chung Lee)

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #5 11/4/02 World Open Tag Title League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Note: all matches World Open Tag Title League Matches

12/2/75 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

World Open Tag Title League Match: The Funks (Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk) vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Rocky Hata

Abdullah the Butcher & The Sheik vs. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta

12/6/75 Fukuoka: The Funks (Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk) vs. Billy Robinson & Horst Hoffmann

12/10/75 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center

Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Rusher Kimura & The Great Kusatsu

Abdullah the Butcher & The Sheik vs. Kintaro Oki & Kim Duk

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #6 12/9/02 World Open Tag Title League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Note: all matches World Open Tag Title League Matches

12/14/77 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Rusher Kimura & Great Kusatsu vs. Kintaro Oki & Kim Duk

Billy Robinson & Horst Hoffman vs. Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik

Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk

12/15/77 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Dory Funk Junior & Terry Funk vs. Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #7 1/6/03 Mil Mascaras
-2hr. Q=Perfect

3/11/77 PWF US Heavyweight Title Match: The Destroyer vs. Mil Mascaras

8/25/77 Tokyo Den'en Coliseum UN Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mil Mascaras

8/24/78 Tokyo Den'en Coliseum International Tag Title Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #8 2/3/03 Abdullah The Butcher
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10/12/75 PWF US Heavyweight Title Match: Abdullah The Butcher vs. The Destroyer

12/11/75: Abdullah The Butcher vs. Kintaro Oki

5/8/76 Sapporo Nakajima 4th Champion Carnival Final: Abdullah The Butcher vs. Giant Baba

4/6/79 7th Champion Carnival Final: Abdullah The Butcher vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

7/18/79: Abdullah The Butcher vs. Terry Funk

5/2/80 Korakuen: Abdullah The Butcher vs. The Sheik

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #9 3/3/03 International Tag
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10/9/73 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls International Tag Title Match: Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk vs. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta 34:32 of 61:00 [23:57 (8:10 shown), 17:24 (17:20 shown), 19:39 (9:02 shown)]. Looking at this match on the classics shows all these years later, it's easy to just see four Hall of Fame wrestlers & forget the actual context of the match, which is more toward two absolute legends, Baba & Dory (who recently had his 4 year reign as NWA Heavyweight Champ ended by Harley Race), Terry, who won regional titles wherever they traveled but was still very much in the shadow of his older brother, and Tsuruta who debuted a little more than 6 months ago & was still going by his given first name Tomomi. Tsuruta is an absolute phenom, having actually got a shot at Dory's NWA Heavyweight Title less than 2 months into his career (Dory's last successful defense, 2-1 in 52:00) & immediately became Baba's regular partner, not merely filling the void of his most recent championship partners Seiji Sakaguchi & Antonio Inoki, who were now in New Japan, but already blowing way past them as a worker. Dory & Baba appear to be the driving forces in the match, but both have their own direction, and throwing cartoonish Terry into the mix, the match, while clearly quite good, never feels particularly cohesive or unified in purpose. Dory embraces the struggle for each hold & counterhold, working a measured technical style where to some extent it doesn't matter what the hold actually is, while Baba is more concerned with just breaking free so he can get a few signature moves in. Terry & Jumbo seem to fall somewhere in between, but obviously are pulled more in the direction of their opponent than their partner, with Baba's offensive push giving Terry more reason to do his hammy overselling, which gets laughs that he embraces, though that doesn't seem to be the reaction you'd want in a serious match, and generally undermines what Dory is after. Jumbo, however, is already a top worker, doing a great job of following Dory in the struggle oriented technical wrestling as well as doing more action oriented sequences with Terry. He never looks out of place, and even his reliance on the headlock, while undoubtedly because he's still developing his offense, works really well in this type of match where whatever lock is simply asking the question, the match is about the opponent answering it. In fact, though I'd rate Dory as the best in the match given he's the one who is leading & the only one who seems to have even moment to moment direction, Jumbo seems to have already learned from him more than Terry ever would, and was right up there with Dory to the point I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn't established Jumbo. The first fall appeared to have a lot of stalling early, but the finish was the hottest of the match, with Jumbo again getting the push, pinning Terry in a German suplex. The second fall seemed more consistent, they were working hard whether it was Dory & Jumbo struggling back & forth with a reverse double wrist lock countered into a test of strength or Jumbo setting up his bulldog but running Terry into the turnbuckle instead. However, the finish was rather unsatisfying with Terry getting his pin back by rolling Jumbo up out of nowhere. The third fall again was missing the early portion, and that is perhaps accentuating my feeling that these falls are just rather random with no real connection between them. The wrestling is generally really good here, but none of the falls really seem to work individually or add up as a whole, there's no real dramatic arch or carry over, and the pace, like everything else, just seems to alter based on who is in & what they feel like doing at the moment. As far as I can see, you literally could edit out the last 15 seconds of the 1st 2 falls & turn this into a one fall full time draw without it altering anything of note. 90% of what's shown is fun to watch, but they never manage to bridge all the good that's here into something that works as drama. ***1/2 range

NWA 2/5/75 San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, 2/3 Falls International Tag Title Match: Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk vs. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta 28:37 of 33:28 [15:45 (11:03 shown), 6:30, 11:13 (11:04 shown)]. A much faster paced match than 10/9/73, which obviously isn't surprising given it was half the length. The higher pace was a good thing when they matched it with intensity, but that only seemed to happen when they were quickly going back & forth, whether exchanging holds/blows or struggling for a hold (which didn't happen nearly enough now that they were working faster). Luckily, this was the case in the strong 3rd fall, which for a while had the story of Jumbo pushing Terry, but had spirited contributions all around. When someone would get a stretch of offense, as we saw for much of the 2nd fall, the whole interplay would pretty much disappear, with the wrestler who was taking pretty much going through a stretch of doing nothing or, in Terry's case, being obnoxiously annoying hamming it up. The match would then become somewhat dull because they weren't telling a story or working the holds & their random naked offense doesn't hold up 4 decades later. Apart from the finish, Dory vs. Jumbo was again the strongest combo, but this time there were a lot more sequences and a lot less time spent struggling for a hold (sometimes both met, but they were mostly just countering each other rather than working up to the counter). Terry's offense was good, but his selling was terrible. The beginning was clipped, but he turned the match into a cartoon at first sight by repeatedly jumping as Jumbo moved him in his headlock, then going limp, then flapping his arms, then jumping some more. It wasn't putting the headlock over more, it was putting it (and everything else) over less by making the whole match preposterous. What we saw of the first fall had some good moments between Jumbo & Dory, but was ruined by Terry's shenanigans. The second fall had a few good exchanges involving Baba, but Baba was only good here in these moments of back & forth where he was engaged & reacting, he was just too awkward when he was on autopilot doing his thing or going along for the ride of the Funks offense. This fall had one of the most annoying finishes ever as Baba got worked over the entire time but survived since he wouldn't do the job, forcing Jumbo to come in totally frest just to get pinned after a vertical suplex from each brother. The third fall got off to an excellent start as everyone wrestled with urgency. Terry was in good form, focused on the wrestling now that he was testing his skills against Jumbo. They started loosing momentum at the very end when Dory came back in, as Jumbo seemingly wasn't deemed good enough to push Dory, which would be fine if the result wasn't Jumbo pinning him anyway. Jumbo threatening to flash pin Terry was working, & his general gaining traction on him was the most exciting part of the match (partially because these few minutes were the only time they offered an actual story arch). As long as they were going for something fluky, they should have stayed with this idea whether Terry ultimately got pinned or just transposing it to Dory. Instead, Dory did a few things that caused dead time (throwing Jumbo to the floor, a double knockdown on the shoulderblock) then they went to the horribly contrived finish where Dory tried something weird that resulted in him vertical suplexing Jumbo onto the top turnbuckle, which supposedly caused Jumbo to bounce off & fall on top of Dory. The shock of this nonsense apparently rendered Dory unable to kick out, so Jumbo even got the winning pin in the match where he won his first title. As with their 1973 meeting, there was a lot of fun stuff in a vacuum, but the ideas & styles were never brought together into something with any unity or cohesion. ***1/4

12/9/76, 2/3 Falls International Tag Title Match: Kintaro Oki & Kim Duk vs. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta 16:52 of 17:34 [ 11:38 (11:00 shown), 3:18 (3:10 shown), 2:38]. Baba & Tsuruta regain titles.

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #10 4/3/03 UN Heavyweight Title
-2hr. Q=Perfect

3/5/77 Akita Shiritsu Taiikukan, 2/3 Falls United National Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Billy Robinson 23:03 [11:03 (9:32 shown), 7:54, 4:06]. Robinson is a great technical wrestler at any length, but the faster the pace, the better he is because he's going to keep countering. Thus, the match becomes an anything you can do I can immediately counter sort of battle of one-upmanship, and he's just an off the charts worker in that format because he conveys the urgency & desperation he feels about not letting his opponent get the better of him. These two just had all the answers, and that was really the story of the match, told through the series of sequences that kept proving the point in different ways. Though Baba made up for it with his effort in the great 7/24/76 match against Robinson, this was the highest level Robinson has reached so far in a Japanese match because he finally had an opponent that was a great wrestler in his own right. Jumbo could thus equally follow him, match him, or push him by initiating himself. A scenario where they could realistically tell a complete story while going all out in the process obviously helped a lot as well. They just went back & forth using their speed & precision to force one another to raise their level to answer yet again. There's little stories & plays off previous moves here and there, but for the most part the story is simply that nothing is going to last, there's always a counter, and they're going to hit it sooner rather than later, in a quick precise fashion that's just beautiful to watch. Jumbo had been wrestling a little less than 4 years at this point, but he's just amazing in this setting that allows, no forces, him to use his speed & technique to max levels & encourages him to be emotional about it. When Robinson was wrestling Inoki or Baba the skill difference both in real & fake styles was just so immense it's hard not to feel that it's ridiculous that he can't beat these guys easily much less at all, but Jumbo is already near Robinson's level of greatness, probably the 2nd best wrestler of the decade. This isn't just a technical match though, one of Robinson's greatest attributes was his ability to get over his will to win. It's hard to describe how he can take some kind of random action & make it seem so important, but take the sequence starting with Jumbo knocking him over the top to the floor with an elbow. It's not really even a sequence, it's just that Robinson can get over that he doesn't like losing & is upping his game to ensure that won't happen, so after another big bump on a dropkick, he just comes at Jumbo harder, with more intensity & urgency, & he gets knocked down again, but this time it's a double shoulderblock & Jumbo goes down too. This would normally be part of a 2 or 3 part transition where Robinson takes control, but it's not even that, in fact, Jumbo beats him to the next hold & almost submits him with a Boston crab. So in the end, Robinson hasn't changed the match in terms of control, what he's done is escalate the fans perception of the importance of control, made it feel more urgent, and gotten over how seriously he takes it, and thus we should take it, the dire importance to him (and thus us) of being better than his opponent, even if, he may not be at the moment. The 2nd fall drags some because although Robinson shows several nice escapes from the headlock, Jumbo just keeps going back to it & they take their rests until Billy hits a big backdrop out & they sprint to the finish then keep that pace going for the third. The first & third falls are both great, the first being the longer more hold/counter hold variety & the third being the energetic sprint to the finish. The finish where Robinson rolls through the rolling clutch hold & uses his weight on Jumbo to get the flash pin is fluky, but it's actually perfect for this match because they always have the answers & better whatever the opponent tries on them, so it was going to take someone finally just getting caught off guard by the latest surprise. There's flashier offense today, but this was an amazing workrate match for its time that still looks impressive because sequences of counters are a lot more difficult & thus impressive than a bunch of great moves that the opponent just stands/lays there & takes. ****3/4

3/11/77 Tokyo Nippon University Auditorium, UN Heavyweight Title Match: Billy Robinson vs. Jumbo Tsuruta 60:00 [34:19 (14:17 shown), 11:35, 14:06 (12:03 shown)]. Between being majorly disappointed by their 70:00 draw from 7/7/76 & finding the Robinson/Inoki 60:00 draw to be far less entertaining than Robinson's best AJ matches, I came to the conclusion that Robinson is most effective at this 20-30 minute length because his genius abilities to build series of counters & escalate the tension come to the forefront the more active the match is, and obviously the mid range match is going to be more active than the marathon. This theory was proved by the great 7/24/76 match against Baba & the 3/5/77 match against Jumbo, which would have been state of the art, action packed technical matches in 1996 much less 20 years earlier. I was thinking, I guess they didn't learn anything from last years draw, here comes a slow & dead match that will pale in comparison to last week's gem, but they went right ahead & wrestled this as if it was going to be another 25 minute match, and seemingly did 60 minutes at an even more amazing level, somehow actually blowing away their beautiful 25 minute match! I'm not sure I've seen a more spirited hour draw! They were really active & aggressive throughout, but most importantly, they kept the intensity growing higher & the urgency escalating. You can't really do better than arguably the two best wrestlers in the world going all out for an hour, but as amazing as the wrestling was, their emotions are kind of what set the match apart. This never felt like the usual false playing to the crowd to try to manufacture interest, the whole vibe was of perfectionism, and it was very self contained. it was an anguish to always succeed that would be there in equally overwhelming doses if they were wrestling in an empty building. Their drive & desperation to always be winning caused their frustration, both with themselves & their opponent, to grow massive & keep boiling over. Whether or not the match was actually as fast as their match from the previous week, it certainly felt faster because they told the stories & increased the tension better. I don't think I've seen a more urgent 60:00 draw, and because of that, and the way they tied the sequences together so well despite incorporating so many different ideas & styles, almost everything worked. Even on the rare occasions when they were "taking a rest", they were still working the hold& giving the illusion that a desperate struggle was taking place. The first fall is tragically cut more than in half, so it's unclear what gets Jumbo so fired up, but once he gets off his back he's coming at Billy something fierce, & in one of the prevailing themes, Joe Higuchi has to restrain him from attacking Robinson when he's both down & in the ropes. One of the biggest problems with last years draw was they never developed a sense of urgency, tonight they had it more or less from the outset, and kept milking it to ridiculous levels. The way they were able to shift back & forth between the technical match that's their strength & the brawling that makes winning and/or simply hurting the opponent that much more important was one of the aspects that made the match such a winner. It wasn't a match where they said, well the grappling doesn't work so I'm just going to put the wood to the opponent, to some extent it was more that that they'd get so frustrated because the grappling wasn't yet good enough to defeat the opponent that they'd just stoop to the fisticuffs before temporarily regaining their composure & rededicating themselves to doing the things that should lead them to victory. However, these guys had such diverse skills you couldn't really pin them down, so there were a lot of little explosions before someone found an advantage they could run with. The match wasn't the least bit random, but you had multiple threads running in and out if not just occuring simultaneously & when you combined their diversity of styles & techniques with the all out emotion they were putting into it, being so fiery & aggressive, it was often unpredictable in the best kind of way. For instance, in the 1st fall they were escalating the violence of a striking exchange & suddenly Jumbo ducked & Robinson went flying over the top rope to the floor, which ended the striking for the moment, but the striking was also brawling, which continued as Robinson tried to reenter, hitting a shoulder to the midsection then jumping off the apron so he could clothesline Jumbo's neck on the top rope. With Jumbo now getting up slowly, he was prone to Robinson's cobra twist & they went back to technical wrestling, one style continually setting up another, and the two just taking what was available as if it were a real fight. Later Robinson double crossed on his offer to lock up, kicking Jumbo in the knee as soon as he grasped his hand & firing a big forearm uppercut, but as Jumbo was trying to answer with his own uppercut, Billy picked his leg & legbreakered him, so that brawl wound up being Robinson working the knee on the mat, but the powder keg was still ready to explode whenever Jumbo got another opportunity. There was a big flurry of action at the end of the first fall, which Jumbo took back body dropping his way out of Robinson's doublearm suplex then hitting one of his own. Robinson had worked the back for a stretch in the 1st, but his own back wasn't yet recovered & gave out trying for a bodyslam at the start of the 2nd, so Jumbo continued to roll throughout that fall, exploiting the "injury". Jumbo is very fired up throughout the fall, pressing hard to take his title back. Robinson goes over the top with his selling of the back at times, but does a great job of showing he's determined to hang in until he can find his moment to answer. Unfortunately, that moment comes answering Jumbo's dropkick with one of his own, and then they simultaneously throw dropkicks for a double knockdown. Jumbo, of course, is up quicker, but Robinson still has a chance to comeback as there's another double knockdown off a shoulderblock then Robinson grabs a front facelock, but now Jumbo is the one that takes over with the leg pick, going into a Boston crab. I like the lack of transitions in this fall with the healthier Jumbo recovering quicker, and this Boston crab would have been a great finish except the match couldn't end in straight falls. I loved how after Robinson finally made it to the ropes, Jumbo shoved Higuchi out of the way & started stomping on Billy's back. The false notion that an opponent can be perpetually controlled by simply wrapping their neck without paying any attention to the rest of their body annoys me to no end, so it was great that when the transition finally came, it was in the simplest & most obvious possible way, with Robinson taking the top out of a headscissors. Robinson went to work on the neck, and took the 2nd fall with a tombstone piledriver, which the announcer obliviously called a shoulderbuster. Now it was Robinson's turn to dominate by running with the injury from the previous fall. This eventually set Robinson up for the doublearm suplex he thought he'd win the 1st fall with, and there's just this great look of exasperation followed by a disbelieving attempt to psych himself up to go on after Jumbo kicked out. Robinson's frustration begins to boil over, and he pulls out the belly to belly over the top to the floor he famously used against Inoki. They're in and out of the ring throughout the 3rd fall, which increasingly has more elements of brawling as they're just sick & tired of their opponent not giving in to them. Robinson cutely uppercutted the arm that Jumbo was holding on to in order to keep from falling off the apron from Robinson's strikes, but Robinson got cocky after Jumbo took this bump into a table & followed him out only to once again have his body slam backfire, and get his back reinjured when Jumbo instead slammed him on the concrete. Jumbo still can't finish him with the Boston crab though, and time expired just after he hit the doublearm suplex. In a fitting conclusion, Jumbo just kept fighting, stomping Robinson until people got in his way. Robinson actually seemed the level headed one of the two, but then when Higuchi raised both their hands with the announcement of the draw, he slapped Jumbo for one final outburst. There's a lot of time missing, but nothing about what's shown makes me think the match wouldn't become that much richer & more impressive if the footage is ever properly restored. This is match of the decade material. *****

CWF 3/23/77 Miami Beach Convention Hall 2/3 Falls UN Heavyweight Title Decision Match: Billy Robinson vs. Jumbo Tsuruta 31:00 [10:55, 13:00 (9:48 shown), 7:05 (5:08 shown). It was going to be nearly impossible to follow their amazing draw from 3/11, but even if this isn't nearly at the level of the previous two matches in the series, it's impressive just how much material they had. When they repeated themselves, it wasn't really doing their things, but rather continuing threads from the previous matches. It wasn't just the match that was well built, but the series in general, as again each fall told it's own story which then continued into the next fall, but now back injuries & themes of trying to win with doublearm suplexes and Boston crabs had been established. They seemed to change the match for America though, making it more technically oriented, which wasn't a good change because it made the match slower & the performers less fiery. The first fall, ironically, was probably the best all around fall of the night, as it had a really great mix of technical counter wrestling escalating to emotional striking to composed frustration. The best of the challenging sequences saw Robinson escape a hammerlock by using his leg for an outside trip then try to work the leg he tripped, but Jumbo shot him into the ropes with his other leg & tried to monkey flip him on the way back, except Robinson held onto a leg in midair & got right up to hit a leg breaker. However, they focused more on getting each other riled up to generate heat early, with the story of the 1st fall being Robinson's frustration over Jumbo getting the better of him, which caused Billy to go big early. Jumbo's strikes (chops, elbows, but mainly his slaps) got under Robinson's skin, leading to Robinson slapping instead of breaking clean, which Jumbo soon avenged. Robinson just couldn't sustain an advantage, so he unleashed a series of neckbreakers, each with that put him in his place kind of attitude, but still Jumbo just had the better positioning & timing & perhaps even luck as Robinson's one big counter pin attempt wound up in the ropes. Ultimately, Jumbo countered an atomic drop & busted out his big backdrop to take the 1st. The 2nd fall was a muvh slower, more technical fall with Jumbo maintaining his lead with the headlock. Robinson would eventually find a counter, for instance a headstand twist out, but Jumbo would just counter back into the headlock. Robinson finally used his backbreakers to take over then won with a Boston crab, which put him in maintain the advantage mode to start the 3rd, continuing to work the injured back. Jumbo finally got going with a doublearm suplex & cobra twist, and after Robinson hip tossed his way out, trapped Robinson in a Boston crab of his own. Thusfar, everything was well worked up to, and although it was early (weird having a 3rd fall that's half the length of the other two when it's not because time expired) I'd be fine with this being the finish, as it had been a major part of the series & would be a move over wrestler type of story where each guy trapped the opponent, and that's why the Boston crab is good. Instead, because it's America, and Robinson had a fued with Abdullah, he shows up out of nowhere for a preposterous run in, taking out the ref & breaking Jumbo's crab with a chop (I'm unclear why he's essentially saving Robinson even if to attack him himself) & tossing him out of the ring. Robinson gets the 1st blow in on Butcher & has a good run before taking a fork to the throat, at which point Jumbo reappears & pins him with a dropkick despite the fact that it should have been a DQ for Abby hitting the ref. This was worked more as though it was going long than the other two, and was well on it's way to being another great match, but the finish had nothing to do with anything that came before it in this particular match, a match where virtually everything had something to do with what came before it. I loved that they just wrestled this "as though they didn't know it was going to end in a stupid run in" & had an actual legit finish in mind, but in a sense that makes it more tragic. It surely was not a fitting way to end a trilogy that had already delivered two of the best matches of the decade.Yes, screw jobs always suck, but this truly & literally was Butchery! ****

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #11 5/5/03 The Funks
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/1/78: Terry Funk vs. Abdullah The Butcher

12/1/78: Dory Funk Jr. vs. The Sheik

7/15/79: Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk vs. Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik

11/30/79 '79 Tag League: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk

12/3/79: Terry Funk vs. Tor Kamata

12/3/79: Dory Funk Jr. Mr. Wrestling

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #12 6/3/03 Jumbo Tsuruta 10 Match Series
-2hr. Q=Perfect

3/28/76 #2: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Rusher Kimura

6/11/76 #3 NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Terry Funk vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

7/7/76 #4 Kitakyushu Mihagino Gymnasium : Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Billy Robinson 70:00 [29:05 (8:45 shown), 21:52 (13:18 shown), 9:03 (6:54 shown), 10:00 (shown)]. Lazy, sweltering summer days where the fans are constantly faning themselves & wiping the sweat before it drips off their forehead don't really make for ideal circumstances to do a 70:00 draw. These guys were leaking sweat from the moment they joined the match, and I don't know if these guys were planning on getting going later & just were too overheated when the time came or what, but they just weren't moving much outside or the briefest bursts. I would be okay with a technical match if they were actually doing things, but for the most they were content to lay there with Jumbo holding a headlock. This wasn't a bad match, but it was terrible compared to Billy's match with Baba a week later or the 3 match series with Jumbo the next year. It made the Inoki match look like a n action packed sprint, and just didn't have more than flashes of what makes either of these guys great.

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #13 7/7/03 Jumbo Tsuruta 10 Match Series Tenryu Debut
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/22/76 #6: Jumbo Tsuruta vs Abdullah The Butcher

12/3/76 #7: Jumbo Tsuruta vs Chris Taylor

6/11/77 Tenryu Debut Match: Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu vs Mario Milano & Mexico Grande

6/11/77 #8 NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race vs Jumbo Tsuruta

1/5/79 #10: Jumbo Tsuruta vs Fritz Von Erich

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #15 9/03
-2hr. Q=Ex

3/20/77 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. The Mafia

3/23/77 Tampa, FL Tampa Sportatorium: Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Angelo Poffo & Pat MacGinness

6/22/80 Minneapolis Auditorium

Akihisa Takachiho (The Great Kabuki) & Kazuo Sakurada (Kendo Nagasaki) vs. Ben DeLeon & Herman Schaefer

PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Super Destroyer Mark II (Scott Irwin)

AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkle vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

Maple Leaf Gardens, International Tag Title Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Bruiser Brody & Scott Irwin

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #16 10/8/03 Champion Carnival
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/27/74 Champion Carnival: The Destroyer vs Abdullah The Butcher

4/10/75 Champion Carnival 1st Round: Jumbo Tsuruta vs Bob Orton Jr

5/1/76 Champion Carnival: Abdullah The Butcher vs Kintaro Oki

5/8/76 Champion Carnival: Giant Baba vs The Barracuda

5/1/80 Champion Carnival Final: Jumbo Tsuruta vs Dick Slater

4/10/81 Champion Carnival: Bruiser Brody vs Abdullah The Butcher

4/16/82 Champion Carnival: Giant Baba vs Bruiser Brody

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #17 11/8/03 1978 World's Strongest Tag League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/1/78 1978 World's Strongest Tag League: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs Bill Robinson & Wild Angus

12/5/78: Giant Baba vs The Shiek

12/5/78 '78 World's Strongest Tag League: Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk vs Nick Bockwinkle & Blackjack Lanza

12/9/78 '78 World's Strongest Tag League: Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk vs Abdullah The Butcher & The Shiek

12/9/78 '78 World's Strongest Tag League: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs Nick Bockwinkle & Blackjack Lanza

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #18 12/03 1978 World's Strongest Tag League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/13/78: Dory Funk Jr. vs. Blackjack Lanza

12/13/78 '78 World's Strongest Tag League: Bill Robinson & Wild Angus vs. Abdullah The Butcher & Tor Kamata

12/15/78 '78 World's Strongest Tag League: Nick Bockwinkle & Blackjack Lanza vs. Abdullah The Butcher & Tor Kamata

12/15/78 '78 World's Strongest Tag League: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #19 1/04
-2hr. Q=Perfect

2/18/78: Giant Baba vs. Rusher Kimura

4/27/78 UN Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Ric Flair

8/24/78: Motoshi Okuma & Great Kojika vs. Kim Duk & Randy Tyler

9/13/78 UN Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Kim Duk

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #21 3/8/04
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/12/75 Osaka: Giant Baba & Anton Geesink vs. Stan Hansen & Bobby Jaggers

10/30/75 Tokyo: The Destroyer vs. Stan Hansen

1/5/79 Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan: Bruiser Brody & King Iaukea vs. The Destroyer & Giant Baba

7/19/75 Nagano: Fritz von Erich vs. Giant Baba

7/25/75 Texas Death Match & NWA World Heavyweight Next Challenger Decision Match: Fritz Von Erich vs. Giant Baba

6/10/81 Akita: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. David Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #22 4/04 1979 World's Strongest Tag League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/30/79 '79 World's Strongest Tag League: Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik vs. Frank Hill & Wahoo McDaniel

12/3/79 '79 World's Strongest Tag League: Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik vs. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta

12/7/79 '79 World's Strongest Tag League: Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras vs. Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk

12/13/79 '79 World's Strongest Tag League: Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras vs. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta

12/13/79 '79 World's Strongest Tag League: Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk vs. Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #23 1980 World's Strongest Tag League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/28/80 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Ricky Steamboat & Dick Slater vs. Abdullah the Butcher & Tor Kamata

World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Dory Funk & Terry Funk vs. The Sheik & Great Mephisto

12/1/80 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

Giant Baba vs. Nick Bockwinkel

The Sheik vs. Abdullah the Butcher

12/5/80 Kochi Kenmin Taiikukan, World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Billy Robinson & Les Thornton vs. Nick Bockwinkel & Jim Brunzell

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #24 6/04 1980 World's Strongest Tag League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/9/80 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk vs. Nick Bockwinkle & Jim Brunzell

Tor Kamata & Abdullah The Butcher vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba

12/11/80 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

Tor Kamata & Abdullah The Butcher vs. The Sheik & Great Mephisto

Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. vs. Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #25 7/8/04
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/12/75 Osaka, 2/3 Falls: Giant Baba & Anton Geesink vs. Stan Hansen & Bobby Jaggers

10/30/75 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: The Destroyer vs. Stan Hansen

1/05/79 Kanagawa Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan: Bruiser Brody & King Iaukea vs. The Destroyer & Giant Baba

7/19/75 Nagano Sports Center: Fritz Von Erich vs. Giant Baba

7/25/75 Tokyo, Texas Death Match & NWA World Heavyweight Challenger Decision Match: Fritz Von Erich vs. Giant Baba

6/10/81 Akita: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. David Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #26 8/16/04 Ricky Steamboat
-2hr. Q=Perfect

6/29/80 Toronto, CA Mid Atlantic World Tag Title Match: Ray Stevens & Jimmy Snuka vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

12/1/80: Ricky Steamboat vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

6/3/81: Jimmy Snuka vs. Ricky Steamboat

6/10/81: Ricky Steamboat vs. Jimmy Snuka

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #27 9/6/04 International Heavyweight Title
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/30/81: International Heavyweight Title Match: Dory Funk Jr. vs. Terry Funk

10/9/81: International Heavyweight Title Match: Dory Funk Jr vs. Bruiser Brody

2/3/82 St. Petersburg, FL: International Heavyweight Title Match: Dory Funk Jr. vs. Butch Reed

4/21/82: International Heavyweight Title Match: Dory Funk Jr. Bruiser Brody

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #28 10/4/04 Baba 2 Big Title Matches
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/11/72: Thunder Sugiyama & Mashio Koma vs. Abdullah The Butcher & Cyclone Negro

12/11/72 World Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. The Destroyer

4/24/73: Hiro Matsuda & Thunder Sugiyama vs. King Curtis Iaukea & Antonio Pugliese

4/24/73 PWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. The Sheik

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #29 11/2/04
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/24/73 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mickey Doyle

1/29/74 Osaka, NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk Jr.

1/30/74 Tokyo, NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #30 12/6/04
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/9/73 US Heavyweight Title Match: The Destroyer vs. Mil Mascaras

7/25/74: George Steele vs. Thunder Sugiyama

7/25/74: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Bob Backlund & Bob Roop

7/25/74: PWF US Heavyweight Title Match: The Destroyer vs. Mil Mascaras

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #31 1/3/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/24/73 Kuramae Kokugikan: Giant Baba & Anton Geesink vs. Bruno Sammartino & Calypso Hurricane (Cyclone Negro)

6/13/74 Tokyo Taiikukan

Anton Geesink vs. Gorilla Monsoon

Jumbo Tsuruta & The Destroyer vs. Kevin Sullivan & Johnny Rodz

8/29/74 Korakuen Hall: Giant Baba & The Destroyer vs. Dick Slater & Killer Karl Kox

6/13/74 PWF Heavyweight Title & MSG Cup Match: Giant Baba vs. Pedro Morales

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #32 2/7/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

8/29/74: Dory Funk Jr vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

3/13/75 NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Jack Brisco vs. Bobo Brazil

3/13/75: International Tag Title Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk

4/10/75 PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Dick The Bruiser

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #33 3/7/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

7/19/75: Anton Geesink vs. Chavo Guerrero

7/19/75: The Spirit vs. Samson Kutsuwada

7/25/75: Jumbo Tsuruta & Anton Geesnik vs. Bobby Duncum & Bob Remis

7/25/75 PWF & US Heavyweight Title Match: The Destroyer vs. The Spirit

10/30/75: Giant Baba vs. Kintaro Oki

10/30/75 PWF & US Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Abdullah The Butcher

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #34 4/4/05 1975 Open Title League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Note: all matches Open Title League Matches

12/6/75 Tokyo Ota-ku Taiikukan

Dusty Rhodes vs. Harley Race

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Abdullah The Butcher

Giant Baba vs. Baron Von Raschke

12/13/75 Fukui-shi Taiikukan

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Rusher Kimura

Giant Baba vs. Abdullah The Butcher

12/15/75 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Horst Hoffman

Don Leo Jonathan vs. Abdullah The Butcher

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Giant Baba

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #35 5/2/05 1975 Open Title League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Note: all matches Open Title League Matches

12/17/75 Chiba Koen Taiikukan

Mighty Inoue vs. Hiro Matsuda

The Destroyer vs. Horst Hoffman

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Don Leo Jonathan

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Abdullah The Butcher

Giant Baba vs. Rusher Kimura

12/18/75 Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

Giant Baba vs. Horst Hoffman

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #36 6/6/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

5/13/76 Kawasaki-shi Taiikukan: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Kintaro Oki & Nan Kaizan

8/28/75 Tokyo, US Heavyweight Decision Match: The Destroyer vs. Super Destroyer

10/28/76 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, US Heavyweight Title Decision Match: The Destroyer vs. Abdullah The Butcher

12/9/76 Tokyo:

Dick Murdoch vs. Killer Karl Cox

Bill Robinson vs. Abdullah The Butcher

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #37 7/4/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

3/20/77 North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum, 2/3 Falls PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Baron Von Raschke

2/10/79 Ilinois Chicago International Amphitheater

Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Roger Carvey & Guy Mitchell

AWA Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkel vs. Verne Gagne

2/14/79 Hawaii Neal Blaisdell Center Hall: Giant Baba vs. Karl Von Steiger

9/6/79: Mil Mascaras & Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba vs. Abdullah the Butcher & Bobo Brazil & Carlos Colon

11/8/79 Tokyo Korakuen Hall NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race vs. Abdullah the Butcher

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #38 8/3/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

5/2/80 Korakuen: Ted Dibiase vs. Rocky Hata

5/2/80: Terry Funk & Dick Slater vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba

1/18/81 Korakuen Giant Baba 3000th Match PWF vs. AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Verne Gagne

2/15/81 Korakuen NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race vs. Giant Baba

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #39 9/5/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

6/10/81 Akita: Kintaro Oki vs. The Sheik

7/4/81 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Dick Slater vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

7/6/81 Akita: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Bobby Heenan

10/6/81 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center

NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair vs. Genichiro Tenryu

International Tag Title Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #40 10/3/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/6/81 Miyagi-ken Spors Center: Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk vs. Umanoseke Ueda & Buck Robley

10/9/81 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, International Heavyweight Title Match: Bruiser Brody vs. Dory Funk Jr.

10/9/81 2/3 Falls NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

10/9/81: Giant Baba & Bruno Sammartino vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanoseke Ueda

12/9/81: Tiger Jeet Singh vs. The Sheik

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #41 11/7/05 '81 World's Strongest Tag League
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/30/81: Terry Funk vs. Bruiser Brody

11/30/81 '81 World's Strongest Tag League Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara

12/3/81: Terry Funk vs. Ashura Hara

12/13/81 '81 World's Strongest Tag League Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanosuke Umeda

12/13/81 '81 World's Strongest Tag League Match: Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr vs. Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #42 12/5/05
-2hr. Q=Perfect

1/15/82: Mil Mascaras vs. Sweet Brown Sugar

1/15/82: Stan Hansen vs. Ashura Hara

1/15/82: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Killer Tor Kamata & Gypsy Joe

2/4/82 IWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Mil Mascaras vs. Genichiro Tenryu

2/4/82 AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkle vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

2/4/82 PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Giant Baba

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #43 1/16/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

2/20/82 St Petersburg, FL: Terry Funk & Dick Slater vs. Jerry Lawler & Don Diamond

2/20/82 St Petersburg, FL: Giant Baba vs. Iron Mike Sharpe

2/20/82 St Petersburg, FL: Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu

2/20/82 St Petersburg, FL NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair vs. Mike Graham

2/28/82 Atlanta, GA Omni Center World Tag Title Decision Tournament

Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. The Stomper & Rick Harris

2nd Round: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Leroy Brown & Ron Fuller

Stan Hansen & Ole Anderson vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu

Final: Stan Hansen & Ole Anderson vs. Jack Brisco & Jerry Brisco

PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Terry Gordy

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #44 2/13/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

2/28/82 Atlanta, GA Omni Center, NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race vs. Ric Flair

3/4/82 Kansas City Memorial Hall: Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Bruiser Brody & Jerry Brown

3/7/82 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Coliseum

Alexis Smirnoff & Ivan Koloff vs. Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu

International Heavyweight Title Match: Dory Funk Jr. vs. Billy Robinson

UN Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Tommy Rich

NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Chavo Guerrero vs. Atsushi Onita

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #45 3/6/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/20/82 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan, International Tag Title Match: Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody

4/22/82 Tokyo Taiikukan

Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. vs. Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka

UN Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race

PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Stan Hansen

6/1/82 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Atushi Onita vs. Jay Youngblood

Giant Baba vs. Stan Hansen

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #46 4/3/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

6/4/82 Nagaoka NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat

6/8/82 Kuramae Kokugikan

Stan Hanson & Umanoseke Ueda vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Dick Slater

AWA World Tag Title Match: Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell vs. Ricky Steamboat & Atsushi Onita

NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #47 5/1/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

7/21/82: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras

7/22/82: Genichiro Tenryu vs. Umanoseke Ueda

7/30/82 NWA International Junior Title Match: Atsutshi Onita vs. Chavo Guerrero

7/30/82: UN Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mil Mascaras

7/30/82 PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

8/1/82: Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras vs. Motoshi Okuma & Shinya Kojika

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #48 6/5/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

8/1/82: UN Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race

9/11/82: Mil Mascaras Lucha Competition Onita Picks Winner

9/11/82: Terry Funk vs. Stan Hansen

9/14/82 & 2/3 Falls: Terry Funk & Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. The Destroyer & Ron Bass & Crusher Blackwell

9/14/82 PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Stan Hansen

10/15/82: Chavo Guerrero vs. Shiro Koshinaka

10/7/82: International Heavyweight Title Match: Bruiser Brody vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #49 6/5/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/20/82: Bruiser Brody vs. Genichiro Tenryu

10/24/82: UN Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

10/26/82 PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Harley Race

11/2/82: Dory Funk Jr & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Dream Machine

11/2/82: Bruiser Brody vs. Jimmy Snuka

11/2/82 PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race vs. Giant Baba

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #50 8/7/06 '82 World's Strongest Tag League Part 1
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/26/82: Harley Race & Dick Slater vs. Great Kojika & Mokoshi Okuma

11/26/82: Terry Funk & Dory Funk vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara

11/26/82 '82 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba vs. Super Destroyer & Umanosuke Ueda

11/26/82 '82 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody

12/2/82 '82 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Terry Funk & Dory Funk vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

12/2/82 '82 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Harley Race & Dick Slater

12/7/82: Giant Baba vs Umanosuke Ueda

12/9/82 '82 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #51 9/4/06 '82 World's Strongest Tag League Part 2
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Note: all '82 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Matches

12/9/82: Terry Funk & Dory Funk vs. Harley Race & Dick Slater

12/13/82: Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara vs. Super Destroyer & Umanosuke Ueda

12/13/82: Harley Race & Dick Slater vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba

12/13/82: Terry Funk & Dory Funk vs. Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #52 10/2/06 '82 World's Strongest Tag League Part 3 Dream Matches
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/7/82: Dory Funk Jr. vs. Super Destroyer

12/7/82: Ricky Steamboat vs. Harley Race

12/7/82: Terry Funk vs. Bruiser Brody

12/7/82: Stan Hansen vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

12/13/82 Sumo Hall: Ricky Steamboat vs. Atsushi Onita

11/4/82 Korakeun Hall NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Chavo Guerrero vs. Atsushi Onita

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #53 11/6/06
-2hr. Q=Perfect

1/7/83: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Hercules Hernandez

2/1/83 Checker Dome, Missouri State Title Match: Kerry Von Erich vs. Greg Valentine

2/1/83 Checker Dome, PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race vs. Giant Baba

2/1/83 Checker Dome, 2/3 Falls NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair vs. Bruiser Brody

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #54 12/4/06 Puroresu Classic Special Mitsuharu Misawa Debut 25th Anniversary Memorial
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/22/83 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center, Lou Thesz Cup Final: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Shiro Koshinaka. Misawa's TV debut. Digest.

8/26/84: Tiger Mask vs. La Fiera. Misawa's debut as Tiger Mask. Digest

6/21/85: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

8/31/85: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

3/9/88: Tiger Mask vs. Jumbo Tsuruta. Digest

5/15/90: Tiger Mask & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Samson Fuyuki & Yoshiaki Yatsu. Tiger unmasks. Digest

5/26/90: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Great Kabuki & Masa Fuchi. Digest

Misawa, Kobashi, Kawada, & Taue training

6/8/90: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

7/24/91, World Tag Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Steve Williams & Terry Gordy

8/22/92, Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Stan Hansen

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #59 5/7/07
-2hr. Q=Perfect

5/26/83 International Heavyweight Title Match: Bruiser Brody vs Jumbo Tsuruta

6/8/83 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs Bruiser Brody

6/8/83 NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ric Flair vs Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #65 11/5/07
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/25/83 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan, '83 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Ron Fuller & Barry Windham vs. Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen

11/25/83 '83 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Umanoseke Ueda & Tiger Jeet Singh vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta

11/28/83 Hokkaido '83 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Akio Sato & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Dos Caras & Mil Mascaras

11/29/83 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center '83 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Goro Tsurumi & The Mongol vs. Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen

11/29/83 '83 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Dory Funk Jr & Giant Baba

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #75 9/1/08
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/8/84 Aichi-ken Taiikukan

'84 Worlds Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Rusher Kimura & Giant Baba

'84 Worlds Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. vs. Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen

Riki Choshu Debuts in All Japan

2/5/85 Tokyo Taiikukan

British Bulldogs vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi & Animal Hamaguchi

Riki Choshu & Masa Saito vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta

PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #81 3/3/09
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/19/85 Korakuen Hall: Rick Martel vs. Riki Choshu

10/19/85: Ric Flair vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

10/19/85: Road Warriors vs. Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk

10/21/85 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Mil Mascaras & Art Crews

10/21/85: Road Warriors vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu

10/21/85 AWA & NWA World Double Title Match: Rick Martel vs. Ric Flair

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #82 7/6/09 Mitsuharu Misawa
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/20/91 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi

10/21/92 Tokyo Nippon Budokan, Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada

5/2/99 Tokyo Dome, Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Vader vs. Mitsuharu Misawa

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #85 1/4/10 '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/30/85 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan, '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu

11/30/85 '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Ted DiBiase & Stan Hansen vs. Harley Race & Jesse Barr

11/30/85: Tiger Mask & Mighty Inoue vs. British Bulldogs

12/4/85: Nick Bockwinkle vs. Riki Choshu

12/4/85: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Curt Hennig

12/4/85 '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Giant Baba & Dory Funk Jr vs. Stan Hansen & Ted DiBiase

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #86 3/2/10 '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/7/85 Yamagata-ken Taiikukan, '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid

12/12/85 Tokyo Nippon Budokan, '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid vs. Harley Race & Jesse Barr (Jimmy Jack Funk)

12/12/85 '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Dory Funk Jr. & Giant Baba

12/12/85 '85 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Stan Hansen & Ted DiBiase

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #87 5/5/10
-2hr. Q=Perfect

1/1/86 Korakuen: Tiger Mask & Takashi Ishikawa vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi & Shinchi Nakano

1/1/86: The Russians (Nikita Koloff & Krusher Kruschev) vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu & Isamu Teranishi

1/1/86: Ricki Choshu vs. Tom Magee

1/2/86 Korakuen: Mil Mascaras vs. Tiger Mask

1/2/86: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Nikita Koloff & Krusher Kruchev

1/11/86: Kabuki vs. Isamu Teranishi

1/11/86: Mil Mascaras vs. Takashi Ishikawa

1/11/86: Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Samson Fuyuki

1/11/86: Ricki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Motoshi Okuma

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #88 6/8/10 Mitsuharu Misawa 1st Anniversary of Death
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Misawa career retrospective

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #89 8/2/10
-2hr. Q=Perfect

1/14/86 Kagoshima Kenritsu Taiikukan: Yoshiaki Yatsu & Isamu Teranishi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Takashi Ishikawa

1/25/86: Riki Choshu & Animal Hamiguchi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Takashi Ishikawa

1/28/86 Tokyo Taiikukan: Great Kabuki vs. Tiger Mask II

1/28/86 International Tag Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu

2/5/86 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center, International Tag Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #90 11/1/10
-2hr. Q=Perfect

1/28/86 Tokyo Taiikukan, IWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Mil Mascaras vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

3/10/86 Miyagi-ken Sports Center, International Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Terry Gordy

3/13/86 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

Harley Race & Jerry Blackwell vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & One Man Gang

Zen Nihon vs. Japan 6 vs. 6 All Out War

Sampson Fuyuki vs. Masanobu Kurisu

Takashi Ishikawa vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

Mighty Inoue vs. Killer Khan

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Animal Hamiguchi

Riki Choshu vs. Tiger Mask II

Genichiro Tenryu vs. & Yoshiaki Yatsu

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #91 1/3/11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

3/29/86 Korakuen & AWA World & PWF & International Triple Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

4/5/86 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan & AWA World & PWF Double Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Riki Choshu

4/12/86 Kumamoto-shi Taiikukan & PWF World Tag Title Match: Stan Hansen & Ted DiBiase vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu

4/19/86: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu & Killer Khan vs. Shunji Takano & Hiro Saito & Super Strong Machine

4/19/86, AWA World & International Double Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #92 3/7/11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

4/26/86 Omiya Skate Center, UN Champion Decision League Final: Genichiro Tenryu vs. Ted Dibiase

4/26/86 AWA World & PWF Double Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Riki Choshu

5/10/86: Genichiro Tenryu vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu

5/17/86 PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Riki Choshu vs. Terry Gordy

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #93 5/2/11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

5/30/86 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center: Road Warriors vs. Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi

5/31/86: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Super Strong Machine & Hiro Saito

5/31/86: Road Warriors vs. Giant Baba & Motoshi Okuma

6/5/86 Osaka Jo Hall: Mil Mascaras vs. Hiro Saito

6/5/86: Jumbo Tsuruta, Genichiro Tenryu & Tiger Mask II vs. Riki Choshu, Yoshiaki Yatsu & Kuniaki Kobayashi

6/5/86: Road Warriors vs. Super Strong machine & Killer Khan

6/7/86 Takamatsu Shimin Bunka Center: Road Warriors vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu

6/11/86: Road Warriors vs. Rusher Kimura & Ashura Hara

6/12/86 Budokan World Junior Heavyweight Champion Japan Representative Decision League: Hiro Saito vs. Masanobu Fuchi

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #94 7/4/11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

6/12/86 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

UN Heavyweight Title Match: Genichiro Tenyru vs. Super Strong Machine

Giant Baba vs. Rusher Kimura

International Tag Title Match: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. The Road Warriors

7/21/86 Fukushima Sports Center, International Tag Title Match: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Killer Kahn & Super Strong Machine

7/26/86 Ishikawa-ken Sangyo Tenjikan, AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Genichiro Tenyru

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #95 9/5/11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

7/26/86: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Killer Khan & Super Strong Machine

7/31/86 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan

World Junior Heavyweight Title Decision Match: Hiro Saito vs. Brad Armstrong

Tiger Mask vs. The Great Kabuki

UN Heavyweight Title Match: Genichiro Tenyru vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu

Riki Choshu vs. Killer Khan

AWA World & International Double Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #96 11/7/11
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Hiroshi Wajima feature. American tour, training Pat O'Connor, etc.

NWA 8/7/86 Kansas City, MO: Giant Baba & Hiroshi Wajima vs. Earthquake Ferris & J.R. Hawk

AWA 8/30/86 Las Vegas, NV: Giant Baba & Hiroshi Wajima vs. Ken Glover & Paul Gardner

9/3/86 Osaka Jo Hall

Tiger Mask & Takashi Ishikawa vs. Super Strong Machine & Shunji Takano

Terry Gordy & Killer Kahn vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu & Animal Hamaguchi

Genichiro Tenyru vs. Riki Choshu

International Heavyweight Title Match: Stan Hansen vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #97 1/9/12 The Von Erichs
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/3/66 International Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Fritz Von Erich

1/5/79: Fritz Von Erich vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

6/10/81: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. David Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich

4/7/83 Missouri Heavyweight Title Match: Kerry Von Erich vs. Genichiro Tenryu

5/22/84 NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Kerry Von Erich vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #107 9/9/13 '86 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match Part 2
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

12/6/86 Kagawa Takamatsu Shimin Bunka Center

'86 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu

'86 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Stan Hansen & Ted DiBiase vs. Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk

12/12/86 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

Giant Baba & Hiroshi Wajima vs. Rick Martel & Tom Zenk

'86 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Stan Hansen & Ted Dibiase

'86 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk

'86 World's Strongest Tag Decision League Match Final: Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Stan Hansen & Ted DiBiase

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #108 11/4/13
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

1/2/87 Korakuen: Hiroshi Wajima & Takashi Ishikawa vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & A.Sheik (Jerry Stubbs)

1/24/87 Yokohama Bunka Gym

Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

International Tag Title Match: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenyru

1/31/87: The Great Kabuki & Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Ashura Hara

2/3/87 Hokkaido: Genichiro Tenyru & Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & A.Sheik

2/5/87 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center

Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

International Tag Title Match: Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenyru

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #109 12/3/13 Dynamic T Akira Taue Retirement Special
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

2/20/96 Iwate Ken-ei Gym Double Tag Title Matfch: Stan Hansen & Gary Albright vs. Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada

4/20/96 Tokyo Nippon Budokan '96 Champion Carnival Final: Akira Taue vs. Steve Williams

5/24/96 Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center Triple Crown Heavyweight Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue

12/6/96 Tokyo Nippon Budokan World's Strongest Tag League Final: Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #112 7/7/14 Billy Robinson Special
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

7/24/76 Tokyo Kuramae Kokugikan, 2/3 Falls PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Giant Baba vs. Billy Robinson 21:17 [9:24, 6:08, 5:45]. Robinson's match against Inoki was a nice mat display, but didn't come close to giving the full picture of just how creative & how far ahead of his time Robinson was. It showed, though even to an extent actually not as well as this did in far less mat time, that he had MMA elements before MMA, but here we get the full gamut of his ability, taking junior style bumps despite being a pudgy heavyweight & using varied '90's AJ style selling & sequencing. Robinson may not have been completely unique among British stylists with his technical gymnastics, but the best World of Sport guys weren't leaving the UK in those days & incorporating elements of the styles they came across in their travels. Because Robinson had a tremendously well rounded base & kept adding to it along the way, he wound up being so far ahead of his time in so many areas that it literally seems someone combined an elite NJ junior of the 80's with an elite AJ heavy of the 90's with a good MMA fighter of the 90's, and then put him in their DeLorean and sent him back two decades. That being said, the story of the match might actually be Baba, as I've never seen him wrestle with this kind of effort & urgency. Though Robinson deserves all the credit in the Inoki match, this match will challenge your perceptions about Baba in the best possible way. It's not merely the best effort I've seen from him, but some of the best effort I've ever seen, going fast & hard & just bringing everything he can think of for 20 plus minutes of a match that's anything but heavyweight, much less big man style. This isn't merely Baba throwing bombs though, there's an evolution to almost all the sequences & transitions here that's not just heady, but again waaaaay aheady... It begins similar to the Inoki match, but ultimately, couldn't be more different. Robinson incorporates so many quasi MMA tactics early on in this contest, ages before MMA existed, and it's despressingly lame that even though they actually worked in legimitate situations, much less ones with active cooperation, almost everyone else still opted to instead continue to use the outwardly fake traditional solutions to the same problems Robinson showed them how to solve in a better manner. I mean, since worked shoot promotions are dead, the credibility of what Robinson was doing early in this 1976 match was actually still higher than what just about anyone is doing in 2017. This match isn't ground oriented though, it's, well, so much more. It might not be a great pro wrestling match in the traditional sense, but the fact that it's not traditional at all is one of the things that makes it one for the ages. This isn't merely Robinson being a savant, we've got an exceptionally laid out match that looks like a shoot then a go go sprint, but actually is a tremendously well built match that uses series of similar sequences that evolve over time, most notably Baba's whip spots & Billy's thwarted suplexes, to constantly yield different yet very important results. It's this reason more than any other that make this one of the forerunners of what we'd now associate as the 90's AJ Triple Crown style. Starting with the shoot style though, Robinson tried to negate Baba's size advantage by shooting single legs, but Baba kept defending & countered into an armlock, taking him down with a wakigatame. Robinson eventually managed to stand back up & hit a leg trip, but Baba got him in a body scissors, so Robinson used his own leg to break Baba's lock then kept ramming Baba's calf into the back of his head until he could clear the leg & pass into top control. Don't get me wrong, the match is very much still a pro wrestling match, in fact it's actually kind of spotfest for it's era thanks to Baba of all people, but Robinson has more credible entries & grappling techniques. Although Robinson's real fight aspects stand out as being different a lot more than the sequences coming back to a certain spot does, that's because we're used to the big 90's matches where this was the norm, so we can see how people were influenced by Robinson & how they weren't but should have been. The most fantastic transition has Robinson technically coming back countering Baba's whip into the corner by climbing the turnbuckles, leaping onto the second and just decking Baba with running elbow, but he actually takes over in stages, as he had to then sell himself & beat Baba to the punch twice before he actually had Baba more dazed than he was so he could truly run with the advantage. This is actually a rather active standing sprint, with Baba pushing the pace & keeping a high workrate as they try to credibly get through 3 falls in 21 minutes a week after Robinson had a 1-1 70:00 draw with Jumbo Tsuruta. Though Baba doesn't follow Robinson as well as Inoki did, Baba actually brings a lot of himself to the match, actively trying to stay off the mat (much to the at least storyline chagrin of Robinson) & use his distinct physical advantages & his favorite moves (for better and worse) to defeat Robinson in a series of brilliantly laid out sequences that tell new stories with each attempt to press their individual advantages & skill sets, whereas Inoki pretty much could have been anyone going along for the ride on the mat. Baba can be awkward & goofy, his northern chops surely seem hokey from a 21st century perspective & some of his offense is just sloppy, but he's really working hard here as if to prove he deserves this victory, and although this was the middle of the summer in a building that likely didn't have any real cooling mechanism, both men truly earn the sweat dripped look they quickly develop by keeping the action coming. You can really see how much Akira Taue patterned himself after Baba in this match, both offensively & in his general strategy of making up for his liabilities by going hard & supplying big, well incorporated offense. I loved how the threat of big offense, in this case Robinson's, led to the 2nd fall finish. Again, this was so ahead of it's time, as Robinson kept threatening to suplex Baba, and then countering Baba's desperation suplex blocks with what Baba's defense made available. In this case, Robinson would shift to the leg (and he'd been trying to chop the Giant down to size from the outset), and win the 2nd fall with a 1/2 crab after Baba blocked his butterfly suplex. I didn't like Baba's lack of selling of this leg even though I understood it was because he wanted to work a fast paced 3rd fall, which culminated with him decapitating a charging Robinson, who got lift off just before Baba hammered him, to make it one of the best neckbreaker drops I've ever seen. ****1/2

3/5/77 Akita Shiritsu Taiikukan, 2/3 Falls United National Heavyweight Title Match: Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Billy Robinson 23:03 [11:03 (7:51 shown), 7:54, 4:06]. Having been disappointed majorly by their 1st 70:00 match from 7/7/76 & found the Robinson/Inoki 60:00 draw to be less entertaining than Robinson's best AJ matches, I feel that Robinson is most effective at this 20-30 minute length because his genius abilities to build series of counter & escalate the tension come to the forefront in an active match. Robinson is a great technical wrestler at any length, but in a fast paced anything you can do I can immediately counter sort of match he's just an off the charts worker. These two just had all the answers, and that was really the story of the match, told through the series of sequences that kept proving the point in different ways. Though Baba made up for it with his effort, this was the highest level Robinson has reached so far in a Japanese match because he finally had an opponent that was a great wrestler in his own right, who could thus equally follow him, match him, or push him by initiating himself, and a scenario where they could realistically tell a complete story while going all out in the process. They just go back & forth using their speed & precision to force one another to raise their level to answer yet again. There's little stories & plays off previous moves here and there, but for the most part the story is simply that nothing is going to last, there's always a counter, and they're going to hit it sooner rather than later, in a quick precise fashion that's just beautiful to watch. Jumbo has been wrestling a little less than 4 years at this point, but he's just amazing in this setting that allows, no forces, him to use his speed & technique to max levels. When Robinson was wrestling Inoki or Baba the skill difference both in real & fake styles was just so immense it's hard not to feel that it's ridiculous that he can't beat these guys easily much less at all, but Jumbo, for the most part, already looks as great, if not better than Robinson. This isn't just a technical match, though, one of Robinson's greatest attributes was his ability to get over his will to win. It's hard to describe how he can take some kind of random action & make it seem so important, but take the sequence starting with Jumbo knocking him over the top to the floor with an elbow. It's not really even a sequence, it's just that Robinson can get over that he doesn't like losing & is upping his game to ensure that won't happen, so after another big bump on a dropkick, he just comes at Jumbo harder, with more intensity & urgency, & he gets knocked down again but this time it's a double shoulderblock & Jumbo goes down too. This would normally be part of a 2 or 3 part transition where Robinson takes control, but it's not even that, in fact, Jumbo beats him to the next hold & almost submits him with a Boston crab. So in the end, Robinson hasn't changed the match in terms of control, what he's done is escalate the fans perception of the importance of control, made it feel urgent, and gotten over how seriously he takes it, and thus we should take it, the dire importance to him (and thus us) of being better than his opponent, even if, he may not be at the moment or even in the end. The 2nd fall drags some because although Robinson shows several nice escapes from the headlock, Jumbo just keeps going back to it & they take their rests until Billy hits a big backdrop out & they sprint to the finish then keep that pace going for the third. The first & third falls are both great, the first being the longer more hold/counter hold variety & the third being the energetic sprint to the finish. The finish where Robinson rolls through the rolling clutch hold & uses his weight on Jumbo to get the flash pin is fluky, but it's actually perfect for this match because they always have the answers & better whatever the opponent tries on them, so it was going to take someone just not being quick enough to respond to the latest surprise. There's flashier offense today, but this was an amazing workrate match for its time that still looks impressive because sequences of counters are a lot more difficult & thus impressive than a bunch of great moves that the opponent just stands/lays there & takes. ****1/2 9:32 7:52 4:06

12/6/77 Fukuoka Kyushu Memorial Gym, World's Strongest Tag League: Billy Robinson & Horst Hoffman vs. Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk

6/12/78 Ichinomiya Industrial Gym: PWF Heavyweight Title Match: Billy Robinson vs. Tor Kamata

AJPW G+ Puroresu Classic #114 11/3/14
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

6/9/87 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

The Great Kabuki & Takashi Ishikawa vs. Tiger Jeet Singh & Jason The Terrible

Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu & Shinichi Nakano

Giant Baba vs. Raja Lion

International Tag Title Match: The Road Warriors vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Hiroshi Wajima

6/11/87 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan

Giant Baba vs. Tiger Jeet Singh

Jumbo Tsuruta & Tiger Mask vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara

Animal Warrior (Road Warrior Animal) vs. Hiroshi Wajima

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