Written By Alfredo Esparza
All Japan Retro #5: Stan Hansen
Stan Hansen vs. The Destroyer
Taped 10/30/1975 at Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan
They both run the ropes. Criss-crossing each other until The Destroyer catches Hansen with a series of armdrags that send Hansen to the outside. A little kid is shown running for safety as Hansen charges in that direction. The crowd laughs at this. Hansen gets back in the ring and hiptosses The Destroyer across the ring. The Destroyer follows with a hiptoss of his own along with a few armdrags and again Hansen goes flying to the outside.
Hansen gets back in the ring and The Destroyer gets him in a side headlock. He climbs up the ropes but keeps Hansen locked in the side headlock. Hansen can be heard screaming. The Destroyer goes back and forth on the headlock. Hansen escapes with a headscissors but Destroyer catches him again. Nice back and forth of both reversing each other in holds until The Destroyer grabs hold of Hansen in another headlock.
Stan Hansen escapes and gets The Destroyer in a hammerlock briefly as he gets caught again in a side headlock. Hansen reverses that into a headscissors. The Destroyer struggles to break out of the headscissors. He finally does so and jumps right up and gets Hansen in a headlock but again Hansen reverses it into another headscissors hold. The Destroyer escapes and again a headlock. They go back and forth doing the same moves and reversing them.
The Destroyer escapes pokes Hansen’s eyes and they go back to doing the same series of moves and reversals. Hansen gets in a few forearm smashes across The Destroyer’s back but he escapes the headscissors and spreads Hansen’s legs and headbutts him in the mid-section. He goes for a figure-four leglock but Hansen knocks him off. Hansen whips The Destroyer across the ropes but misses a clothesline. They exchange punches.
The Destroyer lands a knee across Hansen. Another headlock attempt by Destroyer but Hansen escapes. Hansen gets in an elbow on The Destroyer. He slams The Destroyer and drops a knee on him. He misses an elbow on The Destroyer. The Destroyer gets whipped into the ropes and they bump into each other. The Destroyer falls to the outside. He gets back in the ring and Hansen chokes him. Hansen with a side headlock but Destroyer backdrops him. The Destroyer goes for a figure-four leglock but Hansen punches him. He stomps on The Destroyer and then whips him into the ropes and back flips him. Big forearm across Destroyer’s back.
Hansen whips The Destroyer into the ropes again but this time The Destroyer catches Hansen with a sunset flip for a pin attempt. Referee only counts two. The Destroyer disagrees with him and talks it over with him. Hansen kicks The Destroyer. He whips The Destroyer into the corner and then tackles him and sends him into the corner. The Destroyer reverses an Irish whip into the ropes and backdrops Hansen. He goes for a tackle of his own at Hansen. Hansen tries for a tackle of his own but The Destroyer moves out of the way. He gets Hansen in a figure-four leglock and makes him submit.
WINNER: The Destroyer
After the match, The Destroyer checks on Stan Hansen. He helps him out and Hansen cheap shots him and then tries to get away.
Stan Hansen vs. Ashura Hara
Taped 1/15/1982 at Kuragata Sports Hall in Kisarazu, Chiba, Japan
This was Stan Hansen’s first match after jumping from New Japan to All Japan in late 1981. The fans cheer on as Hansen enters the ring. Hansen and Hara do some wristlock reversals before Hansen tosses Hara into the corner. He gets him with an elbow and tries to grab hold of Hara. Hansen takes Hara down and gets him in a chinlock. Hansen gets in an elbow across Hara’s neck before he whips him into the ropes. Hara gets in a kick and a few chops on Hansen but he counters and lands a high knee across Hara.
Big bodyslam by Hansen followed by an elbow drop. Hansen whips Hara across the ropes and gets his left arm ready and knocks Hara down with the lariat. He covers Hara for the pin and the crowd cheers as he yells out loud in victory!
WINNER: Stan Hansen
Shohei “Giant” Baba © vs. Stan Hansen for the PWF Heavyweight Title
Taped 9/8/1983 at Chiba Park Gymnasium in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan
They both criss-cross each other running the ropes. Giant Baba stops and gets Hansen with a some hard chops. Hansen gets back up and stares down Baba before they lock-up. They exchange chops. Hansen gets in a few kicks and an elbow across Baba’s neck. Baba counters with more chops. Baba gets Hansen in a side headlock. Hansen reaches the ropes and gets in a knee into Baba’s mid-section. He snapmares Baba and follows with a kneedrop.
Stan Hansen grabs hold of Baba with a headlock. He follows with another knee drop and goes for a pin. He only gets a two-count. Baba gets back up and whips Hansen into the ropes and kicks him. Hansen rolls to the outside. Hansen gets back in and they bump into each other off the ropes. Hansen follows with an elbow and kicks Baba out of the ring.
Giant Baba gets back in the ring. Hansen gets him in a wristlock but Baba reverses it and gets Hansen in an armbar. Takedown by Baba as he keeps hold of the armbar. Baba back up and he continues to work on Hansen’s left arm. Hansen whips Baba into the ropes and again they bump into each other. Baba charges off the ropes again but Hansen gets him with a high knee across the chest. Big kneedrop with use of the ropes on Baba by Hansen. Hansen gets Baba in a headlock. Baba punches at Hansen. Hansen counters with a knee. They go back and forth before Baba whips him into the ropes and chops Hansen. Hansen counters with some kicks and chops and follows with a body slam. Elbowdrop by Hansen gets him a 2-count.
Hansen goes for a second elbowdrop but Baba rolls out of the way. Hansen rolls to the outside. Baba follows and kicks at Hansen. Big right hand across Hansen’s head followed by Baba slamming Hansen’s head into the ringpost. Hansen climbs back into the ring but Baba climbs up to the top rope and catches him with a double axhandle. He goes for the pin on Hansen but only gets a two-count!
Clotheslines by Baba on Hansen! Another two-count on Hansen! Kicks and chops exchanged by both. Hansen gets Baba with a clothesline and goes for the pin but Baba kicks out. Baba rolls to the outside and Hansen kicks at him and follows him. Big forearms across Baba’s back. Baba sends Hansen again into the ringpost. They get back in the ring and the brawl continues. They head back to the outside. Hansen tosses a chair at Baba who’s laying on the floor.
They both get back in the ring. Baba whips Hansen into the ropes and goes for a kick but Hansen holds onto the ropes. Hansen then goes for the lariat on Baba and covers him for the pin. Stan Hansen wins!!! He puts on the PWF championship belt and raises the trophy in victory!
WINNER: Stan Hansen wins PWF Title
Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu in the Real World Tag League 1983 Finals
Taped 12/12/1983 at Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan
Hansen and Tenryu start the match off. Tenryu charges at Hansen and then goes after Brody. Hansen and Tenryu go at it with Tenryu knocking Hansen down with an elbow. Hansen makes a comeback with a kick, elbow and a slam on Tenryu. He tags in Brody who lands a big boot across Tenryu’s face. He slams Tenryu and goes for a pin attempt.
Tenryu tags in Tsuruta. Tsuruta gets Brody in a wristlock and goes to work on his left arm. Brody swings wildly at Tsuruta who catches him with a chop. They run the ropes and Brody catches Tsuruta with a kick. Hansen tagged in and he goes to work on Jumbo with a few kneedrops. Tsuruta goes to the outside.
Jumbo goes back in the ring and they have a test of strength as Brody gets the fans to yell along with him. Jumbo tries to work on Hansen’s left arm but Hansen reaches the ropes to force the break. Jumbo grabs hold of Hansen’s arm with an armbar and tags in Tenryu. Tenryu with a wristlock into an armbar on Hansen. He slams Hansen’s arm over his shoulder. Jumbo back in with an elbow off the ropes and he continues to work on Hansen’s left arm. He takes Hansen down while still holdling him in the armbar. Tsuruta stomps on Hansen’s left arm.
Shoulder tackle off the ropes. Hansen catches Jumbo with an elbow and tags in Brody. Tsuruta shoves Brody into his corner and tags in Tenryu. Double-team chops by Tsuruta and Tenryu on Brody. Tenryu and Brody fight near the ropes. Brody with a nice dropkick on Tenryu. He follows with a running legdrop! He goes for the pin but Jumbo in for the save. Hansen comes in with a big chop at Tenryu’s chest. He follows with a suplex. Headlock on Tenryu.
Tenryu whips Hansen into the ropes but Hansen keeps control of the match. Hansen gets a two-count after an elbow. Double-team elbows at Tenryu. Brody sends Tenryu to the outside. Both Hansen and Brody go after Tenryu outside the ring. Hansen throws him back in. Tenryu catches Brody with a forearm and tags in Jumbo. Jumbo catches Brody with a jumping high knee! Tsuruta tries to get Brody up with a piledriver bu tthat gets blocked. Brody reaches the ropes but Jumbo gets him with a hard chop across the chest.
Test of strength battle between Brody and Tsuruta. Brody takes Tsuruta down to the mat. Jumbo fights back and gets back on his feet. He reverses it into a backslide pin attempt on Brody but only gets a two-count. Brody gets Jumbo with a backbreaker across his knee and tags in Hansen who drops a knee across Jumbo off the middle rope. Hansen gets Tsuruta in an abdominal stretch. He rolls down and goes for a pin on Jumbo but only gets a 2-count. Hansen tosses Jumbo into Brody’s knee in their corner. Double dropkick by Brody and Hansen at Jumbo!
Tenryu tagged in and he sends Brody into the corner. He follows with some sumo slaps at Brody that send Brody into the other corner! Tenryu climbs on Brody and punches him. Hansen comes in and backdrops Tenryu off Brody. Bruiser Brody with a suplex on Tenryu and only gets a two-count. Hansen back in and he catches Tenryu with a jumping high knee. Another pin attempt. Hansen beats on Tenryu near the ropes.
Bruiser Brody back in and he kicks Tenryu. He whips Tenryu into the ropes and goes for a flying body attack on Tenryu and gets another two-count. Hansen back in and they catch Tenryu with a pair of hard chops. Hansen goes for a big splash on Tenryu for another two count and this time Jumbo made the save. Brody back in with an elbow on Tenryu. Tenryu charges into his corner and tags in Jumbo.
Jumbo Tsuruta catches Brody and Hansen with dropkicks. Tsuruta whips Brody into the ropes and catches him with a Thesz Press for a two-count! Jumbo with a suplex on Brody and he gets another two-count. Brody tags in Hansen. Hansen and Jumbo exchange chops before Jumbo whips him into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick. Another near fall. Jumbo gets Hansen in an abdominal stretch but Brody jumps off the top rope with a double axhandle to break the hold. Jumbo tags in Tenryu. Tenryu with a legsweep on Hansen. He follows with a bodyslam. Tenryu climbs to the top rope and hits a reverse diving elbow on Hansen. He covers him for the pin but Brody makes the save. Jumbo gets in the ring and goes after Brody. All four men in the ring. Jumbo and Tenryu get Hansen and Brody in backdrop drivers! Jumbo and Brody head to the outside. Tenryu with a hard chop at Hansen and he whips him into the ropes. Hansen reverses but misses a lariat. Brody pulls one of the ropes and Tenryu goes thru it to the outside.
Jumbo charges at Hansen and he gets tosses over the top rope. Brody with an atomic drop on the outside on Jumbo. Brody and Hansen bring Tenryu back into the ring with a suplex. Hansen prepares for the lariat! Brody whips Tenryu into the ropes and HANSEN CATCHES HIM WITH THE LARIAT!!! Hansen gets the pin on Tenryu! Good match.
WINNERS: Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody win the RWTL Finals
Hansen and Brody celebrate with their trophies and giant check as their rivals all stare at them from the other side of the ring.
Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada for the AJPW World Tag Team Titles & the Real World Tag League 1988 Finals
Taped 12/16/1988 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan
Terry Gordy and Toshiaki Kawada start the match. They tangle up near the ropes. Gordy knocks Kawada down off a shoulder block. He follows with a suplex on Kawada. Hansen tagged in. He chops Kawada. Kawada misses a spin kick at Hansen. Hansen whips Kawada into the ropes and Kawada catches him with a sunset flip but they are near the ropes. He tosses Kawada to the outside and Gordy tosses him into the guardrails and tosses him back into the ring.
Hansen with a slam on Kawada. Gordy gets a whip reversed and Kawada catches him with a spin kick and tags in Tenryu. Gordy heads to the outside as Tenryu charges at him. Gordy gets back in the ring and Tenryu gets him with a side headlock. He gets whipped into the ropes and Tenryu knocks Gordy down and follows with a kick at his back. Suplex by Tenryu gets him a two-count on Gordy. Gordy with a dropkick at Tenryu and he tags in Hansen. Hansen and Tenryu exchange chops before he slams him and kicks him to the outside. Hansen chases after Tenryu and they both get back in the ring. Backdrop on Tenryu followed by an elbow. Hansen gets Tenryu in a chinlock. Gordy tagged back in and he kicks at Tenryu. He chops him a few times but Tenryu pays him back. Back and forth chops and punches between the two. Kawada now in and he lays in a series of kicks at Gordy. Cross body press by Kawada on Gordy gets him a near fall but Gordy kicks out and reaches Hansen.
Toshiaki Kawada catches Hansen with a dropkick that sends him to the outside. Kawada follows with a slingshot plancha to the outside on Hansen! Hansen tosses Kawada back in the ring and chokes him. Tenryu kicks him off Kawada. Kawada gets in more kicks at Hansen. Reverse spin kick by Kawada but Hansen recovers and tosses him into his corner. Gordy back in the match. He carries Kawada on his back and follows with a backdrop. Tenryu makes the save.
Gordy gets a whip reversed and Kawada gets him with a clothesline and tags in Tenryu. Double-team kicks by Tenryu and Kawada at Gordy. Gordy reaches the ropes on a pin attempt. Tenryu whips Gordy into the corner and catches him with a clothesline. He goes for a pin after a neckbreaker but Hansen breaks the pin. Tenryu gets Gordy with a headscissors. Hansen runs in and elbows Tenryu and chops him a few times to get Gordy free of the hold. Gordy whips Tenryu into the corner and clotheslines him! He stomps on him in the corner and tags in Hansen.
Tenryu clotheslines Hansen! Gordy kicks at Tenryu and Hansen kicks him again out of the ring. Gordy punches him outside the ring as Tenryu gets back in. Tenryu with some hard chops at Hansen and he tags in Kawada. Tenryu whips Hansen into the corner and Kawada charges at him with a clothesline. Kawada follows with a series of kicks. Referee tries to stop him but Gordy runs in and knocks him down. Hansen tags in Gordy. Gordy charges at Kawada in the corner but misses an elbow. Kawada catches Gordy with a backdrop and goes for the pin but Hansen makes the save.
Hansen goes after Kawada’s left leg with some kicks. Kawada reaches out to tag Tenryu but Hansen tosses Kawada out and clotheslines Tenryu off the ring apron to the floor. Hansen chases after both outside the ring. Hansen kicks at Tenryu and tosses him back into the ring. Gordy punches Tenryu. He follows with an elbowdrop but only gets a 2-count. More kicks by Gordy at Hansen. Kawada heads over to Hansen and tries to knock him off the ring apron but isn’t able to. Hansen gets down and attacks Kawada. He rips apart Kawada’s tights. Gordy with a legdrop on Tenryu! Tenryu kicks out of a pin attempt.
Hansen continues to attack Kawada’s left leg. Gordy with a clothesline on Tenryu! Another two-count as Tenryu kicks out! Hansen tags in. They whip Tenryu into the ropes and tackle him down. Hansen follows with a kneedrop and again Tenryu kicks out of a pin attempt. Hansen misses a chop. Tenryu catches Hansen with some chops but Gordy gets in the ring and stops him. Hansen with an elbowdrop on Tenryu. Some more kneedrops on Tenryu and again Tenryu kicks out of a pin.
Gordy attacks Kawada outside the ring as he is writhing in pain. Tenryu blocks a piledriver attempt by Hansen but Gordy knocks him down. Tenryu continues to kick out of pin attempts. Gordy back in the ring. He kicks Tenryu and powerbombs him for a pin but Kawada makes the save! Hansen goes after Kawada and kicks him out of the ring. Hansen continues to attack Kawada’s left knee! Terry Gordy goes for slam but Tenryu catches him with a small package for a pin but Gordy escapes.
Terry Gordy tags in Stan Hansen and they suplex Tenryu. Hansen goes for a pin on Tenryu and again he kicks out. More knees and kicks at Tenryu. Tenryu gets Hansen in a leg submission but Gordy comes in and kicks at Tenryu to break the hold. Hansen with an elbowdrop off the ropes on Tenryu. He goes for a second one and covers Tenryu for the pin but again Tenryu kicks out. Kawada goes after Gordy and again Gordy beats on Kawada tossing him over the guardrail.
Tenryu with some chops thrown at Hansen to knock him down but Gordy quickly gets back in the ring and clotheslines Tenryu! Tenryu catches Hansen with a pair of enziguiris! He slams Hansen and climbs up to the top rope and goes with a reverse elbow for another two-count. Gordy gets in the ring and attacks Tenryu. He whips Tenryu to the other corner and misses a clothesline. Tenryu kicks Hansen and follows with another enziguiri. Powerbomb by Tenryu on Hansen! He goes for the pin but Gordy makes the save. Gordy powerbombs Tenryu and covers him for the pin but the referee gets Gordy out of the ring!
Hansen with some hard chops at Tenryu and then he whips him into the ropes and hits him with the lariat! Hansen covers Tenryu for the pin! Excellent match! Hansen screams in victory!
WINNERS: Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy win the RWTL Finals & AJPW World Tag Team Titles
Stan Hansen vs. Mitsuhara Misawa in the Champion Carnival 1992 Finals
Taped 4/17/1992 at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Hansen runs thru as he enters and swings his rope around hitting the fans. LOL! Bell rings and Hansen shoves Misawa. The crowd starts a “Misawa!” chant. Misawa with some elbows on Hansen. Hansen pays him back with some elbows of his own. He takes Misawa down in a headlock. Misawa breaks out of the hold and stomps on Hansen’s left arm.
Misawa elbows Hansen’s left arm and puts it in an armbar. Pressure applied on Hansen’s shoulder. Misawa knees Hansen’s arm. Hansen counters with headbutts. He tries to whip Misawa across the ropes but Misawa takes him down again with a wristlock and turns it into a hammerlock. Misawa keeps Hansen down by keeping hold of his left arm. Hansen shoves him into the corner. He kicks Misawa’s back a few times. Hansen with a slam on Misawa followed by an elbow. He goes for an early pinfall but Misawa kicks out.
Chinlock by Hansen on Misawa followed by a kick to the back. Hansen uses the ropes to choke Misawa. Referee breaks it up. Hansen continues his attack until Misawa gets in a reverse spin kick. He follows with elbows at Hansen’s head. Hansen knocks Misawa down with a big forearm. Another pin attempt by Hansen. Misawa with some kicks at Hansen and he goes back to a wristlock on Hansen. Hansen falls to the mat. Misawa continues to punish Hansen’s left arm. Hansen tries to break out of the hold and eventually does by kicking at Misawa and knocking him down.
Hansen attacks Misawa with some knee drops across his head. Hansen gets Misawa in a submission hold. He then gets in another elbow at Misawa. Camel clutch by Hansen as the fans start to chant for Misawa. Misawa escapes and kicks at Hansen who rolls to the outside. Hansen tries to get back in the ring and he and Misawa exchange elbows. Misawa finally brings him back in by the arm and again goes to work on Hansen’s left arm.
Misawa sits over Hansen while having him locked in an armbar. Hansen rolls him off but Misawa keeps hold of his left arm. Hansen places Misawa on his shoulders but they end up tangled on the ropes. Misawa keeps hold of Hansen’s left arm but Hansen kicks him off. Misawa kicks Hansen out of the ring. Hansen grabs Misawa but Misawa continues to kick at him. Misawa with more kicks at Hansen. Hansen tries to shoulder tackle Misawa as he enters the ring. Headbutts from Hansen but Misawa lands a bunch of elbows at Hansen’s left shoulder and dropkicks him as well. More kicks and elbows from Misawa. Hansen fights back.
Stan Hansen with a shoulder tackle knocks down Misawa. He DDT’s Misawa! Misawa kicks out of a pin attempt at two. Misawa with more kicks at Hansen. Forearms, elbows, knees and kicks thrown by Misawa at Hansen near the ropes. They go back and forth with elbows! Hard chops from Hansen at Misawa! Hansen with a backdrop driver on Misawa! He goes for the pin but again Misawa kicks out.
More kicks from Hansen at Misawa. Hansen goes for a powerbomb and covers Misawa for the pin but again Misawa kicks out. Hansen goes for another powerbomb but Misawa reverses it and continues to kick at Hansen’s left side. He slams Hansen and climbs up to the top rope and hits a splash. He only gets a two count on Hansen. He goes for a crossface on Hansen. Hansen pulls at Misawa’s hair but instead reaches the ropes to break the hold.
Misawa with a senton on Hansen. He climbs to the top rope and hits a diving elbow smash! He hits a second elbow smash and goes for the pin on Hansen but he kicks out at two! Misawa goes for a wristlock but Hansen hammers him with a lariat. He covers Misawa for the pin but Misawa stretches his leg out to the ropes. Hansen hits an elbow drop on Misawa. He goes for a slam but Misawa gets him with a small package. He gets him a second time with a small package. Misawa elbows Hansen and hits the ropes only Hansen grabs him and slams him down on the mat!
Stan Hansen hits a dropkick on Misawa and covers him for the pin but again Misawa kicks out! Hansen whips Misawa into the ropes and catches him with the jumping high knee. Misawa blocks one lariat attempt by Hansen but Hansen gets him with a lariat with the other arm! Hansen covers Misawa for the pin and gets the victory! Excellent match!
WINNER: Stan Hansen wins the Champion Carnival 1992 Final
SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent collection of Stan Hansen matches. Show started off with a very early Hansen match against The Destroyer. I liked that match but I’m not sure how many would enjoy them sticking to the same series of moves (headlock/headscissors) for much of the match. Hansen was in his bleach-blond haired phase in that match. They then followed with Hansen’s first match returning to All Japan Pro Wrestling after jumping from New Japan. That one match was probably the shortest of all on the show but it was very similar to Hansen’s squash matches in the U.S. The other matches were good or excellent. The last two matches were excellent.