Written By Alfredo Esparza
All Japan Classics #3
Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk vs. The Sheik & Abdullah The Butcher in the Open Tag League 1977 Final
Taped 12/15/1977 at Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan
Both teams start to brawl as soon as Abdullah The Butcher and The Sheik arrive. The Funks welcome them with their fists! Referee tries to break them apart to start the match. He decides to get the match started as the two teams brawl. Dory keeps Abdullah out of the ring while Terry chokes The Sheik. The Sheik starts to bleed seconds into the match. They finally all break apart with the Sheik and Abdullah going to the outside.
Dory Funk Jr. slams The Sheik’s head into the ring post. Abdullah The Butcher enters the ring and Dory is on him quickly with some stomps! He lands a punch across Abdullah’s head and we see that Abdullah is also bleeding. Dory attacks The Sheik and then drops several elbows on Abdullah. The Sheik stops him. Terry tries to make the save for Dory. The Sheik chokes Dory Funk Jr. Terry Funk gets involved and all four men are in the ring. Terry delivers several headbutts at Abdullah’s forehead. Dory chokes The Sheik.
Abdullah counters with some karate chops that knocks Terry down. Dory continues to elbow The Sheik and goes for the spinning toe hold but Abdullah makes the save. Terry Funk tags in and he struts a bit. He delivers some punches at The Sheik to the delight of the fans and knocks him down and goes for a pin but The Sheik kicks out. Dory tags back in. Terry bites at The Sheik’s forehead. They whip him into the ropes and punch him. The Sheik is able to tag in Abdullah The Butcher.
Abdullah whips Dory into the ropes and catches him with some chops. He follows with a running elbow drop for a two-count! The Sheik uses a foreign object on Dory Funk Jr. that sends him to the outside. Referee chekcs with the Sheik for a weapon. Dory gets back in the ring. He kicks and uppercuts Abdullah! Dory suplexes Abdullah and gets a two-count as The Sheik makes the save. Hard chops from Dory and then he misses a dropkick at Abdullah. He’s able to send Abdullah into the corner and tags in Terry Funk. Double-team atomic drop by the Funks!
Terry covers Abdullah for the pin but only gets a two-count. Headbutt by Abdullah. The Sheik uses a weapon again on Terry Funk. He brings it in and uses it on Terry’s right arm and he starts to bleed from it. Dory Funk Jr. punches away at The Sheik. Abdullah comes in and continues to use the weapon on Terry’s right arm. The Sheik comes in again and uses the weapon on Terry’s arm. Blood flows down Terry’s right arm! Fans start throwing trash into the ring. Referee tries to stop Abdullah The Butcher but also tries to keep Dory Funk Jr. out of the ring. The Sheik back in and he continues the attack. Terry knocks him off but Abdullah gets back in.
Terry Funk punches away at Abdullah The Butcher and he drops his weapon. Dory tags back in. He takes on both opponents and tosses The Sheik to the outside. Dory goes and checks on Terry. Referee starts a count on the Funks so Dory Funk Jr. gets back into the ring. Abdullah with a running elbow drop on Dory for a two-count! He kicks Dory and goes for another elbow drop but again only gets a two-count. The Sheik jumps back into the ring and uses his weapon.
Dory Funk Jr. fights back! He takes away the weapon and uses it on The Sheik and Abdullah The Butcher! The Sheik knocks Dory down and starts to bite his forehead. Abdullah and The Sheik put the weapon in Dory’s mouth! Terry Funk gets his arm bandaged up and gets back into the ring! He punches away at both of his opponents. All four men are in the ring brawling. Dory sends The Sheik to the outside. Abdullah sends Terry to the outside.
Abdullah and Terry brawl outside the ring. The Sheik gets back in the ring and punches the referee. He continues the attack on Dory Funk Jr. Referee calls for the bell and disqualifies The Sheik and Abdullah The Butcher. The Sheik takes another swing at the referee. All four men back in the ring and they continue to brawl.
Several wrestlers get in the rnig and try to break them apart. Abdullah and The Sheik finally leave the ring. Referee raises up both Funk Brothers arms in the air to declare them the winners.
WINNERS: The Funks
Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk vs. Bruiser Brody & Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (w/ Stan “The Lariat” Hansen) in the Real World Tag League 1981 Final
Taped 12/13/1981 at Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
Bruiser Brody and Jimmy Snuka are accompanied to the ring by Stan “The Lariat” Hansen who just made the jump from New Japan Pro Wrestling to All Japan Pro Wrestling! Crowd pops for Hansen’s appearance! The referee warns Stan Hansen about interfering. Crowd starts to chant Hansen’s name!
Terry Funk and Jimmy Snuka start the match. Terry slaps at Snuka. Side headlock by Terry and he knocks Snuka down a few times off the ropes. Snuka whips Terry into the ropes and catches him with a body slam. Terry slams Snuka and then charges off the ropes with an elbow drop. He tags in Dory Funk Jr. and they both whip Snuka into the ropes and catch him with elbows.
Dory Funk Jr. attemps a double underhook suplex on Snuka and goes for a pin but Snuka kicks out and tags in Brody! Brody huffs as he enters the ring. He whips Dory into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick and goes for a pin but Dory quickly escapes. Terry tags back in. Brody rakes Terry’s eyes and then whips him into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick!
Brody with a hard chop across Terry’s chest. He follows with some kicks at Terry. Brody slams Terry and then lands a knee across his head and gets a two-count. Terry Funk gets back up and he brings Brody over to his corner and tags in Dory. Dory delivers some uppercuts and catches Brody with a dropkick. Brody heads over and tags in Snuka.
Snuka whips Dory into the ropes but Dory knocks him down and then catches him a second time in mid-air and goes for a spinning toe hold. Brody makes the save for Snuka. Terry charges in and knocks Brody off the ring apron. Snuka gets Dory in a side headlock. He tags Brody back in and he kicks Dory and takes him down in a side headlock.
Brody tags Snuka back in and he keeps Dory in a side headlock. Dory tries to break out of it with no luck. Snuka tags Brody back in and he lays in a few hard shots at Dory. Terry tries to help his brother out. Dory recovers and gets a couple of uppercuts on Brody. The Funks then double-team slam Brody. Terry Funk gets in the ring. He delivers some hard chops and elbows at Brody in the corner. Terry whips him into the corner but Brody kicks him and then whips him into the corner and sends Terry over the top rope and to the floor. Jimmy Snuka teases doing a dive off the top rope at Terry!
Terry Funk gets back in the ring but Brody grabs him and takes him down with a suplex. Another near fall by Brody with Terry kicking out. Brody sends Terry into Snuka’s knee and then tags Snuka in. Snuka whips Terry into the ropes and delivers a hard chop followed by some stomps on Terry. Terry tosses Snuka to the outside but Snuka gets back into the ring and goes for a sling shot plancha for a near fall on Terry Funk! Terry counters with a backdrop. He tags in Dory Funk Jr. Dory tosses Snuka to the outside.
Terry Funk climbs up to the top rope and lands a flying body press onto Snuka. Brody grabs Terry and sends him into the crowd. Dory Funk Jr. brings Snuka back in with a suplex and gets a two-count. He whips Snuka into the ropes and gets him in an abdominal stretch! Brody lands a forearm across Dory’s back to help Snuka break out of the hold. Snuka goes for a sunset flip off the ropes on Dory but only gets a two-count.
Dory Funk Jr. piledrives Snuka and gets a two-count. He tags in Terry who lands an elbow at Snuka and then tosses him at Brody. Brody tags in and tosses his elbow pad at Terry Funk! The two exchange punches near the ropes! Crowd pops for this. Terry’s nose starts to bleed. They lock-up again and Brody takes Terry into his coorner. Snuka hold Terry so Brody can charge at him with a kick and then a chop. Snuka tags back in.
Snuka beats on Terry Funk but Terry makes a comeback. He kicks Snuka in the mid-section and tags in Dory Funk Jr. He holds onto Snuka’s right leg so Dory can kneedrop him off the ropes. The Funks continue to attack Snuka’s right leg with quick tags and each taking turns. Dory Funk Jr. goes for a spinning toe hold on Snuka. Brody tries to make the save but Terry gets him in a spinning toe hold of his own. Brody kicks Terry off and the two head to the outside. Brody sends Terry at Hansen’s direction and Stan catches Terry with the lariat!
Dory Funk Jr. continues to have Snuka in a spinning toe hold but Snuka is able to knock him off. Dory heads over to the outside to check on Terry. Dory gets back in the ring and fires away at Snuka. He lands some elbow drops on Snuka. Brody comes in and Dory tosses him to the outside. Dory sends Brody into the ring post. They get back in the ring. Dory continues to punch away on Brody’s bloody forehead! He whips Brody into the ropes but Brody catches him with a kick and tags in Snuka.
Snuka beats on Dory and slams him. He climbs to the top rope and lands a diving headbutt on Dory Funk Jr.! He covers Dory for the pin but Dory kicks out at TWO! Brody tags back in and he kicks Dory and follows with a suplex. He goes for a pin but again Dory kicks out! Brody continues his attack on Dory and gets him with a backbreaker. Another near fall with Dory kicking out! Snuka back in and he headbutts Dory Funk Jr. He slams Dory and then runs and goes for a splash but Dory raises his knees up and knocks Snuka down.
Dory Funk Jr. picks up Snuka and drops his knee across his leg. Dory goes for the spinning toe hold! Snuka is able to reach out and tag in Brody. Brody climbs the top rope and lands a chop across Dory’s head and then charges from the corner with a running knee drop for the win!
WINNERS: Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka
Stan Hansen runs into the ring to celebrate with Bruiser Brody and Jimmy Snuka. They are given their trophies. Dory Funk Jr. gets back into the ring and they all attack Dory! Hansen beats on Dory. Jumbo Tsuruta and Giant Baba run in and help Dory out! Wild brawl ensues. Hansen takes on Jumbo and Baba before leaving the ring.
They show everyone still brawling backstage in the locker rooms. Hansen is shown screaming backstage wanting revenge.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent episode. Two great tag team brawls with the second match also featuring Stan Hansen’s debut in All Japan Pro Wrestling.