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All Japan Classics #6

Written By Alfredo Esparza

All Japan Classics Ep. #6

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Animal Hamaguchi

Taped 3/13/1986 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

Animal Hamaguchi tosses the flowers given to him into the crowd. He stares down Jumbo Tsuruta during the introductions. Hamaguchi attacks Jumbo before the bell rings with a dropkick. He beats on him and whips him into the ropes and catches Jumbo with an elbow. He goes for a diving elbow at Jumbo. Hamaguchi follows with a headscissors and even pulls at Jumbo’s arm and nose while having him in the hold.

Jumbo rolls to the ropes to break out of Hamaguchi’s hold. They both end up outside and Hamaguchi tosses Jumbo into the guardrail. Hamaguchi heads back into the ring and celebrates a bit. Jumbo gets back in the ring and Hamaguchi quickly gets him in a headlock. Jumbo whips Hamaguchi into the ropes and gets him with a jumping high knee. He follows with some knees to the mid-section and a stomp. Tsuruta catches Hamaguchi with an enziguiri that sends Animal to the outside.

Hamaguchi gets back into the ring and Jumbo delivers a few forearms across his back. He goes for a double under hook suplex for a near fall. Jumbo goes for a piledriver on Hamaguchi turning him around for the crowd to see before dropping him. He goes for the pin on Hamaguchi but picks him back up to punish him a little more. Hamaguchi counters with a backdrop and goes for the pin but Jumbo kicks out at two.

Hamaguchi goes for a piledriver of his own. He chops Jumbo who got back up from the piledriver. Jumbo whips him into the ropes and tosses him across the ring and Hamaguchi flies over the top rope. They brawl outside the ring with Jumbo delivering some hard chops and tossing him into the ring post. Jumbo gets back in the ring and raises his fist into the air before going after Hamaguchi again on the ring apron. He delivers some forearms across his chest and then brings him back into the ring with a suplex. He goes for a pinfall but Hamaguchi kicks out.

Jumbo whips Hamaguchi into the ropes but misses an elbow. Hamaguchi catches him with a clothesline and goes for a pin but Jumbo kicks out. Jumbo gets Hamaguchi with a backdrop but can’t get the pin on him. He whips Hamaguchi into the ropes and charges after him only Hamaguchi moves out of the way and Jumbo hits the corner. Hamaguchi goes for a pin again but Jumbo kicks out. Slam by Hamaguchi and he climbs to the top rope and hits a flying clothesline at Jumbo and gets another near fall. Hamaguchi whips Jumbo into the ropes and gets him with a Samoan drop for a two count.

Hamaguchi goes for a piledriver again but Jumbo lifts him up and sends him to the outside. Jumbo gets Hamaguchi with a piledriver on the floor. Hamaguchi gets back into the ring but Jumbo’s ready and whips him into the ropes and gets him with a lariat. Jumbo climbs to the top rope and goes for a jumping knee that sends Hamaguchi to the floor. He follows with a Thesz Press to get the pin on Hamaguchi!

WINNER: Jumbo Tsuruta

They air a highlight reel recapping the match.

Jumbo Tsuruta © vs. Genichiro Tenryu for the Triple Crown

Taped 4/20/89 at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan.

Loud chants for Tenryu before the bell rings. They lock-up in the center of the ring. Tenryu tries to break cleanly when they reach the ropes but Jumbo chops him across the chest. Tenryu surprises Jumbo with a quick enziguiri and a couple of chops. He catches Jumbo with a lariat for a near fall. Jumbo fires up! They lock-up again and Jumbo knees Tenryu in the mid-section and follows with a dropkick.

More chants for Tenryu who takes Jumbo down with a side headlock. Jumbo breaks out of the headlock and gets Tenryu in the corner where he elbows him across the face. They get back on the ropes and have a staredown as they break away until Tenryu slaps Jumbo across the face. He then grabs Jumbo and slams him. Tenryu follows with a kneedrop and quickly gets Jumbo in a headscissors. Jumbo breaks out and gets Tenryu in a leglock. Tenryu reaches the ropes to break the hold and kicks Jumbo’s back. Jumbo rolls to the outside.

Jumbo tries to get back into the ring but Tenryu threatens to kick him. He finally gets back in the ring and Tenryu tries to grab hold of him. Jumbo delivers a few elbows and follows with a bulldog for a two-count. He grabs Tenryu in a sleeper hold. Some uppercuts by Jumbo followed by the jumping knee at Tenryu for yet another near fall. He gets Tenryu in a chinlock.

Jumbo delivers some elbows across Tenryu’s head. He picks Tenryu up and tries for a backdrop but Tenryu blocks him. Tsuruta eventually backdrops Tenryu and gets a two-count out of it. He stomps on Tenryu and whips him into the ropes again and gets him in a sleeper hold. Tenryu reaches the ropes to break the hold. Jumbo with some more forearms at Tenryu who counters with a hard chop. Tenryu follows with a kick to Jumbo’s face and he chops him to the outside. Tsuruta falls to the floor.

Tenryu follows with a tope suicida to the outside at Tsuruta! He gets back in the ring. Tsuruta follows but Tenryu charges at him and knocks him off with a lariat only Jumbo’s leg gets caught on the middle rope. Jumbo tries to hang on and stay on the ring but Tenryu kicks him off. Tsuruta gets dropkicked as he tries to get back ni the ring. Tenryu then goes for a suplex but Jumbo escapes and kicks away at Tenryu.

Jumbo then climbs to the top rope but Tenryu catches him and chops him. He then grabs Tsuruta and power slams him to the mat but Jumbo rolls over and gets another near fall on Tenryu! Tenryu goes for a power bomb but Tsuruta blocks him. Tenryu goes thru and sunset flips Tsuruta for a near fall. Jumbo back up goes for a jumping knee at Tenryu and gets another near fall. Tsuruta gets Tenryu with a power bomb. He covers him for the pin and it’s over! Jumbo wins!

Several referees and the referee check on Tenryu who seemed to land badly when taking the power bomb. Jumbo is given his titles and trophy while everyone else checks on Tenryu. Tenryu rolls out of the ring on his own.

WINNER: Jumbo Tsuruta

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa for the Triple Crown #1 Contendership

Taped 9/1/1990 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

Misawa and Jumbo lock-up and get tangled on the ropes as they break away Misawa goes for an elbow but Jumbo blocks it. Jumbo gets Misawa on the ropes a few seconds later and goes for an only this time Misawa blocks it. Jumbo whips Misawa into the ropes and goes for the jumping high knee but Misawa slips away from him at that point but Jumbo then catches him with a knee to the mid-section.

Tsuruta gets in an elbow at Misawa’s mid-section. He goes for a second as the crowd cheers on. Third elbow to the mid-section. Double ax handle followed by knee lifts from Jumbo. Crowd cheers loudly for Misawa but that doesn’t deter Jumbo from his all-out attack on Misawa. He whips him into the corner but Misawa catches him with a kick. Misawa climbs to the top rope and goes for a body press at Jumbo. He slams Tsuruta and follows with a senton for a near fall.

Misawa gets Tsuruta in a chinlock. He switches over to a front facelock which allows Jumbo to escape and get in a few knees into Misawa. Tsuruta whips him into the ropes but Misawa gets him with a roll-up for a near fall. Jumbo gets him in a surfboard. Misawa powers out and reverses the surfboard on Tsuruta. Jumbo then reverses out of the hold but Misawa is able to get him back in it. Another reversal by Jumbo but Misawa gets him with a dropkick to break away.

Misawa gets Jumbo in an armbar but quickly grabs hold of both his arms and they’re back in the same hold until Jumbo reaches the ropes. Jumbo with an elbow and then tosses Misawa to the outside. Tsuruta follows to the outside but Misawa is quickly back in the ring. Misawa greets Jumbo with an elbow to the face as he returns to the ring. He then follows with more elbows! Crowd cheers on Misawa.

Jumbo counters with a big boot to Misawa’s head followed by some chops. He whips Misawa into the ropes and catches him with a jumping high knee for a near fall! Tsuruta with a big forearm followed by a slam. He goes for the Boston Crab on Misawa but he reaches the ropes. Tsuruta gets Misawa in an abdominal stretch. He drops to the mat and tries to get the pin on Misawa while switching over to just holding onto Misawa’s legs.

Toe hold by Jumbo on Misawa. Misawa reaches the rope to force the break. Jumbo with some elbows at Misawa’s face! Follows with an upper cut that knocks Misawa to the mat. Tsuruta with a neckbreaker for a pin attempt. More elbows from Jumbo but Misawa strikes back! Misawa gets in a few elbows of his own and slams Jumbo’s head into the top turnbuckle. Follows with a snapmare into a headscissors.

Jumbo escapes and slaps at Misawa’s back. Misawa counters with kicks at Jumbo. He gets a two count on Tsuruta. More kicks by Misawa but Jumbo stays standing and delivers a hard elbow at Misawa. Jumbo whips Misawa into the ropes and delivers an elbow at Misawa’s head. He only gets a two-count. Tsuruta goes for a piledriver on Misawa and again only gets a two-count.

More forearms at Misawa’s back followed by a double underhook suplex for a two count. Misawa gets back up and whips Tsuruta into the ropes and goes for a body attack for a pin. Jumbo back up and Misawa kicks him. Misawa gets whipped into the ropes and goes for a reverse tope but Jumbo grabs him by the hair and knocks him down to the mat. He gets a near fall. Jumbo whips Misawa into the ropes and goes for the Thesz Press but only gets a two-count.

Jumbo Tsuruta goes for a backdrop but Misawa reverses and lands on Jumbo for a pin attempt. Jumbo reverses that and gets another near fall. He gets back up and gets Misawa with more knees and elbows. Jumbo goes for a backdrop but Misawa blocks it. Both exchange elbows and Jumbo starts slapping and punching at Misawa! Misawa rolls to the floor.

Jumbo goes after Misawa on the outside. He whips Misawa into the guardrail. He tosses him over the guardrail into the crowd and grabs a chair. Tsuruta hits Misawa’s back. Fans start to chant even louder for Misawa as both return to the ring. Jumbo throws Misawa back to the outside. Misawa gets in some elbows at Jumbo as he returns. He climbs to the top rope and hits Tsuruta with an elbow.

Misawa with a baseball slide kick sends Jumbo to the outside floor. He then follows with a plancha over the top rope! Misawa snapmares Jumbo back into the ring and then slams him. He climbs to the top rope and goes for a diving elbow that sends Jumbo down to the mat. Misawa only gets a two-count on Tsuruta! He whips Jumbo into the ropes and gets him with an elbow to the face. More elbows in the corner by Misawa! He kicks Tsuruta too. Referee stops him.

More elbows from Misawa but Jumbo counters with headbutts! He follows with a dropkick at Misawa and covers him for the pin but Misawa kicks out at two! Jumbo with a powerslam on Misawa and he goes for the pin but Misawa’s leg is draped on the bottom rope. Tsuruta goes for a powerbomb but Misawa battles to block it. Jumbo slaps Misawa’s back and picks him up for the powerbomb. Misawa reverses it with a rana and gets a two-count!

Misawa with an elbow and he tries for a suplex but Jumbo escapes. Jumbo misses a lariat off the ropes. Misawa catches him with a German suplex for a near fall. Misawa goes for the Tiger Driver but Jumbo shoves him into the corner. Misawa then leaps over Jumbo and falls to the mat. Jumbo goes for the pin but Misawa kicks out. Tsuruta whips Misawa into the ropes and catches him with the jumping high knee. He then gets him with a second jumping high knee.

Misawa recovers sooner and kicks Jumbo. He climbs to the top rope but Jumbo blocks him and climbs up and suplexes Misawa out of the corner. Tsuruta follows with a backdrop driver for a pin attempt but Misawa kicks out at TWO!!! Jumbo asks the referee if that was only two. Misawa with an elbow to Jumbo’s face.

Both men are back up and exchange elbows. Jumbo catches Misawa with a kick and then takes him down with the lariat. Tsuruta with the backdrop driver on Misawa for the pin!

WINNER: Jumbo Tsuruta

SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent episode of All Japan Classics that featured more matches from Jumbo Tsuruta’s career. Thought Jumbo’s matches with Tenryu and Misawa were great. The Hamaguchi match I thought was very good but he’s just not at the level of the other two who were wrestling Jumbo.

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