Written By Alfredo Esparza
All Japan Classics #9
The British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith) vs. Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat)
Taped 5/12/1989 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
The Dynamite Kid and Dan Kroffat start the match. Crowd is very vocal as the match starts off. They slap each other’s chest and the match gets going with Dynamite Kid getting Kroffat with a suplex. They both tag out and Davey Boy and Furnas get into the ring. Davey Boy gets Furnas in a full nelson that Furnas tries to power out of but instead he reaches the ropes to break the hold.
Furnas now gets Davey Boy in a full nelson and Smith tries to power out of it. He too ends up going for the ropes to break the hold. They go for a test of strength with the crowd clapping them on as each takes turns showing off their strength. Smith starts to drop Furnas down to the mat but Furnas powers back up. Davey Boy goes with a kick. They hit the ropes and shoulder block each other with no result. Smith whips Furnas into the ropes but again they don’t knock each other down.
Dynamite Kid and Kroffat tag back in. Kroffat with an elbow sends Dynamite Kid to the outside. He follows with a tope suicida to the outside! Dynamite counters a suplex and gets Kroffat in one instead on the floor. They get back in the ring and Dynamite whips Kroffat into the ropes and catches him with a fast clothesline. Davey Boy tags back in. Kroffat goes for a spin kick at Smith.
Kroffat with a side headlock but Smith shoots him into the ropes and goes for a backdrop only Kroffat lands on his feet and catches Davey Boy with a kick. Kroffat follows that up with a monkey flip that Davey Boy does a cartwheel out of to the surprise of the fans. Furnas tags back in and whips Smith into the ropes and leap frogs him a few times and then catches him with a dropkick to the delight of the fans. Furnas then gorilla press slams Smith. Furnas does a backflip and rushes at Smith who moves and picks up Furnas in a gorilla press slam of his own. He follows that up with a flip of his own into a pose! Fans loving this match!
The Dynamite Kid tags in and he takes down Furnas into an armlock and headscissors combination. He drops a fist across Furnas and then climbs to the top rope. He hits Furnas with a dropkick for a near fall as Kroffat makes the save. Davey Boy tags back in and he goes up against Kroffat now. Kroffat with a hard chop and he whips Smith into the ropes and catches him with a spin kick. He goes for a second spin kick but Smith grabs his leg and drops it across his knee.
The Dynamite Kid back in the ring and he goes to work on Kroffat’s left leg. He gets Kroffat in a Boston Crab. Furnas charges at him and drops him with a clothesline. Kid tags in Davey Boy who goes for La Tapatia on Kroffat. Furnas stomps on Smith to break La Tapatia. Kroffat tags Furnas back in and he catches Smith with a dropkick for a near fall.
Furnas kicks and twists Smith’s left leg. He tags Kroffat back in who lands a senton on Smith. Kroffat with a slam and he climbs to the top rope and goes for a body press but Smith catches him and rolls through for a near fall of his own. Davey tags in Dynamite and places Kroffat on the top rope. Dynamite Kid with a superplex on Kroffat. They both stay on the mat for a bit. Dynamite tags Smith back in and Kroffat tags Furnas.
Furnas with some forearms and he follows up with a Texas Cloverleaf. Referee can be heard asking Smith if he gives up which he yells out “NO” a few times. Furnas breaks the hold and tags Kroffat who goes for an ankle lock on Smith. Kroffat with a German Suplex for a near fall but Dynamite breaks it up. Kroffat goes and argues with Dynamite and Smith surprises him with a pin attempt that Kroffat was able to escape. Kroffat with a leglock but Dynamite lands a legdrop to break the hold.
Dynamite Kid and Furnas now in the match and Furnas catches him with a clothesline in the corner. Furnas follows that up with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall! Davey Boy tags in and Furnas grabs him and takes him down with a suplex for another near fall. He slams Davey Boy and climbs to the top rope and lands a plancha on Smith for another near fall.
Kroffat tags in and Can-Am Express with a double shoulder tackle on Smith. He whips Smith into the ropes but Smith kicks him and reaches out and tags Dynamite. Dynamite Kid misses a headbutt and Kroffat gets him in a Tiger Driver for a near fall. Dynamite charges at Kroffat who tosses him over the top rope to the floor.
The Dynamite Kid climbs up on the ring apron and Kroffat superkicks him off. Kroffat tries to bring him back into the ring but Dynamite counters. Dynamite with a backdrop on Kroffat for the pin.
WINNERS: The British Bulldogs
Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba vs. Stan “The Lariat” Hansen & Bruiser Brody in the World Tag Team League Final
Taped 4/28/1983 at Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium in Kyoto, Japan
Hansen and Brody’s entrance includes them mixing their two entrance songs which was pretty cool. Jumbo and Hansen start the match and Jumbo whips Hansen into the ropes and knocks him down. He catches Hansen with some forearms and gets him in a front facelock. Hansen carries him over to his corner and tags Brody. Jumbo fights off Hansen as Brody charges at him with a kick.
Brody knocks Jumbo down but hits the ropes again and Jumbo catches him with a body slam. Test of strength with Brody gaining the advantage early on. Brody tags in Hansen and whips Jumbo into the ropes and Hansen catches Tsuruta with a dropkick and follows with an elbow drop for a near fall. Snapmare into a chinolock by Hansen. Jumbo back up but Hansen tags in Brody who kicks Tsuruta and then whips him into the ropes and catches him with an elbow. He follows with a legdrop for another near fall.
Jumbo gets caught in a bear hug by Brody. Brody tags in Hansen who whips Tsuruta into the ropes and again gets him in a bear hug. Hansen tags Brody in and he charges with a knee to Jumbo’s back as Hansen held him in the bear hug. Dropkick from Brody for a near fall. Hansen back in and he whips Tsuruta into the ropes and Jumbo catches him with a sunset flip for a near fall.
Hansen back up and he starts to hit Tsuruta with some elbows but Jumbo fights back with elbow smashes of his own. Some slaps thrown as both get fired up. Hansen takes Jumbo back down with a side headlock. Brody back in and he catches Tsuruta with a kick to the face and then whips him into the ropes and delivers another kick. More kicks from Brody and a punch from Hansen. They whip Jumbo into the ropes and catch him with a double elbow. Baba tries to tag in but Tsuruta’s getting destroyed by Hansen. Hansen with an elbow drop for a near fall.
Hansen tags Brody back in and they continue to beat on Jumbo. Brody whips Tsuruta into the ropes but Jumbo catches him with a big boot and heads over and tags in Giant Baba! Brody charges after Baba and they exchange blows as Baba enters the ring. Baba whips Brody into the ropes and lands a kick. Hansen runs in and gets kicked too. Brody runs over and chops Baba but Baba chops him back! Baba whips Brody into the ropes but Brody catches him with some kicks and tags in Hansen. Hansen with some punches and forearms. He goes for a piledriver on Baba for a two count. Knee drop across Baba’s throat.
Hansen gets Baba in a reverse chinlock. Baba gets up but Hansen tags in Brody who whips Baba into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick. Brody then slams Baba and goes for the pin but Baba kicks out. Reverse chinlock on Baba. Baba heads to his corner and tags in Jumbo who lands an elbow across Brody’s head. He follows by whipping Brody into the ropes and catching him with the jumping high knee. Brody’s able to extend his arm out and tag in Hansen as Jumbo’s holding on to his right leg.
Jumbo and Hansen square off before locking up again. Tsuruta attacks Hansen’s left arm. He slams it across his shoulder and then uses the ropes to cause more damage. Baba tags in and continues to attack Hansen’s left arm. He drops down and keeps attacking it. Baba kicks at Hansen’s left arm. Hansen chops Baba with his right arm and tags in Brody. They knock Baba down.
Brody delivers some chops at Baba who fights back but Brody kicks him in the head. He tags in Hansen who charges at Baba with a knee to the head. Hansen stomps on Baba. Forearm from Hansen followed by a whip to the ropes but Baba kicks Hansen in the face and tags Jumbo. Tsuruta with a jumping high knee on Hansen. Brody runs into the ring and Jumbo catches him with the jumping high knee and that sends Brody back out of the ring.
Jumbo with some chops at Hansen and then he gets him in an abdominal stretch. Brody climbs to the top rope and drops an elbow across Jumbo’s back to break that hold. Hansen tags in Brody who whips Tsuruta ino the ropes and catches him with a kick. Jumbo surprises Brody with a Thesz Press for a two count! Hansen makes the save. Brody with a backbreaker and Hansen with a knee drop off the middle rope. Hansen motions for the lariat! Brody whips Jumbo into the ropes and Hansen catches him with the lariat. Baba tries to make the save but Baba stops him. Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody get the win!
WINNERS: Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen
After match, Hansen and Brody get a giant $100,000 check and some trophies for their win.
Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. The Road Warriors (Animal & Hawk) (w/ Paul Ellering) in a 2-out-of-3 falls match for the NWA International Tag Team Titles.
Taped 3/9/1985 Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan
Road Warrior Hawk and Jumbo Tsuruta start the match in the first fall and the crowd loves it. Jumbo with a side headlock on Hawk. He gets in an elbow and tries to hook Hawk but Hawk reaches his corner and tags in Animal but before getting out he lands some shoulder tackles into Jumbo. Animal with a slam on Jumbo but he misses an elbow.
Jumbo gets Animal in a full nelson but Animal breaks it easily and hits Jumbo with an elbow to the face. Animal poses for the fans and tags in Hawk. Test of strength with Hawk taking Tsuruta down. Jumbo escapes and kicks Hawk and tags in Tenryu. Hawk gets a knee in on Tenryu and then gorilla press slams Tenryu. He follows with a fist drop. Hawk whips Tenryu into the ropes and lands an elbow. Neckbreaker by Hawk and he tags in Animal. Animal with several backbreakers on Tenryu.
Animal kicks at Tenryu and tags in Hawk. Tenryu kicks and chops at Hawk and whips him into the ropes and hits him with an elbow. He tags in Jumbo and they catch Hawk with a double fist! Jumbo gets Hawk in an abdominal stretch but Animal makes the save and kicks Jumbo away. Hawk with some punches thrown at Tsuruta. He whips Jumbo into the ropes and punches him in the mid-section. Tsuruta fights back with some kicks and punches of his own. Hawk tags in Animal.
Crowd starts a loud chant as Animal gets Jumbo in the corner and whips him across the ring only Jumbo moves out of the way. Tenryu tags back in and he goes after Animal’s left arm. Animal rakes Tenryu’s face and follows with a knee lift. Hawk back in and he suplexes Tenryu. Tenry escapes a pin attempt and then gets back up and slams Hawk. Jumbo tags in and lands an elbow on Hawk off the top rope.
Jumbo with the Boston Crab on Hawk but Animal kicks him to break the hold. Hawk beats on Tsuruta and whips him into the corner but Jumbo reverses. Hawk still catches Jumbo with a forearm to the face. Animal tags in and whips Tsuruta across the ropes but Jumbo ducks a clothesline and catches Animal with the jumping high knee! Hawk makes the save on a pin attempt.
Tenryu charges in and dropkicks Hawk away. Animal uses the distraction with the referee getting Tenryu out of the ring to whip Jumbo across the ropes and Hawk comes in and catches him with a clothesline for the pin. The Road Warriors win the first fall.
Second fall starts with Hawk attacking Jumbo Tsuruta in the corner with several forearms to the back. Hawk kicks and punches at Jumbo. Jumbo fights back and tags in Tenryu. Tenryu with some chops followed by an enziguiri. Backdrop by Tenryu on Hawk gets him a two count. Front facelock by Tenryu. Hawk gets him in the corner and starts to punch away at him. He whips Tenryu into the ropes but Tenryu ducks a clothesline and tags in Jumbo.
Tsuruta whips Hawk into the ropes and catches him with the jumping high knee! He follows with a side suplex on Hawk and gets a pin attempt but Animal stops him. Animal tosses Tenryu over the top rope but Tenryu lands on the ring apron. Referee gets Animal out of the ring and while that’s going on. Tenryu shoves Jumbo on top of Hawk for the pin. Hawk and Animal think they got the win but Jumbo raised his shoulder while on top of Hawk who had his shoulders down.
The Road Warriors attack Jumbo and Tenryu and the referee calls for the bell. Paul Ellering climbs onto the ring apron. Hawk shoves the referee down. Referee motions over to call the match as he disqualifies the Road Warriors. Jumbo and Tenryu start to fight back but they all continue to brawl. The wrestlers ringside try to separate both teams.
WINNERS: Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta by DQ
Just when it seems they’ve calmed everything down. Both teams keep attacking each other. Paul Ellering slams some of the other wrestlers that tried to stop everyone from brawling. Fans start a “Let Them Go” chant wanting to see both teams continue the match.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Another good episode of All Japan Classics. Thought the first match between the British Bulldogs and Can-Am Express was the best match on the show. Really liked it when Furnas and Davey Boy were in the match and the fans in attendance seemed to feel the same way. Second match felt more like Brody & Hansen dominating a lot of their match with Jumbo & Baba making some comebacks until they were eventually beaten. Road Warriors vs. Jumbo & Tenryu was fun but thought they came up with an interesting way to end the match early and still keeping both teams strong.