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Default All Japan Pro Wrestling (1983): The King's Road to Glory


Let me take you back... back to the age of giants... back to the age where legends were more than just fabled stories of old and were living, breathing, thriving entities. This was the age of war. As a slumbering titan in the west was about to stir from its slumber and wreak havoc, two titans of the east were already in the middle of slugging it against each other for ultimate supremacy of a country... and perhaps potentially the world. The Lion vs. The King.

Eleven years removed from the formation of both companies, New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling have continued their feud of philosophies into the new decade of the 80s. Antonio Inoki's NJPW's more shoot-style promotion at the start of our story has the edge business-wise with his recent shows packing in more people than Giant Baba's more western-influenced AJPW. While Inoki's roster is chock full of talent (and with quite the roster full of westerners), Baba's more homegrown roster may arguably be the more talented of the two.

With a solid foundation in place to make their charge up to New Japan's level and potentially surpass them, All Japan pushed forward into 1983 with some momentum on their side and with the prize of becoming the number one promotion in Japan certainly within their grasp.

This is the story of The King's Road to Glory.
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All Japan Pro Wrestling Roster (January 1983)







Bruiser Brody | Genichiro Tenryu | Giant Baba | Jumbo Tsuruta | Stan Hansen | Terry Funk
Atsushi Onita | Dory Funk Jr. | Harley Race | Mitsuharu Misawa | Kodo Fuyuki | Umanosuke Ueda
Akio Sato | Ashura Hara | Chavo Guerrero | Masanobu Fuchi | Motoshi Okuma | Takashi Ishikawa | Tarzan Goto | The Great Kabuki
Goro Tsurumi | Mighty Inoue | Mil Mascaras | Rocky Hata
Apollo Suguwara | Mitsuo Momota | Shinji Sasazaki
Toshiaki Kawada


All Japan Pro Wrestling Champions (January 1983)

NWA International Heavyweight (100): Bruiser Brody (2) - April 21st, 1982 - Present
PWF World Heavyweight (90): Harley Race (1) - October 26th, 1982 - Present
NWA United National (88): Jumbo Tsuruta (5) - October 24th, 1982 - Present

NWA International Tag Team (85): Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta (4) - October 19th, 1979 - Present
AJPW All-Asia Tag Team (68): Akio Sato & Takashi Ishikawa (1) - June 11th, 1981 - Present





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The story so far...

Real World Tag League Victory Makes Funks Triple Title Threat: The Funk brothers - Dory Jr. and Terry - claimed victory in the prestigious Real World Tag League for the third time in their career. With their victory, they have earned a total of three title shots over the course of the New Year Giant Series Tour. Both brothers will challenge for singles gold with Dory Jr. set to challenge Bruiser Brody for his NWA International Heavyweight Championship and Terry set to challenge Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA United National Championship. By virtue of winning the tag tournament, the brothers are also in line for a shot at Giant Baba & Tsuruta's NWA International Tag Team Championships. Both singles title challenges are expected to take place at the tour's closing night with the tag title match to be held on a to-be-determined television taping during the tour.

Baba's Quest for PWF Title Redemption: Giant Baba's 1,300+ day second reign with the PWF World Heavyweight Championship came to a close nearly three months ago when Harley Race dethroned him in Obihiro. A victory in the Real World Tag League by Baba's team of himself and Tsuruta over Race and Dick Slater has put the founder of AJPW first in line for a shot at Race's championship.

All-Asia Tag Team Challenge Set: By virtue of a tie with the AJPW All-Asia Tag Team champions during the Real World Tag League tour, Mighty Inoue and Rocky Hata will receive a 60-minute time limit title shot at champions Akio Sato and Takashi Ishikawa at the closing night of the tour




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New Year Giant Series - Day 1 (TV)

Special 20-Man Battle Royal: Akio Sato, Ashura Hara, Atsushi Onita, Bruiser Brody, Chavo Guerrero, Dory Funk Jr., Genichiro Tenryu, Giant Baba, Harley Race, Jumbo Tsuruta, Kodo Fuyuki, Masanobu Fuchi, Mitsuharu Misawa, Motoshi Okuma, Stan Hansen, Takashi Ishikawa, Tarzan Goto, Terry Funk, The Great Kabuki, Umanosuke Ueda - 60
Chavo Guerrero & Mil Mascaras vs. Mighty Inoue & Rocky Hata - 20
The Great Kabuki & Motoshi Okuma vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Ashura Hara - 20
Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Goro Tsurumi - 20
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinji Sasazaki - 15

TIEBREAKER: Predict the final four of the battle royal (+1 for each correct wrestler)
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I know absolutely nothing about Japanese wrestling but All-Japan has always intrigued me. Mainly because here in America all any fans talk about is New Japan. I have always wondered what happened to All-Japan and why they do not have a market outside of Japan.

Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing what you do here and now for my piss poor attempts at making picks for a promotion I know very little about...try not to laugh.


Special 20-Man Battle Royal: Akio Sato, Ashura Hara, Atsushi Onita, Bruiser Brody, Chavo Guerrero, Dory Funk Jr., Genichiro Tenryu, Giant Baba, Harley Race, Jumbo Tsuruta, Kodo Fuyuki, Masanobu Fuchi, Mitsuharu Misawa, Motoshi Okuma, Stan Hansen, Takashi Ishikawa, Tarzan Goto, Terry Funk, The Great Kabuki, Umanosuke Ueda - 60

Seems like the obvious pick here.

Chavo Guerrero & Mil Mascaras vs. Mighty Inoue & Rocky Hata - 20

I have to go with the guys I know, even though they will probably lose.

The Great Kabuki & Motoshi Okuma vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Ashura Hara - 20

Once again I have to go with the wrestler I have had a chance to see which is Kabuki.

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Goro Tsurumi - 20

I have heard of Misawa so I shall go with him.


Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinji Sasazaki - 15

Just a pure guess...

TIEBREAKER: Predict the final four of the battle royal:

Baba, Harley Race, Jumbo Tsuruta, Stan Hansen.

Just picking four I know. I mean there are others in the match I have heard of but I know Jumbo and Stan were huge in Japan. Harley Race was one of the biggest draws in America at the time and Baba is Baba.
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I know absolutely nothing about Japanese wrestling but All-Japan has always intrigued me. Mainly because here in America all any fans talk about is New Japan. I have always wondered what happened to All-Japan and why they do not have a market outside of Japan.
Unfortunately they've been on the receving end of every shitty thing happening to them, mainly the many of splinters that had came out of that promotion. SWS in the 1990s. With Genchiro Tenryu going, who was going to be one of their top guys. And ofcourse the NOAH situation, Mitsuharu Misawa formed a new promotion in Pro Wrestling NOAH on August 2000.

Taking pretty much most of the AJPW's roster at that time with them. (Although there were few that stuck with AJPW). Keiji Mutoh came in for the 2000s. Nearly afterwards jumping ship from NJPW, and became the owner of AJPW. Mutoh.. loved his American Wrestling, who spent most of his excursions in WCW.

Which turned AJPW into the "Pro Wrestling Love era." Which did more damage than good for AJPW. AJPW was a very traditional company in the way a Japanese company was. It was different from the Strong Style/MMA influenced promotion NJPW. So having the Americanised-Entertainment value in AJPW didn't sit well with the AJPW diehards.

Infact during throughout the 2000s the top promotion was neither All Japan or New Japan. It was NOAH, they simply had the better wrestlers, better matches and storylines that the fans loved to watch. Thanks to Kobashi and Misawa.

AJPW, while still in the game right now. But is now ran by Jun Akiyama, after Keiji Mutoh left due to a dispute taking half of then AJPW roster in 2014 to create WRESTLE-1. So it's been at the receiving end over the two Splinters.

It's a shell of it's former glory, and I don't it ever seeing it regain it's popularity of what is was in the 90s. But they are slowly regaining their steps with their new Ace in Kento Miyahara, who has been helping bringing them back to be able to have very good audience attendance in the Korakuen Hall.
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Special 20-Man Battle Royal: Akio Sato, Ashura Hara, Atsushi Onita, Bruiser Brody, Chavo Guerrero, Dory Funk Jr., Genichiro Tenryu, Giant Baba, Harley Race, Jumbo Tsuruta, Kodo Fuyuki, Masanobu Fuchi, Mitsuharu Misawa, Motoshi Okuma, Stan Hansen, Takashi Ishikawa, Tarzan Goto, Terry Funk, The Great Kabuki, Umanosuke Ueda - 60
Chavo Guerrero & Mil Mascaras vs. Mighty Inoue & Rocky Hata - 20
The Great Kabuki & Motoshi Okuma vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Ashura Hara - 20
Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Goro Tsurumi - 20
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinji Sasazaki - 15

TIEBREAKER: Tenryu, Tsuruta, Misawa, Stan Hansen

I will always follow an AJPW diary, as a matter of fact I made this account just so I could do predictions for the AJPW 2001 diary, my first post is in there.
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New Year Giant Series - Day 1 (TV)

Special 20-Man Battle Royal: Akio Sato, Ashura Hara, Atsushi Onita, Bruiser Brody, Chavo Guerrero, Dory Funk Jr., Genichiro Tenryu, Giant Baba, Harley Race, Jumbo Tsuruta, Kodo Fuyuki, Masanobu Fuchi, Mitsuharu Misawa, Motoshi Okuma, Stan Hansen, Takashi Ishikawa, Tarzan Goto, Terry Funk, The Great Kabuki, Umanosuke Ueda - 60
Chavo Guerrero & Mil Mascaras vs. Mighty Inoue & Rocky Hata - 20
The Great Kabuki & Motoshi Okuma vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Ashura Hara - 20
Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Goro Tsurumi - 20
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinji Sasazaki - 15


TIEBREAKER: Tenryu, Tsuruta, Misawa, Bruiser Brody
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I'm interested in this diary, 1983 is a great year in wrestling.

New Year Giant Series - Day 1 (TV)

Special 20-Man Battle Royal: Akio Sato, Ashura Hara, Atsushi Onita, Bruiser Brody, Chavo Guerrero, Dory Funk Jr., Genichiro Tenryu, Giant Baba, Harley Race, Jumbo Tsuruta, Kodo Fuyuki, Masanobu Fuchi, Mitsuharu Misawa, Motoshi Okuma, Stan Hansen, Takashi Ishikawa, Tarzan Goto, Terry Funk, The Great Kabuki, Umanosuke Ueda - 60
Chavo Guerrero & Mil Mascaras vs. Mighty Inoue & Rocky Hata - 20
The Great Kabuki & Motoshi Okuma vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Ashura Hara - 20
Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Goro Tsurumi - 20
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinji Sasazaki - 15

TIEBREAKER: Race - Tsuruta - Dory Funk Jr. - Onita
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New Year Giant Series - Night 1
Tokyo (Kanto) - Korakuen Hall
Show Rating: 77
Attendance: 1,816
TV: 0.14 (109,310)

Match No. 1

Toshiaki Kawada vs. Shinji Sasazaki
15-minute time limit




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The Korakuen Hall wasn't all too pleased with these two unknowns kicking off their new year of wrestling entertainment. A quick showcase between two young talents still within their rookie year, Sasazaki put Kawada away following an enzuigiri kick to give the night's opening contest a mercy killing.
WINNER: Shinji Sasazaki by pinfall in 6:22
RATING: 25



Match No. 2

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Goro Tsurumi
20-minute time limit



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Tsurumi's attempts to overpower All Japan's 'super rookie' were successful in the early stages of the match, but the young Misawa's athleticism soon broke him away from his older opponent and into a competitive advantage. A strong charging forearm from Misawa put Tsurumi down for the count just shy of 10 minutes of competition.
WINNER: Mitsuharu Misawa by pinfall in 8:34
RATING: 73



Match No. 3

The Great Kabuki & Motoshi Okuma vs. Umanosuke Ueda & Ashura Hara
20-minute time limit




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This match got off to a heavy-handed start with both teams laying into each other with heavy-handed strikes. Ueda and Hara clearly got under Kabuki's skin as the painted-faced warrior clearly stepped over the line in terms of the rules multiple times. From there, the strategy for Ueda and Hara boiled down to frustrating the other team. Kabuki and Okuma were quick to even the match and refused to let the two bruisers grab complete control of the match.

As the match crossed the 10-minute mark, Ueda's experience came into play as he took advantage of an opening of a rare mistake by fellow veteran Okuma and blasted him with a foreign object over the head out of the ref's sight for the win.
WINNERS: Umanosuke Ueda & Ashura Hara by pinfall in 12:50
RATING: 66



Match No. 4

Chavo Guerrero & Mil Mascaras vs. Mighty Inoue & Rocky Hata
20-minute time limit



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The 1,800 strong in attendance were, as usual, delighted with the quick pace the two luchadors from CMLL presented as Guerrero & Mascaras started off running circles around their two opponents. As time wore on in the match, the opposite corner started to show why they were the #1 contenders to the AJPW All-Asia Tag Team Championships. Hata in particular wore down his two opponents with Inoue providing more-than-adequate backup.

Once the match began to slow again, that's when the two native-born wrestlers completely took over. Once all momentum was on their side, it was only a matter of time before Hata put Mascaras away with a piledriver.
WINNERS: Mighty Inoue & Rocky Hata by pinfall in 12:13
RATING: 74



Match No. 5

20-Man Over-the-Top Battle Royal
60-minute time limit





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Strength proved to be better in numbers in the early goings of the match as those who already had pre-existing tag team partners, took full advantage of that. Baba, Tsuruta and Tenryu, however, were clearly the early targets as they were the complete focus of Brody, Hansen, Race and the Funk Brothers' attention. Resilient the three men were though as they were able to withstand their five opponents' attacks and remain within the ring. Elsewhere, Guerrero found himself a man with very few friends as he was on the receiving end of a group attack from newly-allied (for now, at least) Sato, Ishikawa, Onita and Fuchi. A heave-ho from Onita threw the CMLL superstar from the ring, making him the first elimination of the match.

**Chavo Guerrero has been eliminated**

As Baba, Tsuruta and Tenryu all re-grouped, the Americans in the match started turning their attention towards the members of the match not as high on the card as them. As this happened, Kabuki, still frustrated with the result of his match earlier in the night, took his anger out on his then opponents Ueda and Hara. Okuma was quick to come to his teammate's aid as both men collectively were able to throw Hara from the ring, however, Ueda survived to fight on. The pack of Sato, Ishikawa, Onita and Fuchi waited to pounce on the recovering Kabuki and Okuma and were able to successfully throw the larger Okuma from the ring, with Onita getting credit for his second elimination of the match. As this was going on, Goto found himself a man without many (or any) allies and found himself thrown from the ring with ease by Brody as the match crawled past the 10-minute mark.

**Ashura Hara, Motoshi Okuma, Tarzan Goto have been eliminated**

Noted 'super rookies' Misawa and Fuyuki aren't together formally as a tag team, but there was a certain chemistry to the two working together within the context of the battle royal. Both took advantage of the AJPW All-Asia Tag Team champions being distracted somewhat with their attention directed towards Kabuki and dumped Ishikawa rather unceremoniously from the ring. Their celebration (if you could call it that) was short-lived, however, as Brody came rampaging along and viciously dumped the young Fuyuki from the ring. Brody's tag team partner, Hansen, came charging in for an elimination just after Fuyuki's as he dumped Fuchi over the rope with a rough Lariat.

**Kodo Fuyuki, Masanobu Fuchi, Takashi Ishikawa have been eliminated**

A big boot from Brody to Dory Jr. suddenly ended the partnershp the Funks and Brody & Hansen had as both teams started going at each other. Elsewhere, Kabuki and Ueda continued their duel as Kabuki nearly was able to get his night's opponent nearly over the top rope on several occasions, but wasn't quite able to complete the feat. Race became more of a presence just past the 15-minute mark as he quickly dumped Sato over the top rope. On the other side of the ring, Baba finally recorded his first elimination of the match with a big boot to Onita sending the youngster over the top rope.

**Akio Sato, Atsushi Onita have been eliminated**

Misawa, a victory already earlier in the night, decided to try taking it to Race to perhaps send a statement of sorts, but the PWF World Heavyweight Champion was able to shrug off his attempts. The distraction for Race nearly allowed him to get dumped over the top rope by Tsuruta, but Race was able to just hang on. Misawa, on the other hand, was ambushed from his blind side by Brody, who threw him over the top rope. Kabuki and Ueda's fight finally came to a close as Ueda bested Kabuki for the second time of the night by throwing him over the top rope. Tenryu broke off from his fight to try and catch Ueda by surprise, yet in a move that stunned the Korakuen crowd, Ueda reversed Tenryu's attempt and instead dumped Tenryu out! Ueda himself seemed surprised by his move and lost focus temporarily, only to have a charging Brody dump him out.

**Mitsuharu Misawa, The Great Kabuki, Umanosuke Ueda, Genichiro Tenryu have been eliminated**

Seven men remained, it was now go time as the match timer ticked past 30:00. A brief Wild West-esque standoff ensued with each man staring each other down. Brody was the first to charge as he targeted his NWA International Heavyweight title challenger and tried to quickly throw him over the top rope, but brother Terry was there to stop the attempt. Race was able to get Baba off of his feet and immediately turned his attention towards Tsuruta. Both men threw a barrage of strikes at each other with Tsuruta starting to get an advantage over the PWF World Heavyweight champion. In a surprise to Tsuruta, Terry Funk came charging over and clobbered the NWA United National champion over the top rope - eliminating his opponent for the final night of New Year Giant Series. Race continued his attacks on the downed Baba as Terry returned to even the odds against Brody and Hansen. Hansen, occupied with trying to throw Dory Jr. over the top rope, was caught off guard by Terry, who instead threw the Texas-born wrestler over the top rope. Brody turned his attention towards Terry and tried throwing him out alongside of his brother, but the numbers game played against him. A recovered Baba proved to be an unlikely ally though as a charging kick sent Brody's challenger for the NWA International Heavyweight title crashing to the mat outside.

**Jumbo Tsuruta, Stan Hansen, Dory Funk Jr. have been eliminated**

Only Baba, Brody, Race and the younger Funk brother remained. Baba realized the numbers were not in his favor as the three Americans slowly closed in on him. In a stunning move, Funk quickly grabbed Brody by the hair and the back of his trunks and sneakily threw the NWA International Heavyweight champion out of the ring! Brody was livid on the outside and tried to re-enter the ring to enact revenge on Funk, but was stopped short by officials. With three men now remaining, it became clear that there were no more allies. While Funk and Race tried to gang up on Baba, the two Americans also turned their attention towards each other and tried to eliminate the other. With Baba getting some time to recuperate, he took advantage of both men fighting alongside the ropes to dump out the PWF World champion - leaving both himself and Funk as the final two competitors.

All that remained were two #1 contenders in the ring with both knowing that a win would send a tremendous statement towards their respective singles opponents for the month. Both were able to see off the other's attempts at forcing an elimination and made sure to keep the match towards the center of the ring. It wasn't until Baba delivered several tough overhand chops onto Funk's head that Funk finally was in a dazed enough state to be thrown over the top rope. By eliminating both his opponent for the PWF World Heavyweight Championship and one of his challengers for the NWA International Tag Team Championships, it looks as if Baba's set to have himself a great January.
WINNER: Giant Baba in 38:22
RATING: 81



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Thank you for the predictions, everybody! Kind of took me by surprise there at getting four given it's a dynasty dating back to near 40 years ago.

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I know absolutely nothing about Japanese wrestling but All-Japan has always intrigued me. Mainly because here in America all any fans talk about is New Japan. I have always wondered what happened to All-Japan and why they do not have a market outside of Japan.

Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing what you do here and now for my piss poor attempts at making picks for a promotion I know very little about...try not to laugh.
Truthfully, I was on the fence for awhile if I was going to do either New Japan or All Japan. I was certain this dynasty was going to take place in 1983, but there was a lot of waffling in choosing which company to run.

Hey, it's a time period with not too much stuff out there, I believe. But, once it gets fully up and running it should be a bit easier for the predictions... maybe.

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I will always follow an AJPW diary, as a matter of fact I made this account just so I could do predictions for the AJPW 2001 diary, my first post is in there.
I think what ultimately led to me making the choice to run as AJPW was reflecting back and re-reading that diary. Man, it was (and still is!) phenomenal.

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I'm interested in this diary, 1983 is a great year in wrestling.
It sure was (says I, man born in 1992)! I feel the time period can lead to a lot of really interesting faces making appearances. We've already got a young Misawa and Kawada due to make their way up the ranks with Baba, Tsuruta and Tenryu already strong faces in the company... not to mention having Harley, the Funks, Hansen and Bruiser Brody. It's going to be a fun run.

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New Year Giant Series - Night 2
Esashi Town Center Gym (Hokkaido) - 871 people
Show Rating: 75

Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen defeated Mitsuharu Misawa and Genichiro Tenryu in 25:16 (Pinfall, Running Leg Drop) (77)
Kodo Fuyuki and Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Harley Race, Terry Funk and Atsushi Onita in 18:33 (Pinfall, Big Boot) (76)
The Great Kabuki defeated Goro Tsurumi in 9:46 (Pinfall, Poison Mist) (65)
Umanosuke Ueda defeated Mitsuo Momota in 8:04 (Submission, Chickenwing Armlock) (59)
Mighty Inoue and Rocky Hata defeated Apollo Suguwara and Toshiaki Kawada in 7:25 (Pinfall) (59)
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New Year Giant Series - Night 3
Oto City Gymnasium (Kinki) - 998 people
Show Rating: 78


Bruiser Brody, Stan Hansen and Harley Race defeated Mitsuharu Misawa and Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta in 24:42 (Pinfall, Piledriver) (80)
Genichiro Tenryu defeated Ashura Hara in 13:13 (Pinfall, Powerbomb) (76)
The Great Kabuki and Kodo Fuyuki defeated Goro Tsurumi and Tarzan Goto in 11:01 (Pinfall, Poison Mist) (67)
Atsushi Onita defeated Motoshi Okuma in 9:15 (Pinfall, Thunder Fire Power Bomb) (63)
Chavo Guerrero, Mil Mascaras and Mitsuo Momota defeated Mighty Inoue, Rocky Hata and Shinji Sasazaki in 8:45 (Pinfall, German Suplex) (59)
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Kodo Fuyuki, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race and The Funk Brothers - 30
Masanobu Fuchi and Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen - 30
The Great Kabuki vs. Umanosuke Ueda - 20
Chavo Guerrero and Mil Mascaras vs. Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto - 20
Motoshi Okuma vs. Ashura Hara - 15
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Great first show!

Also, I wanted to thank WWZONE for their post on All-Japan. It was a very insightful post.


Kodo Fuyuki, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta
vs. Harley Race and The Funk Brothers - 30

Okay Fuyuki is the only one I have never heard of in this match, normally I would go with him eating the pin. But with Baba in the mix, I think his team will win.

Masanobu Fuchi and Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen - 30

The Great Kabuki vs. Umanosuke Ueda - 20

Chavo Guerrero and Mil Mascaras
vs. Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto - 20

If this was a Mexican diary this would be a no brainer. But it is not and yet I am still going with Mil and Chavo classic to get the win here, even if they lost their last match.

Motoshi Okuma vs. Ashura Hara - 15

This is the first match on this show where I have not heard of either competitor. I have no clue just a guess here.
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Kodo Fuyuki, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race and The Funk Brothers
- Race and the Funks where hot in Japan, quite over at this point, they could use the win here. And with Fuyuki eating the Pin, he seems to be their Fall Guy for the night.

Masanobu Fuchi and Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen
- Young Lion Misawa, has been eating the pin it seems from Brody & Hansen for most of the tour so far, so I don't see that changing.

The Great Kabuki vs. Umanosuke Ueda
- Kabuki was starting to shine real well at this point, could see him get a pin over Ueda here.

Chavo Guerrero and Mil Mascaras vs. Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto
- Onita and Goto were growing well at this point themselves as future AJPW Stars if they had stay there. Guerrero may eat the pin, depending if Mascaras has been an asshole to deal, and he wouldn't want to eat the pin.

Motoshi Okuma vs. Ashura Hara
- Okuma; Solid reliable for his time, but he was generally just an average worker. Ashura Hara, would benefit with a win from this.
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Great first show!

Also, I wanted to thank WWZONE for their post on All-Japan. It was a very insightful post.


Kodo Fuyuki, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta
vs. Harley Race and The Funk Brothers - 30

Okay Fuyuki is the only one I have never heard of in this match, normally I would go with him eating the pin. But with Baba in the mix, I think his team will win.

Masanobu Fuchi and Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen - 30

The Great Kabuki vs. Umanosuke Ueda - 20

Chavo Guerrero and Mil Mascaras
vs. Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto - 20

If this was a Mexican diary this would be a no brainer. But it is not and yet I am still going with Mil and Chavo classic to get the win here, even if they lost their last match.

Motoshi Okuma vs. Ashura Hara - 15

This is the first match on this show where I have not heard of either competitor. I have no clue just a guess here.
Np, I've got a lot of knowledge when it comes to this, and Japanese Wrestling. It's been all I've been watching for the past couple of years.
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Kodo Fuyuki, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race and The Funk Brothers - 30
Masanobu Fuchi and Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen - 30
The Great Kabuki vs. Umanosuke Ueda - 20
Chavo Guerrero and Mil Mascaras vs. Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto - 20
Motoshi Okuma vs. Ashura Hara - 15
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New Year Giant Series - Night 4
Yoshimi (Kanto) - Yoshimi Townsman Gymnasium
Show Rating: 79
Attendance: 1,800 (NO VACANCY)
TV: 0.22 (172,130)

Match No. 1

Motoshi Okuma vs. Ashura Hara
15-minute time limit




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Despite having 16 years of experience more than Hara, Okuma entered the night's opening contest in a bit of an underdog experience. A decent brawl of a match, the share of offense between both corners was fairly split until Okuma began to pull away and (perhaps surprisingly) put Hara down with a running headbutt just after the 10-minute mark.
WINNER: Motoshi Okuma by pinfall in 11:05
RATING: 51



Match No. 2

Chavo Guerrero and Mil Mascaras vs. Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto
20-minute time limit




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Guerrero and Mascaras were completely set on avenging their tag loss from the opening night of the tour and were able to effectively take the fight to Onita and Goto throughout the bout. Not that the young team in the opposite corner were completely overpowered though, as both men were able to get themselves back into the mix of things with ease. Onita was taken aback towards the end of the match as a flying dropkick from Mascaras left him stunned long enough for Guerrero - the legal man - to slip behind him and attempt a german suplex, but Onita just managed to slip behind his opponent and roll him up while putting his feet on the ropes to score the win. The luchadors tried to alert referee Kyohei Wada's attention towards the unethical pin after the fact, but Guerrero eventually dropped his light protests before turning to head to the back with his partner.
WINNERS: Atsushi Onita and Tarzan Goto by pinfall in 11:46
RATING: 61



Match No. 3

The Great Kabuki vs. Umanosuke Ueda
20-minute time limit




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This match got off to a hot start with both men immediately rushing across the ring to lay into each other with strikes. This feud from opening night evidently hadn't cooled off whatsoever during the course of the past week. Ueda tried to move away from strikes early on by trying to wear down Kabuki, but his bizarre-looking opponent would slip away each time knowing that Ueda was looking to end things early with his Chickenwing Armlock. Ueda's dirty tactics drew the ire of the 1,800 in attendance when he played hurt in the corner after pretending to have had an eye injury... Kabuki's brief moment of hesitance allowed him to get sucker-punched and then get put into a Chickenwing Armlock. Kabuki's attempts to escape this time weren't as successful as in the opening half of the match as he eventually had to verbally submit to Wada's queries.
WINNER: Umanosuke Ueda by submission in 15:13
RATING: 68

**Post-Match**


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Genichiro Tenryu makes his way down to the ring as Ueda continues his celebration around the ring. Tenryu jumps up onto the apron as Ueda makes a turn around the ring and has Tenryu come into his sightline. The post-match invader takes a step through the ropes and motions for a microphone.

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Tenryu: Congratulations on another victory, Ueda - although it appears that you just don't know how to get the job done with your own talent and need to resort to nothing but dirty tricks. Last week in the battle royal at Korakuen Hall, you took me surprise when you threw me from the ring. Well, I'm here to throw the gauntlet down. I will make no excuses for my elimination last week, but, I wish to face you in one-on-one competition and avenge my performance in the battle royal. Should you accept, there better not be any of these dirty tricks in our match. What do you say, Ueda?

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Ueda rests in the corner and considers Tenryu's words with a smirk. The previous match's victor appears to have a brief moment of thought and realizes what a singles victory over one of All Japan Pro Wrestling's brightest stars could potentially do for his career. He nods at Tenryu before exiting the ring.
RATING: 83





Match No. 4

Masanobu Fuchi and Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen
30-minute time limit




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The two American bruisers immediately took the fight to the young Fuchi and Misawa, beating both men down repeatedly to the mat. Brody and Misawa were established as the legal men as Brody continued his beatdown in the ring while Hansen took Fuchi to the outside and began throwing him into various ringside obstacles. A handful of minutes passed as Brody's assault on the young Misawa continued, however, something seemed to have been set off in the young man as he started powering his way to his own two feet while taking shot after shot from the NWA International Heavyweight champion. Misawa's moment of resilience allowed him to get some forearms and punches in himself, however, a headbutt from Brody brought him crashing back down to the mat.

As the match progressed, the scales shifted somewhat back more to even as Fuchi was able to capitalize on a mistake from Hansen and began to fight back with a varied offense to keep the Texan on his toes. Fuchi managed to get Hansen to a sitting position and tried to get him into a Joint Torture Hold, but Brody was sure to bail out his partner each time he tried. Misawa tried to take the fight to Brody on the outside as Hansen reversed his fortunes inside the ring. Several clubbing blows to the back of the head from Hansen set Fuchi up for a Western Lariat that knocked him out long enough to take the pin.
WINNERS: Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen by pinfall in 15:42
RATING: 82



Match No. 5

Kodo Fuyuki, Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race and The Funk Brothers
30-minute time limit




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Fuyuki pleads with his title-holding teammates to let him start off the match, which they reluctantly allow. After locking up with Dory Funk Jr., Fuyuki surprised the 1,800 in strong by taking the fight to Dory for awhile. This only lasted for so long as a series of quick tags between the opposite corner eventually tired Fuyuki out. A tag out to Tsuruta evened the odds out as he began to take the fight to his challenger for the NWA United National Title. After a setup for a running knee lift, Terry bailed out of the ring and recovered on the outside for awhile. Tsuruta moved to the outside to pursue his opponent, but was met with a charging Dory Jr. from behind.

Baba and Fuyuki helped restore order on the outside, but Tsuruta was left dazed enough to be rolled back into the ring and softened up some more by Terry. A tag to the PWF World Heavyweight champion continued the momentum for the Americans as Race continued to pick away at the NWA United National champion. Race attempted to finish the match off with a sleeper hold as Tsuruta at times appeared to be fading to the hold, however, he suddenly found a second wind and was able to throw Race over his shoulder before getting a tag off to Baba. The big man stepped into the ring and stared down Race. Several moments passed before the two locked up with Baba gaining a clear advantage. Baba stayed on offense for awhile until Dory Jr. tagged into the match. From there, Dory Jr. was able to keep the giant on his toes for awhile with a tag to brother Terry soon changing the swing of things to the Americans.

Terry wore down Baba more and more the longer the match progressed until Baba managed to power out of a side headlock and take down Funk with an overhead chop. A tag out to Fuyuki led to the fired-up young star to unload on Terry with a barrage of strikes before taking Terry down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Fuyuki kept Funk within his grasp and the match in control for a few minutes before Funk managed to slip away, deliver a backbreaker and then tag out to Race. Race kept Fuyuki down with various elbows to the back of the head. The NWA International Tag Team champions quickly found themselves having trouble with their challengers on the outside as Race kept throwing strikes on Fuyuki on the inside of the ring.

Fuyuki managed to escape one attempt at a piledriver by Race, but one last elbow to the back of the head left Fuyuki in position to get picked up in position. Race made sure to turn towards Baba's direction as his PWF World Heavyweight title challenger directed his attention towards what was happening with the ring. Race shouted some verbal abuse towards Baba's way as he then dropped Fuyuki with the move and then made the cover for the win.
WINNERS: Harley Race and The Funk Brothers by pinfall in 25:08
RATING: 81




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