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This thread can go anywhereb that people take it, but we all know about the well-publicized matches that have taken place along these lines but I still see results that surprise me.  U.S. stars who I didn't realize went to Japan but had some big matches over there. 

A few examples (of thousands) that I don't think are all that well-known:

8/4/76 - Geeto & Bolo Mongol beat Katetsu Yamamoto & Kantaro Hoshino in NWF Tag title round robin tournament

11/85-12/85 - Kelly Twins compete in IWGP Tag title round robin tournament and lose every match to teams like Brody/Snuka, Inoki/Sakaguchi, Fujinami/Kimura, and Nord the Barbarian/Hacksaw Higgins

2/87-3/87 - The Sheephearders compete in IWGP Tag title tournament

5/8/74 - Killer Karl Krupp does extremely well and advances to finals of 1st Annual World League where he loses to Inoki (the Mongols were individually in that tournament too)

12/11/75 - Rusher Kimura beat Baron Von Rashke at Budokan Hall

6/8/82 - Greg Gagne/Jim Brunzell beat Ricky Steamboat/Atsushi Onita to defend AWA Tag titles at Sumo Hall

3/17/73 - Baron Mikel Scicluna beat Samson Kutsuwada and then loses to The Destroyer in the Champion Carnival Tournament

12/5/05 - Team 3-D beat Great Muta/Akebono to win the finals of the Real World Tag League (TNA never mentioned it even though that's a damn big win for a gaijin team)

Post whatever you think is interesting involving guys not usually associated with doing tons of Japanese tours.


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The Madison Square Garden Cup for 1967. Unique matchup in Bruno vs. Sailor Art Thomas. The last night in Tokyo was the famous match with Baba and Bruno that has been around tape trading circles for years. It the supposed "proof" that Bruno could get down on the mat and wrestle whenever he wanted to.

March 2, 1967
- Osaka, Japan

Madison Square Garden Series:

Art Thomas beat Great Kojika

Yoshino Sato W/DQ Buddy Austin

Yoshimura & Kintaro Oki W/DQ Hans Schmidt & Blackjack Daniels

International Title Match:

Shohei Baba DCOR Bruno Sammartino 1-1 15:56

 

March 3, 1967
- Nagoya, Japan

Madison Square Garden Series:

Art Thomas beat Takachiko

Hans Schmidt beat Hirai

Yoshino Sato W/DQ Blackjack Daniels

Bruno Sammartino & Buddy Austin over Shohei Baba & Kim Ill

March 4, 1967
- Toyama, Japan

Madison Square Garden Series:

Takachiko drew Raizo Kojika

Art Thomas beat Kumagoro Okuma

Shohei Baba & Kim Ill & Yoshino Sato beat Bruno Sammartino & Blackjack Daniels & Hans Schmidt

March 5, 1967
- Shizuoka, Japan

Madison Square Garden Series:

Hirai beat Raizo Kojika

Art Thomas over Takachiko

Yoshino Sato beat Blackjack Daniels

Bruno Sammartino & Buddy Austin & Hans Schmidt drew Shohei Baba & Kim Ill & Yoshimura

March 6, 1967 - Hiroshima, Japan

Madison Square Garden Series:

Nagasawa beat Fujii

Takachiko drew Raizo Kojika

Hirai beat Kumagoro Okuma

Oki beat Blackjack Daniels


Bruno Sammartino over Art Thomas

Shohei Baba & Yoshimura W/DQ Hans Schmidt & Buddy Austin

March 7, 1967
- Tokyo, Japan

Madison Square Garden Series:

Takachiko drew Okuma

Art Thomas beat Raizo Kojika

Hirai drew Blackjack Daniels

Yoshimura & Kintaro Oki beat Hans Schmidt & Buddy Austin

International Title Match:

Shohei Baba drew Bruno Sammartino 1-1 60:00

 



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Not only did Krupp do "extremely well," I think they actually put him over Inoki in the round-robin portion.

A few oddballs that come to mind:

Other participants in AJPW's Champions Carnival over the years: Rufus R. Jones (1974), J.J. Dillon (1977), Frank Morell (1978), Carl Fergie (1980), and Wayne Ferris (1981).

7/6/81 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu defeated Tiger Jeet Singh & Bobby Heenan by DQ.  Features the odd sight of Heenan working a semi-serious wrestling match.  I don't know what on earth he was touring Japan as a wrestler for but it didn't pay off, as that's where all of his neck troubles came from.

1983 - Roddy Piper & Dick Slater tour AJPW as a tag team, getting pushed to an NWA International Tag Title shot against Baba & Jumbo, in a real good match.  Slater went over there a lot but Piper was definitely an odd fit.  Piper also had 1-on-1 matches with Jumbo and Baba on this tour.

10/22/84 - Michael Hayes challenges Genichiro Tenryu for the UN Heavyweight title.  Apparently Baba only booked Hayes so he could get Gordy--good idea on his part.

1986 - AJPW for some reason books Bulldog Brower for a tour.  Brower was washed up ten years before this and AJPW was in the midst of redefining its style in the Riki Choshu "high spurt" mode.

1989 - The Nasty Boys compete in All-Japan's Real World Tag League, including a match against the British Bulldogs in what has to be the only meeting between those two teams.

UWFI had some truly bizarre choices for American undercard workers: Pez Whatley and J.T. Southern don't exactly conjure up images of brilliant shoot wrestlers.

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7/6/81 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu defeated Tiger Jeet Singh & Bobby Heenan by DQ.  Features the odd sight of Heenan working a semi-serious wrestling match.  I don't know what on earth he was touring Japan as a wrestler for but it didn't pay off, as that's where all of his neck troubles came from.

Didn't Heenan get injured in a really weird match against a young Atsushi Onita?



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Possibly...I honestly don't know any details other than he broke his neck in Japan.  It wasn't in the match I posted about, I know that.

Literally about 95% of "name" American/Canadian wrestlers from 1960-89 had at least one tour of Japan.  The most prominent ones I can think of that didn't:

Butch Reed (other than a match or two on WCW/NJPW joint cards)
Buddy Rogers
Gorgeous George
Tully Blanchard (I think he had a one-shot for MUGA, but nothing extensive)
Adrian Street
Ivan Putski

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Yup, just looked it up.  From the highlights of a Highspots Shoot Interview with Heenan:

The story of Atsushi Onita breaking his neck.



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Heenan got booked into a few matches in 1984 in Japan as well. At least one made video. I think it was a team with Robinson vs. King Tonga and someone but I'm not 100% on that.

Very strange seeing Bobby take his trademark bumps with minimal crowd reaction. In the AWA Heenan getting tossed around was always a joyous event for the fans. :)



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Here's Heenan vs Onita in a 6 man.

5/22/84 Tokyo
NWA Champion Kerry Von Erich dcor Jumbo Tsuruta
Harley Race beat Ric Flair
Giant Baba & Tenryu dcor Prof Ito & Tiger Jeet Singh
Tarzan Goto beat Toshiaki Kawada
Motoshi Okuma beat Yoshihiro Momoto
Great Kojika beat Nobuyoshi Sugawara
Masanobu Fuchi & Rocky Hata beat Magic Dragon & Hiromichi Fuyuki
Takahashi Ishikawa beat Ultra 7
Ashura Hara & Mighty Inoue & Atsushi Onita beat Goro Tsurumi & Gypsy Joe & Bobby Heenan
King Kong Tonga beat Buzz Tyler

Heenan vs Onita in a tag bout.

5/29/84 Takasu
Yoshihiro Momoto beat Hiromichi Fuyuki
Nobuyoshi Sugawara beat Tarzan Gotoh
Ultra 7 beat Mitsu Momoto
Mr. Okuma & Great Kojika beat Akio Sato & Masanobu Fuchi dq
Mighty Inoue dcor Magic Dragon
King Kong Tonga & Atsushi Onita beat Gypsy Joe & Bobby Heenan
Destroyer beat Rocky Hata
Harley Race beat Takahashi Ishikawa
Tenryu beat Buzz Tyler
Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta & Ashura Hara beat Tiger Jeet Singh & Umansuke Ueda & Goro Tsurumi

Couldn't find a singles bout between the two but that doesn't mean they didn't have one. There are some cards from that tour that I only have partials listings for.



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The time frame is right for the match I remember, but Gypsy Joe isn't his partner in the one that I have. 99% sure of that.



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6/11/84 Okazaki
Great Kabuki & Tenryu & Giant Baba beat Buzz Tyler & Ueda & Tiger Jeet Singh
King Tonga & Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bobby Heenan & Billy Robinson
Destroyer beat Great Kojika

There's an example of the partials.



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clawmaster wrote: 6/11/84 Okazaki
Great Kabuki & Tenryu & Giant Baba beat Buzz Tyler & Ueda & Tiger Jeet Singh
King Tonga & Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bobby Heenan & Billy Robinson
Destroyer beat Great Kojika

There's an example of the partials.

I have to find it but that could very well be the one I have.



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I distinctly remember that match from Friedlander's list, so I bet that's it.

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