It’s Friday so that means it’s the Scavenger Hunt once again! Each week I, Simon Knowles, compile five clips from the world of wrestling that I spotted on the internet. From classics years ago to modern day bouts, anything and everything ends up in the Scavenger Hunt!
This week is an All Japan Pro Wrestling special featuring a selection of bouts from over the years!
Editor’s Note: This week we only have four videos for you because one of the YouTube links was not viewable in the U.S. Sorry!
5th December 1983
Genichiro Tenryu vs Barry Windham
Kicking off with a young Barry Windham doing battle with the recently retired decorated Champion, Genichiro Tenryu!
Tenryu had his retirement match on 15th November facing NJPW’s Kazuchika Okada on the Tenryu Project Genichiro Tenryu Retirement event that was shown on Pay Per View in front of 10,522 fans. As is typical tradition in wrestling, Tenryu lost his final match. After 39 years of in ring action he has finally retired aged 65. A three time Triple Crown Champion, five time AJPW Tag Team Champion, and briefly NJPW’s IWGP Champion, Tenryu has been a wrestler, promoter and trainer and will always be considered a legend in Japanese wrestling.
Barry Windham debuted in wrestling in 1979. The son of Blackjack Mulligan was a former WWE Tag Team Champion with Mike Rotunda as the U.S Express and won various titles in NWA including the NWA World Championship. He was back in the WWE in the late 90’s as The Stalker which was a forgettable persona.
Barry Windham gets an education from Tenryu!
28th August 1981
2 Out Of 3 Falls Match
Ricky Steamboat vs Mil Mascaras
From the third leg of the Super Idol Series from 1981 we have a 2 out of 3 falls match! Ricky Steamboat worked with AJPW from 1980 to 1984 (no matches in 1983 however) thanks to the partnership between NWA and AJPW. He would appear again for AJPW in 1989 wrestling five matches.
Steamboat and Mascaras were booked on the Super Idol Series with several other gaijins including Dos Caras, Chavo Guerrero Sr, Dr Wagner, Gino Hernandez and Gypsy Joe. Dos Caras and Mil Mascaras would go on to win the PWF Cup Tag Team Tournament final defeating Steamboat and Guerrero in another 2 out of 3 falls match.
Ricky Steamboat in a rare bout with Mil Mascaras!
2nd January 1996
Jun Akiyama vs The Lacrosse
From the New Year Giant Series show 1 we have current AJPW boss Jun Akiyama in action against the masked The Lacrosse. Trained by Giant Baba, Kenta Kobashi and Jumbo Tsuruta, 46 year old Akiyama has been the President and Co-Booker of AJPW since July 2013. He recently defeated AKebono to win the AJPW Triple Crown Championship for the second time.
The Lacrosse was American Jim Steele who worked with AJPW between 1994 to 2002 with one more short run in 2004. He also made a couple of appearances in dark matches for WWE, NJPW and the original ECW in three matches. He had one run with the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championships with British wrestler Johnny Smith between January to October 1998.
The Lacrosse gets a quick lesson from the now AJPW boss back in 1996!
18th October 1996
Triple Crown Championship Match
Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada
We conclude with a match that is truly brilliant. Kobashi is considered one of the best wrestlers ever and retired in 2013 after a 25 year career. His opponent Kawada is also considered by many as one of the greats and retired in 2010 after a 27 year career. These two put on a battle for 60 minutes and has the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout.
Sit back and watch this great bout as I don’t need to say anything except it’s exceptional.
That concludes this week’s AJPW special! I hope you enjoyed what you watched and remember, every Friday a new Scavenger Hunt is released for free here on TWC!
From me it’s a thank you and take care!
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