Its always a bit of fun when you're going back to write about or watch wrestling matches and it's the date of a historically important match. Or is that just me? Today is the 32nd anniversary of the much loved Choshu & Yatsu vs Jumbo & Tenryu tag match in AJPW. It's like a holiday No celebration but, still pretty cool and a reason to be hyped for the day. Plus it's sunny out so, that's nice too!
Here's my take on the match and if you have not watched it, make some time this week to give it a go!
Jumbo Tsuruta/Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu/Yoshiaki Yatsu (1/28/86 AJPW): This was a precursor of the great tag matches of the AJPW 90's. The pacing is great, it starts with great tag moves from Choshu/Yatsu but, things break open when Jumbo & Tenryu kick Riki's ribs to dust. Eventually he makes the tag & the remainder of the match is like Funk Bros. chaos. Fortunately Tiger doesn't call for the bell. Tenryu's kicking ass & Yatsu is just amazing. Great near-falls, moves that re-occur throughout the great matches in the 90's, fantastic psychology but, also what I'd consider Joshi like excitement. This is just about a perfect match to me.
I was going to prattle on about some random mid-90's matches today as well but, there's no need. Today's match is so good that it really should stand alone.