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[1976-05-13-AJPW] Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs Kintaro Oki & Nankaizan


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Nankaizan will soon be replaced by Kim Duk, with whom Oki will have a pair of strong tag matches against Baba and Jumbo later in the year. However, I would have quite liked to see more of him, because what he brings to the table is good stuff. Solid armwork on Jumbo throughout, which the native team counters with leg-based work against their opponents before they target Baba's neck. When this spills over into an outside brawl, both teams are counted out to end the first fall, but Jumbo gets the win in a fairly short second fall with a butterfly suplex to Nankaizan. Oki already has so much hate against the native team (and that extends to Jumbo - after all, he walked out of AJPW after 1973 because Jumbo was immediately put above him in the pecking order), and while this match doesn't measure up to the first two Duk/Oki ones, this is a good match and it's worth seeing as a lead-in to those later bouts. ***1/2

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