So I fucking love Tenryu. Grumpy old bastards that hate everything are what pro-wrestling is all about, and Tenryu might be the greatest grumpy old bastard in pro-wrestling history. If I had to make a list of my favourite wrestlers ever, Tenryu would only be behind Eddie Guerrero. If I could only watch one wrestler for the rest of my life (should be about 10 years before the booze kills me), I'd pick Tenryu. I'm a fan of Genichiro Tenryu.
I've kind of wanted to do a career retrospective on him for ages, but I figured I'd wait for Goodhelmet to drop a monster-sized Tenryu set before I started one. Then today I watched some Tenryu and...fuck it, I'll start early. I'm also going with the blatant thievery of the Segunda Caida 'Complete & Accurate' staple since I already used the "That Time I Got Drunk With Tenryu" header for another "project" (I never came up with that title, either...although that title was at least presented to me, as opposed to some more blatant thievery), and the whole Complete & Accurate thing just, like, WORKS. Same deal as that -- the goal is to watch everything and slot it into the EPIC, GREAT, FUN or SKIPPABLE category, and it'll all be compiled here. I'll also add a GOOD category so as to bridge the gap a little between GREAT and FUN, and maybe that way it won't seem like a TOTAL rip off. I've already written about a bunch of Tenryu matches here and elsewhere already as well, so over time I'll gradually C&P them and add them to the list (I wrote about a shit load of matches from the DVDVR All Japan 80s set, so there'll no doubt be a bunch of talk about "ballots" and "placement" in those write-ups).
Genichiro Tenryu, Jumbo Tsuruta & Terry Funk v The Destroyer, Jerry Blackwell & Ron Bass (All Japan, 9/14/82) - FUN
Genichiro Tenryu, Takashi Ishikawa & Mighty Inoue v Riki Choshu, Animal Hamaguchi & Isamu Teranishi (All Japan, 1/10/85) - GREAT
Genichiro Tenryu & The Road Warriors v Jumbo Tsuruta, Yoshiaki Yatsu & Shunji Takano (All Japan, 3/8/89) - GREAT
Genichiro Tenryu, Toshiaki Kawada & Ricky Fuyuki v Dan Spivey, Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas (All Japan, 5/21/89) - GOOD
Genichiro Tenryu, Ashura Hara & Ultimo Dragon v Jim Duggan, Kamala & Jerry Estrada (SWS, 6/16/92) - SKIPPABLE
Genichiro Tenryu, Takashi Ishikawa & Ashura Hara v Shinya Hashimoto, Keiji Mutoh & Akira Nogami (New Japan, 2/5/93) - GREAT
Genichiro Tenryu, Takashi Ishikawa, Ashura Hara, Koki Kitahara & Ricky Fuyuki v Riki Choshu, Tatsumi Fujinami, Hiroshi Hase, Osamu Kido & Takayuki Iizuka (New Japan, 2/16/93) - EPIC
Genichiro Tenryu, Takashi Ishikawa & Masao Orihara v Shiro Koshinaka, Kengo Kimura & Great Kabuki (WAR, 3/7/93) - GOOD
Genichiro Tenryu & Takashi Ishikawa v Shinya Hashimoto & Michiyoshi Ohara (New Japan, 6/14/93) - EPIC
Genichiro Tenryu, Ashura Hara & Takashi Ishikawa v Shinya Hashimoto, Tatsumi Fujinami & Masa Chono (New Japan, 8/2/93) - GOOD
Genichiro Tenryu, Atsushi Onita & Bam Bam Bigelow v Chris Jericho, Vampiro & The Warlord (WAR, 7/17/94) - FUN
Genichiro Tenryu, Nobutaka Araya, Nobukaza Hirai & Arashi v Keiji Mutoh, Satoshi Kojima, Hiroshi Hase & Jinsei Shinzaki (All Japan, 9/16/02) - GREAT