Jumbo Tsuruta 23rd Memorial Show Results From May 31, 2022: Tiger Toguchi (aka Tiger Chung Lee) Retires

Jumbo Tsuruta March 25, 1951 - May 13, 2000

Jumbo Tsuruta 23rd Memorial Show Results From May 31, 2022: Tiger Toguchi (aka Tiger Chung Lee) Retires

Jumbo Tsuruta 23rd Memorial Show from Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall on 5/31/2022:

NOTES: This event did not broadcast live. It will air on Samurai TV on June 12. Stan Hansen was not able to attend. He tested positive for COVID just before he was supposed to fly to Japan.


Minoru Tanaka defeated  Ryo Inoue by submission with a Cobra Twist.

Great Kojika, Atsushi Onita, Raijin Yaguchi, Yuko Miyamoto, and Isami Kodaka defeated Hikaru Sato, Mitsuya Nagai, Yoshitatsu, Akira Raijin, and Kuma Arashi when Kojika pinned Raijin after a chokeslam in a Tornado Street Fight Bunkhouse Match. Kojika is 80 years old.

After the match, Onita spoke and there was a 10-Bell Salute for Tarzan Goto who passed away a couple days ago from liver cancer at age 58.

Tiger Toguchi (aka Tiger Chung Lee, aka Kim Duk), Tatsumi Fujinami, and Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated Shiro Koshinaka, Masanobu Fuchi, and Masao Inoue when Toguchi pinned Inoue after a Tombstone. Kyohei Wada was the referee. This was Toguchi's retirement match. He is 74. They rang the bell ten times to signal the end of his professional wrestling career. During his time in the WWF in the 1980s (as Tiger Chung Lee), he appeared in a few action movies including "The Golden Child" starring Eddie Murphy in 1986.

Shingo Takagi and T-Hawk defeated Yuma Aoyagi and Atsuki Aoyagi when Takagi pinned Atsuki after the Made In Japan.

Yuji Nagata and Suwama (with Minoru and Toshizo) defeated TAKA Michinoku and Taichi (with Miho Abe) when Suwama pinned Michinoku after a backdrop suplex. After the match, Suwama rushed Nagata from behind and gave him and backdrop suplex then ordered Minoru and Toshizo to join the attack. Hikaru Sato and Dan Tamura ran in and saved Nagata. The Evolution members asked Nagata to join them. He agreed and it all set up a tag match on 6/19/22 with Suwama and TARU vs Nagata and Tamura.

Kento Miyahara, Minoru Suzuki, and Jun Akiyama went to a 30-minute time limit draw with Jake Lee, Takao Omori, and Joe Doering. This match featured all Triple Crown Champions from the past and present (Kento Miyahara).

Genichiro Tenryu, Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue, Masa Fuchi, Kenta Kobashi, and The Great Kabuki all got in the ring to pay tribute to Jumbo Tsuruta. Tiger Jeet Singh sent in a video message. They rang the bell ten times to honor Tsuruta.

Tomomi Tsuruta passed away on May 13, 2000 at age 49. He became the first ever Triple Crown Champion in All Japan Pro Wrestling by defeating Stan Hansen in April 1989 to unify the NWA International Title, the NWA United National Title, and the PWF Heavyweight Title. He would win it two more times by defeating Genichiro Tenryu in October 1989 and Stan Hansen in January 1991.

He won the AWA World Title from Nick Bockwinkel in February 1984 in Tokyo with Terry Funk as the guest referee.

In 1980, Jumbo Tsuruta and Giant Baba were the last Tag Team Champions for Detroit's Big Time Wrestling. They won a #1 con. Tag Team Titles Tournament on June 28 at Cobo Arena by defeating The Sheik and "Killer" Tim Brooks by Disqualification to earn the title shot as the main event of the show. They went on to win the titles from Randy Scott and John Bonello when Tsuruta pinned Scott. The Detroit territory went out of business at the end of 1980.

Tsuruta won the AJPW World Tag Team Titles a total of seven times in his career with Yoshiaki Yatsu (5x), The Great Kabuki (1x), and Akira Taue (1x) as his partners