Jumbo Tsuruta and Yoshiaki Yatsu

Jumbo Tsuruta

Birthdate: March 25th, 1951
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 280 lbs.
Debut: March 24th, 1973
Background: All Japan Dojo
Ring Attire: Black trunks

Yoshiaki Yatsu

Birthdate: July 19th, 1956
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 264 lbs.
Debut: December 29th, 1980
Background: New Japan Dojo
Ring Attire: Black trunks

Promotion History: All Japan (1987 to 1990)
Tournaments Won: World's Strongest Tag Team League (1987)
Major Puroresu Titles Held: NWA International Tag Team Championship, PWF World Tag Team Championship, and the All Japan World Tag Team Championship (Held 5 Times)

Biggest Matches:
- December 11th, 1987 vs. Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk (tournament win)
- June 10th, 1988 vs. The Road Warriors (title unification)
- August 30th, 1988 vs. Genichiro Tenryu and Ashura Hara (title win)
- February 2nd, 1989 vs. Stan Hansen and Terry Gordy (title win)
- July 22nd, 1989 vs. Genichiro Tenryu and Stan Hansen

Career Highlights:

One of the most successful tag teams from the Showa era, Tsuruta began teaming with Yatsu after having teamed with Giant Baba and Tenryu previously. Tsuruta continued his dominance of tag team wrestling, as with Yatsu they would win seven tag team championships. Perhaps their most notable accomplishment was unifying the PWF World Tag Team Championship with the NWA International Championship to create the All Japan Unified World Tag Team Championship on June 10th, 1988 when they defeated the Road Warriors. They would go on to hold the All Japan World Tag Team Championship five times in a short period of time, as the competition was fierce and it was difficult for any one team to hold onto the titles for a long reign. After breaking up in 1990, Yatsu left with Tenryu to form SWS and he never wrestled in All Japan again.

Back to Legends