Jumbo Tsuruta

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Jumbo Tsuruta
Ring name(s) Jumbo Tsuruta
Tommy Tsuruta
The Terror of Yamanashi
Billed height 1.97 m (6 ft 5+12 in)
Billed weight 130 kg (290 lb)
Born March 25, 1951(1951-03-25)
Makioka, Yamanashi
Died May 13, 2000(2000-05-13) (aged 49)
Philippines
Trained by Dory Funk, Jr.,
Lou Thesz,
AJPW Dojo
Debut March 24, 1973
Retired February 20, 1999

Tomomi Tsuruta (March 25, 1951 – May 13, 2000), better known by his ring name Jumbo Tsuruta, was a professional wrestler who wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling for most of his career, and is well known for being the first ever AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, having won the PWF Heavyweight Championship, the NWA United National Championship, and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship, and unifying the three titles.

In wrestling[change | edit source]

Championships and accomplishments[change | edit source]

  • PWI ranked him #28 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the PWI Years in 2003
  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
  • Wrestler of the Year (1983, 1984, 1991) [2][3]
  • Technique Award (1974, 1986, 1988) [2][4]
  • Outstanding Performance (1975, 1976, 1981) [4]
  • Achievement Award (1999) [3]
  • Special Achievement Award (2000) [5]
  • Tag Team of the Year (1978, 1980, 1982)- with Giant Baba [2][4]
  • Tag Team of the Year (1983, 1985)- with Genichiro Tenryu [2]
  • Tag Team of the Year (1989)- with Yoshiaki Yatsu [2]
  • Match of the Year (1976)- vs. Rusher Kimura on March 28, 1976 [4]
  • Match of the Year (1978)- vs. Harley Race on January 20, 1978 [4]
  • Match of the Year (1980)- with Giant Baba vs. Dory Funk Jr. and Terry Funk on December 11, 1980 [2]
  • Match of the Year (1985)- vs. Riki Choshu on November 4, 1985 [2]
  • Match of the Year (1987)- vs. Genichiro Tenryu on August 31, 1987 [2]
  • Match of the Year (1989)- vs. Genichiro Tenryu on June 5, 1989 [2]

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