Jumbo Tsuruta

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Real Names - Tomomi Tsuruta
Lifespan - 3/25/51 - 5/13/00
6'4" 225 lbs. - Makioka, Japan

Aliases - Tomomi Tsuruta, Tommy Tsuruta

Athletic background - Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling (`72 Olympics), Basketball (Chuo University), Sumo, Swimming (High School)

Teachers - Akio Sato, Masio Koma (All Japan Dojo), Dory Funk Jr., Lou Thesz

Professional background - All Japan(`72-`99)

Groups - none

Peak Years - 76-91

Career Highlights -
- Holds the prestigious United National title and defends it against many great foreigners
- Defeats Bruiser Brody to win the NWA International championship
- Wins the AWA title and has a successful tour of America
- Creates the Triple Crown by beating Stan Hansen to unify his NWA International with the United National and PWF belts
- Rejuventates his career in 1990 in a big feud with future ace Mitsuharu Misawa

Finisher(s) -
- Back Suplex
- Jumbo Lariat
- German Suplex
- Missile Dropkick

Favorites -
- Thesz Press
- High Knee
- Butterfly Suplex
- Spinning Toehold
- Elbow

Ringwork Rating -
technique - 10
science - 7
counters - 7
transitions - 4
diversity - 8
aerial - 6
power - 10
strikes - 10

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 9
selling - 10
bumping - 8
carrying - 8
heat - 9
legacy - 9

Place in History - Tomomi "Jumbo" Tsuruta went from a fine amateur wrestler, who even competed in the Olympics, to one of the greatest superstars in the world and especially in his homeland of Japan. He made the transition to the pro ranks quickly and was teamed with the Giant Baba to get the rub. As time went on, Tsuruta moved out of Baba's shadow and established himself as All Japan's top star. Aside from his team with Baba, he formed teams with Genichiro Tenryu (Tsururyu) and Yoshiaki Yatsu (Olympians) that were major forces in All Japan. Tsurata became Baba's most solid preformer putting on top notch matches into the 90s with young lions, namely Mitsuharu Misawa. He put All Japan's new breed over and after being striken with Hepatitis B, he gradually bowed out. Jumbo Tsuruta became a college professor, but his life was cut short, due to liver and kidney problems. He will be remembered as one of the most outstanding workers and dependable stars, not only in Japan, but in all of the world.

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