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Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond)


Pat Tanaka
Real Name - Patrick Tanaka
Birthdate -
8/5/61
5'9" 209 lbs. - Tampa, FL
Athletic Background - n/a
Teacher(s) -
Duke Keomuka, Hiro Matsuda, [New Japan Dojo]
Professional Background -
New Japan(`84), JCP/NWA(`85), Memphis(`86), WWF(`89), USWA, Universal(`92), WWF(`93-`94), WCW(`96), FM(`99), New Japan(`01)
Aliases -
El Gato, Goku-do


Paul Diamond
Real Name - Thomas Boric
Birthdate -
5/11/61
6’1” 230 lbs. - Winnipeg, MAN
Athletic Background -
Soccer [Professional]
Teacher(s) -
Boris Malenko, Joe & Dean Malenko
Professional Background -
TASW(`83-`85), WWF(`92), WCW(`94), ECW(`97), New Japan
Aliases -
The Komet Kid, Maximillion Moves, Max Moon, The Masked Haito



Aliases (together) - Orient Express (Tanaka & Kato)

Professional Background (together) - Memphis(`86-`87), AWA(88-`89), WWF(`90-`91), SWS(`91), ECW(`93-`94), WCW(`94)

Peak Years - `87-`91



Finisher(s) - 

- Facefirst Suplex [Diamond]

- Complete Shot [Tanaka]

- Leap Frog Rope Crusher

- Slingshot into DDT

- Superkick / German Suplex


Favorites -

- Superkick [Both]

- Flying Forearm [Tanaka]

- Elbowdrop Barrage

- Lariat [Both]

- Double Overhead Forearms


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set5/6
 Science2/2
 Aerial3/2
 Power5/6 
 Strikes6/6 


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment5/4
 Selling6/6 
 Bumping8/7
 Carrying6/6
 Heat5
 Legacy4

  
Place in History - The 1980s might not have been the peak of tag team wrestling, but after decades, it was certainly a high point and one of the many aspects of pro-wrestling that faded in the 1990s.  Tag team wrestling can allow limited wrestlers achieve greater success, can provide more action and groom stars for singles success.  Whether fans remember them as Badd Company or the Orient Express, the team of Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond was able to reach a level of success that is impressive considering their small size and muted personalities.  Pat Tanaka, the son of the legendary heel Duke Keomuka, was trained in Japan and was a solid in-ring performer when he came back to the US.  Paul Diamond was a professional soccer player who was broken in by the Malenkos.  The two were first partnered up in Memphis and showed great chemistry as a heel unit similar to the Midnight Express.  In the AWA, they refined their act.  They could bump and sell well, they had impressive tandem moves and their look and manager Diamond Dallas Page were fitting of the times.  They eventually split and Tanaka began teaming with Japanese veteran Akio Sato.  It was this team that was brought into the WWF as the Orient Express and had a good run with the Rockers.  Sato ended up leaving to work in Japan and Diamond was put under a mask as “Kato.”  This incarnation of the Orient Express had show-stealing matches frequently with their fast-paced style.  They split again and later reunited on the indies, most notably in ECW (before it was “Extreme”), as well as in WCW for a time.  Tanaka and Diamond worked off and on for less than a decade, but they are one of the most underappreciated teams of their era.  They and the Rockers had matches that were more athletic versions of the Rock-N-Roll Express/Midnight Express matches, but they were never featured as prominently.  If they had been bigger physically or more flamboyant in their presentation, they might have been the top heel tag team of their era.  

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