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Genichiro Tenryu

       
    

Real Name - Genichiro Shimade
Birthdate - 2/2/50
6'2" 265 lbs. - Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan

Athletic Background - Sumo (Maegashira)

Teacher(s) - Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk [All Japan Dojo]

Professional Background - All Japan(`76-`90), Florida(`80), Mid-Atlantic(`80-`81), JCP/NWA(`83,`89), SWS(`90-`92), WAR(`92-`00), New Japan(`93-`00), All Japan(`00-`03), WJ(`03), New Japan(`04), NOAH(`05), HUSTLE(`06-)

AliasesShikona, Tenryu, Hayabusa, Big Hayabusa, HUSTLE General

Groups - Revolution, WAR Group, Pirate Gundan, Monster Army

Peak Years - `84-`91


Finisher(s) - 
- 53 Years Old (Northern Lights Bomb)
- Lariat
- Pinning Powerbomb

Favorites -
- Enzugiri
- Top Rope Rana
- Spider German Suplex
- Flying Elbow Drop
- WAR Special (Inverted Full Nelson)


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes10 

Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling10 
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Genichiro Tenryu had cemented his place in Japanese pro-wrestling history by the time he left All Japan in 1990. He was the top challenger to Jumbo Tsuruta and they raised the bar to such an extent that the next generation had to step there game up to an amazing degree. While Tsuruta's legacy was put over-the-top by his battles with those kids, Tenryu went on to other things. Namely the ill-fated SWS, which led Giant Baba to proclaim he'd never allow him back in All Japan. Tenryu started his own company and eventually showed up in New Japan. When his time ran out there, he was brought back to the struggling All Japan and helped keep the company afloat until Keiji Muto moved in. He's continued to go strong, alarmingly strong much of the time, into the new millennium and is unquestionably the best worker over fifty, if not over forty. Tenryu will continue to have a dominant role in Japan as long as he's around whether it be promoting, booking, or elevating young talent. In any event, he is only furthering his legacy.
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