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I am tying to find the bracketing for the WWF World Junior Heavyweight title touranment held in Japan during the early part of 1984. I am particularily interested in who Bret Hart won/drew/lost to in this tournament.
Bret Hart wasn't in the tournament. It was a 3-man round-robin tournament between Dynamite Kid, The Cobra, and Davey Boy Smith. See WWF Junior Heavyweight Title Hisotry on this website for more detail.
No, there was a lot more to the tournament than the one night round robin finals held at Sumo Hall on February 7, 1984 that had the matches:
Cobra drawing with Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamite Kid defeating Davey Boy Smith, and then The Dynamite Kid beating Cobra for the title.
The tournament lasted from Jan 1-Feb 7
Bret Hart, Baby Face (who was this guy???-that's a strange ring name), Kuniaki Kobayashi, Black Tiger, Nobuhiko Takada, and Isamu Teranishi.
hmmmm... Maybe I'm confusing with other tournament to fill the vacancy. Lemme check and get back to you later.
Man....I thought my memory from the early 80s was pretty clear, but I just can't remember the tournament. I only remember the triangular finals. I can't remember ANYTHING about Bret Hart's matches in New Japan after Tiger Mask's retirement. I always thought Davey Boy and Bret never came to New Japan together.
I checked and confirmed that those guys you mentioned were on the same tour. Baby Face is a luchador who was at the time working for the UWA, which had a strong relationship with New Japan and WWF and also had the control of WWF Light Heavyweight Title. I think he was usually a heel in Mexico in spite of his name.
I'll continue to look for the results.
Bret Hart's record during the round-robin tournament:
pinfall/submission loss to Dynamite Kid
pinfall/submission loss to Black Tiger
DQ loss to Davey Boy Smith
pinfall/submission win over Baby Face
draw with The Cobra
DQ win over Kuniaki Kobayashi
win by forfeit over Isamu Teranishi
pinfall/submission win over Nobuhiko Takada
My source is a mailing list for old match results. It's all in Japanese, confidential, and invitation-only. So, I can't tell any more than that.
Oh, I understand. Thanks again. By the way do you know, besides his two losses to Tiger Mask in 1982, if Bret ever got any other shots at this title. Also, between 1985-1993, besides a loss to Cobra at SWS WrestleDream in 1991, and a draw with Tiger Mask Misawa at the WWF/Japan Summit in 1988, did Bret ever make any more apperances in Japan, by himself or on a WWF card?
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