After Genichiro Tenryu and Jumbo Tsuruta split up after losing the NWA International Tag Team Championship to The Road Warriors in February 1987, Tenryu and Tsuruta engaged in a brutal rivalry. Tenryu would form his own group, separate from All Japan and Japan Pro Wrestling (which dissolved when most of them returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling) simply called Revolution. He enlisted former International Pro Wrestling stars Ashura Hara and Samson Fuyuki, as well as AJPW youngsters Toshiaki Kawada and Yoshinari Ogawa. Tenryu and Hara would form Revolution's main tag team, while Footloose (Fuyuki and Kawada) were its secondary tag team, and Ogawa focused on the World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
In 1988, Revolution began its successful run, as Footloose won the All Asia Tag Team Championship on March 9, defeating Takashi Ishikawa and Mighty Inoue. A month later on April 8, Tatsumi Kitahara debuted and joined Revolution, before heading to Stampede Wrestling in Calgary for seasoning. Four months later on August 29, Genichiro Tenryu and Ashura Hara defeated The Olympics (Jumbo Tsuruta and Yoshiaki Yatsu) for the World Tag Team Championship. However, the reign didn't last long, as Tenryu and Hara lost the belts back to The Olympics 24 hours later on August 30. Footloose would lose the All Asia Tag Team title on September 9, after a six-month reign, to Shinichi Nakano and Shunji Takano. However, Footloose rebounded and regained the titles six days later on September 15. In November 1988, Hara was fired from AJPW by Giant Baba for massive gambling debts, so Kawada was chosen to team up with Tenryu for the World's Strongest Tag Determination League. Tenryu and Kawada would be in 4th place with 14 points. 1988 capped off with Tenryu being chosen by The Road Warriors to be their partner to hold the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship in December. The titles would be abandoned in 1989.
On June 5, 1989, Revolution would have the biggest night, when Genichiro Tenryu defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, despite Footloose losing the All Asia Tag Team titles to The Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat) the same night. Two months later on August 18, over in Canada, Tatsumi Kitahara, who was known as Sumo Hara in Stampede, teamed up with New Japan star Kensuke Sasaki, who was known as Benkei Sasaki in Stampede, and won the Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship, defeating Bob and Kerry Brown. Kitahara would hold onto the title for over a month until September 29, when he and Sasaki lost the belts to the eventual final champions The Blackhearts. A month later, back in Japan, on October 11, Tenryu lost the Triple Crown back to Tsuruta. However, the group rebounded nine days later on October 20, when Footloose regained the All Asia Tag Team title from the Can-Am Express. A month later in November, Tenryu, Fuyuki, and Kawada would take part in the World's Strongest Tag Determination League, with Tenryu winning the tournament with Stan Hansen as his partner, winning the vacant World Tag Team title.
1990 was the beginning of the end for Revolution. On March 2, Footloose lost the All Asia Tag Team title back to the Can-Am Express. Four days later on March 6, Genichiro Tenryu and Stan Hansen lost the World Tag Team title to the Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams and Terry Gordy). On April 26, Tenryu abruptly left All Japan Pro Wrestling, shocking the entire wrestling industry in Japan, effectively dissolving Revolution. After Tenryu's departure, Footloose disbanded and Toshiaki Kawada and Samson Fuyuki temporarily feuded, before Fuyuki joined Tenryu. Upon returning from Canada, Tatsumi Kitahara joined Tenryu as well. Kawada and Yoshinari Ogawa stayed with AJPW.
Genichiro Tenryu would use the Revolution name for his stable of his new home promotion, Super World of Sports, in which Samson Fuyuki, Tatsumi (later Koki) Kitahara, and Ashura Hara would be part of the stable as well. After SWS shut down in June 1992, Tenryu and his group formed WAR. Hara retired in October 1994. Fuyuki and Kitahara later feuded with Tenryu in WAR. After WAR folded, Tenryu feuded with Kawada upon returning to All Japan in 2000 and faced Ogawa in Pro Wrestling Noah in the 2000s.
Stan Hansen (1989–1990)
Championships and accomplishments
- Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship – Kitahara (with Kensuke Sasaki) (1)