So after looking at all Carnival matches from the 70’s, it’s time to look onto the 80’s, with only 3 years to cover, as after 1982, the tournament would be put on hiatus til 1991, though during that time in between they would still do a tour called ‘The Grand Champion Carnival.’ but not tournament. So lets just jump right into to some 80’s matches.
The All Japan Champion Carnival was a tournament started in 1973 by Giant Baba for his promotion AJPW, which has been held every year ever since it was started (aside going on hiatus between 1983-1990), while these days it may not have the same prestige as the G1 Climax and All Japan is a much smaller promotion these days, the tournament has still produced some great matches over the years. So since this years Champion Carnival is now coming up I thought it be interesting to look back at the tournament from its beginning and review as many matches as I can from each year it was held. Now I know I won’t be able to cover all of it and there’ll be a lot that is unavailable to watch but I’ll cover what I can and will be mainly using the All Japan archive as my source for matches.