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On 2/25/2021 at 10:56 PM, The Natural said:

 

 

This match is so fucking good. True MOTDC in an absolutely loaded decade where so much more wrestling had become widely available. Perfect chemistry between all 4 guys as the match smoothly drifts between "plucky upstarts trying to make a name on the big stage," "surly veterans battling for pride following their epic singles match," and the best parts: "surly vets getting irritated when the upstarts try to cut in on their time." Super hot crowd for a NOAH show too.

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10 hours ago, Go2Sleep said:

This match is so fucking good. True MOTDC in an absolutely loaded decade where so much more wrestling had become widely available. Perfect chemistry between all 4 guys as the match smoothly drifts between "plucky upstarts trying to make a name on the big stage," "surly veterans battling for pride following their epic singles match," and the best parts: "surly vets getting irritated when the upstarts try to cut in on their time." Super hot crowd for a NOAH show too.

Thank you for your post, @Go2Sleep. We're in full agreement. Kenta Kobashi/Go Shiosaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki/Katsuhiko Nakajima was my 2005 MOTY and that was a deep year. Veteran vs. Veteran. Rookie vs. Rookie and Veteran vs. Rookie. A ***** match. I have it as the best match in NOAH history and it sits just outside my top ten Greatest Matches of All Time.

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Who has had a better in-ring year than Kenta Kobashi’s 1993? Meltz has him down for five 5-star matches (just based on a perusal of Cagematch’s match guide). 
 

4/14/1993

 

Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada
 

7/3/1993 

Akira Taue, Toshiaki Kawada & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Jun Akiyama, Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa

7/29/1993

 

Kenta Kobashi vs. Stan Hansen

8/13/1993

 

Kenta Kobashi vs. Steve Williams

12/3/1993

 

Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi & Mitsuharu Misawa

 

Lotta other matches to consider too.

 

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Good question. Off the top of my head: Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat in 1989. Bret Hart in 1997. Kenta Kobashi in 2004 and 2005. Samoa Joe in 2005. AJ Styles in 2005. Bryan Danielson in 2006. Daniel Bryan in 2013. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada 2012-2013. AJ Styles in 2016. Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega in 2017.

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14 hours ago, Control said:

Who has had a better in-ring year than Kenta Kobashi’s 1993? Meltz has him down for five 5-star matches

Is that even a particularly good year anymore by 2021 Meltz standards? >_>

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6 minutes ago, username said:

Is that even a particularly good year anymore by 2021 Meltz standards? >_>

You have to control for inflation. A shame we can't get @Mookieghanato write us an equation.

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AJPW 2009 AJPW vs NOAH, will be up later in 14 hours.

Satoshi Kojima / KAI / Hiroshi Yamato VS Kenta Kobashi / Tsuyoshi Kikuchi / Akihiko Ito

 

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Thought I'd challenge myself by putting together a top ten of Kenta Kobashi's Greatest Matches though I'll begin with four honorable mentions...

Four Honourable Mentions:

4. Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, NOAH, 25th April 2004.

3. Kenta Kobashi/Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa/Jun Akiyama, NOAH, 2nd December 2007.

2. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi, AJPW, 11th June 1999. *****.

1. Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki, NOAH, 18th July 2005. *****.

Kenta Kobashi's Top Ten Matches:

10. Kenta Kobashi vs. Steve Williams, AJPW, 31st August 1993. *****

9. Kenta Kobashi vs. Samoa Joe. ROH: Joe vs. Kobashi, 1st October 2005. *****

8. Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, NOAH, 1st March 2003. *****

7. Kenta Kobashi vs. Stan Hansen, AJPW, 29th July 1993. *****.

6. Kenta Kobashi/Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Doug Furnas/Dan Kroffat, AJPW, 25th May 1992. *****.

5. Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama, NOAH, 10th July 2004. *****

4. Kenta Kobashi/Go Shiozaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki/Katsuhiko Nakajima, NOAH, 5th November 2005. *****.

3. Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, AJPW, 20th January 1997. *****.

2. Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, AJPW, 31st October 1998. *****.

1. Kenta Kobashi/Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada/Akira Taue, AJPW, 9th June 1995. *****.

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Happy 54th Birthday to the legendary Kenta Kobashi. I'll be playing WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2006 later with my two Kenta Kobashi CAWS I created back in 2005. Plenty of chops, Burning Lariat and Burning Hammer await!

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