MATCH : Kenta Kobashi v Mitsuharu Misawa


EVENT : 25th Anniversary Show

VENUE : Budokan Hall, Tokyo

DATE : 21st October 1997

CHAMPIONSHIP : AJPW Triple Crown Title

BACKGROUND : Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa had been providing wrestling fans with some great matches over the last twelve months including the amazing five star match at the start of 1997 when Misawa captured the AJPW Triple Crown from Kobashi. As I wrote in a previous induction, many claimed that to be the greatest Japanese wrestling match of all time. So how could this match compare to that battle and is it even possible to find a match between these two men that isn't entertaining?

MATCH REVIEW : This is the fifth match between these two men to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and it is another superb battle. I like using the word 'battle' for Kobashi-Misawa matches because that is exactly what it is, a full blown battle! Misawa picks up the win to continue his reign as Triple Crown Champion and quite possibly the best in the world but these two men would go on after this match to continue to improve and have many fantastic matches together. The word legend is possibly used too much but fits these men perfectly!