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Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (AJPW Real World Tag League 12/03/93)

AJPW Real World Tag League December 3 1993 Mitsuharu Misawa Kenta Kobashi Toshiaki Kawada Akira Taue Misawa & Kobashi Kawada & Taue 5* Budokan Hall

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#1 Loss

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 07:53 PM

Talk about it here.



#2 Ditch

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 01:16 PM

From my last viewing of it in '07: "I've seen lots of people mention Kawada's leg as the selling point, but that's really only the point where they kick it into overdrive. That it happens about 1/3rd of the way in, and that they keep it hot for the rest of the match, is what's key. I didn't get into this the last couple times I watched it, but this time I was waving Kawada over to Taue to tag out in the closing minutes even though I already knew the finish." I had it #7 for AJ in the '90s, and comfortably the #1 of '93 (for AJ). I'm not sure what would even be particularly competitive with it as MOTY; maybe Thunderqueen.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:23 PM

Top 5 MOTYC at worst. Kobashi/Hansen, Hokuto/Kandori, ThunderQueen. That one could argue they had 3 better matches together (though I'd only take the one) is what happens when you get maybe the three best ever (and an able passenger) working together, and this is when they really hit their peak. It puts RnR/MX in their place (as it should), but that's about the only downside I can think of.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 01:13 PM

And there we have it. The MOTY. Not sure what else to say, except for that this is the best selling performance in wrestling history.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:32 PM

May 1994 in Sapporo takes them in another direction / the next direction, not only of the specific match up, but seemingly where they were headed in terms of work.

 

It's pretty amazing how in five months from this (and a year from the 6/93 match also on this set) that they would reinvent the wheel to such a massive degree. Even when I "think" 6/95 and 12/96 are "better"... I'm not entirely convinced that's right. 12/93 works so well without having to toss the kitchen sink in the ring, you kind of wish there were another 5 of these the rest of the decade rather than how common the spawn of 5/94 became.

 

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 10:17 PM

Even during the introductions there was quite an atmosphere, the fans knew something special was coming. Taue and Misawa both produced strong performances in the supporting roles, allowing the Kawada vs Kobashi rivalry to be the main story. Early on Dangerous K was holding his own yet favouring the injured knee. That became the inevitable focus. His selling was a thing of beauty as he kept on fighting back through the pain. Plenty of drama and near falls. I would say that I never felt like it was over until the final move. That ending was incredible as a dead-weight Kawada was annihilated with vicious headdrops. Kobashi had finally scored his big win, but the night belonged to Tosh. His performance was out of this world. Great match, and the 3rd AJ classic of '93 after 2/28 and 7/29.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 12:16 PM

The finishing sequence is one of the best I've ever seen, with great attention to detail and a wonderful Agamemnon's Death vibe. John

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:30 PM

Really not much else can be said. Kobashi striking Kawada's knee with a flurry of punches. The amazing selling by Kawada. It felt more epic than the 24 minutes it went. It is AJPW's year though I have a soft spot for another group. But this is the tops.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 01:24 AM

And with the final match for the promotion of the year, this I...well, not strongly, but am fairly sure...is the '93 MOTY. It's in a fight with the Dream Rush tag rematch, Hokuto/Kandori, and Doc/Kobashi (yeah, I said it). And maybe it's sticking out because it's the freshest. But this felt like not only the best-worked match of the year, but the most historically significant. Kobashi earns his biggest victory to date, even if it came as a result of he and Misawa double-teaming Kawada into oblivion. Kenta establishes himself as the year's best worker here--I do think he may have gotten shortchanged by the Yearbook but the RWTL combined with his widespread reputation has put him over the top. A perfect segue into 1994 All-Japan.



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 11:37 PM

I've seen this match maybe 4 times or so now, and it gets better (if that's even possible), each time I watch it. Kawada's selling of the leg, the teamwork of both teams, Kobashi getting the pin, even if it is after Misawa and Kobashi double teamed the hell out of him. It is also one of the best RWTL Finals ever, along with 1988 and 1996. This is such a great match and should be required viewing for all fans. *****

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 03:36 PM

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Even before you get to the timeless performance of Kawada, you have Kobashi working his ass off during the first portion of the match. Absolutely brilliant *****. (What a finish)

#12 garretta

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

Okay, let me be the dissenting voice.

 

This was a great match, no question about that. It was probably the Japanese Match of the Year. But it isn't the runaway candidate for Match of the Year that some of you think it is. I'd prersonally go for Flair-Bret at the Boston Garden in January, but I'm admittedly biased toward American wrestling anyway. 

 

There are two things keeping it from Match of the Year status in my eyes:

 

1) Not enough work on Kawada's knee. They should have had Misawa and Kobashi try to tear the knee out if they worked on it at all. I understand Kawada was legitimately hurt, but if the knee was going to be a part of the match they should have gone all in and really brutalized it, with Kawada doing a stretcher job at the end and thus being unable to take part in the ceremony. If Kawada didn't feel comfortable with that, they should have ignored the knee altogether. As it was, a back suplex, no matter how well executed, being enough to get the pin felt like a cheat to me.

 

2) Too much time with all four men in the ring. There were some great four-man sequences, particularly with both members of one team working submissions on both members of the other team at the same time. But tag team matches, especially at this level, are supposed to be about tagging in and out and exhibiting teamwork, and that got lost a bit toward the end here. What they did instead was unquestionably exciting, and maybe even needed given the ongoing feud between the two sides, but it wasn't strictly tag team wrestling.

 

Kobashi was indeed an excellent FIP in the first half of the match, and Kawada showed his toughness by not only persevering despite his bad knee, but still managing to be effective offensively. Taue covered brilliantly for his partner when he had to. I don't have a whole lot to say about Misawa; he was good when he was in, but he didn't really get into the flow of the match much. He seemed slightly above it all, as he probably should be given that he's the Triple Crown champion and the ace of the company.

 

So there you have it. The farthest I'd go in the ranking for this is Top 5. As I said, if I have any excuse to rank a WWF or WCW match ahead of a match from a foreign country, I'm going to take it, and this match gave me the two excuses I listed above. It was still tremendous, but not the Match of the Year.



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Posted 31 May 2017 - 08:04 AM

Of all the blowaway AJ classics from the 90's that get talked up (this, 6/8/90, 6/9/95, 6/3/94, RWTL final, 1/20/97) this is the one I have watched the least in that I have probably only seen it 1-2 times before watching it this morning. That is strange because it is probably the most compact and succinct of all the matches mentioned. This goes at 24 minutes and feels like it ended at exactly the right time and the viewer is also left wanting more. I found it outstanding that over the course of 1993 in the wake of Jumbo being pushed out, we now have all four of these men as the cornerstones of the promotion that can be interjected into the main events against each other in Budokan and the results are still outstanding both from a quality and box office standpoint. Kobashi in particular is now maybe the #2 man on the totem poll beating Kawada here. That makes Kawada the tragic figure that becomes so attractive to many as he firmly is the other guy now in the rivalry and the fly in the ointment. His knee selling is sublime and played with ridiculous realism. My favorite two moments of the match is when Kobashi short punches in rapid succession the knee and the final wave of Misawa to Kobashi at the finish to end this thing. Man I love this match and it may just edge out Hokuto and Kandori because of the finish being just a smidge better. ***** 



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 10:13 PM

I really love Kawada's dead weight shtick, it gets me every time.







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