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Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (AJPW October Giant Series 09/29/90)

AJPW Korakuen Hall September 29 1990 Mitsuharu Misawa Toshiaki Kawada Kenta Kobashi Johnny Ace October Giant Series 3.75* Misawa vs Kobashi Kawada vs Kobashi

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#1 Loss

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:57 PM

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:31 PM

The plucky Kobashi takes a lot of abuse from Misawa and Kawada, including a vertical suplex from the apron to the floor. Misawa and Kawada are really working like a confident team at this point. This is the most surly I've seen Kawada so far in 1990, toying with Kobashi by bootscraping his face, and cheapshotting him when a knee to the back when he's running the ropes. He seems to have found himself. All of this serves to get Kobashi over in a big way with the crowd, and Ace actually delivers on the hot tag. Both Kawada and Kobashi had grown as workers even since the end of June, and Ace at this point works hard and doesn't look out of place at at all, even if he is clearly the lesser worker of the four. This was an excellent match, even with Kobashi messing up the finish, and it was the best of the Kobashi/Ace tags so far.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

Actually the finish seemed to be messed up by all four guys, which is probably a record in its own way especially for guys and a promotion of this caliber. Everything up to that was pretty much gold. Lots of new offense here from the Misawa/Kawada team, including the sick suplex to the floor and the legdrop/senton combo that I don't think I've seen since. This is the first true appearance of '90s Kawada, right down to the yellow & black tights to go along with the surly attitude.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

Kawada has his tights and all is right in the world. Fuck this aggression was really missing from some later All Japan 90's stuff. Everyone here looked so raw but polished at the same time. Kobashi takes a hell of a beating and sells it for what its worth. It still alarms me to see Kawada/Misawa tag together. Finish knocks this down slightly but this was still pretty great overall.

#5 Childs

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

I watched this with the Kobashi/Tiger Mask and Kobashi/Kawada singles matches firmly in mind. And what struck me was how, only a few months later, all three were so much closer to the guys we remember from the '90s as a whole. That's not to say they were all there. But there was an evolutionary leap over the course of this year, for Misawa and Kawada especially. Overall, a very exciting second-tier match that would've stood out more during the promotion's fallow period early in the year.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

Kawada is finally wearing his black/yellow tights. Ace and Kobashi working well together with the tag moves. Kobashi takes the beating including suplex off the apron to the floor, brianbuster and German suplex that he kicks out. Ace and Kobashi are doing a better job as a team compared to Misawa/Kawada. I thought Kobashi broke up the pinfall at the end so finish seemed off. Good match from what was shown.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

JIP but I don't think it was material. Ace wasn't up to much at this stage. This was mainly about Kawada vs Kobashi. Their interactions were terrific with the youngster taking a good ass kicking. It would've been better but went on a little too long and was fading fast.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 07:14 PM

Two things stand out about this match for me:


1. The frightful beating that Kobashi took. The suplex off the apron to the floor was bad enough, but what about Kawada executing a picture-perfect running powerslam on the floor? I've never seen it done like that before, and Kobashi's lucky he wasn't legitimately hurt. That he was able to get back in the ring afterward and finish the match shows just how tough he is, both kayfabe-wise and in real life.


2. Misawa and Kawada's teamwork. I saw Kevin's comment that Ace and Kenta were the better team, but I disagree. If Misawa and Kawada were wrestling in America, they would have been hailed as revolutionary with the kinds of double teams they busted out. Not just one, but four or five over the course of the bout. I'm sure they'll get better from here, and that's scary, because they already look like one of the top working tag teams in the world. If they'd been teaming a little more regularly. I'd call them the second-best team I've seen this year behind the MX.


What we saw here was great, and I have no doubt the full bout would have been a serious contender for my Japan "ballot". Hope to see more from these teams in the future!

#9 drew wardlaw

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:31 AM

I've liked the progression of tag matches between Kobashi and Ace. Kind of a cool little trilogy to watch. Anyway, Kawada is now officially Kawada, and he seems like just the tights have made him better. I'm seeing s lot of the viciousness I'm familiar with. Misawa actually stands out the least to me here, because I was pretty impressed by Johnny Ace. He was clearly the worst man in the ring, but he really worked hard and those to the occasion I thought. He had some good dropkicks and a nice hot tag. This didn't feel like a big time match, but was super hot and a good match.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:13 PM

This match to me served two purposes.


1. Keep building Kobashi up as a plucky kid full of fighting spirit.


2. Introduce us to the real Toshiaki Kawada, you know the surly bastard who likes to kick people in the face and just generally be a dick.  Love watching that guy.

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