syxxpakk wrote:Complete History of the GHC Championship - Disc 4
Previously on the Complete History of the GHC Championship: After taking the GHC Championship away from that little rat Yoshinari Ogawa, Yoshihiro Takayama was felled in his first title-defense by inaugural GHC Champion Mitsuharu Misawa. Misawa didn't last as champion long, with only one successful defense before dropping the belt to some guy named Kenta Kobashi. Very few champions have managed to defend the belt successfully, can't imagine this guy will either hyuk hyuk.
Kenta Kobashi [c] vs. Tamon Honda - GHC Championship Match. I've always had a tough time buying Honda as a contender, TBH. If there was ever a guy who doesn't fit the "WWE Image," then Tamon Honda is that guy. Honda and Kobashi tag together, so that's kind of the story here I think (I don't speak Japanese so any stories are made up completely in my head). Honda also has an extensive and honored amateur wrestling background, which plays into things. Pretty typical Kobashi-match here, where Kobashi tries to grind away at first but then Tamon turns things around with a HUGE MOVE - in this case a Dead End (release German suplex) onto ramp. Honda tears away at Kobashi's arm for the duration of the match, with all kinds of neat submission and technical stuff. Of course as we get to the end it's just a series of huge finishers and kick-outs. I'll say this: Kobashi is over HUGE. After a bunch of half-nelson suplexes, Kobashi finishes Honda off with a lariat. The last ten minutes or so were ballistic. Post-match shenanigans see Masahiro Chono and Kenta Kobashi have words. Rating: ***
Kenta Kobashi [c] vs. Masahiro Chono - GHC Championship Match. Clipped up, this one. Kobashi apparently half-nelson suplexes Chono to death and wins with, of course, the lariat. Rating: NR
Kenta Kobashi [c] vs. Bison Smith - GHC Championship Match. Awww, shucky ducky quack quack. Bison Smith is a guy who I think could have had an amazing career in America, but it never happened as he died a couple of years ago. He'd have been perfect as a new-age Vader. Anyway, this is going to be one of those rare cases where Kobashi doesn't have the strength-advantage. Again, typical Kobashi-stuff until the BIG MOVE turns it around. Only this time it's not so much a BIG MOVE as it is BIG MOVES. In success, Bison flies off the turnbuckle to the outside with a shoulder-tackle, then powerbombs Kobashi on the outside, and then nails the Iron Claw Slam through a table. Bison, do you want to win the GHC Championship or is murder your intent? In a neat change of pace, Bison turns the tables on Kobashi and tries to grind him down. Bison throws everything he has at Kenta Kobashi but Kobashi JUST. WON'T. DIE. I'm talking Iron Claw Slams, Iron Claw STOs, the dreaded Bisontennial (Styles Clash), and freaking rana off the top! Kobashi, somewhat miffed at Bison's attempted murder earlier, strikes back with a billion half-nelson suplexes and lariats to retain. This was pretty damn good. YUJI NAGATA~! comes to the ring because he's next in line. Rating: ****
Kenta Kobashi [c] vs. Yuji Nagata - GHC Championship Match. To this point, the most title defenses goes to Jun Akiyama, with three successful ones before finally losing on the fourth. This would be Kobashi's fourth defense. Yuji Nagata is in repping NJPW. I'm not 100% certain, but I think by this point (2003) he might have been IWGP champion before. At the very least, the announcers say IWGP a bunch. I had high hopes, but in all honesty it didn't deliver. Nagata is a great technical wrestler to counter Kobashi's all-arounder style, but it didn't really gel as much as I'd thought it would. Not sure why. Nagata focuses a lot on the arm, which is smart as it would neutralize those devastating Kobashi chops. The BIG MOVE turnaround in this one is a belly-to-belly suplex on the ramp. Kobashi hits a bunch of half-nelsons and lariats to win this one also, which makes him the man with the most successful defenses thus far. WE'RE IN UNPRECEDENTED TERRITORY BRAIN! Rating: ***
Match of the Disc: Kenta Kobashi vs. Bison Smith
0 - Horrible and avoid.
* - Not good.
** - Decent.
*** - Good.
**** - Really good.
***** - Amazing.
I don't do quarter or half stars.