Complete History of the GHC Championship - Disc 5
Previously on the Complete History of the GHC Championship: Kenta Kobashi set the record for most successful title defenses, overcoming Tamon Honda, Masahiro Chono, Bison Smith, and Yuji Nagata.
Kenta Kobashi [c] vs. Yoshinari Ogawa - GHC Championship Match. This match is a complete contrast to just about everything I've ever seen in NOAH. Ogawa spends the match emulating Ric Flair and it works to great success. He plays a typical American heel, which is pretty out of place here and because of it provides a unique match. Ogawa works Kobashi's leg to great success, but of course Kobashi isn't having that shit. Ogawa even does a blade-job to really put over the Ric Flair-role. Thing about Ogawa is, he's always winning matches with roll-ups and quick pins, so every time he gets one the crowd explodes thinking this could be the end. Regardless, Kobashi murders poor Ogawa with a lariat to win. See this match somewhere if you can. Rating: ****
Kenta Kobashi [c] vs. Takuma Sano - GHC Championship Match. I don't even know who Sano is and that doesn't bode well for this one. Match is fine, playing off the old "Battle of the Bulls" theme. Two big guys just slugging it out. Never really kicks into gear, though. Kobashi wins with the lariat. Rating: **
Kenta Kobashi [c] vs. Takeshi Rikio - GHC Championship Match. This match suffered similarly to the prior one. Rikio is a big fella so it was just a battle of the unstoppable force and the immoveable object. But then in the last 10 minutes or so it really picks up and Rikio started me thinking he might win (even though know he doesn't!) with all the close calls. Like, legitimately some great stuff at the end. Enough to take it into really good territory? No, but enough to elevate it from decent-status. Kobashi finishes Rikio with the most desperate looking lariat I've ever seen (as in, "Holy fuck I hope this does him in!"). Rating: ***
Match of the Disc: Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshinari Ogawa
0 - Horrible and avoid.
* - Not good.
** - Decent.
*** - Good.
**** - Really good.
***** - Amazing.
I don't do quarter or half stars.
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