Kenta Kobashi vs. The Gladiator from AJPW 1999


Overall, this was a fun match. Mike Awesome got to look like a fucking beast, as he was allowed to just dominate Kobashi. They produced a dramatic final sequence where it seemed genuinely in doubt that Kobashi would manage to successful pull off the comeback.

The journey there was a bit flat at times though. It seemed as if they sacrificed a compelling beatdown of Kobashi in order to tell a more methodical and prolonged story of Awesome being in complete control. It was not very good and distinctly dragged down a match that was otherwise very fun. Kobashi ended up Overcoming The Odds and winning cleanly. (***)


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