Genichiro Tenryu & Jun Akiyama vs. Akira Taue & Kenta Kobashi from NOAH 2005

This was so much fun as you would expect. Kobashi was just a superhuman at this point in terms of charisma, fire, and presence. Tenryu was being a great chickenshit heel with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Akiyama and Taue came across as secondary players in this one obviously, but they were no less great in what they did. The only issue with the actual match wasn’t the extended lull in terms of energy during the middle stretch of the match. Everything else about this was unbelievably fun. (***3/4)

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