Hey Yo Stud Muffins & Foxy Ladies,
Pro Wrestling Love vol. 43:
The Best of All Japan Pro Wrestling 1997-1999
Objective: Break up the Greatest Match Ever Project (hosted at http://gweproject.freeforums.net/) into more manageable chunks to help me build my Top 100 List for the project.
Motivation: Contribute to the discussion around these matches to enrich my own understanding of pro wrestling and give a fresh perspective for old matches and even hopefully discover great pro wrestling matches that have been hidden by the sands of time.
Subject: This forty-third volume of Pro Wrestling Love is the conclusion of the Top 12 countdown of the best matches to take place in All Japan Pro Wrestling from 1997-1999. 90s All Japan holds sacred place in the hearts of hardcore pro wrestling fans. It is usually touted as the greatest era in pro wrestling. I remember once reading one person’s comment as describing as reaching Pro Wrestling Nirvana. So while some companies need a whole decade or at least five years to pile up twelve matches worthy enough to do a blog post, 90s All Japan can do that it in three years easy. The peak is definitely the mid-90s, but the late 90s still provided some classics. From a quality standpoint, the company transitioned to being carried by the burgeoning Misawa vs Kobashi rivalry however from a business standpoint when it came time to sell out the Tokyo Dome for the first time in All Japan history (commonplace for New Japan) they relied on the ‘ol standby of Misawa vs Kawada. The tag team landscape has changed. In ’97, the teams were Misawa/Akiyama, Holy Demon Army and Kobashi/Johnny Ace. In ’98, in an effort I presume, to get Akiyama out of Misawa’s shadow, they transitioned Akiyama into a team with Kobashi called Burning while Misawa’s took on his good friend Rat Boy Yoshinari Ogawa as his tag partner. You can revisit past Pro Wrestling Love Volumes at ridingspacemountain.blogspot.com. You can check out the full version of these reviews in ProWrestlingOnly.com by going to the forums and finding the folders associated with the date of the match.
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|Greatest Match Ever?|
Top Six Matches of All Japan Pro Wrestling 1997-1999
#6. Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Vader & Stan Hansen - RWTL 12/5/98
#5. All Japan Triple Crown Champion Toshiaki Kawada vs Kenta Kobashi - Budokan 6/12/98
#4. AJPW Triple Crown Champion Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama - Budokan 7/24/98
#3. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama - RWTL 11/28/97
#2. Triple Crown Champion Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa - Budokan 10/31/98
#1. AJPW Triple Crown Champion Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa - Osaka 1/20/97