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[2004-07-18-AJPW-Battle Banquet] Mitsuharu Misawa vs Satoshi Kojima

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Mitsuharu Misawa vs Satoshi Kojima - AJPW 7/18/04


Is Kojima sponsored by a Japanese furniture company called Cozy World? Thats badass. Misawa's age really, really showed in this match. By the end, he finally broke the match open, but the first 20 minutes or so was painful to watch one of the greatest wrestlers of all time sleepwalk through his style of match. Kojima, who is usually rover like over with crowd, could not seen to get them behind him until the latter half of the match making for a dead crowd and overall boring match that is probably more famous for a hilarious blunder.


The beginning was the match was well-worked with good basic work involving top wristlock and headlock with you few highspots. Then they just sat this chinlock forever. Kojima looked to pick it up by doing a Tiger Driver (O NO HE DIDNT) and then kicking some ass on the outside. In the spot of the match, Kojima went for a powerbomb on Misawa, but you cant powerbomb Misawa and took a wicked bump into the railing. Misawa ran through basic mid-match offense, but was just going through the motions. Then in one of the funniest botches, Misawa goes for his pump fake diving elbow and basically flips into the ropes and falls back on his ass. Kojima, way more professional than me, continues on as I would have been laughing my ass off. After that match finally gets going with them trading bombs, the Tiger Driver to the floor was a good highspot and actually believed Kojima had a chance once he kicked out of Emerald Flowsion and hit a couple big lariats. It was not to be because a spinning back elbow and a Tiger Driver '91 polished him off.


Was Kojima supposed to the Kawada of the 00s? Just never could win the big one. The guy could not buy a victory before his February '05 Triple Crown victory, but hey he was still over. Misawa sadly looked old and washed up. Kojima did not know how to bring him out of a funk. The finish pulls the match into the good territory, but nowhere near a top 100 match. ***

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