Kenta Kobashi x SPLX
Kenta Kobashi is undoubtedly one of the absolute greatest performers to have ever stepped in to the squared circle. Having began his career with All Japan Pro- Wrestling (AJPW) in 1988, where he became one of AJPW's top combatants. Having stellar after stellar battles against likes of Mitsuharu Misawa, Akira Taue, Toshiaki Kawada, Kensuke Kawaski, Samoa Joe, Jun Akiyama , and many more.
Kobashi went on to become a Three Time Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion in AJPW. He won his first Triple Crown in the summer of 1996 by defeating Akira Taue in Tokyo. Just under two years later in the same city he went on to defeat Toshiaki Kawada to claim his second reign as champion, then in February 2000 he bested Vader to claim third and final Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship before vacating the title and moving to Pro-Wrestling NOAH.
March 1st 2003, the Burning Lariat specialist became the GHC Heavyweight Champion where he defeated Mitsuharu Misawa at the Budokan infront of 16,000 adoring fans. This match is one of the all time best, by two of the best ever to grace this great sport. Kobashi went on to hold the championship for a record setting 735 days, this is still the longest reign in the title's history.
On May 11th 2013, this legendary figure of professional wrestling retired at the very same arena he won his history making GHC Heavyweight Title. Surrounded by his peers and legions of die hard fans, this was truly a send off for the ages.
We are honoured and proud to present to you this very special collaboration with the master of the Burning Hammer, Kenta Kobashi.