FINAL BURNING in Budokan ~ Kenta Kobashi’s Retirement Commemorative Event, 5/11/2013 [Sat] 17:00 @ Nippon Budokan in Tokyo
17,000 Spectators [Legit Sell-out/Overcrowded]
~ A big surprise came right at the start of the show as Hayabusa came out at the entrance way, on forearm crutches, and offered his respects for Kobashi’s big day.
(1) Masanobu Fuchi vs. Hitoshi Kumano
◆Winner: Fuchi (6:21) following a Backdrop.
(2) SUWA & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge
◆Winner: Ishimori (8:45) with a 450° Splash on SUWA.
~ Following the 2nd match, Kobashi came out for special retirement ceremony, Masanobu Fuchi and Toshiaki Kawada also joined Kobashi in the ring.
(3) Tamon Honda & Kentaro Shiga vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki
◆Winner: Kotaro (11:29) following the Endless Waltz on Shiga.
(4) Special Tag Match: Takeshi Morishima & Masao Inoue vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Yoshinari Ogawa
◆Winner: Ogawa (8:38) with a School Boy on Inoue.
~ Morishima said he is motivated now more than everyone
(5) NOAH vs. NJPW Special 6 Man Tag Match: Takashi Sugiura, Mohammed Yone & Akitoshi Saito vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Yuji Nagata & Satoshi Kojima
◆Winner: Tanahashi (14:23) with a High Fly Flow on Saito.
~ Tanahashi did a special “air guitar” salute in honor of Kobashi.
(6) Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Minoru Suzuki vs. “NO FEAR” Yoshihiro Takayama & Takao Omori
◆Winner: Takayama (18:26) with an Everest German Suplex Hold on Marufuji.
~ Takayama stated that there was always a common connection between him and Kobashi and he yelled out “NO FEAR!” to close his time in the ring.
(7) “FINAL BURNING in Budokan” Kenta Kobashi’s Retirement Commemorative 8 Man Tag Match: Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, Keiji Mutoh & Kensuke Sasaki vs. KENTA, Go Shiozaki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Maybach Taniguchi
◆Winner: Kobashi (39:59) with a Moonsault Press on Kanemaru.
~ Kobashi stated that he had “the best life that a professional wrestling could have had” in the ring.