Kobashi king of NOAH PPV
By JOHN F. MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling
Former All Japan Triple Crown
champion and 2000 Carnival
tournament winner Kenta Kobashi came out on top in the main event of Pro Wrestling NOAH's 'Great Voyage' pay-per-view today in Tokyo.
A sellout crowd of 12,000 fans in Tokyo's Ariake Colosseum saw Kobashi defeat rival Jun Akiyama in 35:58 using his signature Burning Hammer move.
Akiyama defeated Kobashi in the main event of NOAH's first pay-per-view
back in August at Tokyo's Differ Ariake wrestling complex.
Booker Mitsuharu Misawa
in 14:28 via pinfall following a running elbow smash. New Japan Pro Wrestling star Shin'ya Hashimoto made his NOAH debut defeating NOAH star Takao Omori in 6:32 with an avalanche brainbuster.
In another inter-promotional match, FMW's Kudo Fuyuki & Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeated the NOAH team of Tamon Honda & Naomichi Marufuji to win the FMW's WEW Tag Titles.
In other results: Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Akira Taue; Yoshinari Ogawa & Daisuke Ikeda defeated Masashi Aoyagi & Akitoshi Saito; Kentaro Shiga, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takeshi Morishima defeated Masao Inoue, Takeshi Rikioh & Takashi Sugiura; Haruka Eigen, Jun Izumida & Satoru Asako defeated Rusher Kimura, Mitsuo Momota & Makoto Hashi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kenta Kobayashi defeated Scorpio (formerly 2 Cold Scorpio
) & Kishin Kawabata.
The show will air on pay-per-view on Japan's Fighting TV Samurai channel on a tape delayed basis today and be repeated on Christmas Day.
-- With files from Zach