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'''Kobashi! Kobashi! Kobashi!'''

Who is '''Kenta Kobashi'''? Simply put, he is one of the greatest practitioners of [[ProfessionalWrestling puroresu]] in history. Kobashi started his career with Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling by losing 63 matches in a row, all to establish him as the ultimate {{Determinator}}. He eventually rose to the main event and put on legendary bouts with longtime nemesis Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa, [[OvershadowedByAwesome Akira Taue]], and [[BloodKnight Toshiaki Kawada]]. [[Memes/ProfessionalWrestling Oh, and he killed cancer with a Burning Hammer]].

Announced his retirement in December 2012 -- 25 years after his first match -- before spending the next four months training just for his retirement match, which was held on May 11th, 2013.

!!'''The following tropes are found in Kenta Kobashi:'''

* {{Determinator}}: His (original) defining trait.
* FinishingMove: Kenta Kobashi used the Burning Hammer seven times in his career. It won the match every time.
* LightningBruiser: In his early years, complete with having a moonsault for his finisher, although age and a horrific number of knee injuries (at least in part racked up from said moonsaults) turned him into a MightyGlacier.
* TheMentor: To Kenta Kobayashi. To avoid confusion with his mentor, Kobayashi changed his ring name to KENTA (all caps and in Roman letters).
** Was also also mentor and tag partner to Gou Shiozaki who at one point was essentially "mini Kobashi."
* RedBaron: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Absolute Champion]], [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Orange Crush]].
* UnderwearOfPower
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