'''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:'''

* AlliterativeName: Far as anyone knows, or is willing to reveal, it's his only ring name.
* CaptainErsatz: He, or rather, lawyer friendly he, has been a regular in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Fighting Spirit!
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Orange when he was with Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The reason the Burning Hammer is considered such a devastatingly powerful move is because it's very nearly THE most dangerous move ever invented in professional wrestling, basically amounting to picking your opponent up across your shoulders, then dropping sideways to slam them down ''right on their head.'' The move is flat-out ''banned'' in Wrestling/{{WWE}} because it's too dangerous to be used, and even Kobashi himself only used it ''7 times'' in 25 years. [[spoiler:When [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Brian Kendrick]] pulled it out against Kota Ibushi in their match at the Wresling/WWECruiserweightClassic tournament, the crowd predictably lost their shit- even more so when [[CueTheFlyingPigs Ibushi kicked out of it]].]]
* {{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, he was fast, strong, and tough, 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.
* MadeOfIron: He used to absorb insane amounts of punishment in his matches.
* TheMentor:
** To Wrestling/KentaKobayashi. 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."
* PecFlex: Even when he's just goofing off it can be rather intimidating.
* RealMenWearPink: Don't laugh at his pink shorts!
* RedBaron: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Absolute Champion]], [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes Orange Crush]], Iron Man (See MadeOfIron above).
* RetiredBadass: Wrestled his last match, an 8-man tag team, on May 11, 2013 at NOAH Final Burning in Budokan.
* UnderwearOfPower: He has plenty of patterns and colors for variety(though he usually just sticks to black) but if you see him in anything else, he probably won't be wrestling.