Awesome / All Japan Pro Wrestling

  • The entire rivalry between Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada is awesome enough, but truly reached its peak in the June 9, 1995 AJPW Tag Team Championship match when Kawada and Akira Taue challenged champions Misawa and Kenta Kobashi. Not only is this match considered the best in the long history of AJPW, but this was the moment when Kawada finally pinned the near-invincible Misawa. It took over forty minutes of preying on Misawa's broken orbital bone - and the complete annihilation of Kobashi's leg - to take him out, but when the dust cleared, Kawada had the victory he had always wanted and a title to show for it.
  • Their match for the Triple Crown title on 1/22/99. Kawada breaks his arm early in the match on Misawa's skull, and still comes back from behind with the dreaded Ganso bomb in order to win the title. The two wrestlers' boss, Shohei "Giant" Baba, was in the hospital with terminal renal cancer at the time. He told an assistant, after seeing the match on TV, that it was the finest bout he had ever seen, and he saw a lot.