He's my pick for greatest wrestler ever. This topic always frustrates me because whenever I pose it to other people, they just say "Undertaker" or "Shawn Michaels" or something like that. The 4 pillars were so far and away above anything WWE has produced that its not even funny. And it kind of bugs me that people who don't really know what they're talking about try to chime in with a so called "informed" opinion, when clearly the weight of something like "greatest ever" is lost on them.
Kobashi was always my favorite of the pillars (kinda goes without saying). I'm always entranced whenever I watch one of this matches, everything he did was so on the money that it was scary. Selling, psychology, telling a story, and his acting were all off the charts. I still remember my favorite singles match of his, vs Dr. Death from 8/31/93, where he's chopping him and Dr. Death starts no selling and showing his warrior spirit, and Kobashi just gets this angry/baffled look on his face like he's saying "what in the fuck ARE you?!" And there's a bit of panic in there as well. Kobashi's chops are famous, and seeing someone power back through them was startling, and for a split second he looked like he didn't know what to do. If his chops wouldn't work, what in the hell would? And this all got conveyed from one single look. His character was top notch, as well, from being a young lion and Misawa's buddy to emerging from his shadow and challenging him to NOAH where he was "the man". I mean, this is what I love about puro. When you look at it, its all so damn simple, yet so incredibly effective.
, the 6/9/95 tag with Misawa vs the Holy Demon Army is the GOAT match. Its just a spectacle and the finest display of pro wrestling I've ever seen.
WWE can't even begin to fathom the big picture, let alone the intricacies, of something like King's Road. Even beyond 4-5 guys looking strong, the idea of the new generation taking over from the grizzled veterans of old, the struggle to be the best, the warrior spirit, the growth of the characters both in and out of the ring (ie. needing to innovate new moves because their opponents were becoming resilient to the old ones)...these are concepts completely beyond them.