The '00 and '04 Kobashi/Takayama matches are both terrific. I watched the '00 match for the first time last year and thought it was fucking awesome. I don't remember enough about his performance in the '04 match at this point, but Kobashi's performance being better in the '00 match isn't crazy at all.
Originally Posted by Halfnelson
I missed out on the 05 vote, those dudes seem to fly through years, but I think the tag won. It would definitely be in my top 2 for the year though I think I'd have Ishikawa/Ikeda ahead of it. That may just be because it's been so long since I watched the tag and I watched the Futen match again a few weeks ago. It's a pretty tough call.
I watched the Ikeda/Ishikawa match fairly recently and it's by far my favourite match they've had together. I don't really love the BattlArts matches the way I used to, but the FUTEN match is just a fucking whirlwind of violence and ill will. Haven't watched the tag in...IDK, three years, maybe. When I started putting together an '05 list Ikeda/Ishikawa was my #1, and the only match I thought could knock it off would be the tag. But then I never got around to re-watching it and the idea of sending in a ballot was dropped not long after that. Watching stuff from a WCW Poll and the All Japan 80s set took up enough of my time.