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August 30, 2009 / TJ Hawke

Kenta Kobashi, Akihiko Ito, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. F4 (Hiroshi Yamato, KAI & Satoshi Kojima) from AJPW 2009

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Thankfully, the ring introductions were included. That gave me a clue as to who was who besides Kobashi and Kojima. Kobashi and Kojima started the match. Hyped. They traded a lot of chops and other stuff. Kobashi won this battle, and both men then tagged out. Kikuchi and Yamato did a boring sequence. Ito and KAI did a very fun sequence after that. F4 appeared to be getting the advantage, but Kobashi and co. came back after a triple suplex spot. A few minutes later, they did a triple stereo submission spot. KAI was worked over for a while. He eventually escaped after hitting Kobashi with an enzuigiri. Kojima tagged in and made a comeback on Kobashi. He hit a million strikes. Kobashi returned the favor. Kojima actually hit a super hurricanrana. Kojima went to finish him with a lariat, but Kobashi came back with a half-nelson suplex and a lariat. Kikuchi and Yamato went at it some more. KAI and Ito then went at it. Ito made his own comeback. The match is going too long. The crowd mostly seems interested in watching Kobashi and Kojima go at it anyway. They should have built to that being the conclusion of the match. Hey, they are doing that kind of! Kojima tagged in and Ito almost beat him with a schoolboy after Kobashi chopped him. Kojima hit Ito with an Ace Crusher and then a brainbuster: 1…2…NO! LARIAT: 1…2…3!

The only parts of this match that did not give me some enjoyment were when Kikuchi and Yamato squared off. Those guys sure were boring together. Other than that though, I had a lot of fun with this. I’ve always been a big Kenta Kobashi mark, and as usual, he put a big smile on my face during this match. He and Kojima worked well together given Kobashi’s limitations and the sequences between those two were by far my favorite parts of the match. Ito and KAI also looked good though!

Match Rating: ***

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