VIEW FROM THE RISING SUN
by Masanori Horie

Misawa vs. Kawada vs. Taue vs. Kobashi vs. Akiyama

All Japan car
All Japan Pro Wrestling's PR car

All Japan Pro Wrestling has appealed to fans through their famous hard and tough competitions featuring Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue, Kenta Kobashi, and Jun Akiyama. They have had the actual grim battle rising far above the desk (internet) mere theory by so-called wrestling's internal terms, such as "booking," "angle," "storyline," etc. They usually have NO angles; therefore, there is no meaning to any of the matches on local spot shows; correctly speaking, there is meaning of the match ... match quality itself. We see All Japan style wrestling as it actually is from their matches. All Japan Pro has been run by Misawa, Mitsuo Momota (a son of Rikidozan), and others on the board of directors after the death of Giant Baba on January 31, 1999. They strain every nerve to run the company without the big boss, who had controlled everything for 26 years since 1972. However, it is said that there is great antagonism between Mrs. Motoko Baba and Misawa. She is a money woman, but she is still rather mean over everything, which puts big pressures on both wrestlers and office workers. Then, it has been noised abroad that All Japan Pro would split up in the near future. As usual, one site copies from another, and another site copies from it, and they all spread mere rumors from each other.

View From The Rising Sun #69 will look back All Japan Pro's Misawa, Kawada, Taue, Kobashi, and Akiyama, who are five of the most valuable existences in the wrestling business.


Misawa and Masanori
Mitsuharu Misawa and Masanori

"Untouchable" Mitsuharu Misawa (6'1'', 238 lbs.) was born in Yubari City, Hokkaido on Monday, June 18, 1962. Misawa grew up in Koshigaya City, Saitama (less than an hour from Tokyo), and longed to become a professional wrestler. He did amateur wrestling (Free Style / 85 kg Class) at Ashikaga-kodai High School (A Comprehensive School for Boys affiliated with Ashikaga Institute of Technology) in Ashikaga City in Tochigi. He joined Giant Baba's All Japan Pro in March 1981 and debuted as a pro wrestler, losing to Shiro Koshinaka in an open-air spot show in front of the Horse Race Course in Urawa City, Saitama on August 21, 1981. He was really a promising young wrestler in those days, and he, as "Kamikaze Misawa," and Shiro Koshinaka, as "Samurai Shiro," were sent to EMLL (Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre) in Mexico for three months from March 1984. Misawa, as Tiger Mask, debuted at Den-en Coliseum in Tokyo on August 26, 1984. Giant Baba & Tiger Mask appeared in the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 19, 1986. He challenged for Curt Hennig's AWA World Heavyweight title at Korakuen Hall on January 2, 1988, and Ricky Steamboat's NWA World Heavyweight title at Nippon Budokan on March 8, 1989, and faced Bret Hart in a singles match at Tokyo Dome on April 13, 1990. During a tag match at Tokyo Gym on May 14, 1990, Tiger Mask told his partner, Toshiaki Kawada, to unmask him. He started as Mitsuharu Misawa without the mask two days later. He beat Jumbo Tsuruta in a non-title singles match for the first time at Nippon Budokan on June 8, 1990, and beat Stan Hansen to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight title for the first time at Nippon Budokan on August 22, 1992. He beat Kawada to win the Champion Carnival Round Robin Tournament for the first time at Nippon Budokan on April 15, 1995. He has been rated as one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the world. He became the new president of All Japan Pro on May 7, 1999.

Johnny Ace and Masanori
All Japan Gaijin Booking Agent Johnny Ace and Masanori, March 25, 2000

Misawa vs. Kawada vs. Taue vs. Kobashi vs. Akiyama
Title Matches & Tournaments of the Past Five Years--Part 1 (1995)

January 19, 1995---Osaka Furitsu (Prefectural) Gym
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Toshiaki Kawada drew Kenta Kobashi (60 minutes time up)---Kawada kept the title

January 24, 1995---Yamagata Prefectural Gym
World Tag Team title match
Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi drew Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (60 minutes time up)---Misawa & Kobashi kept the title

March 21, 1995---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Champion Carnival (Round Robin Tournament)
Toshiaki Kawada beat Jun Akiyama (15:20 Stretch Pram)
Akira Taue beat Kenta Kobashi (25:22 Dynamic Bomb)

March 26, 1995---Matsumoto City Gym, Nagano
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (22:31 Tiger Suplex '85)

March 30, 1995---Toyama Prefectural Sports Center
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi beat Jun Akiyama (18:14 Orange Crush)

April 6, 1995---Okayama Budokan
Champion Carnival
Akira Taue beat Jun Akiyama (10:26)
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Toshiaki Kawada (30 minutes time up)

April 8, 1995---Osaka Furitsu Gym
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Jun Akiyama (12:28 Reverse Nelson Deathlock)
Akira Taue beat Toshiaki Kawada (23:51)

April 12, 1995---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Akira Taue (30 minutes time up)

April 13, 1995--Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, Sendai
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada drew Kenta Kobashi (30 minutes time up)

April 15, 1995---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Champion Carnival Final
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Akira Taue (27:03 Tiger Suplex)---Misawa won the tournament

June 9, 1995---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
World Tag Team title match
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi (42:37 Kawada beat Misawa by Power Bomb)---Kawada & Taue became the 26th champions

July 24, 1995---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Toshiaki Kawada (24:16 Running Elbow)---Misawa kept the title

September 10, 1995---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Akira Taue (20:50 Rolling Elbow)---Misawa kept the title

October 15, 1995---Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya
World Tag Team title match
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue drew Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi (60 minutes time up)---Kawada & Taue kept the title

October 25, 1995---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (35:51 Tiger Driver '91)

November 21, 1995---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi (29:01 Kawada beat Kobashi by Power Bomb)

November 24, 1995---Hamamatsu City Gym, Shizuoka
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori (15:15 Taue beat Akiyama by Choke Slam)

December 6, 1995---Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, Sendai
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi beat Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori (20:32 Misawa beat Akiyama by Tiger Driver)

December 9, 1995---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Real World Tag Team League Tournament Final
Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (27:0423:34 Kobashi beat Taue by Moonsault Press)---Misawa & Kobashi won the tournament


Williams, Masanori, and Vader
Masanori between World Tag Team champions "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Vader, March 24, 2000

"Dangerous K" Toshiaki Kawada (5'10'', 230 lbs.) was born in Fujioka Town, Tochigi on Sunday, December 8, 1963. Kawada played baseball and was an amateur sumo when he was a junior high school student, and he did amateur wrestling (Free Style / 75 kg Class) at Ashikaga-kodai High School in Ashikaga City in Tochigi. Misawa was his senior by one year. He joined Baba's All Japan Pro in March 1982 and debuted as a pro wrestler, losing to Hiromichi (Kodo) Fuyuki in an open-air spot show in front of the Fire Department in Ohara Town, Chiba on October 4, 1982. It is not very well known that Kawada had gained experience as a pro wrestler in Fred Behrend's Texas All-Star Wrestling (San Antonio, Texas), Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), and Frank Valois' International Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) for a year from November 1985. He and Fuyuki, as "Japanese Force," had a feud with "American Force" (Paul Diamond & Shawn Michaels) for the USA Tag Team title in San Antonio, Texas. He was billed as "Kio Kawata" from Seoul, South Korea in Stampede Wrestling for a very short time in 1986. He came back to Japan at the end of 1986 and joined Gen-ichiro Tenryu's "Revolution" Army, and formed a tag team named "Footloose" in 1987. Though Tenryu and eight wrestlers (Kabuki, Yatsu, Takano, Nakano, Fuyuki, Kitahara, Orihara, & Yamanaka) left All Japan and signed with SWS (Super World Sports) run by Megane Super, one of the biggest glasses companies in Japan, Misawa and Kawada stayed with Baba and All Japan and established themselves as top stars in the 1990's. Kawada beat Steve Williams to win the Champion Carnival Round Robin Tournament for the first time on April 16, 1994, and beat Williams again to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight title for the first time at Nippon Budokan on October 22, 1994. He became the new vice-president of All Japan Pro on May 7, 1999.


Misawa vs. Kawada vs. Taue vs. Kobashi vs. Akiyama
Title Matches & Tournaments of the Past Five Years--Part 2 (1996)

March 22, 1996---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Champion Carnival (Round Robin Tournament)
Akira Taue drew Kenta Kobashi (30 minutes time up)

March 24, 1996---Toda City Sports Center, Saitama
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi beat Jun Akiyama (18:34 Moonsault Press)

March 31, 1996---Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada drew Akira Taue (30 minutes time up)
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (24:07 Diving Neck Breaker Drop)

April 1, 1995---Osaka Furitsu Gym
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada beat Jun Akiyama (1:45 Jumping High Kick)
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Akira Taue (18:18 Diving Neck Breaker Drop)

April 3, 1996---Kumamoto City Gym
Champion Carnival
Akira Taue beat Jun Akiyama (13:26 Choke Slam)

April 7, 1996---Hakata StarLanes, Fukuoka
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada beat Kenta Kobashi (29:38 Power Bomb)

April 11, 1996---Toyama Techno Hall
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Jun Akiyama (17:56 Tiger Driver)

April 14, 1996---Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, Sendai
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Toshiaki Kawada (30 minutes time up)

May 23, 1996---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
World Tag Team title match
Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (27:26 Akiyama beat Kawada)---Misawa & Taue became the 29th champions

May 24, 1996---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa (16:05 Choke Slam)---Taue became the 15th champion

June 7, 1996---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Akira Taue beat Toshiaki Kawada (17:41 Choke Slam)---Taue kept the title

July 9, 1996---Ishikawa Prefectural Industrial Hall, Kanazawa
World Tag Team title match
Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (26:42 Misawa beat Taue by Tiger Suplex)---Misawa & Akiyama kept the title

July 24, 1996---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Kenta Kobashi beat Akira Taue (27:25 Diving Leg Drop)---Kobashi became the 16th champion

October 18, 1996---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Kenta Kobashi drew Toshiaki Kawada (60 minutes time up)---Kobashi kept the title

November 17, 1996---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Kenta Kobashi & Patriot (Del Wilkes) beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (Patriot beat Kawada by Power Bomb)

November 21, 1996---Hakata StarLanes, Tokyo
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (19:46 Kawada beat Akiyama by Jumping High Kick)

November 22, 1996---Okayama Budokan
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama beat Kenta Kobashi & Patriot (24:01 Akiyama beat Patriot)

November 28, 1996---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Kenta Kobashi & Patriot beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (20:34 Kobashi beat Akiyama by Lariat)

November 29, 1996---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (20:33 Misawa beat Kawada by Tiger Driver)

December 2, 1996---Osaka Furitsu Gym
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Kenta Kobashi & Patriot (25:25 Taue beat Patriot by Choke Slam)

December 6, 1996---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Real World Tag Team League Tournament Final
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (31:37 Kawada beat Misawa by Power Bomb)---Kawada & Taue won the tournament


Taue, Masanori, and Kawada
Akira Taue, Masanori, and Toshiaki Kawada

"Dynamic T" Akira Taue (6'5", 266 lbs.) was born in Chichibu City, Saitama on Monday, May 8, 1961. Taue did high jump, shotputting, baseball, and judo when he was a junior high school student, and did amateur sumo in Chichibu A & T High School. He was scouted for professional sumo in 1980, and he was named "Tama-kirin." Then, he joined Baba's All Japan Pro on August 17, 1987, and debuted as a pro wrestler teaming with Baba, beating Buddy Landell & Paul Harris at Korakuen Hall on January 2, 1988. He is a typical "Genius slow to develop" type wrestler. He improved very well when he was teaming with Jumbo Tsuruta in 1990. He beat Misawa to win the Champion Carnival Round Robin Tournament for the first time on April 2, 1996, and he beat Misawa again to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight title for the first time at Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center in Hokkaido on May 24, 1996.


Misawa vs. Kawada vs. Taue vs. Kobashi vs. Akiyama
Title Matches & Tournaments of the Past Five Years--Part 3 (1997)

January 20, 1997---Osaka Furitsu Gym
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (42:06 Running Elbow)---Misawa became the 17th champion

March 24, 1997---Chiba Park Gym
Champion Carnival (Round Robin Tournament)
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Jun Akiyama (20:33 Tiger Driver)

March 28, 1997---Nagaoka City Welfare Hall, Niigata
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi beat Mitsuharu Misawa (24:09 Lariat)

March 29, 1997---Nagareyama City Gym, Chiba
Champion Carnival
Akira Taue beat Jun Akiyama (11:25 Choke Slam)

March 30, 1997---Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi beat Jun Akiyama (20:13 Lariat)
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Toshiaki Kawada (30 minutes time up)

April 5, 1997---Okayama Budokan
Champion Carnival
Akira Taue beat Kenta Kobashi (21:22 Dynamic Bomb)

April 7, 1997---Tottori Prefectural Industrial Gym
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Akira Taue (12:14 Rolling Elbow)

April 10, 1997---TwinMesse Shizuoka
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada beat Jun Akiyama (17:16 Stretch Pram)

April 12, 1997---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada drew Kenta Kobashi (30 minutes time up)

April 14, 1997---Niigata City Gym
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada beat Akira Taue (14:17)

April 19, 1997---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Champion Carnival Final (Playoffs)
(1) Mitsuharu Misawa drew Kenta Kobashi (30 minutes time up)
(2) Toshiaki Kawada beat Mitsuharu Misawa (6:09 Power Bomb)
(3) Toshiaki Kawada beat Kenta Kobashi (21:27)---Kawada won the tournament

May 27, 1997---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
World Tag Team title match
Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (28:40 Kobashi beat Taue by Lariat)---Kobashi & Ace became the 32nd champions

June 6, 1997---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Toshiaki Kawada (31:22 German Suplex)---Misawa kept the title

July 25, 1997---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Akira Taue (20:25 German Suplex)---Misawa kept the title

September 6, 1997---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Jun Akiyama (24:57 Tiger Driver)---Misawa kept the title

October 21, 1997---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (32:55 Tiger Driver '91)---Misawa kept the title

November 23, 1997---Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, Sendai
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama beat Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (29:50 Misawa beat Ace by Tiger Driver)

November 27, 1997---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue drew Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (30 minutes time up)

November 28, 1997---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (22:25 Kawada beat Akiyama by Stretch Pram)

December 5, 1997---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Real World Tag Team League Tournament Final
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (30:53 Taue beat Akiyama by Jumping Front Kick)---Kawada & Taue won the tournament


Kawada vs. Kobashi, 1-17-00
Toshiaki Kawada kicks Kenta Kobashi, January 17, 2000

"Orange Crush" Kenta Kobashi (6'2, 265 lbs.) was born in Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto on Monday, March 27, 1967. Kobashi trained his body with Judo and Rugby football in Fukuchiyama High School. After graduation, he became a common salaried man; however, he had kept building his body to be a pro wrestler. He applied to become Baba's disciple and was hired by All Japan Pro as a nameless young dojo boy on June 20, 1987. He was not hired with a flourish of trumpets because he didn't have any super background. He was coached by Baba, Dory Funk Jr., Masanobu Fuchi, Kazuharu Sonoda (a.k.a. Magic Dragon, who was killed in an airplane crash in South Africa on November 28, 1987), and The Road Warriors. He debuted as a pro wrestler against Motoshi Okuma at a local small facility in Rikuto Town Gym in Shiga on February 26, 1988. He beat Taue to win the Triple Crown Heavyweight title for the first time at Nippon Budokan on July 24, 1996. Kobashi has showed that even a nameless young boy without a bright sport career could be crowned with success if they train very hard every day. He treats fans very nicely.


Misawa vs. Kawada vs. Taue vs. Kobashi vs. Akiyama
Title Matches & Tournaments of the Past Five Years--Part 4 (1998)

January 25, 1998---Yokohama Bunka Gym, Kanagawa
World Tag Team title match
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (32:06 Taue beat Kobashi by Diving Front Kick)---Kawada & Taue became the 35th champions

January 26, 1998---Osaka Furitsu Gym
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Jun Akiyama (23:09)---Misawa kept the title

March 22, 1998---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Champion Carnival (Round Robin Tournament)
Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa (15:39 Jumping Front Kick)

March 26, 1998---Chiba Park Gym
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada beat Jun Akiyama (18:01 Vertical Suplex)

March 27, 1998---Nagaoka Welfare Hall, Niigata
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Jun Akiyama (30 minutes time up)
Kenta Kobashi beat Toshiaki Kawada (11:34 Lariat)

March 29, 1998---Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya
Champion Carnival
Jun Akiyama won via forfeit from injured Akira Taue
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Toshiaki Kawada (30 minutes time up)

March 31, 1998---Maishima Arena, Osaka
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi won via forfeit from injured Akira Taue

April 1, 1998---Okayama Budokan
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (25:00 Tiger Driver '91)

April 11, 1998---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi drew Jun Akiyama (30:00 time up)

April 12, 1998---Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, Sendai
Champion Carnival
Toshiaki Kawada beat Akira Taue (9:17 Figure Four Leg Lock)

April 18, 1998---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Champion Carnival Final
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Jun Akiyama (22:05)---Misawa won the tournament

May 1, 1998---Tokyo Dome
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Misawa vs. Kawada, 5-1-98
Toshiaki Kawada beat Mitsuharu Misawa (28:05 Power Bomb)---Kawada became the 18th champion

June 5, 1998---Sapporo Nakajima Sports Center, Hokkaido
World Tag Team title match
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (30:26 Taue beat Kobashi by Dynamic Bomb)---Kawada & Taue kept the title

June 12, 1998---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Kenta Kobashi beat Toshiaki Kawada (33:49 Lariat)---Kobashi became the 19th champion

July 24, 1998---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Kenta Kobashi beat Jun Akiyama (32:50 Lariat)---Kobashi kept the title

September 11, 1998---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Kenta Kobashi beat Akira Taue (25:39 Lariat)---Kobashi kept the title

October 11, 1998---Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya
World Tag Team title match
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (29:51 Kawada beat Akiyama by Jumping High Kick)---Kawada & Taue kept the title

October 31, 1998---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (43:29 Elbow)---Misawa became the 20th champion

November 20, 1998---Kumamoto City Gym
Real World Tag Team Tournament
Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa (14:54 Taue beat Ogawa by Choke Slam)

November 30, 1998---Miyagi Prefectural Sports Center, Sendai
Real World Tag Team Tournament
Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa drew Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (30 minutes time up)

December 2, 1998---Matsumoto City Gym, Nagano
Real World Tag Team Tournament
Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (21:40 Akiyama beat Taue by Exploder Suplex)


Kobashi, Masanori, and Akiyama
Kenta Kobashi, Masanori, and Jun Akiyama

"Blue Thunder" Jun Akiyama (6', 231 lbs.) was born in Izumi City, Osaka on Thursday, October 9, 1969. He did swimming when he was a junior high school student and did amateur wrestling (Free style 81 kg class) and judo in Takaishi High School in Osaka. He went to Senshu University in Tokyo and joined the amateur wrestling team that produced Riki Choshu, Hiroshi Hase, and Manabu Nakanishi (Kurosawa in WCW). He joined Baba's All Japan Pro on February 3, 1992. When Jumbo Tsuruta faded because of his inflammation of the liver, Akiyama was selected as a new main eventer. He excels in wrestling sense and techniques, and his hard training made him close in on Misawa, Kawada, Kobashi, and Taue. He beat Misawa in a singles match for the first time at Nippon Budokan on March 27.


Misawa vs. Kawada vs. Taue vs. Kobashi vs. Akiyama
Title Matches & Tournaments of the Past Five Years--Part 5 (1999)

January 7, 1999---Kochi Prefectural Gym
World Tag Team title match
Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama beat Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue (25:58 Kobashi beat Taue by Lariat)---Kobashi & Akiyama became the 36th champions

January 22, 1999---Osaka Furitsu Gym
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Toshiaki Kawada beat Mitsuharu Misawa (24:15 Brainbuster)---Kawada became the 21st champion, but the title was held up, as Kawada broke his right arm

March 6, 1999---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
World Tag Team title match
Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa (30:49 Akiyama beat Ogawa by Exploder Suplex)

March 26, 1999---Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Champion Carnival (Round Robin Tournament)
Jun Akiyama beat Akira Taue (12:48 Exploder Suplex)

March 31, 1999---Niigata City Gym
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi beat Mitsuharu Misawa (24:15 Lariat)

April 2, 1999---Okayama Budokan
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Jun Akiyama (30 minute time up)

April 4, 1999---Higashi-ku Sports Center, Hiroshima City
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi beat Jun Akiyama (24:37 Lariat)

April 5, 1999---Hakata StarLanes, Fukuoka
Champion Carnival
Kenta Kobashi beat Akira Taue (17:06 Lariat)

April 9, 1999---TwinMesse Shizuoka
Champion Carnival
Mitsuharu Misawa drew Akira Taue (30 minutes time up)

June 11, 1999---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Misawa vs. Kobashi, 6-11-99
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi (43:40)---Misawa kept the title

July 23, 1999---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Triple Crown Heavyweight title match
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Toshiaki Kawada (21:58 Tiger Suplex '91)---Misawa kept the title

October 23, 1999---Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya
World Tag Team title match
Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa (27:25 Kobashi beat Misawa by Burning Hammer)---Kobashi & Akiyama kept the title

November 16, 1999---Niigata City Gym
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa beat Akira Taue & Stan Hansen (16:02 Misawa beat Taue)

November 20, 1999---KBS Hall, Kyoto
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa drew Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (30 minutes time up)

November 30, 1999---Osaka Furitsu (Prefectural) Gym
Real World Tag Team League Tournament
Akira Taue & Stan Hansen beat Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama (18:44 Taue beat Kobashi by Choke Slam)

December 3, 1999---Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
Real World Tag Team League Tournament Final
Kobashi and Akiyama
Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama beat Akira Taue & Stan Hansen (20:15 Akiyama beat Taue by Exploder Suplex)---Kobashi & Akiyama won the tournament

2000

March 31, 2000---Hiroshima SunPlaza
Champion Carnival (16-Man Tournament)
Mitsuharu Misawa beat Toshiaki Kawada (15:35)

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