ON THIS DATE: Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama (July 10, 2004)

Originally published at ON THIS DATE: Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama (July 10, 2004)

It was on this date in 2004 that Pro Wrestling NOAH ran its first card at the Tokyo Dome headlined by GHC Champion Kenta Kobashi defending the championship against Jun Akiyama.

The match was heralded as a classic and was voted the ‘Match of the Year’ by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers that year.

For an extensive look at the career and legacy of Kobashi, you can listen to the recent edition of The Long & Winding Royal Road at POST Wrestling with WH Park and Case Lowe going through his career and legacy.