152. Kenta Kobashi vs Kensuke Sasaki (Pro Wrestling NOAH Destiny 2005)

Just imagine the dream matches we’d have if you were to transpose peak Kenta Kobashi into the modern era: against Tomohiro Ishii, against AJ Styles, against Kenny Omega, against Gunther. When you think of dream match, you may think of Hogan/Rock, Cena/Styles, Angle/Joe. When it comes to imaginary dream matches, the list is endless. After Kobashi’s epic GHC Heavyweight title reign ended in 2005, he wanted a steady schedule and ‘event’ matches. That included a few dream matches. While some dream matches are worthy of the name, others stink the arena up (I’m thinking of Antonio Inoki vs Sting, for example). But would this Kobashi dream match end up being a sweet dream…or a beautiful nightmare?

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #14 Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle (WWE Wrestlemania 21)

(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31305371/?contentId=31305371&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania )

Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle is one of my all-time favourite matches. It had all the elements in place: dream match, WrestleMania match, entertaining feud, and two of the greatest workers in the industry going one on one for the first time. It was a match I had hoped for ever since Shawn Michaels returned to the business. To say I was hyped about it was an understatement. Frequently, high levels of hype result in a disappointment. This did not result in disappointment, but in something exceeding my very high expectations. Continue reading