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Green Destiny 2005 Awards - най-доброто от NOAH за 2005!


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Реших да ви постна наградите на Green Destiny (главния англоезичен сайт за втората най-популярна японска федерация NOAH). Наградите се определяни чрез вот на фенове (включително и мен, тъй като аз също гласувах :P ) и са много обеквивни. Аз лично съм съгласен с тях на 100%! Както се досещате те са само за NOAH, но скоро ще ви постна същите награди и за New Japan от главния сайт за NJPW (oще не се излезнали резултатите). Вижте сега за какво става дума ;)

Heavyweight Wrestler of the Year: Kenta Kobashi

For the second year running Kenta Kobashi won the heavyweight wrestler of the year award. Despite losing his grip on the GHC Heavyweight Title that he held for over two years, Kobashi regrouped by feuding with the likes of Genichiro Tenryu & Kensuke Sasaki in matches that were well received by all. In addition to this, he took Go Shiosaki under his wing and helped the youngster become a true rising star in the NOAH ranks. Kobashi, with or without the title, will always be the champion of the people and as always will be one of the wrestlers to watch in 2006 as he bids to regain the GHC Heavyweight Title. Akira Taue achieved second place thanks to his spirited last quarter of the year, and Takeshi Rikio finished third in his breakout year as a top performer.

Jr. Heavyweight Wrestler of the Year: KENTA

KENTA joins Kobashi as a two year winner of the award, and certainly no wrestler in NOAH was more deserving of this award than the winner himself. 2005 was KENTA's year as he finally captured the GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title, with memorable defenses against SUWA (which capped off their fantastic year long feud) & Low Ki already under his belt, and a new tag team formed with Katsuyori Shibata, the sky is the limit for KENTA who will no doubt have an explosive 2006.

Tag Team of the Year: Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji

Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji had an excellent 2005. Suzuki's first full year in NOAH saw him focusing on the tag division with his chosen partner Marufuji, and together they became a force in the tag team ranks, going on a winning streak that lead to their triumph over Scorpio & Doug Williams to capture the GHC Tag Team Title. Perhaps their most memorable match together was at the Tokyo Dome, as they defended the title against Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi in an emotional match. It remains to be seen whether this tandem will continue in 2006 but 2005 was definitely their year.

Heavyweight Singles Match of the Year: Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki (7/18/05)

Was there ever any doubt for this result? From the moment the crowd exploded when this match was announced at the April 24th Tokyo Nippon Budokan show, most fans knew what to expect from this match; an all out war from two of the most legendary power fighters in wrestling history. The end result was a fantastic match that has won numerous awards, both in Japan from the Japanese press and abroad, and will always be remembered as an epic battle between two pillars of strength.

Heavyweight Tag Team/Multi-Man Match of the Year: Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiosaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (11/5/05)

This match was without a doubt my personal pick for the award, as it encompassed single-handedly everything I love about pro wrestling. The dynamic of having the two top teacher/student pairings facing off was a great concept and it proved for a fantastic match, with each individual pairing of wrestler leading to seperate intrigue and different individuals coming off the stronger after each exchange; seeing two wrestlers looked upon as the future of the professional wrestling business not looking out of place with two true legends was a great for the state of professional wrestling.

Jr. Heavyweight Singles Match of the Year: KENTA vs. SUWA (9/18/05)

KENTA & SUWA finally resolved their feud in singles competition at the september budokan, as KENTA won (after a re-start) to both retain the title and win the feud. SUWA managed to turn the referee, Joe Higuchi, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & the crowd against him during the course of the match, cementing his place as the top 'outlaw' in Pro Wrestling NOAH.

Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team/Multi Man Match of the Year: Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura (6/5/05)

Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA's epic run as GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title champions finally came to an end at the Sapporo Media Park Spica, as their first defense for 2005 turned out to be their last as the 'skinhead' team of Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takashi Sugiura overcame them to capture the belts. Anyone who has watched a Marufuji & KENTA tag team match knows the high quality of wrestling to expect and this match does not disappoint.

Surprising Moment of the Year: Akira Taue pins Takeshi Rikio to win the GHC Heavyweight Title, his first

singles title win in nine years.

Akira Taue, after a quiet first portion of the year, did the unthinkable first when he beat Jun Akiyama in a tag team match at the September Budokan show, leading to the fans chanting his name when Takeshi Rikio asked for the fans to nominate a challenger for his GHC Heavyweight Title. Then on the 5th of November he did what most thought he could never do; he won the GHC Heavyweight Title, his first singles title win in over 9 years. The fans were deafening in their reaction to Taue's win, and rightly so.

Outsider of the Year: Kensuke Sasaki

The 2004 Tokyo Sports MVP, Sasaki entered NOAH initially by fax; his challenge for a match against Kobashi at Destiny was accepted and the match announced prior to Kobashi's match at the April Budokan. Sasaki was unsuccesful in beating Kobashi at the Dome, but he won the support of the NOAH fans who gave him a huge ovation after the match. Sasaki's two subsequent NOAH matches include the outstanding teacher/student match teaming with his protege Katsuhiko Nakajima against Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiosaki and finally he once again teamed with Nakajima against the team of Jun Akiyama & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi. Sasaki looks to participate in NOAH more in 2006 and this is great news for NOAH fans everywhere.

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