The audience was so spellbound by the action that they made a crowd of one thousand sound like a stadium full of screaming fans.
In 2005, both Kobashi and Joe were on top of their respective promotions. Kobashi’s legendary two-year run as NOAH’s world champion had ended.
Joe, meanwhile, was a rising star in ROH. He had held the ROH World Championship for 645 days (a record that stands to this day) and had made a name for himself all over the independent scene.