The audience was so spellbound by the action that they made a crowd of one thousand sound like a stadium full of screaming fans.
It was so great that it was voted Match of the Year in 2005 by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
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.