Webmaster induction into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame
Jul 15, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
I am honored today to make the only sixth webmaster induction into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame – Japanese legend Kenta Kobashi. Unfortunately for many wrestling fans in the United States, many of us missed the opportunity to see one of the greatest technical wrestlers in the history of the business. Unless you were taping trading during his career, you probably missed classics such as his matches with Mitsuharu Misawa, Jun Akiyama, Kensuke Sasaki, Toshiaki Kawada, fellow GERWECK.NET hall of famer Stan Hansen, the late “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Samoa Joe, etc. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter honored Kobashi with wrestler of the year honors in 1996, 2003, 2004, and 2005 and was inducted into the Observer hall of fame in 2002. Kobashi retired from the ring in May. Today, Kenta Kobashi is officially inducted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame!
The GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame is intended to include the elite members of the wrestling community that deserve to be inducted into a prestigious hall of fame without prejudice or politics. Areas of consideration for induction should include (but not be limited to) a wrestler’s drawing power, wrestling ability, impact or influences on the business, longevity, and passion/drive for the industry. Non-in ring performers (such as promoters, announcers, referees, etc.) should also be judged by a similar criterion, based on the highest standards for their areas. Remember, this is not a popularity contest. This hall of fame will only include the best of the best. Readers should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with names of candidates worthy of consideration. The name with the highest number of suggestions will be considered for voting the following month. Thus, twelve names will be considered per year, and the number of inductees for the year is totally up to the GERWECK.NET readers. If a subject doesn’t qualify for induction, he or she will remain off the consideration list for twelve months. If a subject receives 70% or higher, he or she will be inducted.