It is night 4 of the 23rd G1 Climax. 5th match on the card.
In one corner: The Stone Pitbull. The other: The Wrestler. Each man with a reputation. Each man with something to prove.
This instant classic only lasts 12:17 seconds bell to bell, but when it's over you'd think these men had wrestled for an hour.
8 years later, does the shortest match to to ever earn five stars from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter still hold up? Or does it come up...er, short?
Huge thanks to our guest Nico Bartoli! (Nothing Box)
[Tomohiro Ishii vs Katsuyori Shibata, NJPW G1 Climax 23 Night 4, August 4 2013]