The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Martin Stone
on January 12th, 2007

Event: RQW No Pain, No Gain
Location: Bethnal Green, London, England
Announced Attendance: Unknown

They circle each other to start, waistlock by Muta and he applies a kneelock on the mat. He releases the hold after a moment, wristlock by Stone into a waistlock, but Muta gets into the ropes. Muta sprays some mist into the air just for intimidation, then he rolls out of the ring to scare some fans before rolling back in, waistlock by Muta into a full nelson, arm wringer by Muta but Stone reverses it. Stone applies a hammerlock but Muta gets to the ropes and Stone releases the hold. Muta poses for the cameras as he gets up, kick to the ribs by Muta and he rakes Stone in the eyes. Snapmare by Muta and he nails the Flashing Elbow. Muta picks up Stone and puts him into a side headlock. Stone gets up and Irish whips out of it but Muta shoulderblocks him down. Elbow by Stone and he hits a vertical suplex. Cover, but it barely gets two. Dragon screw leg whip by Muta and he pulls around on Stone's leg. Muta slaps on the STF, but after a moment Stone makes it to the ropes. Muta grabs Stone's leg and hits another dragon screw leg whip before applying the figure four leg lock. Stone slowly rolls to the ropes and eventually makes it to force a break. Stone slowly gets up but Muta dropkicks him in the knee. Irish whip by Muta to the corner, kicks by Muta and he puts Stone's leg over the second rope to twist on it. Muta goes for a slam but Stone rolls him up for a two count. Muta dropkicks Stone in the knee, he picks up Stone, he grabs Stone's title belt and hits him in the leg with it. Muta picks up Stone, Irish whip, but Stone elbows Muta as he charges in. Irish whip by Stone and he hits a lariat in the corner. Samoan drop by Stone, cover, but it gets a two count. Eye rake by Muta and he throws Stone out of the ring. Muta goes out after him and throws him into the rampway. Muta hits Stone with a chair before rolling him back into the ring. Muta goes back in as well with the chair and he hits Stone in the face with it. He tries to hit him again but Stone tackles him to the mat. Now Stone grabs the chair but Muta sprays the green mist in his face. Dropkick to the knee by Muta and he nails the Shining Wizard, cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Great Muta

Match Thoughts: Muta was in full exhibition mode here, which the live crowd seemed to enjoy but it didn't exactly make it a very good match. Muta did all his normal spots including the mist and the Shining Wizard, but Stone was the champion of the promotion and he really didn't give him much of anything. Stone never seemed in position to win this match, as his biggest move was a Samoan drop. He also didn't bother to show any effects of the leg work, which is a small gripe but was noticeable since Muta did work on the leg for the bulk of the match. I guess the crowd went home happy and if I was there live I would have enjoyed it too, but watching it years later from a fancam it just comes across as flat and uninspired. Score: 4.0

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