The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh and Antonio Inoki vs. Conga The Barbarian and Black Bart
on January 2nd, 1987

Event: New Japan Pro Wrestling
Location: Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Attendance: Unknown

Mutoh and Bart start things off. Tie-up, Bart pushes Mutoh into the ropes and gives him a chop. Bart punches Mutoh back and chases him around the ring, Irish whip, but Mutoh delivers a dropkick. A second dropkick by Mutoh and Bart goes back to his corner to talk to Conga. Back in the middle of the ring, punches by Bart, Irish whip, reversed, and Mutoh hits a hiptoss. A second hiptoss by Mutoh, and a third before Bart rolls out of the ring to re-group. Bart gets back into the ring, tie-up, and Bart tags in Conga. Irish whip by Conga and he delivers the big boot. Conga picks up Mutoh and chops him in the corner, Irish whip, but Mutoh moves when Conga charges in and hits a Victory Roll for a two count. Mutoh tags in Inoki, Inoki and Conga tie-up but Conga pushes Inoki into the ropes. Inoki gets away, Conga asks for a Test of Strength and Inoki accepts. Conga starts getting the better of it but Inoki bridges up. Conga tags in Bart, punches by Bart but Inoki gets out of the corner. Kicks to the leg by Inoki, snapmare by Inoki and he tags in Mutoh. Mutoh comes in the ring with a stomp to Bart, Irish whip by Mutoh and he hits a back bodydrop followed by an elbow drop. Cover, but it gets a two count. Bart rakes Mutoh in the eyes, scoop slam by Bart, he goes onto the second turnbuckle and hits a leg drop. Bart tags in Conga, chop by Conga and he slams Mutoh to the mat. Choke by Conga and he throws Mutoh to the mat again. Irish whip by Conga and he hits a choke grip down to the mat. Military Press Slam by Conga and he makes the tag to Bart. Knee drop by Bart, cover, but it gets a two count. Bart applies a reverse chinlock, Mutoh gets back up but Bart brings him back down to the mat. Back up again, Mutoh Irish whips out of it but Bart shoulderblocks him to the mat. Bart goes off the ropes but Mutoh hits a dropkick and tags in Inoki. Bart tags in Conga, Inoki tries to knock down Conga but Conga delivers a big boot. Snapmare by Conga and he hits a leg drop. Conga picks up Inoki and hits a headbutt. Vertical suplex by Conga, cover, but Inoki gets a foot on the bottom rope. Conga tags in Bart, elbow to the back of the head by Bart and he takes Inoki's face into the top rope. Scoop slam by Bart to Inoki, he goes up to the second turnbuckle but Inoki moves out of the way of the leg drop. Enzigieri by Inoki, scoop slam, and Mutoh delivers a moonsault off the top turnbuckle. Mutoh isn't the legal man so the referee makes him leave, backdrop suplex by Inoki, cover, but Conga breaks it up. Conga goes and gets a chain, and wraps it around his arm. Conga hits Inoki with the chain, and the referee calls for the bell. Your winners by DQ: Keiji Mutoh and Antonio Inoki

Post match: Conga hits both Inoki and Mutoh with the chain some more before they roll out of the ring.

Match Thoughts: I really don't know why this was included on a Mutoh DVD Collection, but I enjoyed seeing Conga, who wrestled later in WCW and WWF as just The Barbarian. This match was designed to set up Conga as a real threat to Inoki, so it was significant but not for anything to do with Mutoh. Still the match was fun, Bart seems a bit useless but Conga was really impressive during this time and Mutoh hit his spots well. Inoki was surprisingly not the focus of this match in any way, as Conga pretty consistently got the better of him. Overall, nothing to sneeze at but with the ending the way it was nothing that one can get too excited about. Score: 5.5

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