The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Arn Anderson
WCW Television Championship Defense on January 2nd, 1990

Event: WCW Power Hour
Location: Gainesville, GA
Attendance: Unknown

They circle each other to start, tie-up, waistlock by Muta but Anderson reverses it. Muta gets to the ropes to force a break, tie-up, side headlock by Muta but Anderson rolls him up for a two count. Muta rolls out of the ring to re-group but returns after a moment and they go into a Test of Strength, kick to the stomach by Anderson and he applies a wristlock. Arm wringer by Muta but Anderson trips him up. Muta gets into the ropes before Anderson can apply a submission, and he rolls out of the ring again to consult with Buzz Sawyer. Back in the ring, tie-up, club to the back by Muta, Irish whip, Anderson ducks the high kick however and delivers a vertical suplex. Anderson picks up Muta and applies a side headlock, side headlock takedown by Anderson and he elbows Muta in the arm. Irish whip by Muta and he delivers a back kick when Anderson catches his leg. Muta picks up Anderson, snapmare, and he hits the Flash Elbow. Muta picks up Anderson and throws Anderson out of the ring. Muta throws Anderson into the guard rail before sliding him back into the ring. Diving chop to the head by Muta and he takes Anderson in the eyes. Muta picks up Anderson, Irish whip to the corner and he nails the Space Rolling Elbow. Muta picks up Anderson, snapmare, and he applies the Cattle Mutilation. Anderson muscles out of it and hits a series of mounted punches. Irish whip by Anderson but Muta ducks the lariat and hits the jumping back kick. Muta rakes Anderson's eyes as he is against the ropes and they trade blows, with Muta getting the better of it. Anderson rakes Muta's eyes with his boot but Muta returns the favor by raking Anderson's eyes. Mounted punches in the corner by Muta but Anderson gets out of it with an atomic drop. Anderson picks up Muta and hits another atomic drop, punches by Anderson in the corner and he hits the hammerlock bodyslam. Anderson picks up Muta and applies an abdominal stretch. Muta gets out of it and dumps Anderson out of the ring. Muta throws Anderson into the guard rail before sliding him back into the ring, Irish whip by Muta but Anderson kicks him when he goes for a back bodydrop. Irish whip by Anderson and he nails the spinebuster, but Dragon Master jumps on the apron to distract Anderson and the referee. Sawyer comes off the top turnbuckle with an ax handle to Anderson when the referee isn't looking, cover by Muta but it only gets a two count. Jumping back kick by Muta, rib breaker, he goes up top but Anderson gets his knees up when Muta goes for the moonsault. While Muta is doubled over, Anderson catches him with a DDT, cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner and new champion: Arn Anderson

Match Thoughts: Really good match and the ending was very well done. This was during the Four Horsemen vs. J-Tex Corporation feud so it fit in storyline wise and it got the belt off Muta since he was returning to Japan soon. The DDT was the perfect ending, since it had to be a quick move considering that Sawyer and Dragon Master were both at ringside. Muta was already doubled over, making it all the easier, but Muta had been weakened previously with the spinebuster so it fit in well. Aside from the Sting match at GAB, this was probably Muta's best singles match during his first run in WCW as it was entertaining from start to finish and was logical along the way. Very good match. Score: 7.5

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