The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Hirooki Goto
on January 4th, 2008

Event: New Japan Wrestle Kingdom II at the Tokyo Dome
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 27,000

Goto attacks Muta as he makes his entrance, hitting him repeatedly with a stick. Goto clubs Muta in the back and throws him into the ring post. Choke by Goto outside the ring, he gets up to the apron to try another attack but Muta spits the Green Mist in his face when he jumps off! Muta gets a ladder out from under the ring and rams Goto in the head with it. Muta then gets Goto's stick and chokes Goto with it before getting in the ring. Muta gets tired of waiting and goes back outside the ring to choke Goto again. Finally Muta rolls Goto into the ring, he picks him up, snapmare, and he delivers the Flash Elbow. Eye rake by Muta and he applies an STF, but Goto makes it to the ropes. Muta picks up Goto and throws him back outside the ring, Muta grabs a chair and hits Goto in the side with it. Muta slides Goto back in, stomp by Muta, Irish whip, and he applies the Sleeper Hold. After a moment Muta releases the hold and elbows Goto in the back of the head, but Goto elbows him low and delivers a Shining Wizard! Back up they trade blows, and Goto punches Muta back into the corner. Mounted punches by Goto in the corner, he goes for the catapult spin kick but Muta moves out of the way. Muta then hits a catapult Shining Wizard in the corner, Muta picks up Goto and punches him back into the corner again. Muta puts Goto up onto the top turnbuckle and joins him, but Goto retains the advantage and hits the Avalanche Yoshi Tonic for a two count cover. Goto goes for the Shouten but Muta blocks it and hits a dragon screw leg whip. Figure Four by Muta but Goto makes it to the ropes. Dropkick to the knee by Muta, he picks up Goto and hits another dragon screw leg whip. Muta goes off the ropes but so does Goto and he hits a lariat from behind followed by a lariat from the front. Irish whip by Goto to the corner and he delivers a running lariat. He then goes up to the top turnbuckle and connects with a diving elbow drop, cover, but it gets a two count. Goto picks up Muta and hits a backdrop suplex and he calls for the Shouten. Goto gets him up but Muta knees him in the head and connects with a Shining Wizard. Irish whip by Muta, Goto tries to run past him again but Muta spits Green Mist in his face! Shining Wizard by Muta, cover, but it only gets a two count. Muta picks up Goto, backbreaker, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and nails the moonsault. Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Great Muta

Match Thoughts: An entertaining match and a nice change of pace compared to the rest of the card. Muta has such an aura to him that just him being in a match can make it seem better. As in most Muta matches not a lot happened, there were a lot of attacks outside the ring and general stalling. But the last few minutes were hot and it gave Goto an opportunity against one of the true legends in Puroresu. Muta won prettily handily, but he didn't kick out of the Shouten so there was always that chance that Goto could quickly get back into the match. Also, Goto was controlling the action at times but twice Muta reversed things with the Green Mist, which is obviously a tactic that Goto isn't used to defending against. Overall it wasn't an epic match and won't be remembered for years to come, but it was great to see the Great Muta in New Japan again. Score: 6.0

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