The Many
Faces of Mutoh
The Great Muta and Sting vs. The Steiner Brothers
on January 4th, 1992

Event: New Japan Pro Wrestling at the Tokyo Dome
Location:  Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 60,000 

Muta and Scott start things off. Tie-up, wristlock by Scott and he sends Muta to the mat. Muta is back up quickly and kicks Scott in the head, stunning him. Spinebuster by Scott, he picks up Muta, Irish whip, Muta ducks an Scott lariat and connects with a back kick. Dropkick by Muta, but when he goes for the second one, Scott avoids it. Scott tags in Rick while Muta tags in Sting, Rick pushes Sting back into the corner and he gives a clean break. Tie-up again, punches by Rick, Irish whip, and he hits a hiptoss. Sting gets back up but Rick delivers a lariat. Rick then goes up on the top turnbuckle and nails a diving bulldog as Sting gets up. Cover, but Sting kicks out at one. Irish whip by Rick from the corner but Sting fires out of the corner with a lariat. Face crusher by Sting, he picks up Rick and rams him gut-first into the turnbuckle. Sting picks up Rick, Irish whip from the corner but Rick avoids the Stinger Splash and tags in Scott. Scott grabs Sting and hits a Tiger Driver, Irish whip by Scott and he drops Sting with an Around the World. Cover, but it gets two. Irish whip again by Scott, reversed, but Scott clubs Sting in the back. Scott goes for a tombstone piledriver but Sting reverses it and hits one of his own. Elbow drop by Sting, cover, but Rick breaks it up. Sting tags in Muta, who comes in the ring with an elbow strike to Scott. Snapmare by Muta and he nails the Flash Elbow. Muta applies an armbar but Scott quickly gets out of it and delivers a capture suplex. Scott tags in Rick, Rick puts Muta onto the top turnbuckle and hits an avalanche belly to belly suplex. Rick picks up Muta and delivers a German suplex, cover, but it gets two. Rick tags in Scott, and Scott hits a pump-handle slam. Scott picks up Muta, he puts Muta onto the top turnbuckle and joins him before hitting an avalanche Japanese Drop. Scott applies a Dragon Sleeper, he picks up Scott and with Rick they hit a Canadian Backbreaker into a diving elbow strike for a two count. Rick stays in the ring as legal, reverse chinlock by Rick but Muta makes it to the ropes. Rick picks up Muta and rams him gut-first into the turnbuckle before kicking him in the back. Cover, but Muta kicks out. Reverse chinlock by Rick and he tags in Scott. Belly to belly suplex by Scott and he drops a quick elbow. Scott throws Muta out of the ring, Rick goes outside and hits a belly to belly suplex to Muta on the floor. Muta rolls back in, Scott grabs him, Irish whip, but Muta ducks the lariat and hits a backdrop suplex. Muta tags in Sting, Sting picks up Scott but Rick tags himself in. Kicks by Sting, Irish whip from the corner and he nails the Stinger Splash. Muta is tagged in, he goes for his cartwheel elbow strike but Rick catches him and hits a German suplex. Cover, but Sting breaks it up. Rick tags in Scott while Rick walks over to Sting to trade blows with him and all four men battle in the ring. Muta and Sting get the better of it and they hit a double face crusher onto Scott. Scott rolls out of the ring, Sting picks up Muta in a press slam and throws him at Rick, sending Rick and Muta out to the floor. Sting then gets on the top turnbuckle and sails out of the ring onto Rick. Scott runs over and hits Sting, but Muta flies out onto Scott with a pescado. Sting and Muta get back in looking happy, but behind them Scott and Rick both get on the same top turnbuckle and hit a shoulderblock on both wrestlers. While Rick hits a suplex onto Muta and covers afterwards, Sting rolls up Scott and since Sting and Scott are the legal men, the referee counts to three. Your winners: Great Muta and Sting

Match Thoughts: Should be noted that really, Muta and Scott were the legal men, but ah well. What do you expect from Bill Alfonso. I enjoyed the match, these are four of my favorite wrestlers from the early 90s so I wasn't going to not like it. Muta was the ragdoll here which I guess of these four was the natural choice, since Sting/Muta were the crowd favorites. I forget sometimes how awesome the Steiners were, from their agility on the top turnbuckle to the killer suplexes they are to me one of the most entertaining tag teams in wrestling history as I generally always enjoy their matches. The double team moves were fun and well done, the crowd loved it, and overall it was really fun to watch. Score: 7.5

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