The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Bobby Fulton
NWA World Television Championship Defense on October 14th, 1989

Event: NWA World Championship Wrestling
Location: Atlanta, GA
Attendance: Unknown

Waistlock by Muta to start but Fulton gets out of it. They jockey for position, armbar by Fulton but Muta returns to his feet. Fulton applies a wristlock but Muta pushes Fulton into the ropes and hits a mule kick. Muta kicks down Fulton in the corner, he picks him back up and goes for a slam but Fulton rolls him up for a two count. Fulton gets on the second turnbuckle and hits a dropkick, cover, but it gets a two count. Fulton goes for Muta's arm again, Irish whip by Muta but Fulton shoulderblocks him down. Arm drag by Fulton and he hits another dropkick, sending Muta out of the ring. Fulton then goes to sail out onto Muta with a tope suicida, but his foot catches the ropes and he kinda flops to the floor. Commentator credits Muta for moving out of the way, but he didn't. Chop by Muta back in the ring and he knocks Fulton back out of the ring. They trade blows on the outside, Fulton slides Muta back in the ring and hits a side headlock takedown. Muta rolls up Fulton but Fulton keeps the hold applied, back up, and Muta hits a backdrop suplex. Muta picks up Fulton, Irish whip from the corner and he hits the Space Rolling Elbow. Muta rakes Fulton's eyes with his boot and kicks him in the ribs. Fulton fights back but Muta floors him with a jumping back kick. Muta picks up Fulton and chokes him over the top rope. Punches by Fulton but Muta takes Fulton to the mat and applies an ankle hold. Leg snap by Muta but Fulton trips him up and kicks Muta in the stomach. Irish whip by Fulton but Muta ducks under the lariat and hits a back kick, sending Fulton out of the ring. Muta then goes to the ropes and sails out onto Fulton with a pescado. Muta slides Fulton back into the ring, he goes up top and nails a backflip crossbody for the three count cover. Your winner and still champion: Great Muta

Match Thoughts: While this was a title defense, I don't think anyone thought that Fulton had any chance whatsoever of winning. Course by this point Muta still hadn't been pinned or submitted on TV in WCW, as he had defeated Sting the previous month to officially win the TV Title. Not a bad match, Fulton botching the tope suicida didn't do it any favors but Muta played it off well as he just kinda looked at him like he was an idiot before throwing him back into the ring. A fine five minute match but nothing to get excited about, although I do like that Muta used a variety of moves to win matches, particularly against wrestlers that weren't really threats. Score: 5.0

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