The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Kensuke Sasaki
on October 2nd, 2005

Event: World-1 Grand Prix
Location: Yoyogi National Stadium Gymnasium, Japan
Announced Attendance: 8,012

Waistlock by Muta to start the match, Sasaki reverses it, but Muta quickly gets a hand on the ropes and Sasaki breaks the hold.  Muta spits some green mist in the air to intimidate Sasaki, but Sasaki does not seem too impressed.  Tie-up, waistlock by Muta and he gets Sasaki to his knees, but Sasaki reverses it into a waistlock of his own.  Sasaki turns Muta over for a quick pin attempt, but Muta gets back on top and applies an ankle lock.  Sasaki gets to the ropes however and Muta gives a clean break.  Tie-up, chops by Sasaki, and Muta falls down to the mat.  Cover by Sasaki, but it only gets a two count.  Club to the back by Sasaki, Irish whip, but Muta rolls under the clothesline and hits a dropkick.  Sasaki clotheslines him anyway though, Muta falls out of the ring, but Sasaki follows him out and hits a suplex on the outside.  Sasaki rolls back into the ring, he then climbs up to the top turnbuckle, but Muta chucks a chair at his head and knocks him off.  Sasaki falls down to the floor, and Muta grabs a chair and smacks Sasaki with it a few times.  By now Sasaki is bleeding, as Muta gets a metal box from under the ring and hits Sasaki in the head with it.  After hitting Sasaki with the metal box again, Muta Irish whips Sasaki into the ring post.  Finally Muta rolls Sasaki back into the ring and delivers the Flash Elbow.  Muta applies a reverse chinlock and bites Sasaki's head while he has him in the hold.  Irish whip by Muta, but Sasaki grabs him and snaps off a back suplex.  Fired up, Sasaki chops Muta hard in the chest, but Muta grabs his leg and hits a dragon screw leg whop.  A leg lock is applied by Muta, but Sasaki gets a hand on the ropes and Muta eventually breaks the hold.  Muta measures Sasaki and kicks him a few times in the head, he goes for a vertical suplex, but Sasaki reverses it into a suplex of his own.  Sasaki goes off the ropes, but Muta rolls out of the way of the elbow drop.  Muta picks up Sasaki, Irish whip from the corner, he goes for the handspring elbow strike, but Sasaki grabs him around the waist and hits a release German suplex.  Chops/lariats by Sasaki in the corner, Irish whip, and he hits the running bulldog.  While Sasaki holds his knee, Muta takes the opportunity to roll out of the ring.  Muta crawls around under the ring for a bit, comes back in the ring with a chair, but Sasaki lariats the chair into his face.  Sasaki gets the chair, Muta goes for the red mist, but Sasaki blocks it with the chair and hits Muta in the head with it.  He puts the chair on the ground, Irish whip by Sasaki, and he powerslams Muta onto the chair.  Sasaki applies the Strangle Hold Gamma, releases it after a minute, cover, but it only gets a two count.  Sasaki picks up Muta, Irish whip, knee to the gut, and he delivers the Ipponzei.  Sasaki goes off the ropes, but Muta dropkicks him in the knee.  Muta goes for a quick Shining Wizard, but Sasaki blocks it and knocks down Muta with a lariat.  Sasaki goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes flying off with a diving clothesline.  After dragging Muta to his feet, Sasaki goes for the Northern Lights Bomb, but he gets sprayed in the face with green mist while he is holding Muta up in the air.  Sasaki drops Muta and holds his face, and as he is trying to recover, Muta nails him with a Shining Wizard.  Cover by Muta, and he gets the three count pinfall!  Your winner:  The Great Muta

Match Thoughts:  A really entertaining match. It wasn't perfect by any means, but Mutoh plays the Muta character perfectly, and doesn't bring it out too often (only three times in 2005) so it has a special feel to it.  Sasaki even sold the leg longer then most wrestlers do, and since psychology is usually non-existent in Muta matches, I appreciate the extra effort.  The end fit the match layout (Sasaki blocking the first mist and Shining Wizard, but losing after not blocking them the second time) even if it was predictable, and Muta actually hit the Shining Wizard extremely well.  A very fun match.  Score:  7.5

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