The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Ric Flair
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Challenge on November 25th, 1989

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

They circle each other to start, tie-up, Flair forces Muta to the mat before picking him up and chopping Muta in the chest. Flair jumps out of the ring to go after Muta's managers, but the referee gets him to return to the ring. Tie-up, Flair gets the better of it and Muta rolls out of the ring. He returns after a moment, tie-up by Muta but Flair gets Muta to the mat again. Knee to the arm by Flair and he applies a hammerlock to Muta. Muta struggles back to his feet, hammerlock by Muta, snapmare by Flair and Flair applies a reverse chinlock. Muta gets out of it and applies a hammerlock of his own, but Flair pushes Muta back into the corner. Chops by Muta to Flair and he delivers a back kick. Muta applies a leg lock and then applies a single leg crab hold. Muta continues working on Flair's leg and applies the Muta Lock. Muta then puts Flair into a Mexican Surfboard before re-applying the leg lock. Kick to the leg by Muta and Flair falls back into the corner. More kicks by Muta and he rakes Flair in the eyes. Cross kneelock by Muta but Flair inches to the ropes to force a break. Muta goes out of the ring and rams Flair's legs into the apron. Outside the ring, Flair and Muta trade chops and both fall to the floor. Flair rolls back into the ring and Muta follows, and they exchange chops. Flair jumps Muta from behind and rakes Muta in the eyes before throwing him back out of the ring. Flair goes out on the apron and jumps down onto Muta with an elbow strike. Flair throws Muta back into the ring and returns as well, Flair picks up Muta and hits him an atomic drop. Stomps by Flair and he gives Muta a chop and a kick to the leg. Flair chops Muta back into the corner and continues kicking and chopping Muta. Muta falls over holding his knee, and Flair stomps him in the leg. Flair picks up Muta and Flair hits another atomic drop. Punch to the face by Flair, Irish whip to the corner, reversed, and Flair flies over the top rope to the apron. Flair runs up to the top turnbuckle and jumps off onto Muta with a clothesline. Knee to the leg by Flair and he applies the Figure Four leglock. The Dragon Master runs into the ring but Flair punches him and throws him back out to the floor. This leads to the bell ringing, and Muta is disqualified. Your winner: Ric Flair

Post Match. Flair exits the ring and attacks Dragon Master, putting him in the Figure Four at ringside. Muta comes over however and sprays mist into Flair's face. Buzz Sawyer comes out and with Muta they give Flair a vertical suplex back in the ring. Sawyer then goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a body press. Muta then goes to the top turnbuckle, nails the moonsault, and Sawyer counts the three count. Which doesn't really count but makes them feel better.

Match Thoughts: A fun match that was really put on to continue the Horsemen vs. J-Tex Connection feud, but the match itself was still entertaining. Both wrestlers got their shots in, and even though Dragon Master interfered I don't think that was an admission that Muta was about to lose, he just didn't want his wrestler to get his leg injured. The post match was probably the best part, as the crowd was chanting "We want Sting!" as Flair was brutalized (the announcers explained that Sting had already left the building). Even though Muta lost, it really put him over as a threat leading up the Starrcade, and overall I thought it was Muta's best Saturday Night match. Score: 7.0

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