The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta and Mr. Saito vs. The Royal Family (Rip Morgan and Jack Victory)
on December 16th, 1990

Event: WCW Starrcade 1990
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Announced Attendance: 7,200

This match is in the first round of an eight team one night tournament. Muta and Victory start things off. Tie-up, but Muta pushes Victory back. Tie-up again, side headlock by Victory, Muta Irish whips out of it but Victory shoulderblocks him down. Waistlock by Muta, Victory shrugs him off but Muta dropkicks Victory out of the ring onto the ramp. Muta then goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a crossbody onto Victory while he is still on the ramp way. Muta throws Victory back in the ring and tags in Saito as Victory tags in Morgan. Saito and Morgan circle each other, punches by Morgan, Irish whip, reversed, and Saito levels Morgan with a lariat. Vertical suplex by Morgan and he tags Victory back in. Stomps by Victory and he punches Saito to the mat. Back up, more punches by Victory but Saito grabs his arm and takes Victory to the mat. Victory gets a foot on the ropes to force a break, and Saito punches Victory in the corner. Victory fights back and tags in Morgan, so Saito tags in Muta. Tie-up, side headlock by Morgan, Muta Irish whips out of it but Morgan shoulderblocks him down. Morgan goes off the ropes but Muta catches with with a back kick. Snapmare by Muta and he delivers the Flashing Elbow. Muta tags in Saito, Saito goes for the Scorpion Deathlock but Victory breaks it up. Irish whip by Morgan, and as Saito hits the ropes he is kneed in the back by Victory. Back suplex by Morgan, cover, but it gets a two count. Morgan throws Saito out of the ring, and Victory kicks him on the floor before slamming him into the ring post. Saito rolls back in the ring and Morgan tags in Victory. Double elbow strike to Saito as Morgan is tagged back in, Morgan goes for a diving legdrop but Saito moves out of the way. This gives him time to tag in Muta, as Morgan tags in Victory. Punches by Muta to Victory, Irish whip to the corner and he hits the Space Rolling Elbow. Morgan comes in the ring, Muta punches him back as Saito comes in as well. Victory holds Saito for Morgan, but Saito moves and Morgan lariats Victory on accident. Muta grabs Victory and hits a German suplex hold, and he picks up the three count! Your winners: Great Muta and Mr. Saito

Match Thoughts: Things were going swimmingly until the ending was botched. Finishes are so clean these days its easy to forget back in the day they messed them up quite frequently. The referee literally had to put Victory's shoulder down because he had rolled too far on the German suplex and was having issues. Even better, they replayed it in slow motion in case it wasn't clear the first time what happened. Beyond that it was a pretty basic tag match, as since they had two more matches to go they were a bit limited. I could almost hear someone screaming in the back when Saito started to do the Scorpion Deathlock, considering Sting was in the main event, but it got broken up before he could apply it. The crossbody onto the ramp was cool though since that isn't in Muta's normal moveset. Score: 4.0

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