The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta and Mr. Saito vs. Victor Zangiev and Salman Hashimikov
on December 16th, 1990

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

Zangiev and Muta start things off. Tie-up, they jockey for position but neither man can get an advantage. Tie-up again, waistlock by Zangiev and he hits a backdrop suplex hold for a two count. Muta tags in Saito, Saito and Zangiev tie-up, and Zangiev gets Saito to the mat. Zangiev starts working on Saito's arm, Saito applies a front facelock but Zangiev makes the tag to Hashimikov. Tie-up, Hashimikov pushes Saito into the corner but gives a clean break. Hashimikov takes Saito to the mat with a single leg takedown and applies a crab hold, but Muta breaks it up. Hashimikov tags in Zangiev, takedown by Saito and he applies the Scorpion Deathlock. Saito releases the hold and tags in Muta as Zangiev tags in Hashimikov, and Hashimikov drops Muta with a belly to belly suplex. Irish whip by Hashimikov and he nails his Water Wheel Drop. Cover, but Saito breaks it up. Hashimikov tags in Zangiev and Muta tags in Saito, Zangiev charges Saito but Saito catches him with a lariat. Saito Suplex by Saito and he picks up the three count! Your winners: Great Muta and Mr. Saito

Match Thoughts: Russians are fun to watch, they have a different style and it makes things seem more unplanned and legitimate. Sadly this match was cut off at the knees due to the extreme time limit. They were tagging in and out after big moves as if they didn't happen, as they didn't have time to actually sell things. Hashimikov looked great though, I've always enjoyed him, he is very crisp with his wrestling. I have to dock Mr. Saito for doing the Scorpion Deathlock, even if they sold it on commentary as a "modified Scorpion" - everyone knows you don't do the champion's finishing move in a mid-card match. But considering the fact it was really short, it had its fun moments. Score: 5.5

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