The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta and Mr. Saito vs. The Steiner Brothers
on December 16th, 1990

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

This is the final match of the Pat O'Connor Memorial International Cup Tag Team Tournament. Scott and Muta start things off. Tie-up, kick to the stomach by Muta and he delivers an enzigieri. Muta picks up Scott, Irish whip, reversed, Scott goes for a kick, Muta catches it, but Scott rolls him up and applies a single leg crab hold. Muta makes it to the ropes to break the hold, and both men return to their feet. Tie-up, Scott grabs Muta's arm and tags in Rick. Kick to the stomach by Muta and he delivers a spinning back kick to Rick. Rick ducks a second kick however and hits a lariat. Muta tags in Saito, tie-up, club to the back by Saito and he punches Rick down to the mat. Saito keeps clubbing on Rick, Irish whip, and Rick nails a dropkick. Irish whip by Rick and he nails a Steinerline. Muta goes to up but Rick shakes the ropes, making Muta crotch himself on the top rope. Saito recovers and bows to Rick, but Rick kicks him in the head. Rick tags in Scott, so Saito tags in Muta. Muta and Scott tie-up, Muta pushes Scott into the corner and hits a series of shoulder tackles. Irish whip by Muta and he delivers the Space Flying Elbow. Muta picks up Scott, Irish whip, but Scott kicks him back and hits a belly to belly suplex. Muta tags in Saito, tie-up, and Saito punches Scott against the ropes. Chops by Saito but Scott returns with punches, Irish whip, and Scott hits a back elbow. Scott tags in Rick, punches by Rick but Saito hits a back suplex. Side headlock by Saito, Rick Irish whips out of it and the two collide, falling to the mat. Saito tags in Muta, snapmare by Muta to Rick and he delivers a Flashing Elbow. Muta throws Rick out of the ring, and Saito throws Rick into the ring post. Muta goes outside, he gets the ring bell and clocks Rick with it in the head. Still outside the ring, Saito throws Rick to Muta, and Muta floors Rick with a lariat. Muta brings Rick back into the ring and he tags in Saito. Saito clubs Rick in the ribs and then blatantly chokes him. Scott complains, referee yells at him so the choking continues. Muta comes in the ring off the top rope and elbows Rick in the head, while the referee is fussing at Scott. Saito tags in Muta and Muta kicks Rick in the ribs. Irish whip by Muta but Rick ducks a kick and delivers the Steinerline. Rick makes the hot tag, Irish whip by Scott to Muta and he hits a back bodydrop. Tiger Bomb by Scott to Muta, cover, but Saito breaks it up. Muta chokes Scott with his knee and tags in Saito. Irish whip by Saito and he knocks down Scott with an elbow strike. Saito Suplex by Saito, cover, but Rick breaks it up. Saito picks up Scott, with with Muta they drop Scott with a spike piledriver. Saito clubs on Scott and throws him into the turnbuckle. Irish whip by Saito, but Rick makes a blind tag to Scott when he bounces off the ropes that Saito does not see. Saito applies a sleeperhold to Scott, but Rick comes off the top turnbuckle with a sunset flip to pick up the three count! Your match and tournament winners: The Steiner Brothers

Match Thoughts: Considering it was obvious the Americans were going to win an International Tournament in America, it was a very solid and well laid out match. It was a bit short since it was both pairs third match of the night, but it got enough time to tell the story they were telling, which was the Japanese team was badass but too cocky for their own good. The beat down offense all looked good (I miss spike piledrivers), and the crowd really got into it during the brief Steiner comebacks. It won't go down as a classic due to the circumstances of the match, but the action itself was entertaining bell to bell. Score: 7.5

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