The Many
Faces of Mutoh
The Ninja vs. Jim Backland
on April 23rd, 1986

Event: CWF
Location: Unknown

They circle each other to start, tie-up, side headlock by Ninja, Backland Irish whips out of it but Ninja shoulderblocks him down. Arm drag by Backland and he delivers a second one, but Ninja applies an arm submission hold. Backland returns to his feet but Ninja gets him back down before releasing the hold. Tie-up, waistlock by Ninja and he goes for Backland's leg, snapmare by Ninja and he applies a reverse chinlock, but Backland gets out of it and applies a reverse chinlock of his own. Ninja gets out of it and applies a hammerlock, jack knife cover but it gets a two count. Kick to the stomach by Ninja and he stomps on Backland before choking him over the top rope. Eye rake by Ninja in the corner, scoop slam, and he drops a knee onto Backland's head. Backland sneaks in an inside cradle, but it gets a two count. Stomps by Ninja and he applies a backslide for a two count. Hammerlock by Ninja but Backland reverses it into a hammerlock of his own. Backland gets Ninja to the mat but Ninja regains the advantage and re-applies the hammerlock. Ninja wraps Backland's arm over the top rope and twists on it, wristlock by Ninja and he elbows Backland in the arm. Ninja pulls on Backland's arm before picking Backland back up and hitting a hammerlock takedown. Ninja throws Backland into the corner, Irish whip, Backland goes for a rebound crossbody but Ninja ducks. Irish whip to the corner by Ninja and he hits a tombstone piledriver. Ninja goes up to the top turnbuckle and nails the moonsault, cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: The Ninja

Match Thoughts: Really basic match, Mutoh hadn't been in CWF for long and was still working his way up/getting to be known by the fans. I hadn't seen Backland before and will probably never see him again, he seems extremely bland and while technically solid not someone I'd ever go out of my way to see. But this was built like an opener and maybe it was, with lots of mat wrestling that felt like they were going through the motions before Mutoh hit his big moves to win the match. Nothing really to see here except for a very early viewing of Mutoh in America. Score: 4.0

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