The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Doug Gilbert
on May 7th, 1989

Event: WCW WrestleWar '89
Location: Nashville, TN
Announced Attendance: 5,200

Muta delivers a back kick to start the match, stunning Gilbert. Another kick by Muta and he throws Gilbert out of the ring. Muta follows him out and throws Gilbert into the ring post. Muta throws Gilbert back into the ring and hits a chop, Irish whip, but Gilbert ducks the high kick and hits a crossbody. Lariat by Gilbert and Muta rolls out of the ring to re-group. Muta returns after a moment, tie-up, and Muta rakes Gilbert in the eyes. Another eye rake by Muta, snapmare, and he nails the Flash Elbow. Irish whip to the corner by Muta and he delivers the Space Rolling Elbow. Neck nerve hold by Muta, Gilbert elbows out of it and shoulderblocks Muta down before hitting a face crusher. Eye rake by Muta, rib breaker, he goes for a moonsault but Gilbert rolls out of the way. Muta lands on his feet however and dropkicks Gilbert out of the ring before following him out with a pescado. Back in the ring, rib breaker by Muta and this time he nails the moonsault. Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Great Muta

Match Thoughts: This was supposed to be Muta vs. JYD, but JYD didn't show up for whatever reason so chubby took his place. A disappointing PPV debut for Muta, since JYD (may he rest in peace) didn't come to the event for whatever reason. The crowd stayed into it just because Muta is such an interesting character, but the action just didn't mean much since for a PPV match it there wasn't much meaning to it. Eddie Gilbert did come out afterwards and he'd start feuding with Muta so something good did come out of it anyway. Acceptable match, just disappointing considering it was his American PPV debut with WCW. Score: 5.0

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