The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh vs. Masahiro Chono
on June 12th, 1990

Event: New Japan Pro Wrestling TV Taping
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Announced Attendance: Unknown 

This match is the semi-finals of the Kyushu Cup. JIP, with Mutoh having Chono in the figure four leglock. Chono reverses it however and Mutoh has to grab the rope to force a break. The referee gets them untangled, and Chono hits a release backdrop suplex. Chono goes up to the top turnbuckle and jumps off with a diving shoulderblock. Cover, but it gets a two count. Chono picks up Mutoh, Irish whip, and Chono delivers a Samoan Drop. Chono applies the STF, but Mutoh crawls to the ropes and forces the break. Kick to the head by Chono, he picks up Mutoh, Irish whip to the corner and he kicks Mutoh. Snapmare by Chono and he slaps on the STF again. Mutoh gets to the ropes for a break after a moment, and Chono throws mm out of the ring. Chono goes out after him and throws Mutoh into the ring post. Chono picks up Mutoh and throws him into the guard rail. Chono charges Mutoh, but Mutoh picks him up and drops him throat-first onto the guard rail. Mutoh gets in the ring with Chono slowly following, Mutoh grabs Chono as he gets on the apron and suplexes him back into the ring. Both wrestlers go for dropkicks at the same time, with neither connecting. Both wrestlers slowly get up, Chono goes for an enzigieri but Mutoh ducks it. Small package by Mutoh, but Chono kicks out at two. Chono picks up Mutoh and rolls him up for a two count. Chono picks up Mutoh and nails an enzigieri. Chono goes off the ropes but Mutoh catches him with a knee as Chono ducks his head. He goes off the ropes again, and this time Mutoh catches him on the chin with an elbow strike. Mutoh goes up to the top turnbuckle and nails the moonsault! Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Keiji Mutoh

Match Thoughts: Only about a third of the match was shown as they cut out all of the build-up, but what they showed was entertaining. Mutoh and Chono were the tag team champions at the time so this wasn't a match out of hatred, just a tournament match to see who the better man was. Too clipped to really evaluate, but what they showed was fine and is an important match for historical purposes. Score: N/A

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