The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh vs. Shinya Hashimoto
On June 12th, 1990

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

This is the finals of the Kyushu Cup. Mutoh pushes Hashimoto into the corner to start the match, Irish whip and he nails the Space Rolling Elbow. Rib breaker by Mutoh, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits the moonsault! Cover, but Hashimoto kicks out at two. Hashimoto rolls out of the ring, clearly overwhelmed by the start of the match. Hashimoto returns after a moment, Mutoh grabs him, snapmare, and Mutoh hits the Flashing Elbow. A second elbow drop by Mutoh and he delivers a leg drop. Mutoh applies the Scorpion Deathlock but Hashimoto makes it to the ropes. Kick to the ribs by Mutoh and he applies a figure four leglock. Hashimoto gets to the ropes again to force the break, and Mutoh kicks Hashimoto in the legs. Mutoh applies a leg submission hold but Hashimoto fights out of it and hits a series of headbutts. Hashimoto picks up Mutoh and hits a scoop slam. Elbow drop by Hashimoto, cover, but it gets a two count. Hashimoto picks up Mutoh, snapmare, and he applies a stretch hold. Hashimoto slaps on the cross armbreaker but Mutoh gets out of it and yanks back on Hashimoto's leg. Mutoh kicks Hashimoto in the leg again and stomps on him some more. Cross kneelock by Mutoh but Hashimoto grabs the bottom rope. Mutoh jumps down onto Hashimoto's leg and kicks it again as Hashimoto gets back to his feet. Mutoh waits for Hashimoto to get up and kicks him in the leg, but Hashimoto fires back with a lariat. Punches by Hashimoto and he hits a backbreaker. Cover, but it gets two. Hashimoto applies a kimura but Mutoh gets a foot on the bottom rope. Mutoh snaps off a jumping back kick and he hits mounted punches in the corner. Irish whip by Mutoh form the corner but Hashimoto avoids the Space Rolling Elbow. Hashimoto throws Mutoh out of the ring but he returns after a moment, judo throw by Hashimoto and he applies a neck crank. Hashimoto picks up Mutoh and kicks him in the stomach. More kicks by Hashimoto and he stares down on the hurting Mutoh. Hashimoto picks up Mutoh and nails the DDT. Hashimoto goes off the ropes but Mutoh rolls under the heel kick. Dropkick by Mutoh and he hits a spinning back kick, which sends Hashimoto out of the ring. Mutoh then sails out onto Hashimoto with a crazy pescado. Mutoh rolls back in the ring while Hashimoto lays outside on the floor holding his face. Hashimoto slowly gets back on the apron but Mutoh nails him with a jumping forearm smash. Hashimoto crawls back in the ring and Mutoh hits a German suplex hold for a two count. Mutoh grabs Hashimoto and applies an abdominal stretch, but Hashimoto hiptosses out of it. Face crusher by Mutoh and he applies the Octopus Hold but again Hashimoto muscles out of it. Mutoh picks up Hashimoto and hits a rib breaker, he goes up to the top turnbuckle but Hashimoto recovers and sends him to the mat with an electric chair. Hashimoto picks up Mutoh and hits a second DDT. Hashimoto goes up to the top turnbuckle and crushes Mutoh with a diving elbow drop. Cover, but Mutoh barely gets a shoulder up. Hashimoto goes off the ropes just as Mutoh is getting up and nails him with a spinning heel kick. Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Shinya Hashimoto

Post match: Chono comes in the ring and the Three Musketeers raise each other's arms.

Match Thoughts: I am just going to call this the "forgotten" Mutoh vs. Hashimoto singles match as finding information on it was a real bitch. I couldn't even find any information on the Kyushu Cup and only know that Chono and Kensuke Sasaki were also in the tournament. Considering it was their second match of the night, it was a really good match. Mutoh always is outmatched by Hashimoto's strength, so through his career he always tried to win quickly, or take away Hashimoto's base. Both tactics didn't work here, so Hashimoto was able to power his way to a victory with moves that Mutoh just doesn't have a defense for. Hashimoto blew off the leg a little easier than I'd prefer considering how much Mutoh worked on it, but overall it was an entertaining match. Score: 7.0

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