The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Lex Luger
on June 14th, 1991

Event: WCW Clash of the Champions XV
Location: Knoxville, TN
Announced Attendance: 5,000

They tie-up to start, Luger pushes Muta into the corner but he gives a clean break. Tie-up, Luger pushes Muta into the corner again but again he breaks cleanly. Side headlock takedown by Luger, Muta applies a headscissors but Luger quickly gets out of it and they return to their feet. Tie-up, side headlock by Luger, Muta Irish whips out of it but Luger shoulderblocks him down. Muta goes for a high kick but Luger ducks it and hits a backdrop suplex. Cover, but it gets two. Luger picks up Muta, scoop slam, Luger goes off the ropes but Muta rolls out of the way of the leg drop. Kick to the ribs by Muta and he delivers a chop. Irish whip by Muta and he hits a back bodydrop. Irish whip by Muta, reversed, and Luger delivers a military press slam. Luger picks up Muta, Irish whip from the corner, but Muta avoids the charging Luger and nails a back kick. Muta picks up Luger and throws him into the corner, Irish whip, but Luger moves out of the way of the Space Rolling Elbow and Muta sails right over the top turnbuckle to the floor. Muta gets onto the apron, Luger tries to suplex him back into the ring but Muta lands on his feet. Muta sprays the green mist at Luger, but Luger gets his arm in front of his eyes and blocks it! Muta goes off the ropes unaware that the mist didn't work, and Luger catches him with a powerslam. Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Lex Luger

Match Thoughts: A fun little match that gave Muta a few spots but really was used to solidify Luger as the next challenger for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. I've never seen Muta fly completely out of the ring like that on the Space Rolling Elbow, so that was different, and it is very very rare for a wrestler to block the mist with his arm like that. The spot makes sense, it just doesn't usually happen. As far as the shortness of the match, that was just the theme of this Clash as they had way more matches then they had time for. Even though the match was under four minutes, there were actually five other matches on the televised card that were shorter. Overall for a short TV match designed to put over a different wrestler, Muta still did his part here and it was entertaining. Score: 6.0

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