The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Scott Steiner
on June 24th, 1989

Event: NWA/WCW World Wide Wrestling
Location: Unknown
Attendance:  Unknown

Steiner attacks Muta from behind to start the match and throws Muta into the corner. Irish whip, and Steiner hits a lariat. Suplex by Steiner, but Gary Hart gets on the apron to distract Steiner. This gives Muta time to attack Steiner from behind, punches by Muta, and he hits a side headlock takedown. Steiner gets back to his feet, Irish whip by Steiner but Muta shoulderblocks him down. Muta goes off the ropes but Steiner catches him with a powerslam for a two count. Hart distracts Steiner again, and Muta punches Steiner from behind. Muta chokes Steiner with his boot and throws him out of the ring. Muta kicks Steiner as he gets on the apron but Steiner comes back in the ring with a sunset flip for a two count. Jumping kick by Muta to Steiner, snapmare, and he hits the Flashing Elbow. Muta applies a neck nerve hold followed by a rib breaker. Muta goes up top, Steiner moves out of the way of the moonsault but Muta lands on his feet. Steiner hits a pair of dropkicks, Irish whip and Steiner hits a back bodydrop. Irish whip again, he ducks his head for another back bodydrop but Muta thrusts Steiner in the throat. Cover, and he picks up the three count! Your winner: Great Muta

Post match: Mike Rotunda and Kevin Sullivan comes down, they beat up Scott, which brings down Rick who fights both men back. Rick goes for a clothesline but Rotunda ducks, allowing them to attack Steiner again. Rick runs in with a briefcase and finally Rotunda/Sullivan bail.

Match Thoughts: This was actually just as the official tag team of "The Steiner Brothers" was forming, which is why I included the not-related post match. I guess you could say it has historical value as their first feud as a tag team was against Kevin Sullivan and Mike Rotunda. Course by the fall the Steiners were one of the most popular tag teams in WCW. As for the match, the sudden ending was a disappointment as it was really shaping up to be a good back and forth match. The crowd was really behind Steiner, which shows his face power since Muta was generally cheered as well. But the ending was so sudden it just deflated the crowd, so I can't give this match a great score. Score: 4.5

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