The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Steve Casey
on June 3rd, 1989

Event: NWA World Championship Wrestling
Location: Atlanta, GA
Announced Attendance: Unknown

Casey jumps Muta from behind as the match begins, clubbing him in the back. Irish whip by Casey and he hits a back bodydrop. Casey picks up Muta, side headlock, Muta Irish whips out of it but Casey shoulderblocks him down. Casey goes off the ropes but Muta catches him with a back kick. Muta throws Casey out of the ring and goes out after him, sliding Casey back in. Muta goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving chop to the top of Casey's head. Muta applies a nerve hold to Casey, kick to the stomach and Muta knocks Casey to the mat. Muta re-applies the nerve hold and Muta elbows Casey in the arm. Muta puts Casey back into the nerve hold before ramming him into the corner. Thrust to the throat by Muta, snapmare, and he puts the nerve hold on him again. Casey punches his way out of it, he goes off the ropes and Casey hits a crossbody for a two count. Irish whip by Casey from the corner but Muta avoids his kick when he charges in. Muta picks up Casey, rib breaker, and he then hits either the only botched moonsault I've ever seen from Muta or the most perfect moonsault knee drop. Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Great Muta

Match Thoughts: Casey put up more of a fight then he did the first time they wrestled. Most of this was ultra dull with Muta channeling Abdullah the Butcher with the constant nerve holds, but the ending was quite fascinating. I've seen more Mutoh matches then I can count, and I've never seen him botch the moonsault. Sometimes he overshoots a little sometimes, which happens, but not like a complete botch. Which would lead me to believe that he intentionally dropped one knee onto Casey's ribs while landing on his other foot in a standing position, which is just evil. Course the commentators enjoyed it and it did liven up what would have ordinarily been a very forgettable match. Score: 5.5

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