The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh and Kenta Kobashi vs. Toru Yano and Takashi Iizuka
on August 27th, 2011

Event: All Together Puroresu Charity Event
Location:  Tokyo Nippon Budokan 
Announced Attendance:  17,000

The heels attack the legends before the match can even begin, and they brawl outside the ring. Yano chokes Kobashi with his robe and throws him into the ring post while Iizuka throws Mutoh into the guard rail. Iizuka throws Mutoh into the ring and goes in after him, and Yano gets in the ring as well. Stomps by Iizuka and Yano to Mutoh, double Irish whip but Mutoh rolls under the lariat attempt and dropkicks them both. Kobashi comes in the ring and chops both Yano and Iizuka, double Irish whip to Iizuka and they hit a double elbow. Mutoh and Kobashi pick up Yano and hit a double vertical suplex, cover by Kobashi but it gets a two count. Kobashi chops Yano while he lays on the mat, cover, but again it gets two. Kobashi picks up Yano and tags in Mutoh. Kick to the ribs by Mutoh, snapmare, and he nails the Flashing Elbow. Mutoh starts twisting on Yano's leg and applies the STF but Iizuka breaks it up. Mutoh picks up Yano, Irish whip, and Mutoh applies a sleeper hold. Yano inches to the ropes and gets a foot on them to force a break. Mutoh tags in Kobashi, Kobashi picks up Yano but Yano rakes his eyes. Chops by Kobashi, he picks up Yano and chops him in the throat. Kobashi grabs Yano and goes for the half nelson suplex but Iizuka kicks him low. Iizuka pulls Kobashi out of the ring and throws him into the guard rail. Yano comes out as well and gets some scissors, but Kobashi gets them out of his hand. Iizuka comes over and clubs Kobashi, Iizuka gets a chair and hits Kobashi with it. Yano takes off the turnbuckle pads while the referee is distracted by Mutoh trying to help. Iizuka slides Kobashi in the ring for Yano, Yano picks up Kobashi but Kobashi chops him in the chest. Yano pulls Kobashi back to the mat, he picks up Kobashi, Irish whip to the corner and he tags in Iizuka. Irish whip to the exposed corner by Iizuka and he chokes Kobashi. Mutoh gets a chair, then an umbrella but the referee won't let him interfere while Kobashi continues to get choked. Cover by Iizuka but Kobashi gets a shoulder up.


Iizuka chokes Kobashi some more, he picks up Kobashi and bites his head. Iizuka picks up Kobashi, Irish whip to the corner and he tags in Yano. Kicks by Yano, Irish whip, but Kobashi reverses it and Yano goes into the exposed corner. Iizuka runs in the ring to knock Mutoh off the apron and stomp on Kobashi. Yano recovers, he picks up Kobashi and goes for a vertical suplex, but Kobashi blocks it and hits one of his own. He makes the hot tag to Mutoh, dropkicks to the knee by Mutoh to Yano and he hits a dragon screw leg whip. Another one by Mutoh and he applies the figure four leglock to Yano while Kobashi has Iizuka in an abdominal stretch. Mutoh releases the hold after a moment, Irish whip by Mutoh into the corner and he hits a Shining Wizard. Dragon screw leg whip by Mutoh but Yano blocks the Shining Wizard attempt and tags in Iizuka. Iizuka chokes Mutoh with some rope, but Mutoh catches a kick and hits a dragon screw leg whip. Mutoh tags in Kobashi, and Kobashi hits his rapid fire chops in the corner to Iizuka. Kobashi picks up Iizuka and goes for the half nelson suplex, but Yano breaks it up. Atomic drop by Iizuka to Kobashi and Iizuka applies the sleeper hold. Kobashi gets to his feet and grabs the ropes to force a break. Yano wacks Kobashi in the head with a chair from the floor, Iizuka grabs Kobashi and hits a Pedigree. Cover by Iizuka, but Kobashi barely gets a shoulder up. Iizuka gets his iron fist but Kobashi ducks it and drops him with a half nelson suplex. Kobashi then hits Yano with a lariat as Mutoh comes in the ring and hits a Shining Wizard on both of them. Mutoh picks up Yano, backbreaker in front of the corner and he nails the moonsault. Mutoh then points to Kobashi to do the same, Kobashi slams Iizuka in front of the corner, goes up top, and hits a moonsault of his own. Cover by Kobashi, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Kenta Kobashi and Keiji Mutoh

Match Thoughts: You have to rate this match on nostalgic value or else its not going to rate very highly. I am still disappointed with the opponents for two legends like Kobashi and Mutoh, I know they wanted cheating heels but Yano? Really? At least the crowd was really into it, they reacted to just about anything that Kobashi and Mutoh did throughout the match. The moonsaults at the end were a very special touch, from what I saw Kobashi hasn't won with the moonsault since 2004 as he stopped doing the move after his knee surgeries so it was definitely a memorable moment. For Kobashi or Mutoh fans (or fans of both like myself) this is worth watching for sure, but in terms of actual match quality it was lacking. Score: 6.0 

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