The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta vs. Sting
on September 1st, 1989

Event: WCW Power Hour
Location: Unknown
Attendance: Unknown 

Muta and Sting circle each other to start, tie-up, Sting gets Muta into the corner and he gives a clean break. Tie-up, side headlock takedown by Muta, Sting reverses it into a headscissors but both men return to their feet. Tie-up, kicks to the stomach by Sting but Muta punches Sting into the corner. Muta chokes Sting with his boot in the corner and kicks him, Irish whip, reversed, and Sting rolls up Muta for a two count. Sunset flip by Sting, it also gets a two count, and an inside cradle gets the same result. Scoop slam by Sting, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving crossbody for another two count. Muta rolls out of the ring to re-group, Funk suddenly appears and he taunts Sting from the apron. Funk eventually leaves and Muta attacks Sting from behind. Muta punches Sting in the corner, he then backs off so that Gary Hart can choke Sting from the outside. Muta picks up Sting and throws him out of the ring. Muta goes out after him, he picks up Sting and tosses him into the guard rail. Scoop slam on the floor by Muta, and Hart chokes Sting again with a towel. Muta returns to the ring with Sting slowly following, and Muta hits Sting in the back of the head. Muta chokes Sting on the top rope before kicking him in the ribs. Muta rakes Sting in the eyes and punches him to the mat. Sting gets back up but Muta punches him in the corner. Irish whip by Muta but Sting kicks him when he goes for a back bodydrop and then hits a bulldog. Sting throws Muta out of the ring, then goes out after him. Kick to the stomach by Sting and drops him throat-first on the guard rail. Sting slams Muta into the rail again before dropping him on the railing for good measure. Sting finally slides Muta back in the ring, Sting picks up Muta and slams him to the mat. Sting slams Muta head-first into the mat again before hitting a vertical suplex. Cover by Sting but Muta kicks out at two. Sting picks up Muta, Irish whip, and Sting delivers a clothesline. Sting throws Muta out of the ring again, and Sting goes up the apron as Muta gets on the apron himself. They trade kicks on the apron, Sting charges Muta but Muta moves, sending Sting into the ring post. Muta gets back in the ring as Sting rolls in himself still hurt, Muta picks up Sting, Irish whip from the corner and he hits the Space Rolling Elbow. Muta picks up Sting and applies a side headlock, Sting Irish whips out of it but Muta shoulderblocks him down. Muta goes off the ropes, Sting picks up Muta in a flapjack but they land backwards onto the referee which sends him flying out of the ring. Irish whip by Sting to the corner and he delivers the Stinger Splash. Sting applies the Scorpion Deathlock, but Gary Hart hits Sting from behind. Hart rolls the referee into the ring, cover by Muta but Sting barely kicks out. Muta grabs Sting and hits a vertical suplex, cover, but again it gets a two count. Rib breaker by Muta, he goes up to the top turnbuckle but Sting puts his knees up when Muta goes for a moonsault. Irish whip by Sting to the corner and he hits another Stinger Splash. Kick to the stomach by Sting and he hits mounted punches in the corner, but Hart gets up on the apron and pushes Sting off the top turnbuckle down to the floor. The referee calls for the disqualification! Your winner: Sting

Match Thoughts: A really good match with a lame ending, but since it was on Power Hour and not a PPV it makes sense. This was "pissed off" Sting, as he was doing things he didn't normally do like excessively using the guard rail and slamming Muta's head into the mat repeatedly. Plus he finally wised up on the moonsault and got his knees up, and was on his way to win the match until Hart got involved twice. Overall a really good TV main event. Oddly their title match wouldn't be televised and this would be their last singles match to appear on TV during Muta's first WCW run. Score: 8.0

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