The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Great Muta and Dick Slater and vs. Ric Flair and Sting
on September 12th, 1989

Event: Clash of the Champions VIII: Fall Brawl
Location: Columbia, SC
Announced Attendance: 2,600

Muta and Sting start things off. Sting pushes Muta into the corner but he gives a clean break. Irish whip by Sting, shoulderblock by Muta and he goes off the ropes, but Sting catches him with a lariat. Slater comes in the ring but he gets a lariat as well. Muta rolls to the outside to re-group but returns after a moment. Tie-up, Irish whip by Sting and Sting hits an armdrag. Muta returns to his feet but Sting keeps a hold on the arm. Muta pushes Sting back into the corner, shoulder tackle by Muta and he connects with a series of kicks. Irish whip by Muta, reversed, and Sting hits a back bodydrop followed by an armdrag. Sting tags in Flair, chops by Flair in the corner and he applies a wristlock. Kick to the ribs by Flair and Muta tags in Slater. Slater circles Flair, tie-up, Slater pushes Flair into the corner but Flair reverses positions with him and hits a series of punches and chops. Kicks to the ribs by Flair, tie-up, Slater pushes Flair into the corner, Irish whip, Flair goes over the top turnbuckle onto the apron and hits a chop on Muta before jumping off the top turnbuckle with an elbow to the head of Slater. Muta comes in and hits Flair with a jumping back kick, and then Muta flies out onto Flair with pescado. Sting then dives out onto Muta however, and all four men battle on the floor outside the ring. Flair and Sting get the better of things as they return to the ring and wait for their opponents. Slater finally gets back in the ring, tie-up, chop to the chest by Flair and he tags in Sting. Sting comes off the second turnbuckle with a chop to the arm (Slater has on a cast due to a prior arm injury), and he applies an armbar. Flair comes in as the legal man and knees Slater in the arm. Irish whip by Flair to Slater to the corner and he tags in Sting, kicks to the midsection by Sting and he delivers a vertical suplex. Cover, but it gets a two count. Slater manages to tag in Muta, and both Muta and Slater punch Sting in the corner. Sting fights his way out of it, Irish whip by Sting to Muta and he delivers a military press slam. Sting tags in Flair, backdrop suplex by Flair to Muta and he drops a knee onto Muta's head. Chop by Flair but Muta rakes him in the eyes. Muta picks up Flair, Irish whip from the corner and he delivers the Space Rolling Elbow.

Muta tags in Slater, and Slater kicks Flair in the ribs. Elbows and chops by Slater in the corner, Flair fights back, Irish whip by Flair but Slater catches him with a swinging neckbreaker. Slater picks up Flair and elbows him in the back of the head. Slater tags in Muta, punches by Muta and he delivers a back kick. Muta picks up Flair and throws him out of the ring, where Slater joins him and slams Flair into the guard rail. Slater slides Muta back into the ring, Muta picks up Flair, chop by Flair but Muta gives him an eye rake followed by the Flash Elbow. Muta applies a neck nerve hold but Flair gets out of it with an atomic drop. Muta tags in Slater but Flair manages to tag in Sting, punches by Sting onto Slater and he slams Slater to the mat. Sting gets Slater back into the corner , Slater tags in Muta and the two trade blows. Irish whip by Sting and he hits a military press slam. Irish whip to the corner by Sting and he hits the Stinger Splash while Flair brawls with Slater on the floor. Sting applies the Scorpion Deathlock but Gary Hart comes in the ring and hits Sting with a roll of coins. Cover by Muta, but it only gets a two count. Muta picks up Sting and drops him with a powerbomb, cover, but again he gets a two. Muta tags in Slater, and Slater guillotines Sting's neck on the bottom rope. Stomps by Slater as Sting falls out of the ring, but Slater goes out after him and slams Sting on the floor. Muta goes outside and throws Sting into the guard rail, until Flair makes his way around and chops Muta. Muta throws Sting back into the ring, Irish whip by Slater to Sting and Slater applies the sleeper hold. Sting gets out of it with a jawbreaker however, Sting goes off the ropes and he collides into Slater. Slater picks up Sting and goes for a piledriver, but Sting gets out of it and tags in Flair. Punches by Flair to Slater and he throws Muta into the corner so he can chop him. Sting returns as all four men brawl in the ring, and Sting hits Muta with a standing dropkick. Sting grabs Muta but Muta sprays him in the eyes with the Yellow Mist! Sting rolls out of the ring while in the ring Flair kicks Muta in the head and hits a backdrop suplex. Flair goes for the figure four but Slater hits him in the face with the cast. Slater tosses the referee out of the ring when he protests as Sting wonders around blind at ringside. Flair is busted open and is fighting off Slater, but Terry Funk comes in the ring and puts a plastic bag over his head as he tries to tie it with a rope. Flair eventually gets away, as Slater grabs Funk's branding iron and hits Sting in the leg with it. At some point this match was called a DQ, either for the mist, the cast, or smacking the referee. Your winners: Ric Flair and Sting

Match Thoughts: Slater was a substitute for the injured Terry Funk, in case you were wondering how he got involved. Also, before all you Muta marks get excited, the "yellow mist" was completely and utterly missed by the camera, you can't see any mist at all actually, so don't bother tracking this down just to see a new color. Anyway, this was a good 'ol fashion Southern tag match and I enjoyed it immensely. The faces got a good amount of offense in, I mean they are Sting and Flair after all, but Muta and Slater did eventually get the upper hand to control the match until the hot ending. This of course was used to promote the Halloween Havoc match, so having a crazy brawl to end it was logical as was Funk running down. Overall definitely fun stuff. Score: 7.0

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