The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh and Bob Sapp vs. René Duprée and Zodiac
on September 8th, 2013

Event: WRESTLE-1 Debut Show
Location: Tokyo Dome City Hall
Announced Attendance: 2,500 (Super No Vacancy Full House)

They brawl to start the match, with Sapp staying in the ring with Duprée. Sapp lariats Duprée in the corner but Zodiac runs in the ring and attacks him from behind. Elbow by Zodiac to Sapp, double Irish whip but Sapp bursts through the double lariat attempt. Sapp picks up Duprée and hits a scoop slam. Sapp tags in Mutoh. Kick by Mutoh to Duprée and he takes Duprée to the mat by his arm. Wristlock by Mutoh, snapmare, and he hits the Flashing Elbow. STF by Mutoh but Zodiac breaks it up. Sapp runs in the ring and knocks Zodiac out of it, Mutoh kicks Duprée and tags in Sapp. Irish whip by Sapp to the corner, Duprée tries to flip over him but Sapp doesn't bite and applies a full nelson. Zodiac breaks it up with a dropkick, and Sapp tags in Mutoh. Kick to the head by Mutoh to Duprée, Irish whip, reversed, and Zodiac kicks Mutoh from the apron. Cover by Duprée, but it gets a two count. Duprée picks up Mutoh and tags in Zodiac, Zodiac slams Mutoh into the corner, Irish whip, and Zodiac hits a jumping body press. Zodiac headbutts Mutoh low before throwing him into Duprée's foot. Zodiac tags in Duprée, stomp by Duprée and he hits a rib breaker. Duprée goes up to the second turnbuckle and delivers the diving fist. Cover, but it gets a two count. Stretch hold by Duprée, he picks up Mutoh, Irish whip, but Mutoh kicks him back. Mutoh goes off the ropes but Duprée avoids the dropkick and drops an elbow for a two count. Duprée picks up Mutoh and tags in Zodiac. Kick to the gut by Zodiac and he rams Mutoh into the corner. Elbows by Zodiac, Irish whip, reversed by Mutoh and he hits a hiptoss. Mutoh goes for an elbow drop but Zodiac rolls out of the way and makes the two count cover. Irish whip by Zodiac but Mutoh rolls out of the way of the elbow and delivers a dropkick. Mutoh tags in Sapp, punches by Sapp to Zodiac and he hits a running shoulderblock. Duprée jumps in the ring, Sapp catches him but Zodiac clips Sapp from behind. Duprée then clips Sapp as well and they finally get Sapp to the mat. Zodiac drops an elbow on Sapp's leg before tagging in Duprée. Kicks to the leg by Duprée and applies a leg lock. Another kick to the leg by Duprée and he goes for a figure four, but Sapp kicks him off. Sapp tags in Mutoh, and he dropkicks Duprée twice in the knee. Zodiac comes in the ring but he gets a dragon screw leg whip, as does Duprée. Figure four by Mutoh to Duprée but Zodiac breaks it up. Sapp runs in and knocks Zodiac out of the ring, Sapp then punches Duprée into the corner. Irish whip by Sapp and he hits a lariat in the corner. Mutoh follows with a corner Shining Wizard, Zodiac rolls in the ring, they Irish whip Zodiac into the corner but he rebounds out with a lariat onto both men. Duprée goes up to the top turnbuckle and after slipping the first time, Zodiac tosses Duprée off the top turnbuckle onto Mutoh. Cover, but Mutoh barely gets a shoulder up. Duprée picks up Mutoh and holds him for Zodiac, but Mutoh moves and Zodiac kicks Duprée in the face. Sapp throws Zodiac out of the ring, while in the ring Mutoh dropkicks Duprée in the knee and nails the Shining Wizard. Cover, but it gets a two count. Rib breaker by Mutoh, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and delivers the moonsault! Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Keiji Mutoh and Bob Sapp

Match Thoughts: First of all, it must be said - it is no longer Sapp Time. I don't care, the crowd doesn't care, and now he is just a big oaf past his prime which wasn't that good in the first place. When a wrestler that just goes off charisma no longer has the crowd, they get really exposed. So this was a pretty average tag match and a disappointing main event for a debut show. It really didn't feel like a main event at all - you basically had Mutoh and three gaijins that no one gives a shit about. And of course the result was never in doubt so it wasn't even suspenseful. The action itself was fine I guess but pretty by the numbers, even though I did get a chuckle out of the botched Rocket Launcher. A flat way to end what was otherwise a decent event. Score: 4.0

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