The Many
Faces of Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh, Riki Choshu, and Chono vs. Vader, Great Kokina, and Samu
on September 8th, 1990

Event: New Japan Pro Wrestling House Show
Location:  Tokushima, Japan
Attendance:  Unknown

Chono crazily attacks Vader (of all people) as soon as the bell rings, but Vader pushes him into the corner and mauls him Vader-style. Irish whip by Vader and he gives Chono a short-arm clothesline. Irish whip by Vader, but Chono ducks the clothesline and hits a dropkick. Flying forearm by Chono and he tags in Choshu. Lariat by Choshu, and Vader bails out of the ring. Vader plays with the crowd for a bit before climbing back into the ring. Tie-up, Vader gets Choshu into the corner and connects with a series of headbutts. Irish whip by Vader, but Choshu catches him with a lariat and Vader falls to the mat. Vertical suplex by Choshu, cover, but it gets a two count. Vader tags in Kokina, who gives Choshu a headbutt. Chops to the throat by Kokina, Irish whip, but Choshu hits a lariat. Kokina doesn't go down at first, but a second one does the trick. Choshu tags in Mutoh, as Kokina tags in Samu. Tie-up, side headlock by Mutoh, Samu Irish whips out of it, but Mutoh shoulderblocks him down. Mutoh goes off the ropes, pancake by Samu, but Mutoh rolls to the side and kicks Samu in the head. Snapmare by Mutoh and he nails the Flash Elbow. Mutoh tags in Chono, who jumps down onto Samu's knee. Samu pokes Chono in the eye though and tags in Kokina. Punches by Kokina in the corner, Irish whip, and Kokina slams Chono to the mat. Kokina goes off the ropes, but Chono avoids the elbow drop and dropkicks Kokina out of the ring. Kokina gets back in on his own power, tie-up, and Kokina makes the tag to Vader.

Club by Vader in the corner, Irish whip, and Vader delivers the running splash. Elbow drop by Vader, he picks up Chono and clotheslines him to the mat. Vader tags in Samu, who chops Chono in the throat. Back kick by Samu, cover, but Choshu breaks it up. Mounted punches by Samu, he picks up Chono, snapmare, and he applies a reverse chinlock. After a moment Chono makes it to the ropes, but Samu tosses him out of the ring where he is decimated by Kokina and Vader. Half a ton of awesomeness right there. Choshu eventually saves Chono and rolls Chono back into the ring. Dropkick by Samu on Chono and he kicks him into the corner. Chono fights back with a series of knees, but Kokina headbutts him from the apron. Samu tags in Kokina, Irish whip by Kokina to the corner and he delivers a running butt smash. Vader immediately follows with a running splash of his own, as Chono is now significantly flatter then he was a few minutes ago. Kokina picks up Chono and chokes him against the top rope. Snapmare by Kokina and he makes the tag to Samu. Chop by Samu, scoop slam, he goes to the second turnbuckle but Chono rolls out of the way of the diving headbutt. Enzigieri by Chono, and he tags in Choshu. Vertical suplex by Choshu on Samu and he nails the Riki Lariat. Scorpion Deathlock by Choshu as Chono and Mutoh run over to stop Samu's teammates from coming in, and Samu submits! Your winners: Riki Choshu, Keiji Mutoh, and Masahiro Chono

Post match: Vader and Kokina are pissed and keep fighting. Choshu and company quickly leave as Vader goes through the crowd causing general carnage as he tosses chairs around while fans run for cover.

Match Thoughts: As I mentioned above, Great Kokina is better known as Yokozuna, but here he was a bit smaller and had long crazy hair. He and Vader would have made a kickass tag team in the early 90s. Anyway, this was a fun match that the crowd completely ate up. Obviously since it was a house show the good guys went over, but not before Vader got in some good shots. Choshu was really built up here to be a monster as well as he had the most luck against the bigger heel team. I was actually surprised by how much Vader sold for Choshu, but the house show factor might have influenced that. Vader going through the crowd and throwing chairs while the fans scrambled for safety was awesome. If you have never seen New Japan Vader you are really missing out. Even though the match was short it was action packed, and this was a simple but enjoyable match. Score: 7.0

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