The Many
Faces of Mutoh
The Ninja vs. Mark Starr
date unknown, 1986

Event: United States Class Wrestling TV Taping
Location: Unknown
Announced Attendance: Unknown

Side headlock takedown by Ninja to start the match, Starr reverses it with a headscissors but Ninja returns to his feet. They circle each other, tie-up, Ninja pushes Starr into the ropes and punches him in the chest. Irish whip by Ninja but Starr hits a crossbody for a two count. Armdrag by Starr and he applies an armbar on the mat. Ninja tries to get out of it but Starr armdrags him to the mat again. Ninja struggles to his feet and eye rakes Starr, Irish whip by Ninja and he hits a back bodydrop. Starr avoids the elbow drop and applies an arm wringer to Ninja. Ninja gets out of it, snapmare by Ninja and he applies a reverse chinlock. Starr reverses it with a hammerlock, but Ninja gets out of it with a jawbreaker. Ninja chokes Starr on the top rope, snapmare by Ninja and he re-applies a reverse chinlock. Ninja picks up Starr and rakes his eyes again. Kicks by Ninja and he chokes Starr on the top rope. Punches by Ninja and he delivers a scoop slam. Cover by Ninja, but it gets a two count. Chinlock by Ninja and he chokes Starr. Sleeperhold by Ninja and he elbows Starr in the face. Elbow drop by Ninja and he hits a leg drop. Cover, but it gets a two count. Starr fights back with punches as they trade blows, but Ninja throws Starr into the corner and punches him to the mat. Ninja chokes Starr against the ropes and hits a vertical suplex. Cover but Ninja but it gets two. Ninja picks up Starr, scoop slam, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and goes for the moonsault but Starr rolls out of the way. Ninja lands on his feet, kicks by Ninja, he hits a rib breaker and this time he nails the moonsault. Cover, and Ninja picks up the three count. Your winner: The Ninja

Match Thoughts: This was one hell of a drawn out match. USCW was the lesser "promotion" in Florida at the time (the "B" show if you will), and I guess they had more free time to have long matches. Starr never stood a chance at all here but Ninja was in no rush to put him away so it was mostly pointless submission holds and repeated simple heel tactics like chokes. I don't think a match like this did much to raise Ninja's stock with the crowd, they were pretty dead for it. Still early in Mutoh's career in America, he would get better. Score: 3.5

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