Masahiro Chono and Great Muta vs. Public Enemy - WCW Monday Nitro 7/14/97
This would have been a dream pairing for me in '97. nWo Japan doesn't like the cut of Public Enemy's jib and get tired of waiting so attack them before they even get into the ring. Funny moment where Chono mocks their arm waving shtick in the aisle -- here comes the Hotstepper indeed! They must have been giving away free pulled pork sammies because this crowd is just insane. PE does the old double countdown punches in the corner bit and the crowd chanting "1, 2, 3, 4" etc. sound louder than the one that year in NYC counting in reverse on New Year's Eve. Chono actually sells a bit for Rocco which was a pleasant surprise. Muta looks like he'd raided Louie Spicolli's suitcase and swallowed some uppers as he's bouncing around like a Super Rubber Ball. Muta spews green gunk all over Grunge's peaked face then Chono kicks his skull in with a Mafia kick. Tons of fun. I was actually looking for Chono/Muta vs. Steiners this morning from Nitro and stumbled upon this and couldn't pass it up. Now if you'll excuse me I've got a Boris Zhukov playlist to watch (vs. Blue Blazer, Hogan, Duggan - Flag Match, Tito, etc.).