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Keiji Mutoh

Japanese professional wrestler

Keiji Mutoh (武藤 敬司, Mutō Keiji, born December 23, 1962) is a Japanese semi-retired professional wrestler. He first gained international fame during his time in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). He is best known for his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where he competed under the ring name The Great Muta in the 1990s. Mutoh is a former owner and president of All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and was a full-time wrestler for them from 2002 to 2013. Mutoh has also served military service in Japan and was able to reach the rank of master sergeant.

Keiji Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh in November 2009
Born (1962-12-23) December 23, 1962 (age 56)
Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Bach Mutoh
The Black Ninja
The Great Mota
The Great Muta
Keiji Mutoh
Kokushi
Kokushi-Muso
The Space Lone Wolf
The Super Black Ninja
The Super Ninja
Viet Cong Ming
The White Ninja
Billed height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Billed fromThe Land of the Rising Sun
Trained byHiro Matsuda
DebutOctober 5, 1984

He is credited as one of the first Japanese wrestlers to gain a fan base outside of his native Japan in the United States. His Great Muta gimmick is one of the most influential gimmicks in puroresu. He is one of three wrestlers to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Mutoh is an eight-time World Champion, having held the NWA World Title once, the IWGP Title four times, and AJPW's Triple Crown three times. He also has held a dozen World Tag Team Championships in the U.S. and Japan. Between NJPW, AJPW, and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Mutoh has held 21 total championships.

Mutoh is also known for competing in what is generally considered to be the bloodiest professional wrestling match of all time against Hiroshi Hase, which lead to the creation of the "Muta Scale".[1]

He is the founder of Wrestle-1 (W-1) and is the current owner of the promotion. He also wrestles for it semi-regularly, and also makes occasional special appearances for the American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as part of a TNA/W-1 talent exchange partnership.

In wrestlingEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • He was ranked #3 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the "PWI 500" in 2002.[23]
    • He was ranked #25 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Match of the Year (1999) (with Genichiro Tenryu on May 3, 1999)
    • Match of the Year (2011) (with Kenta Kobashi vs. Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano, All Together, August 27)
    • Performance Award (1998)
    • Rookie of the Year (1986)
    • Special Award (1989)
    • Tag Team of the Year (1990) (with Masahiro Chono)
    • Tag Team of the Year (2005) (with Akebono)
    • Wrestler of the Year (1995, 1999, 2001, 2008)

1Championship not officially recognized by All Japan Pro Wrestling.
2Championship reign not officially recognized due to outside interference.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Complete Playbook: The Great Muta Vol. 2 Revenge of Muta Commercial Tape". 411mania. Retrieved 2014-7-29. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "Unified Triple Crown Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "World Tag Team Title (AJPW) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "All Japan Pro-Wrestling Results: 2010". Purolove. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. "チャンピオンカーニバル 歴史". All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. "AJPW Super Power Series '02 - Day 12". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "世界最強タッグ 歴史". All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. "Florida Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. "NWA/WCW World Television Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. "WCW World Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. "WCW StarrCade '92 results". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. "IWGP Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. "IWGP Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. "NWA World Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. "The Greatest 18 Club Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. "NJPW G1 Climax '95 - Day 5". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  17. "NJPW Sumo Hall Show (Nov '93)". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. "NJPW Sumo Hall Show (Oct '94)". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. "NJPW Super Grade Tag League VII - Day 17". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  20. "NJPW Super Grade Tag League VIII - Day 17". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  21. "NJPW G1 Tag League '99 - Day 11". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 "2001 New Japan awards". Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  23. "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2002". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  24. "Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title (WWC) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  25. "WWC Television Title (Puerto Rico) history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2014-8-25. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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