31 Facts About Keiji Mutoh

1. Keiji Mutoh is a Japanese professional wrestler who first gained international fame in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).

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2. Keiji Mutoh is 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".

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3. Keiji Mutoh is a former owner and president of All Japan Pro Wrestling and was a full-time wrestler for them from 2002 to 2013.

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4. Keiji Mutoh is known for using the Figure-four leglock and the Moonsault as finishing moves, as well as the Asian mist.

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5. Keiji Mutoh usually wrestled under two characters: the first as Keiji Mutoh and the second, The Great Muta.

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6. Outside of Pro-Wrestling, Keiji Mutoh owns a Sushi restaurant called "Dining 610" which was inspired by Mutoh's early "Space Lone Wolf" gimmick.

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7. Keiji Mutoh appears as a gang member in the 2017 video game Yakuza Kiwami 2, alongside Genichiro Tenryu, Masahiro Chono, Riki Choshu and Tatsumi Fujinami.

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8. Keiji Mutoh was responsible for organizing Bapesta Pro Wrestling, a previously annual wrestling event sponsored and promoted by Bape.

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9. Keiji Mutoh has worked extensively with Japanese clothing company A Bathing Ape, helping them to produce a number of t-shirts featuring his likeness and the All Japan Pro Wrestling logo.

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10. Keiji Mutoh has appeared in a vast number of media appearances in Japan, including many commercials and films.

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11. On March 27, 2017, Keiji Mutoh announced he was stepping down as the president of Wrestle-1 with Kaz Hayashi taking over the position.

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12. On March 2, 2014, Keiji Mutoh put his career on the line at Kaisen: Outbreak, Wrestle-1's first event in Ryogoku Kokugikan.

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13. On June 7, 2011, Keiji Mutoh announced his resignation as the president of All Japan Pro Wrestling.

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14. Keiji Mutoh made his return on September 10, 2010, when he faced Masakatsu Funaki in a special return match.

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15. In February 2009 Keiji Mutoh was featured in multiple interview segments, taped in Japan, where he spoke of his student Akira Raijin, who had just begun working for TNA.

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16. Keiji Mutoh recently won the 2007 Champion Carnival, competing in Block A and finishing with 6 points total; Mutoh defeated Toshiaki Kawada in the finals on March 30, 2007.

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17. On December 27, 2003, Keiji Mutoh made a return to the United States, wrestling for the Ring of Honor promotion as part of an interpromotional All Japan vs ROH card, which hosted a series of cross-promotional "dream" matches.

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18. On January 4, 2012, Keiji Mutoh made a return to New Japan at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, where he defeated Tetsuya Naito in a singles match.

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19. Keiji Mutoh lost the match, when Tanahashi used his signature High Fly Flow twice to get the pin.

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20. Keiji Mutoh held the IWGP title throughout the rest of the year, leading New Japan in the opening battles of the feud with Nobuhiko Takada and the UWF-i army before losing his title to Takada on January 4, 1996 at the Tokyo Dome.

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21. Keiji Mutoh wrestled Sting again on the house show circuit, as well as Steve Austin.

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22. Keiji Mutoh was participated in the 1992 G1 Climax.

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23. Keiji Mutoh went on to wrestle several house shows that month before returning to Japan.

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24. Keiji Mutoh quickly rose in the ranks upon returning to New Japan in March 1990.

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25. In January 1988, Keiji Mutoh went on another excursion, this time in Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council under his new ring name, "The Super Black Ninja".

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26. In 1985, Keiji Mutoh was sent on his first learning excursion to the United States.

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27. Keiji Mutoh debuted on October 5, 1984 against Masahiro Chono.

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28. Keiji Mutoh was a judo black belt with experience in many national competitions prior to being trained by Hiro Matsuda in the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo.

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29. Keiji Mutoh is famous for taking part in what was generally considered to be the bloodiest professional wrestling match of all time against Hiroshi Hase, leading to the creation of the "Muta scale".

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30. Keiji Mutoh is credited as one of the first Japanese wrestlers to achieve a fan base outside of his native Japan.

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31. Keiji Mutoh is a former president of All Japan Pro Wrestling, as well as being a full-time wrestler for the promotion from 2002 to 2013.

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