Pro Wrestler Profile - The Great Muta / Keiji Muto

Profile Info

Gender Male
Real Name Keiji Mutoh (武藤 敬司)
Ring Names
  • Keiji Muto ( May 26, 1997 - Present)
  • The Great Muta ( August 28, 1999 - Present)
  • The Great Muta ( March 12, 1989 - May 25, 1997)
  • The Super Black Ninja ( January 8, 1988 - March 11, 1989)
  • Keiji Muto ( September 25, 1986 - January 7, 1988)
  • The White Ninja ( February 14, 1986 - September 24, 1986)
  • Keiji Muto ( October 5, 1984 - February 13, 1986)
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight
  • 243 lbs (110 kg)
Born December 23, 1962 (age 59)
Birth Place Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Billed From
  • The Land of the Rising Sun
Nicknames Natural Born Master; Space Lone Wolf

Career History

Roles
  • Wrestler ( October 5, 1984 - Present)
  • Producer ( March 28, 2017 - April 1, 2020)
  • President ( July 10, 2013 - March 27, 2017)
  • President ( September 30, 2002 - June 7, 2011)
Companies / Promotions
Promotionfromto
Promotion Pro Wrestling NOAHNOAH September 16, 2019 Present
Promotion WRESTLE 1 July 10, 2013 April 1, 2020
Promotion Impact Wrestling TNA March 2, 2014 February 13, 2015
Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW January 11, 2001 June 30, 2013
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPWBrand Heavyweight January 4, 2008 January 4, 2009
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPWBrand Heavyweight April 27, 1990 January 4, 2002
Promotion World Championship Wrestling WCW July 11, 2000 September 23, 2000
Promotion World Championship Wrestling WCW May 26, 1997 September 28, 1997
Promotion World Championship Wrestling WCW March 11, 1989 February 21, 1993
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight October 13, 1986 December 7, 1987
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance NWA February 14, 1986 September 24, 1986
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling NJPWBrand Junior Heavyweight October 5, 1984 October 31, 1985
Face / Heel Turns
Alignmentfromto
Face September 24, 2000 Present
Heel July 11, 2000 September 23, 2000
Face September 1, 1998 July 10, 2000
Heel May 26, 1997 August 31, 1998
Face February 7, 1990 May 25, 1997
Heel June 1, 1989 February 6, 1990
Face October 5, 1984 May 31, 1989
Images
Jan 2001
Jan 2001
Mar 1989
Mar 1989
Jan 1988
Jan 1988
Oct 1984
Oct 1984
Finishers
  • Muta Lock - Inverted Indian Deathlock Facelock ( March 12, 1989 - Present)
  • Shining Wizard / Senkou Youjutsu ( October 5, 1984 - Present)
  • Moonsault ( October 5, 1984 - March 25, 2018)
Theme Songs
  • Theme Song "Hold Out" by Osamu Suzuki - Single ( July 10, 2013 - Present)
  • Theme Song "Great Muta Concerto" by Taketa Magic Orchestra - Single ( January 1, 2010 - July 9, 2013)
  • Theme Song "Trans Magic" by Heart Blow - Single ( January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2009)
  • Theme Song "Muta Praise Bloom" by Heart Blow - Single ( December 27, 2003 - December 31, 2006)
  • Theme Song "Symbol" by Osamu Suzuki - Single ( January 11, 2001 - December 26, 2003)
  • Theme Song "Muta" by Osamu Suzuki - Single ( April 27, 1990 - January 4, 2002)
  • Theme Song "Tokyo Takeaway" by Paul Osborne & Hans Engstrom - Single ( March 11, 1989 - February 21, 1993)
  • Theme Song "Hold Out" by Osamu Suzuki - Single ( October 13, 1986 - December 7, 1987)
  • Theme Song "The Final Countdown" by Europe - Single ( October 5, 1984 - October 31, 1985)

Titles & Accomplishments

Titles Won

Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling

  • 1 WCW World Tag Team Championship (with Vampiro)
  • 1 NWA World Television Championship

New Japan Pro Wrestling

  • 4 IWGP Heavyweight Championship
  • 6 IWGP Tag Team Championship (2 with Hiroshi Hase, 2 with Masahiro Chono, 1 with Shiro Koshinaka, 1 with Taiyō Kea)
  • 1 NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • 1 Greatest 18 Championship

All Japan Pro Wrestling

  • 3 AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
  • 5 AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship (1 with Taiyō Kea, 1 with Arashi, 1 with Joe Doering, 1 with Masakatsu Funaki, 1 with KENSO)
  • 2 F-1 Tag Team Championship (with Kannazuki)

Pro Wrestling Noah

  • 1 GHC Heavyweight Championship
  • 1 GHC Tag Team Championship (with Naomichi Marufuji)

Wrestle-1

  • 1 Wrestle-1 Championship
  • 1 F-1 Tag Team Championship (with Kannazuki)

Championship Wrestling from Florida

  • 1 NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship

Continental Wrestling Federation

  • 1 NWA Southeastern United States Junior Heavyweight Championship

World Wrestling Council

  • 1 WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship
  • 1 WWC World Television Championship

Other Titles

  • 1 Bahamut Championship (with Sugi-chan)
Other Accomplishments
  • WCW BattleBowl Winner (1992)
  • NJPW G1 Climax Winner (1995)
  • NJPW Super Grade Tag League / G1 Tag League Winner (1993, 1994 - with Hiroshi Hase; 1997 - with Masahiro Chono; 1998 - with Satoshi Kojima; 1999 - with Scott Norton)
  • NJPW MVP Award (2001)
  • NJPW Singles Best Bout (2001 - vs. Yuji Nagata on 08/12)
  • NJPW Tag Team Best Bout (2001 - with Hiroshi Hase vs. Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata on 08/08)
  • AJPW Champion Carnival Winner (2002, 2004, 2007)
  • AJPW World's Strongest Tag Determination League Winner (2001 - with Taiyō Kea; 2007 - with Joe Doering; 2009 - with Masakatsu Funaki)
  • AJPW Giant Baba Six Man Cup Winner (2002 - with George Hines and Kaz Hayashi)
  • AJPW January 2 Korakuen Hall Heavyweight Battle Royal Winner (2011)
  • AJPW January 3 Korakuen Hall Junior Heavyweight Battle Royal Winner (2011)
  • TNA Global Impact Tournament Winner (2015 – with Drew Galloway, Magnus, Bram, The Great Sanada, Sonjay Dutt, Khoya, Rockstar Spud, Tigre Uno & Angelina Love)
  • 3° in the PWI 500 (2002)
  • 25° in the PWI Years Top 500 (2003)
  • Tokyo Sports Wrestler of the Year (1995, 1999, 2001, 2008)
  • Tokyo Sports Best Bout Award (2021 - vs. Go Shiozaki, at Destination 2021: Back to Budokan)
  • Tokyo Sports Match of the Year (1999 - with Genichiro Tenryu on 05/03; 2011 - with Kenta Kobashi vs. Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano at All Together)
  • Tokyo Sports Tag Team of the Year (1990 - with Masahiro Chono; 2005 - with Akebono)
  • Tokyo Sports Outstanding Performance Award (1998)
  • Tokyo Sports Special Award (1989)
  • Tokyo Sports Rookie of the Year (1986)
  • Nikkan Sports Wrestler of the Year (1999, 2001, 2008)
  • Nikkan Sports Match of the Year (1999 - vs. Genichiro Tenryu on 05/03; 2001 - with Hiroshi Hase vs. Yuji Nagata & Jun Akiyama on 08/08)
  • Nikkan Sports Tag Team of the Year (2009 - with Masakatsu Funaki)
  • Nikkan Sports Outstanding Performance Award (1998)
  • Nikkan Sports Technique Award (1997)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (class of 1999)
  • WON Wrestler of the Year (2001)
  • WON Match of the Year (2001 - vs. Genichiro Tenryu on 08/08)
  • WON Most Improved Wrestler (2001)
  • WON Readers' Favorite Wrestler (2001)
  • WON Best Wrestling Maneuver (2001 - Shining Wizard)

Relations

Tag Teams & Stables
  • M's Alliance - Masato Tanaka, Naomichi Marufuji, Masaaki Mochizuki, Masakatsu Funaki, Yuko Miyamoto ( June 20, 2020 - March 13, 2022)
  • Keiji Muto & Masakatsu Funaki - Masakatsu Funaki ( August 30, 2009 - March 6, 2011)
  • Keiji Muto & Taiyō Kea - Taiyō Kea ( February 18, 2001 - April 20, 2008)
  • Keiji Muto & Akebono - Akebono ( August 24, 2005 - January 8, 2006)
  • Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase - Hiroshi Hase ( May 5, 2001 - September 23, 2002)
  • BATT - Bad Ass Translate Trading - Taiyō Kea, Jinsei Shinzaki, Hiroshi Hase, Don Frye, Shinjiro Otani ( March 25, 2001 - September 12, 2002)
  • Dark Carnival - Vampiro, Shaggy 2 Dope, Violent J, The Demon ( July 11, 2000 - September 23, 2000)
  • nWo Japan - Buff Bagwell, Crush / Brian Adams, Hiro Saito, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Irwin R. Schyster / Mike Rotunda, Satoshi Kojima, Scott Norton, Masahiro Chono, nWo Sting, AKIRA, Tatsutoshi Goto, Michiyoshi Ohara, Big Titan ( May 26, 1997 - January 4, 2000)
  • Masahiro Chono & Keiji Muto - Masahiro Chono ( October 12, 1997 - September 14, 1998)
  • Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase - Hiroshi Hase ( September 18, 1991 - May 27, 1995)
  • Masahiro Chono & Keiji Muto - Masahiro Chono ( April 27, 1990 - July 20, 1994)
  • J-Tex Corporation / Gary Hart International - Buzz Sawyer, Gary Hart, Terry Funk, Dick Slater, The Dragon Master ( June 1, 1989 - February 6, 1990)
  • The Rising Suns - Kendo Nagasaki ( March 28, 1986 - September 21, 1986)

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