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Wrestler: The Great Muta
Real Name: Keiji Mutoh
Birthday: December 23, 1962
Hometown: Yamanishi, Japan
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6'0" - 253lbs
Trained by: Hiro Matsuda
New Japan Wrestling Academy
Debut: October 5, 1984
Previous Gimmicks: White Ninja (NPJW)
Black Ninja (WWC)
Super Ninja (WWC & FL)
The Great Muta (NJPW, WCW)
Finishing Move: Dragon Screw Legwhip
The Shining Wizard
Favorite Moves: Spewing Green Mist
Figure-4 Leglock
Crazy Elbow Drop
Handspring Back Elbow Smash
The Moonsault
Notable Feuds: Carlos Colon
Bruiser Brody
Abdullah The Butcher
Barry Windham
Ric Flair
Arn Anderson
Hiroshi Hase
Shinya Hashimoto
The Great Muta Links: Great Muta Career Profile

  • IWGP (New Japan) World Tag Team titles w/Shiro Koshinaka;
  • WWC Puerto Rican title;
  • WWC Television title;
  • Florida Heavyweight title;
  • NWA World Television title defeating Sting (September 3, 1989);
  • IWGP World Tag Team titles w/Masahiro Chono defeating Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto (April 27, 1990);
  • IWGP World Tag Team titles w/Hiroshi Hase defeating Rick Steiner & Scott Norton;
  • IWGP World Heavyweight title defeating Riki Choshu (January 4, 1992);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Masahiro Chono (January 4, 1993);
  • IWGP World Tag Team titles w/Hiroshi Hase defeating Hawk & Kensuki Sasaki (November 11, 1994);
  • IWGP World Heavyweight title defeating Shinya Hashimoto (May 3, 1995);
  • UWIF World Heavyweight title defeating Nobuhiko Takada (May of 95);
  • IWGP World Tag Team titles w/Masahiro Chono defeating Kensuke Sasaki & Kazuo Yamazaki ();
  • IWGP World Heavyweight title defeating Scott Norton (January 4, 1999);
  • WCW World Tag Team titles defeating KroniK (August 13, 2000);

  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
  • Keiji Mutoh’s first stint in New Japan wasn’t very successful, often teaming with Masahiro Chono & Shiro Koshinaka..
  • Keiji Mutoh & Shiro Koshinaka were able to capture the IWGP (New Japan) World Tag Team titles..

    World Wrestling Council
  • Keiji Mutoh soon emerged in Puerto Rico in the WWC, where he wrestled as "Super Ninja"..
  • Super Ninja would win the WWC Puerto Rican title as well as the WWC Television Title..
  • Super Ninja engaged in bloody feuds with sadistic men like Carlos Colon, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody and TNT..

  • Super Ninja had a brief run in Florida, where he won the Florida Heavyweight title..
  • Super Ninja was managed by Sir Oliver Humperdink and teamed with the Great Kabuki as the Rising Suns..

    National Wrestling Alliance
  • Keiji Mutoh soon caught the eye of then NWA president, Jim Crockett..
  • Keiji Mutoh signed with Jim Crockett's National Wrestling Alliance and was transformed into the "Great Muta"!
  • The Great Muta wore face paint and spewed green mist into the air before his matches, a technique used by Tajiri years later..
  • The Great Muta formed a tag team with Dragon Master (Kendo Nagasaki) and were managed by Gary Hart..
  • The Great Muta began to feud with NWA Television champion, Sting, a feud that would go on for the next 10 years..
  • July 23, 1989 - Great American Bash: Sting vs The Great Muta ended in a NO CONTEST when there was a double pin finish..
  • ~~~Great Muta defeated Sting in the rematch to win the held up NWA Television title!
  • October 29, 1989 - Halloween Havoc: Sting & Ric Flair defeated Terry Funk & Great Muta in a thrilling cage match..
  • ~~~The Great Muta blamed Terry Funk for the loss and violently attacked him! Ric Flair & Sting made the save..
  • Starrcade 1989: The Great Muta lost matches to Ric Flair, Sting & Lex Luger (DQ) in the Iron Man tournament..
  • January 20, 1990: Arn Anderson defeated The Great Muta for the NWA World Television title..
  • The Great Muta left the NWA shortly thereafter..

    Return to New Japan
  • The Great Muta returned to his homeland, ready to conquer Japan just as he did America..
  • April 27, 1990: The Great Muta & Masa Chono defeated Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP World Tag Team titles.
  • November 1990: Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki beat The Great Muta & Masa Chono for the IWGP Tag Team titles..
  • The Great Muta engaged in a bloody feud with Hiroshi Hase, but the two ended up Tag Team partners in the end..
  • The Great Muta & Hiroshi Hase defeated Rick Steiner & Scott Norton for the IWGP Tag Team titles..
  • January 4, 1992: The Great Muta defeated Riki Choshu to become the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion..
  • The Great Muta & Hiroshi Hase were defeated by Big Van Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow for the IWGP Tag Team titles..

    New Japan/WCW Relationship
  • The Great Muta & Sting reignited their feud, but soon found themselves teaming up against the Steiner Brothers in tag team matches..
  • January 4, 1993 - WCW/NJPW Super Show III: The Great Muta defeated Masahiro Chono to unify the IWGP and NWA World Titles..
  • ~~~The Great Muta becomes first person to ever hold Japan & America's top championships at the same time..
  • Super Brawl III: Barry Windham defeated The Great Muta for the NWA World Heavyweight title..
  • September 1993: Shinya Hashimoto defeated The Great Muta for the IWGP World Heavyweight title..
  • November 11, 1994: The Great Muta & Hiroshi Hase beat the Hell Raisers (Hawk & Kensuke Sasaki) to become IWGP Tag Team champions..
  • May 3, 1995: The Great Muta defeated Shinya Hashimoto to win his second IWGP World Heavyweight title..
  • The Great Muta & Hiroshi Hase vacated the IWGP Tag Title belts so Muta could concentrate on defending his newly won World title..
  • May 1995: The Great Muta defeated Nobuhiko Takada to unify the IWGP and UWIF World titles..
  • January 4, 1996: Nobuhiko Takada defeated The Great Muta to win the Unified World titles..
  • The Great Muta then took time off due to a knee injury..

    new World order Japan
  • The Great Muta returned and joined Masahiro Chono, who had formed the Japanese version of the nWo..
  • The Great Muta & Masahiro Chono defeated Kensuke Sasaki & Kazuo Yamazaki to win the IWGP World Tag Team titles..
  • May 7, 1998: The Great Muta & Masahiro Chono vacated the tag team titles when Muta had to undergo knee surgury..

    New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • January 4, 1999: The Great Muta defeated Scott Norton to capture the IWGP World title..
  • December 1999: The Great Muta held the title for almost a year before being upset by Genichiro Tenryo..

    World Championship Wrestling
  • 2000: The Great Muta came back to America for another stint in World Championship Wrestling..
  • July 14, 2000 - Thunder: Tank Abbott & Three Count defeated Jung Dragons & The Great Muta..
  • July 18, 2000 - Nitro: The Great Muta pinned Vampiro in a United States title tournament match..
  • ~~~The Great Muta was beaten by Mike Awesome later in the night in the second round..
  • July 21, 2000 - Thunder: Tank Abbott defeated The Great Muta..
  • July 24, 2000 - Nitro: Vampiro vs The Great Muta fought to a No Contest..
  • The Great Muta then joined Vampiro & Insane Clown Posse in a faction known as Dark Carnival..
  • July 26, 2000 - Thunder: The Great Muta & Vampiro defeated Sean O'Haire & Mark Jindrak..
  • July 31, 2000 - Nitro: KroniK defeated Sean O'Haire/Mark Jindrak and Great Muta/Vampiro in a triple threat match..
  • August 2, 2000 - Thunder: Sting, Booker T & KroniK beat Vampiro, Demon, Great Muta & Jeff Jarrett in an elimination match..
  • August 7, 2000 - Nitro: Vampiro/Great Muta/The Demon defeated The Jung Dragons..
  • August 9, 2000 - Thunder: Ernest Miller & Sting defeated The Great Muta & Vampiro..
  • August 13, 2000 - New Blood Rising: The Great Muta & Vampiro defeated KroniK to win the World Tag Team titles..
  • August 14, 2000 - Nitro: Rey Mysterio & Juventud Guerrera defeated Great Muta & Vampiro after a 24hr reign as champions..
  • ~~~Later that night Sting defeated Vampiro, The Great Muta & The Demon in a four corners match..
  • August 16, 2000 - Thunder: The Great Muta pinned The Demon..
  • August 23, 2000 - Thunder: The Great Muta/Vampiro/Insane Clown Posse defeated Tank Abbott & Three Count..
  • The Great Muta once again reignited his feud with Sting, but failed to recapture the magic the two shared in their earlier encounters..
  • August 28, 2000 - Nitro: The Great Muta vs Sting went to a NO CONTEST..
  • September 4, 2000 - Nitro: Sting defeated Vampiro & The Great Muta in a Wargames Qualifying Handicap Match..
  • Nitro: The Great Muta defeated Sting..
  • Fall Brawl 2000: Sting defeated The Great Muta..
  • The Great Muta packed his bags and returned to Japan..

    All Japan Pro Wrestling
  • The Great Muta jumped ship to All Japan, leaving his "Great Muta" gimmick behind him..
  • ~~~Since NJPW owned the "Great Muta" gimmick, he began using his real name, Keiji Mutoh..
  • October 19, 2002: Keiji Muto suffered right ligament damage at All Japan show in Niigata and was hospitalized..
  • ~~~He was told to stay out of action for three weeks, which would cause him to miss the 10/27 Budokan Hall show..
  • October 27, 2002 - AJPW PPV: Keiji Mutoh defeats Gen'ichiro Tenryu to win the Triple Crown championship!
  • October 2003: Keiji Mutoh is expected to wrestle in the U.S. in 2004, most likely with MLW..
  • December 27, 2003 - ROH/AJPW Final Battle: The Great Muta & Arashi defeated Christopher Daniels & Danny Maff..
  • January 04, 2004--New Japan Pro Wrestling: Keiji Muto & Bob Sapp defeated Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan..
  • April 20, 2004: Keiji Muto won the Champion Carnival tournament on the All Japan PPV at Tokyo Yoyogi Gym..
  • July 21, 2004--Hawaiian Championship Wrestling: Sting & The Great Muta beat Diamond Dallas Page & Satoshi Kojima..
  • May 14, 2005--New Japan Pro Wrestling: Keiji Muto defeated Ron Waterman..
  • May 29, 2005--AJPW: TARU & Giant Bernard & YASSHI beat Keiji Muto & Kohei Suwama & NOSAWA Rongai..
  • August 4, 2005--Wrestle-One (debut show): The Great Muta defeated Akebono..
  • October 2, 2005--WRESTLE-1 GP: The Great Muta defeated Kensuke Sasaki (GP 2nd round)..
  • December 5, 2005: Team 3-D beat Keiji Muto & Akebono to win the Real World Tag League Tournament in Tokyo's Ota Ward Gym..
  • November 19, 2005--AJPW: The Great Muta defeated The Great Ruta (TARU)..
  • November 20, 2005--AJPW: Keiji Muto & Akebono defeated Taiyo Kea & Jamal (Real World Tag League Block A)..
  • November 23, 2005--AJPW: Keiji Muto & Akebono & Kikutaro beat Kensuke Sasaki & Akira Raijin & Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • November 26, 2005--AJPW: Keiji Muto & Akebono & AKIRA beat TARU & Giant Bernard & Shuji Kondo ..
  • November 27, 2005--AJPW: Keiji Muto & Akebono & Ryuji Hijikata beat Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi & Akira Raijin..
  • November 28, 2005--AJPW: TARU & Giant Bernard beat Keiji Muto & Akebono (Real World Tag League Block A)..
  • November 29, 2005--AJPW: Keiji Muto & Akebono beat Kohei Suwama & Akira Raijin (Real World Tag League Block A)..
  • November 30, 2005--AJPW: Keiji Muto & Akebono defeated Arashi & AKIRA (Real World Tag League Block A)
  • December 1, 2005--AJPW: Muto/Arashi/Ryuji Hijikata/Akebono beat Kojima/Kensuke Sasaki/Hayashi/Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • December 3, 2005--AJPW: Keiji Muto & Arashi & Akebono beat Taiyo Kea & Jamal & TAKA Michinoku..
  • December 5, 2005--AJPW: Team 3-D beat Keiji Muto & Akebono to win the Real World Tag League Tournament!
  • August 27, 2006--Hiroshi Hase Retirement Show: The Great Muta defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri in a 30-Minute match!
  • March 11, 2007 - TNA Destination-X: The Great Muta appeared on the Pre-show and on the PPV in a non-wrestling role..
  • March 30, 2007: Keiji Muto defeated Toshiaki Kawada to win the 2007 Champion Carnival Tournament..
  • ~~~Kawada beat Satoshi Kojima while Muto beat Taiyo Kea to reach the finals held at Korkuen Hall..