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Encyclopedia > Keiji Muto

Keiji Mutoh (武藤敬司 Mutō Keiji) was born December 23, 1962 in Yamanishi, Japan.

Mutoh stands 6'1" and is (roughly) 245lbs. He was trained in the art of puroresu by Hiro Matsuda in the New Japan Pro Wrestling Academy. He debuted on October 5, 1984. In high school Mutoh participated in judo.



Favorite Moves

  • The Shining Wizard (A knee/shin to the face as he steps up on his opponents knee when his opponent is down on one knee)
  • The Moonsault (A backflip from the top-rope onto an opponent laying on the mat)
  • The Dragon Screw Legwhip (A move where he grabs his opponent's leg and holds it horizontal to the mat while they are facing eachother. He then spins in toward the inside of his opponent's leg, bringing them down in a turning motion)
  • Figure Four Leglock
  • The Space Rolling Elbow (He stands at one corner while hit opponent is in the opposite. He runs toward them and does a cartwheel ending in a position where his back is to his opponent, his momentum brings him backwards and he hits a back elbow smash)
  • Spewing Green Mist (As Great Muta he will usually spit a colored mist, usually green, in his opponent's face, blinding them)
    • This move has since become popular among Japanese wrestlers; current WWE wrestler Tajiri, for example, spits different colors of mist at his opponents.


Keiji Mutoh has held many prestigious Japanese titles, including the IWGP Tag and Heavyweight titles (New Japan Pro Wrestling), The All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown title (a combination of 3 unified belts), and even the National Wrestling Alliance TV and World titles.

Where He Has Wrestled

Mainly in New Japan Pro Wrestling and later All Japan Pro Wrestling in Japan. In the United States he has wrestled in the World Wrestling Council, World Class Championship Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, World Championship Wrestling, and independent federations in Alabama and Florida.



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