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Keiji Muto


                                      

Real Name - Keiji Muto
Birthdate - 12/23/63
6'1" 245 lbs. - Yoshida City, Yamanashi, Japan

Athletic Background - Wrestling, Judo (High School)

Teacher(s) - Hiro Matsuda (New Japan Dojo)

Professional Background - New Japan (`84-`02;`08), Florida(`85-`86), Cont'l, World Class(`88), WWC(`88), WCW(`88-`90;`95;`97;`00), WAR(`94), MPro(`01), All Japan(`01-), Zero-One(`03), HUSTLE(`07)

AliasesViet Kong Minh, The Ninja, White Ninja, Super Black Ninja, Space Lone Wolf, The Great Muta, Kokushi Muso, Apeman Platinum, Darkness Muta

Groups - Gary Hart International, New World Order, nWo Japan, BATT

Peak Years - `90-`95


Finisher(s) - 
- Moonsault
- Shining Wizard
- Backbreaker-Moonsault Combo
- Figure-Four Leglock
- Muta Lock (Bridging Chinlock/Deathlock)

Favorites -
- Poison Fog
- Dragon Screw Legwhip
- Handspring Elbow - Jumping Face
- Flashing Elbow (Fast Elbowdrop)
- Knee Dropkick

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set9  
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment10 
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy

Place in History - In all of pro-wrestling, there is no individual quite like Keiji Muto and the breadth of his influence cannot be understated.  In the ring, Muto was an exciting, athletic performer almost immediately.  He gained seasoning in the US and in working with the Great Kabuki and Kendo Nagasaki, he developed his Great Muta persona.  Combining his cutting edge work with a charismatic persona worked wonders.  Few other legitimate Japanese wrestlers have enjoyed more success than Muta did opposite Sting in WCW.  Back in Japan, he flipped between the two personas throughout the 1990s.  This both kept his personality fresh and allowed him to remain in the top mix of stars.  Whether battling people like Hiro Hase and Masa Chono as a violent heel, defending New Japan against UWFi's Nobuhiko Takada or being a sinister member of nWo Japan, Keiji Muto was always a key player.  In the new millenium, Muto underwent a metamorphosis.  He shaved his head, grew a goatee and altered his style (including the introduction of the "Shining Wizard") and began making plays to be a cross-promotional star like no one before.  As New Japan and All Japan began working together, Muto shocked the world by jumping full-time to All Japan and became the President of the struggling company.  Although he was slowing down from knee injuries, Muto maintained his presence in the main event spot.  He stabilized All Japan and spent the next ten years radically transforming the company from the "King's Road" that fans fondly remembered to the "Pro-Wres Love" that he espoused, which included a lot of inter-promotional matches and some wild gimmicks.  Following a backstage brawl scandal, Muto resigned.  While still a prominent star throughout the Japanese wrestling scene, Muto is almost entirely going off his legacy and trademark spots.  
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