Keiji Mutoh, (December 23, 1962), also called the Great Muta, is a Japanese professional wrestler who gained international fame in the National Wrestling Alliance. He was an amateur wrestler and competed in numerous Judo competitions. He began his pro-wrestling career in Japan for New Japan Pro Wrestling and has competed in America, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan. He currently works for All Japan Pro Wrestling and he is the current President of the company. As The Great Muta, Mutoh is known as one of the first Japanese wrestlers to also achieve a fan base outside of his native Japan in the United States. Famed for playing mind games and spitting various Asian Mist on different opponents which he inherited off his (kayfabe) father The Great Kabuki.
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- PWI ranked him #3 in the 2002 PWI 500 (His highest-ever ranking and the second highest ranking achieved by a Japanese wrestler - Mitshuaru Misawa was ranked second to Dean Malenko in 1997)
- PWI ranked him # 25 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
- He was ranked # 22 of the best tag teams of the "PWI Years" in 2003 with Hiro Hase
- Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
- Best Tag Team of 2005 (with Akebono)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- He is a member of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (inducted in 1999)
- 2001 Wrestler of the Year
- 2001 Most Improved Wrestler
- 2001 Match of the Year (vs Genichiro Tenryu)