The legendary Keiji Muto is currently on his retirement tour, with his official last encounter slated to emanate from one of the most famous arenas in wrestling!
2023 may still be a little under four months away, but we already know that Keiji Muto – known worldwide under his Great Muta moniker – will be wrapping up his career. It’s now been confirmed that his last match will take place on 21 February from the illustrious Tokyo Dome.
It’s unknown who, exactly, ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ will collide with at the event. He wrestled current NOAH Ace Kaito Kiyomiya in the first match of his retirement series on 16 July.
Pro Wrestling NOAH announced the contest will headline a card known as Keiji Mutoh Grand Final Pro-Wrestling “Last” Love~Hold Out. This will mark NOAH’s first time at the Tokyo Dome since 2005, with that card featuring a who’s who of Japanese wrestling, including KENTA, Minoru Suzuki, Genichiro Tenryu, and the late Mitsuharu Misawa.
👑"武藤敬司引退大会"は【 東京ドーム 】に決定‼‼‼‼‼
「KEIJI MUTO GRAND FINAL PRO-WRESTLING “LAST” LOVE～HOLD OUT～」
— プロレスリング・ノア ｜PROWRESTLING NOAH (@noah_ghc) September 7, 2022
Debuting in October 1984, Keiji Muto has wrestled for all of the top Japanese promotions. This has led him to become a four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, a three-time Triple Crown Champion in All Japan Pro-Wrestling, and a one-time GHC Heavyweight Champion in Pro Wrestling NOAH.
Up next on his retirement series is a tag team bout on 17 September, teaming with Kazuyuki Fujita against Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masakatsu Funaki, the reigning GHC National Champion.