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Join Date: Jul 2012
Forgotten Legends68: The Great Muta
Considered one of the greatest wrestler of all times in Japan and arguably in US, he debuted in 1984 at 22 years of age, he is still going strong at 50.
Famed for the use of mist which he picked from Kabuki and the Muta scale which took off from his match with Hiroshi Hase for the bloodiest match, he has wrestled across U.S and Japan including WWC, WCCW, NWA, WCW, NJPW, AJPW for which he acted as a president during his tenure as well.
With a strong Judo and amateur wrestling background, he debuted in NJPW with a uneventful run since debut holding the IWGP tag titles for six days only. He quickly moved over to WCCW having a brief feud with Von Erich and a small run in Puerto Rico, he finally joined NWA as the Great Muta, son of Great Kabuki.
He feuded with Sting, Luger and Flair going on to win NWA TV title losing it to Arn Anderson before going back to Japan, this time as The Great Muta.
He joined NJPW quickly rising through the ranks soon winning the IWGP and NWA world title as well when he faced Kabuki, Sting and Hogan in epic matches. He dropped the Muta character and started out on his name post the run using the Muta character for special matches. He had a run against NWO Japan finally joining it after a lot of turn teases but got injured in the knee due to repeated use of Moonsault Press.
He however went on to win the heavyweight title as well as NWO leadership inspite of the injury but it took a toll on him and he had to take a hiatus.
He joined WCW during the break but it was at its lowest point and the run was uneventful and he came back to Japan with a makeover but his career, though decorated did not find as much success as before.
In a career that spawns over three decade winning 26 titles and wrestling across US and Japan; he upped the ante as to how entertaining a high flying match can and should be. He is a legend, revered in Japan, Forgotten elsewhere purely remembered for the Green Mist.