Featuring The Face That Runs The Place.... and The Other Face That Runs The Place?!
*Wrestling Skills/Abilities - This is a huge part of the judging here, of course it's just common sense really. A wrestler must do his job well at wrestling in his appropriate/preferred style or role. Whether as a technician,brawler,highflyer,etc.
*Accolades/Accomplishments - The more prestige championship belts they have won, the better! We're also taking a look on other accomplishments such as yearly awards from PWI,inductions in Hall of Fames,and the like.
*Charisma - Whether as a babyface or a heel, the wrestler should be able to get the crowd riled up and get them to watch in the match. I included "mic skills" under this category.
*Drawing Ability - One of the biggest jobs of a pro wrestler is filling up the seats and have as much as eyeballs to watch your show on TV. Selling out arenas & PPV's,drawing thousands of people to tune in, it's all part of the judging!
*Longevity - As long as a wrestler had a career for over at least 10 years will be included here.
*Overall Impact - These includes their legacy in the business and impact as a whole to their countries or even to the entire world! Becoming a "household name" if you will.
Also please take note that I'm solely judging them as WRESTLERS and not as members of our society. Hope that is well and clear.
Another thing I wanna point is that this list is 100% MY OWN OPINION, I know a lot of you will disagree with the rankings but hey, we all got our own opinions on who's who should be in a certain spot so if you like, then tell me in the comments below about your own thoughts & opinions!
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Birthday: April 17,1954
Death: July 31,2015
Weight: 230 lbs
I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum.... as well as put "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in the list of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time!
Piper was trained by the legendary judoka and pro wrestler: Gene LeBell. He wrestled for multiple territories of the NWA in his early runs and capturing various championships.
Before his big rivalry with Hulk Hogan later on in his career, Piper has feuded with the likes of Greg Valentine,Sgt. Slaughter and Chavo Guerrero Sr. in his career with the NWA,Mid-Atlantic,and Georgia Championship Wrestling.
In 1984 he finally made his debut in the WWF and kicked off his talk show the "Piper's Pit" which would paved the way for so many wrestling talk shows to come in the future. But in my opinion, Piper did it the best!
His first major storyline and feud was of course against Hulk Hogan. As we all know Piper was a part of the first ever main event of WrestleMania where he teamed up with Paul Orndorff and got defeated by the team of Hogan & Mr. T.
Piper continued his feud with Mr. T until WrestleMania 2 where they had a boxing match which was one of the three main events of the show! Fast forward a little bit in 1992 where Piper won his first and only singles championship in the WWE which was the Intercontinental Championship, defeating The Mountie!
He only had a short 77 day reign with the belt though, as just months later loss the title to Bret Hart. Piper would continue to make appearances and wrestle matches until 1996 for the WWF when he finally signed with WCW.
Once again he had another feud with his old nemesis Hulk Hogan but this time the tables have turned as Piper is now the face while Hogan is the heel being the leader of the nWo! They main evented Starrcade 1996 in which Piper successfully won over Hogan! He continued competing in WCW until 2000.
From 2003 and onwards Piper made numerous returns in the WWE. The notable ones were in 2005 when he got inducted into the WWE HOF,2006 when he won the World Tag-Team Titles with Ric Flair from the Spirit Squad but had to relinquish the belts just a week later due to injury,and in 2009 where he had a match in WrestleMania 25 teaming up with Steamboat & Snuka to take on Y2J in a handicap match.
Also ever since he got out of WCW, Piper has made a lot of appearances and matches throughout the indie circuit whether they are big or small promotions. Piper wrestled his final match in 2011 headlining JCW's Legends & Icons event where he teamed up with his old partner "Cowboy" Bob Orton and took on Mick Foley & Terry Funk which they won!
In terms of his performance in the ring, Piper isn't like a technical master but he can go at it in the ring with anyone you put him with! He's also quite an underrated seller. He was also one of the all time best promo artists in wrestling history! Can play both a babyface or heel character too, but his heel work is more enjoyable.
Sadly just last year in 2015 the legendary Roddy Piper left this world. It was definitely one of the wrestling deaths that hit me hard since Piper was one of my all time favorites. A true icon in the business that will never be forgotten!
Fun Fact: We all know Piper's role in They Live, but he was also a part of several other movies and voice acted some video games as well!
Birthday: September 23,1917
Death: February 5,1984
Weight: 210 lbs
In my opinion, without a doubt that the greatest luchador of all time is of course The Father of Lucha Libre himself: El Santo!
Santo began his wrestling career in 1942 for CMLL, a company he wrestled for decades and he was one of the reasons why it became the top promotion in all of Mexico!
His biggest rival both in the ring and in movies was Blue Demon. Santo & Demon had a rivalry that lasted for decades and they've sold out and headlined multiple shows for years!
Besides Blue Demon, Santo has also faced off with many other legends in Lucha Libre such as Mil Mascaras,Perro Aguayo Sr,El Rayo de Jalisco,as well as foreign wrestlers like Terry Funk and Mr. Fuji.
He also had a decent career in the tag-team division, often teaming up with another Mexican legend: Gory Guerrero. In terms of championship gold, Santo won plenty of them too both in CMLL and NWA.
Some of the notable titles he held were the Mexican National Middleweight Championship (5x),Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (2x),Mexican National Welterweight Championship (2x),and the NWA World Welterweight Championship a title he held twice and is the inaugural champion of said belt.
Santo's career lasted for almost 5 decades. His final match took place in the UWA on 1982 where he teamed up with long time partner Gory,El Solitario,and Huracan Ramirez to beat the team of Perro Aguayo & Los Misioneros de la Muerte. In the end the crowd and wrestlers gave El Santo an applause & standing ovation, paying tribute & respect to the legend!
After his farewell tour finished, El Santo had retired from in-ring action. He would unmask for the first and only time in national television on January and just a week later sadly passed away.
As we know his son: El Hijo del Santo continued his legacy in the squared circle and had a decent career of his own, gaining championships in CMLL,UWA,WWA,and other promotions. One of his grandchildren is also training to be a pro wrestler and goes by the name "El Nieto del Santo."
El Santo wasn't just a wrestling legend, but a cultural icon in Mexico! When I say he paved the way for all luchadors, he really did! Because if there is no El Santo then we wouldn't also have guys like Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero.
A well respected hero and trail blazer.
Fun Fact: El Santo has starred on 10 movies. He also had a comic book series based off him which ran for 35 years! Santo has also appeared in a number of cartoons & animation shows over the years.
Birthday: February 20,1921
Death: June 26,1992
From: Camden,New Jersey
Weight: 227 lbs
Next we got The Original Nature Boy: Buddy Rogers!
Buddy Rogers began his wrestling career in the 1940's. Thanks to his looks and physique, he was able to gain popularity fast in wrestling, plus him being a great technical wrestler was added bonus as well!
In his runs throughout the 50's and 60's, he has garnered multiple championships from the NWA. Most notably of course becoming NWA World Heavyweight Champion ending Pat O'Connor's 903 day reign in front of a sold out crowd in Chicago,Illinois!
Rogers himself had a long reign of 573 days beating big names as challengers such as Bobo Brazil,Antonino Rocca,The Sheik,Johnny Valentine,Edouard Carpentier,and a young Bruno Sammartino. In 1963 on Ontario,Canada Rogers finally dropped the belt to his long time rival: Lou Thesz.
After Gotch & Hackecschmidt and before Austin & Rock, the biggest feud in the wrestling scene was Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz who had a heated rivalry both in and out of the ring! The two sold out multiple shows all over the United States and they were able to set their differences aside in the ring to perform a great technical bout between the two of them.
Then in 1963 Buddy Rogers made his way to the WWWF led by Vince McMahon Sr. and Toots Mondt. There he became the company's first ever World Champion by capturing the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship what is now known as the WWE Championship! According to the WWE Rogers won a tournament in Rio De Janeiro,Brazil to get hold of the belt but this was all fictional.
He only had one successful title defense and that was beating another one of his rivals Bobo Brazil, but after suffering a mild heart attack which drastically changed his performance in the ring, he dropped the belt to Bruno Sammartino who would start a long legendary reign of his own as the longest reigning World Champion in history of wrestling!
Afterwards Rogers still continued to wrestle for different promotions mainly the NWA,WWWF,and even AWA during the twilight years of his career. His final match took place in 1982 for the WWWF as he teamed up with Jimmy Snuka to beat the team of Capt. Lou Albano & Don Muraco. After breaking his hip, Rogers retired in wrestling for good and until 1984 still made appearances on the WWF before the whole era of Hulk Hogan took over.
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers was one of the most influential wrestlers in the business. He set the bar high for the future of wrestlers both in terms of in-ring skills and charisma. Later down the line we would see many Nature Boys in the wrestling world as well but only Ric Flair did the name justice in my opinion. In June 1992 Buddy Rogers passed away at the age of 71 and two years later was posthumously inducted into the WWE HOF.
Fun Fact: In 1992 Rogers was set for a comeback in the ring and face fellow Nature Boy: Buddy Landel in a match billed as "Battle of the Nature Boys" for the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance but unfortunately the promotion went out of business before the match took place.
Weight: 240 lbs
While Shinsuke Nakamura may indeed be The King of Strong Style now, that title first belonged to Antonio Inoki!
Antonio Inoki was trained by the legendary Rikidozan along with fellow student at the time: Giant Baba! Him & Baba were a formidable tag-team and competed not only in JWA but other parts of the world as well becoming 4x NWA International Tag-Team Champions!
After the death of Rikidozan and JWA folded, he wrestled a bit in Tokyo Pro Wrestling for two years and became the top draw of the company before it went out of business forcing Inoki to create his own promotion which we all know now today as New Japan Pro Wrestling!
For two decades Inoki was the top superstar of the promotion and has faced multiple top stars both Japanese and foreign wrestlers in NJPW such as Vader,Billy Robinson,Tatsumi Fujinami,Dusty Rhodes,and Hulk Hogan just to name a few. Before the IWGP Title, the first "top championship" if you will for NJPW was the NWF Heavyweight Championship which he held four times.
Then in 1987 the IWGP Heavyweight Championship was created and Inoki is the inaugural champion of the belt and successfully defended it from guys like Riki Choshu,Dr. Death,Masa Saito,and Dick Murdoch. He vacated the belt after a 325 day reign, which is his only reign of the belt surprisingly.
Also who could forget about the infamous match he had with Great Antonio! Apparently Great Antonio was quite a big deal back then being in the Guinness Book of Records so he was quite the attraction in Japanese wrestling shows back then and he had a match with Inoki. Great Antonio was dumb enough to decide to work stiff and no sell to Inoki so he got his ass whooped and was never seen in the wrestling world again!
Besides having a legendary career in Japan, Inoki also had a lot of matches in the USA most notably for the WWWF. He challenged for the WWWF Championship multiple times and even won it at one point in a house show on Tokushima,Japan beating Bob Backlund but he only held the belt for 6 days before quickly vacating it and the title reign is never officially recognised by the WWE.
He also held the short lived WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship, a title awarded to him by Vince McMahon upon is arrival in the promotion, his first reign with the belt is the longest reign of the title's history which was 3,780 days. The only other title holder was Russian judoka: Shota Chochishvili who had the belt for 31 days before dropping it back to Inoki for his second and final reign which lasted for 220 days.
Inoki made history once again in 1995 by promoting the highest attended wrestling event in history which took place on the Rungnado May Stadium in North Korea of all places which was a 2 day event that was attended by 150,000 and 190,000 people respectively! Him and Ric Flair headlined the events in their first and only encounter together which Inoki came out victorious in the end!
He continued to wrestle throughout the late 90's. He wrestled his final match on NJPW defeating Don Frye in the Tokyo Dome which was his retirement show entitled "NJPW The Final Inoki Tournament." Inoki continued to be the promoter of NJPW until 2005, then in 2007 founded his own promotion mixed with wrestling and MMA: Inoki Genome Federation.
But probably the biggest highlight of Antonio Inoki's career was his match with Muhammad Ali billed as a "boxer vs wrestler" match what was essentially a predecessor for mixed martial arts! The match itself was ridiculous and didn't drew well as expected but which other wrestlers besides Gorilla Monsoon can say they fought the legendary Muhammad Ali right?
Inoki's legacy wasn't only huge in pro wrestling and he had a great influence in the world of MMA as well. He is the founder of the "Strong Style" and has trained multiple wrestlers and MMA fighters alike.
For the longest time Antonio Inoki is the top draw throughout Japan, a true household name and an icon. He was inducted into the WWE HOF in 2012.
Fun Fact: The gag anime "Gintama" has referenced Antonio Inoki multiple times, mainly because of his trademark chin!
Big Van Vader
Birthday: May 14,1955
Weight: 450 lbs
What Time Is It? It's time to put The Man They Call: Vader into the elite ranks of the greatest wrestlers of all time!
Vader was trained by Brad Rheingans, same guy who trained Brock Lesnar among others to become a pro wrestler. Vader had a pretty decent run at the start of his career in AWA but he really took off to superstardom when he had his run in Japan!
He mainly wrestled for NJPW, becoming a 3x IWGP Heavyweight Champion there as well as one time IWGP Tag-Team Champions with Bam Bam Bigelow. Not only that but he also has faced off and defeated a lot of the top stars of Japan for many years such as Inoki,Fujinami,Choshu,and Hashimoto just to name a few.
Vader is probably the most successful and greatest gaijin wrestler that ever competed in the history of Puroresu! In between his runs in Japan, he also competed for other promotions such as Otto Wanz's CWA in Germany where he captured the CWA World Heavyweight Championship 3 times as well as the CWA International Heavyweight Championship.
While most of his success stems from his work in Japan, he had a pretty decent career in his home country, USA as well mainly in WCW where he captured the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 3 times. He had a good run in WCW facing guys like Sting,Ric Flair,Nikita Koloff,Ron Simmons,and so many more talented wrestlers at the time.
Vader also had a short 3 year run with the WWF and has faced some big names at the time like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker but due to backstage issues and politics he never really got a big time push there, the only memorable thing he really did was his program with Yokozuna. Just two behemonths go right at it and was entertaining, to say the least!
I believe Vader should have been given at least a run with the WWF Championship but it never happened. Later on in the early 2000's Vader continued to work in Japan this time for AJPW where he became a 2x Triple Crown Champion. He also wrestled for Pro Wrestling NOAH capturing the GHC Tag-Team Championships with 2 Cold Scorpio.
To this day he still continues wrestling for the independent circuit and has made a few returns here and there for the WWE notably in 2012 where he squashed Heath Slater in the build up to RAW's 1000th episode and in 2016 where he inducted his good friend and old rival Stan Hansen into the WWE HOF. Vader himself should be inducted ASAP!
Anyways now that we've talked about his accomplishments, I think we can all agree that Vader is one of the best big men in pro wrestling, easily on the Top 5 in my opinion! He is very agile and was able to do moonsaults and other crazy top rope maneuvers for a man who's 400+ pounds! He is also a legit badass too!
Nowadays Vader's work in the indies has been lessened due to his health although he still competes from time to time, just recently we all knew he had his Twitter feud with Will Ospreay couple months back and the two had a match at Revolution Pro UK which Vader won.
Vader had a great career and will always be remembered as one of the all time greats! Doctors told him he only has two years to live? I bet Vader can kick The Grim Reaper's ass anytime of the day! Stay strong big man!
Fun Fact: Vader shares the same birthday with George Lucas and Mark Zuckerberg!
Birthday: June 2,1977
Weight: 218 lbs
AJ Styles is not only the best wrestler in the WWE today, but the best wrestler in the world! (Sorry CM Punk)
"He has won championships all over the world" is such a common cliche WWE says all the time but it describes AJ Styles' career perfectly because he did just that, win championships around the globe and become one of the most decorated wrestlers ever!
Before the historic runs AJ had in many promotions, he first actually wrestled as an enhancement talent at some point even in WCW on their final months in 2001. Then in 2002 he made his way to TNA where he is in my opinion the greatest wrestler of that company's history, without a doubt! After all he is dubbed as "Mr. TNA."
In his run with TNA Styles became a 3x NWA World Heavyweight Champion,2x TNA World Heavyweight Champion,and a record 6x TNA X-Division Champion,among many other titles he won under the NWA & TNA banner. While also in the middle of his TNA run, AJ wrestled for ROH,PWG,and other indie promotions becoming ROH Pure Champion and PWG World Champion! He has also gained a plethora of other titles in small promotions in the USA.
In 2014 after his run with TNA was done, AJ went to Japan and became the IWGP Heavyweight Champion on his first match at NJPW! Who has ever done that other than him?! He held the belt twice and had a memorable career there most notably of course being a core member of the hottest wrestling stable since nWo: The Bullet Club!
Then in 2016 we had the moment we never thought would happen and that is AJ Styles debuting in the WWE and at the Royal Rumble too of all matches! Since then Styles has a pretty good run with the WWE and is now currently as of the writing of this blog, the WWE World Champion! Just seeing him with that belt is still crazy to me, just amazing.
In terms of his wrestling abilities, I mean what else is there to say right? AJ Styles can do it all! Highflying,technical,brawling,a little bit of comedy too just for shits and giggles. He can go in the ring with literally anybody such as Samoa Joe,Kurt Angle,Christopher Daniels,John Cena,Chris Jericho,Hiroshi Tanahashi,Shinsuke Nakamura,and he can even make a Roman Reigns match entertaining and watchable!
Styles' promo skills have improved significantly as well. I think he is one of the best talkers in WWE today!
What I like about AJ is that even though he is literally the best wrestler in the world and has accomplished pretty much everything he can do in his career, he is still a humble man and probably one of the nicest guys in the business! A very religious and great family man too, what's not to love?
The first time I watched a TNA DVD in 2005 and saw AJ Styles, I immediately got hooked into his work! I just hope all the best for this one of a kind human being, he is simply PHENOMENAL!
Fun Fact: Besides the WWE,TNA,NWA,and IWGP Championships, another title AJ had under his accolades was the Heavyweight Championship of the short lived Christian Wrestling Entertainment! He held the belt throughout the existence of the promotion!
From: Kansas City,Missouri
Weight: 245 lbs
Harley was trained by The Zbyszko Brothers (Stanislaus & Wladek) who were both former World Champions themselves. He first got his "big run" if you will in the AWA becoming 3x AWA World Tag-Team Champions with his long time partner Larry "The Axe" Hennig throughout his stay there!
But Harley's legendary career began in the 70's when he competed for the NWA and becoming the NWA World Heavyweight Champion a record 8 times with his longest reign lasted for 926 days! Harley has beaten a lot of the best through the years he has held the NWA World Title guys such as Ric Flair,Dusty Rhodes,The Funks,Ricky Steamboat,Jack Brisco,Giant Baba,Wahoo McDaniel,and many others.
Besides the World Title, Harley also held multiple championships in different territories of the NWA as well as belts in Japan,Puerto Rico,and Canada! In the late 80's he wrestled in the WWF, although he is already at a late age at this point, Harley still wrestled well with a lot of the much younger generation of wrestlers at the time.
Most notable highlight of his career with the WWF was becoming King of the Ring and to this day I still think he is the best winner of said tournament, he just portrayed the gimmick so well! While he had a decent career in the WWF he actually didn't win any championship belts there which was a little unfortunate.
In 1990 he went back to the NWA which is now known as WCW and had a few matches there against Junkyard Dog and Tommy Rich, his final match took place in AWA getting defeated by Larry Zbyszko for the AWA World Title. Afterwards Harley pursued a career as a manager in WCW and managed the likes of Vader and Lex Luger.
Then on 1999 he established his training school: Harley Race's Wrestling Academy also a small wrestling promotion which is still around today. Well known alumni of the school were Chris Masters,Curtis Axel,Trevor Murdoch,Simon Gotch,and Ted DiBiase Jr.
Harley Race was rightfully inducted into the WWE HOF in 2004. He has made numerous appearances in the WWE and other promotions like TNA since his retirement.
In terms of his wrestling skills, Harley Race was one of the best in his prime! A mixture of technical and brawling which suits him well knowing as Ric Flair said the two legit toughest wrestlers in the business are Haku and Harley Race! Ironically, both of them were King of the Ring winners!
A lot of people in the wrestling business gets to be called "legend" but only few men are only deserving of such title and Harley Race is one of those!
Fun Fact: He played the role of unseen "booker" in NBC's Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets. Which is probably the only low point of his career for being involved in such a shitty show.
From: West Newbury,Massachusetts
Weight: 251 lbs
I've never seen a wrestler be so loved yet so hated at the same time by the fans other than John Cena! But at the end of the day though, you gotta respect the man!
Okay before you attack me for putting John Cena so high on this list, hear me out first! Or read me out first... since you can't really hear me? But I digress.
Why I put Cena so high besides of the obvious having an accomplished and decorated career is because he is the modern day Hulk Hogan! He is what they call a "larger than life" persona, he is the face of the WWE!
As much as you hate to admit it, the truth is Cena is the most popular active wrestler today (not counting The Rock since he's only wrestling once a year at best.) Yes he has a lot of faults, don't get me wrong but just for being a household name alone I think grants him a spot higher than the previous ones ranked below him.
Now that I got that out of the way, let's talk about his career shall we? Cena started out his wrestling career in small promotion called UPW, it wasn't until in 2000 when he made his way to OVW and began wrestling as "The Prototype." Most memorable highlight of his career there was being managed by an underrated manager: Kenny Bolin.
Bolin also managed many stars that made it in the WWE such as Bobby Lashley,Carlito,Gene Snitsky,Rob Conway,Rene Dupree,Eugene,and so much more but it's Cena who became the biggest name out of everyone he managed! As The Prototype, Cena has held the OVW Heavyweight Championship and OVW Southern Tag-Team Championships.
Then in June 27,2002 a pink trunks-wearing young John Cena made his on-air debut for the WWE main roster by accepting Kurt Angle's open challenge and as they say... the rest is history! Cena was a huge part of what they call the "Ruthless Aggression Era" of the WWE along with stars like Brock Lesnar,Kurt Angle,Eddie Guerrero,and Chris Benoit.
In 2002 he transitioned from his Prototype gimmick to becoming the Doctor of Thuganomics, rumor has it that Stephanie McMahon heard Cena spit some bars backstage and offered him to do the rapper gimmick we all knew that got him to fame.
As the years go by Cena became the top babyface of the company and got his first WWE Championship in 2005 after beating JBL and would held the belt 11 more times afterwards in his illustrious career in the WWE! Cena also held the World Heavyweight Championship 3 times making him a 15x World Champion! Will he tie Flair's record? I hope not but knowing WWE, they probably would.
Cena is also a 4x Tag-Team Champion in the WWE often gaining the belts with his rivals as well as being a 5x WWE United States Champion. In fact his recent run with the belt back in 2015 brought the title back to prominence when he had his own open challenge having guys like Kevin Owens,Sami Zayn,and Cesaro some spotlight in the WWE.
He has also been involved in a lot of top feuds and rivalries over the years, some of them are good while some can be stinkers. Guys such as The Rock,Shawn Michaels,Edge,Brock Lesnar,CM Punk,Triple H,and just recently AJ Styles were some of his prominent rivals. But the best one without a doubt is of course Randy Orton! Sure we've seen their match ups for many times now, but they always deliver and their chemistry together is just great!
Like I said Cena isn't the best "wrestler" ever, far from it but if he is matched up with a good opponent and is really getting into the match he can deliver quite well. Best examples of these were his recent SummerSlam match with AJ Styles and his 5-Star rating match with CM Punk on MITB 2011.
He still wrestles today as you all know but not as much as he used to back then now that he is a "famous celebrity." I know his ranking here can be quite "controversial" but hey this is my opinion anyway, if you disagree then just do it in a professional way. Plus just deal with it alright?
Fun Fact: He holds the record for the most wishes granted by a celebrity in the "Make a Wish" foundation. #GoodGuyJohn
"Great Muta" Keiji Mutoh
Weight: 240 lbs
Now that AJ Styles and even Sting have wrestled for the WWE, there is only one man who in my opinion is the greatest wrestler that never stepped foot in a WWE ring and that is Keiji Mutoh aka The Great Muta!
Keiji Mutoh began his wrestling career in the 1980's after being trained by Antonio Inoki & Hiro Matsuda at the NJPW Dojo. He quickly became one of the top rookies at the time and gained the attention of many fans & promoters alike all over the world thanks to his all-around style of wrestling and charisma!
Mutoh created and debuted his other persona "The Great Muta" in 1989 on an episode of WCW. The Great Muta character is inspired and based off from The Great Kabuki, the man who popularised the use of "mists" in wrestling which Muta uses as well most frequently the "green mist" which will be used by many more wrestlers to come.
Both as Mutoh and Muta he became a 4x IWGP Heavyweight Champion and 6x IWGP Tag-Team Champions with different partners over the years: Masa Chono,Shiro Koshinaka,Taiyo Kea,and Hiroshi Hase. Speaking of Hase, his match with The Great Muta is considered to be the "bloodiest match" ever in wrestling which originated the term "Muta Scale" to describe how bloody a match is!
Whilst wrestling in Japan, throughout the 90's The Great Muta also wrestled for WCW and had many memorable matches against the likes of Ric Flair,Sting,and Terry Funk. Later on along with Masahiro Chono he would be a part of the nWo, adding to the "international flavor" of the stable.
In 1993 on a WCW-NJPW collab event in Tokyo,Japan The Great Muta (who was IWGP Heavyweight Champion at the time) defeated Masahiro Chono to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion! He would only held the belt for 48 days though before dropping it to Barry Windham.
After his run with WCW, he continued his career in Japan and this time mainly wrestling for AJPW and managed to become a 3x Triple Crown Champion! Making him one of only three men who have held the IWGP,NWA,and Triple Crown belts the others being Shinya Hashimoto & Satoshi Kojima.
Since 2006 he also started wrestling for other indie and major promotions both in Japan and other parts of the world such as NOAH,CMLL,WWC,PWG,TNA,and even JCW of all places! In 2013 Mutoh created his own promotion: WRESTLE-1 where he also held the WRESTLE-1 Championship.
Besides the obvious that he is a great and charismatic wrestler, I think Mutoh is one of the best just at performing as a whole! He can play any character well whether it's just himself or as The Great Muta and even other characters he created such as "Kokushi Muso" a similar character to that of Hakushi and was mainly used on his tag-team run with Jinsei Shinzaki!
Whether whatever name you know him as, one thing is for sure that Keiji Mutoh has cemented his legacy on his ongoing 4 decade career as not only one of the all time greats of Puroresu history but wrestling history in general!
Fun Fact: The only time Keiji Mutoh & The Great Muta were in a match together was in 1994 during a tag match between him and Chono vs Genichiro Tenryu & Riki Choshu. Check it out here!
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