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Talk Wrestling Online Newsletter - Issue 9 - Apr 27th 2003


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Talk Wrestling Online Newsletter - Issue 9 - Apr 27th 2003





WWE Backlash tonight. Will you be ordering? I wasn't, but my mom did anyway. Bless her. The main event looks to be Goldberg's in-ring WWE debut against The Rock, and WWE is counting on this match to lift it's sagging fortunes. And I'll admit, theres a bit of intrigue on my part. But Big Show vs Rey Mysterio? Who's idea? A six year old?


Newsletter looks good this week. Should be our biggest audience ever under the new way we send it out... and none of our workers have disappointed in the least. I've never been more confident that not one person will dislike this weeks edition.


Oh, and before you get stuck in, can I just advise you all to try to get your hands on NWA:TNA tapes. The action is superb, especially from the X-division, and it is a great alternative to the WWE right now. Plus, I had the pleasure to speak to one of the main females from the promotion, Trinity, this morning, and she is a wonderful woman to talk to, really pleasent and promised to talk to me in the future (and she promised to hug Raven for me). So do it for her, if nothing else, lol.


Anyways, enough from me. Get reading :)


- Mitchell Jones

TWO Newsletter Editor





TWO Site News - By Mitchell Jones



**Backlash Quiz and Chat**

As is our monthly tradition here at Talk Wrestling Online, we will be holding our monthly PPV Quiz and Chat night. And this month is the fallout from last months extravaganza that was Wrestlemania, aptly entitled "Backlash". So in anticipation for the big event, so far teasing The Rock vs Bill Goldberg and Triple H, Ric Flair and Chris Jericho vs Booker T, Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash, why not head over to the TWO/SmashWrestling chatroom on Sunday, April 27th at 8pm to enter our highly popular quiz. Then from 9pm until 1am, stay along for a good ol' chat about the PPV with all the TWO regulars. The more, the merrier. So pull up a chair, get your drinks ready, and join us for 5 hours of non-stop wrestling talk.


Backlash Quiz and Chat


Quiz: 8pm - 9pm

Chat: 9pm - 1am

Quiz Rules: http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/Quiz/quiz.shtml

Chatroom: http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/Chatrooms/chatrooms.shtml


**Product Rating and Discussion Zone Tournaments**

Most of you own a wrestling product of some sort. Whether a video, or a video game, a book or a CD, almost all of you have at least something, if not a wide collection. But what is your favorite? What is the best of the best? It's time to have your say, and now you can, at the Talk Wrestling Online forums. Set up and maintained by my own personal lackey, Chris2k, this is a great way to voice your opinions and get your favorite product one step closer to beating off the competition. So what are you waiting for? Existing members can simply head over to the forums, then to the Product Rating and Discussion forum to cast your votes. For those who want to take part but aren't members, simply go to http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/forum and register. It takes about 60 seconds, if that. Even breathing isn't as easy as signing up for the forums. What have you got to lose?


Current Tournament: Video Games

- WCW/NWO Revenge (N64) vs SmackDown 2: Know Your Role (PS)

- SmackDown 3: Just Bring It (PS2) vs WWF No Mercy (N64)

- Extreme Warfare Revenge 3.0 (PC) vs WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (N64)

- WCW vs The World (PS) vs Road To Wrestlemania X8 (GC)

- Fire Pro Wrestling (GBA) vs Promotion Wars 1.2e (PC)

- WWF Warzone (PS, N64, DC) vs Legends of Wrestling 2 (PS2)

- WWF Attitude (PS, N64, DC) vs WWF SmackDown (PS)

- Def Jam Vendetta (PS2, GC) vs SmackDown 4: Shut Your Mouth (PS2)


**WWE Backlash Prediction League**

Ever find yourself pridicting to yourself who will win each PPV match before it takes place? Why not share your predictions with a bunch of other wrestling fans, and prove that when it comes to predictions, you know your stuff? Get over to the US Scene and take part in the Prediction League. Just follow the simple instructions and you could end up top of the league. There may even be a small prize for it (and I do mean small, lol). So what are you waiting for? Get to the US Scene Forum and show everyone else who's the boss.


**Forum Posts of the Week**

A new feature for the Newsletter. Every week, I will personally go through the posts in the wrestling forums (with the help of various newsletter workers), and pick out random quality posts, whether for power of what is being said, originality, or for humour factor, to show you the quality of posts you can see on the forums (yeah, kind of like TWO's own version of Power Slam's "www.baloney.com" segment). One day, one of your very own posts could turn up right here. Congratulations to this weeks mentions:

- "You just can't expect to perform any art form/sport in front of a worldwide audience and not expect criticism, especially when you consider that a large proportion of the wrestling audience is made up of kids, the least patient and tollerant things on Earth." (Russ - US Forum)

- "Yknow Takers new theme is called " you're gona pay" . Does that mean he's gona start selling??????" (Kano Dudley - US Forum)

- "Just an interesting side, in 2002 K-1 made more money than WWE." (Rikidozan - Int. Forum)

- "ahh, Jeff... I hate his multi coloured hair, I hate his lack of technical skills, I hate his lack of mic skills, I hate the way he gets the push even though Matt is the better wrestler, I hate the fact he looks more feminine than Lita does, I hate the way he does that stupid dance at the top of the stage, I hate the fact he exists, I hate the fact that his fans are all under 12, I hate the fact that he gets a huge pop for taking his freaking shirt off when Benoit & Angle can wrestle an exquisite match and get no response from the brain dead teenie boppers that just want to see Jeff's chest... I admire his guts and/or lack of brains that it takes to fall off something very high, but l suspect Gravity has a lot to do with that.... that about covers it." (Inno - US Forum)




WWE Backlash



~ http://www.wwebacklash.com ~


Tonight - (1am UK) - (8pm ET)


Sky Box Office Ch.770 (UK) - DishOnDemand/inDemand/Cable Satelitte (USA)



- The Rock vs Bill Goldberg

- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar © vs John Cena

- Kevin Nash, Booker T & Shawn Michaels vs HHH, Ric Flair & Chris Jericho

- Big Show vs Rey Mysterio

- World Tag Team Championship: Rob Van Dam & Kane © vs Dudley Boyz

- WWE Tag Team Championship: Team Angle © vs Los Guerrero

- WWE Womens Championship: Trish Status © vs Jazz w/ Theodore Long

- Sean O'Haire w/ Roddy Piper vs Rikishi




US News - By HSM



WWE News:


As reported briefly in the last issue, Jeff Hardy was this week fired from the WWE. Hardy has had a habit of missing shows on a regular basis. The general feeling has been that Hardy no longer enjoys the grind of being on the road all the time and was getting sick of being a full time wrestler. WWE had recently cut back his house show schedule, hoping it would rejuvenate him, but it didn't. Last week they removed him from house shows completely, for what was thought to be "personal reasons." Jeff doesn't have the same passion for the business that his brother, Matt Hardy, has. Jeff has saved much of the money he has earned in the last few years, and doesn't have to wrestle anymore. It will be interesting to see what he does now


The "security guards" used during the Rock/Goldberg segment last week on RAW were NWA Wildside wrestlers.


This week’s RAW score a rating of 3.8 up for last weeks 3.4. The second hour of the show was particularly strong pulling in a rating 4.1 with the Rock Concert II segment doing a 4.7. The strong 4.7 rating for the segment seems to show growing interest in the Rock/Goldberg feud, which is what WWE is counting on to sell Backlash.


Roddy Piper has not caused any problems backstage in the Smackdown locker room since returning to WWE. He is said to be very quiet and keeps to himself, but is easy to talk to if approached.


Sable, as well, has been on her best behaviour since returning, getting compliments for her demeanour.


There is concern in the WWE offices that the Rock/Goldberg program is being booked poorly, with the Rock coming out looking stronger than Goldberg. The opposite should be the case, as Goldberg will be with the company for the next year, while the Rock will be gone again, and fresh once he comes back in late 2003 or early 2004.Not surprisingly, Brian Gewirtz and Vince McMahon have been booking the angle with input from the Rock. Some backstage actually believe that the Rock is booking the entire program himself.


Preliminary estimates have placed the PPV buyrate for Wrestlemania X9 to be between 525,000 and 550,000 buys, a little above a 1.0 buyrate. This would be about a 35-38% drop from last year, and about the same percentage less than the figure projected by Linda McMahon. It would also be the lowest Wrestlemania buyrate since 1997's WM. It should be noted that the final buyrates often differ quite a bit from the estimates, and while many PPV’s end up coming lower, the last 5 Wrestlemania’s have actually been 5-7% higher than the first estimates. If this buyrate is accurate, it would put WWE about $5.6 million under budget for the show,


According to Nikkan Sports, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have set October 25th, 2003 as their wedding date. The two have been dating for sometime now, and got engaged recently. At this time however WWE.com or any other sites have not confirmed this


WWE.com has put up an article about Billy Gunn. In it, it says Gunn has been cleared to return to the ring. He will work in OVW for two weeks before heading back to WWE's main roster.


Other US News:


According to the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter, Tension in the creative process in NWA: TNA appears to be heating up again. One of the main problems continues to be the way Jeff Jarrett is booked, as Jerry Jarrett sees his son as a heroic 'dragon slayer' and the heels of the promotion as the dragons. Russo wants to use Jeff to help create more stars while still keeping him strong. Russo also feels that the Jarrett’s book too much for the Nashville crowd, and not enough for the nationwide audience. Russo writes the shows, with help from Raven, Mike Sanders and Glen Gilbertti. There was talk that Russo would give up writing the shows in hopes that Panda Energy would see the show's quality suffer without his involvement


TNA has also been in contact with Sabu about returning to the promotion as part of Team Extreme with the Sandman, New Jack and others. Sabu to this point has refused, as he had a bad experience with TNA last summer. He is insisting that Jeff Jarrett personally call him to bring him back, and has rejected attempts by Bob Ryder or Scott D'Amore to talk him into returning.


The results from this weeks show are as follows:

D Lo Brown + A.J. Styles defeated Mike Sanders + Glen Gilbertti by DQ

Elix Skipper + Christopher Daniels defeated Americas Most Wanted

Brian Lee, Slash and Mike Awesome lost to Perry Saturn, New Jack and The Sandman

Trinity defeated Kid Kash in a non-title match

Justin Credible and Slash went to a no contest

The Amazing Red beat Jerry Lynn to earn a shot at the X Division title


In selected other US Indy results:


Heartland Wrestling Association

HWA Arena - Cincinnati, OH


Poison Apollo defeated Jamie Cox, JT Star defeated Simply Spectacular, Hoss and Nigel McGuinness defeated The South Side Playaz, Quinten Lee defeated Kliff Hanger, TJ Dalton and The Hussla fought to a no contest, Vortex defeated Ash Parker, Pepper Parks and Ash Parker defeated Cody Hawk and Chet Jablonski, HWA Champion Big Al defeated Chad Collyer & Matt Stryker via countout.


OVW TV Taping

Davis Arena - Louisville, KY


Matches: Seven defeated Eric Angle, Rene Dupre & Lance Cade defeated Mark Henry & BJ Payne, Chris Cage & Nova defeated Mark Magnus & Orlando Jordan, Nick Dinsmore defeated Rodney Mack.


That’s all for this week catch you next time.




UK News - By Goldy



Hi, welcome to this weeks UK Scene news and results. It's been a hectic week for the UK Scene , so I will get straight on with the results from all this weeks shows.


FWA British Breakout Tour Results:

Cleethorpes - 20/4/03

Duke of Danger def Hade Vansen - with help from Simmons

James Tighe def Mark Sloan

Juventud Guerrera def Jack Xavier

Raj Ghosh def Simmons

The Family def Alex Shane & Nikita

Doug Williams v Chris Hamrick - Doug Williams by two falls to one.


Morecambe Dome - Morecombe - 21/4/03

James Tighe def Raj Ghosh

Flash Barker def Jack Xavier

Chris Hamrick def Zebra kid to win the All England Title

Simmons def Hade Vansen after interference from Birchill

The family beat Alex Shane & Nikita to retain the titles

Juventud Guerrera & Doug Williams battled to a draw (pinned each other at the same time ) so Williams retains the belt.


Acton - 24/4/0

Jack Xavier def James Tighe and Raj Ghosh

Nikita def Specialist Mark Sloan

Jonny Storm def Juventud Guerrera in the XPW European Title Match

Simmons def The Zebra Kid after Birchill interfered

The Family def Alex Shane & Ulf Herman

Doug Williams def Chris Hamrick two falls to one.


Bolton - 25/4/03

James Tighe def Hade Vanson

The Zebra Kid def Raj Gosh

Chris Hamrick def Jack Xavier

Nikita def Simmons

The Family def Alex Shane/Ulf Herman

Juventud Guerrera def Jonny Storm.


All Star Results - Fairfields Hall - Croydon - 22/4/03

Robbie Dynamite def Dean 2Xtreme

James Mason def Flash Barker

Sweet Saraya & Chris Diamond def Jorge Costano and Destiny

Rick Masters def Sgt.Slaughter

Jake "The Snake" Roberts def Mikey Whiplash


All Stars tournament for the vacant World Heavy-Middleweight Title will take place in two weeks, between Robbie Dynamite and James Mason. Former title holders Chic Cullen and Mark "Rollerball" Rocco are scheduled to be in attendance.


The Duke of Danger suffered a broken arm in his match at Cleethorpes in the second night of the FWAs Breakout Tour. Fortunately it was a clean break and was seen to very quickly by the doctors at the local hospital. He is expected to mend quickly.

Despite this injury and his arm being in a cast, the Duke intends very much to make sure Simmons does his job in his matches in the rest of the tour.


The Wrestling Alliance will be running another of their highly succesful training weekends on the 24th and 25th of May. Previous trainers on the weekend have included Drew McDonald, Robbie Brookside, Doug Williams, James Mason and Mal Stuart. The cost of the weekend is £100, with an extra £22 if you require accomodation. There is also the chance that there may be a show on the evening of May 24th for stand out trainees. If you wish to attend the course, or require additional information, email TWAWrestling@aol.com


The UK Kid has this week earned a shot at Pro Wrestling Noah's Global Honoured Crown Junior Heavyweight Champion Micheal Modest on the 30th of May in California for an event held by Pro Wrestling Iron. Firstly though he has to face Vito Thomasell on the 2nd of May. This will be the first time that the Noah Championship has ever been defended in the USA. We at TWO would like to wish the UK Kid the very best of luck!


As the FWA are coming to the end of their British Breakout Tour, I would like to make a few random thoughts from the shows. The FWA have shown that these house shows wern't in anyway inferior to the main shows, with some excellent matches being performed. Chris Hamrick has turned out a fantastic replacement for Chris Chetti, being most peoples star of the tour, with his solid performances and comedic value. Nikita has also impressed proving to all that doubted her that she really can wrestle and hold her own in the ring. Surprisingly we have also had some titles change hands, which some fans didn't expect. Dissapointingly the Acton show was one of the least poorly attended dates on the tour, with the Bolton show being hugely successful. Everyone who has attended a show has been very impressed with what they have seen, and I'm confidant that the FWA have gained alot of new fans! If you haven't already been please don't miss the opportunity to catch the tour at the Mountbatton Centre, Portsmouth on Sunday the 27th of May held in association with TWO. This is the final card:


Jonny Storm vs The Zebra Kid

Jack Xavier vs Mark ' 5 Star ' Belton

The Family vs Alex Shane & Ulf Herman

Juventud Guerrera vs James Tighe

Chris Hamrick vs Raj Gosh

Nikita vs Simmons ( with the Duke Of Danger & Buttercup)

Mark Sloan vs Eamon Shrahan.


We hope to see as many of you as possible at the show!


Thats everything for this week. Thank you very much for reading.




International News - By Matthew Singh





New Japan Pro Wrestling:


A reminder for the Tokyo Dome 2/5 line-up:

--KENGO (of Pancrase) versus Ryoto Machida

--Tsuyoshi Kosaka versus Sumiavaza Dolgolsuren (amateur wrestler who wrestled Kurt Angle in 1996)

--Shinsuke Nakamura versus Jan Nortje (K-1)

--Josh Barnett (former UFC champ.) versus Jimmy Ambriz (King of the Cage superheavyweight champion)

--Manabu Nakanishi versus Kazuyuki Fujita

--Enson Inoue versus Kazunari Murakami

--Hiroyoshi Tenzan versus U-30 tournament winner (winner gets an IWGP title shot)

--For the IWGP Junior Tag titles; Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto (champions) versus Heat & Tiger Mask

--Yuji Nagata versus Yoshihiro Takayama, to unify the IWGP and NWF Heavyweight titles

--Masahiro Chono versus Kenta Kobashi (main event)


House show results:


On 23/4 at Sun Palace in Hiroshima with 4,000 paid attendance:

1. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero over Gedoh & Jadoh at 11 minutes when Guerrero used an avalanche reverse buster on Gedoh for the pin

2. Takashi Iizuka & Masahito Kakihara over Super Crazy & Dan Devine at 8 minutes 12 seconds when Iizuka applied a choke sleeper on Crazy for the tap-out

3. Ryushi Yanagisawa and Makai Masks 4 & 5 over Toru Yano, Yutaka Yoshie & Osamu Nishimura at 10 minutes 43 seconds when Yanagisawa applied a ‘Yanagi-Lock’ on Yano for the tap-out

4. El Samurai, Minoru Fujita & Jushin Liger over Ryusuke Taguchi, Heat & AKIRA in 13 minutes 44 seconds when Samurai used a chicken-wing arm lock on Taguchi for the tap-out

5. Tatsutoshi Goto, Michiyoshi Ohara & Hiro Saito over Makai Masks 1 & 2 and Kazunari Murakami at 37 seconds when Goto hit a back-drop suplex on Makai 1 for the pinfall

6. In the U-30 League Finals, Hiroshi Tanahashi over Shinya Makabe at 12 minutes 44 seconds when Tanahashi applied a Dragon Suplex hold on Makabe for the tap-out

7. Masa Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan over Mike Barton & Yoshihiro Takayama at 10 minutes 47 seconds when Chono hit his Yakuza Kick finish on Barton for the pinfall

8. In a IWGP Jr. Title Match, Tiger Mask IV over Koji Kanemoto at 14 minutes 46 seconds when TM landed a Tiger Suplex hold on Kanemoto for the pinfall and the IWGP Jr. title

9. In the IWGP Heavyweight Title Match, Yuji Nagata over Tadao Yasuda at 22 minutes 55 seconds when Nagata hit a clutch-exploder on Yasuda for the pin and retain the title


Pro Wrestling NOAH:


Reports in Japan indicate that Vader will be leaving the promotion soon for a spot in Riki Choshu’s Fight World of Japan, with Vader being used in a prime spot on-top. Prior to FWJ’s debut show (on1/3), Vader publicly stated that Choshu made him an offer to be on the debut card and saying that FWJ has big-money backers. It’s expected that Vader will take Choshu’s offer.




The promotion has signed significant television deals with T.V Tokyo and Samurai T.V, and I’ll have more on this if it becomes available.


Fighting World of Japan:


The promotion’s 29/6 card at Hokkaido Sports Centre, Sapporo, will be headlined by Atsushi Onita versus Genichiro Tenryu versus Riki Choshu, which looks/sounds like a frighteningly bad prospect on card, but with Tenryu still on good form from last year, the match should at least have good heat. FWJ faces stiff competition for this show, as K-1 runs at Saitama Super Arena on the same day.






House show results:

On 22/4 at Arena Coliseo, Mexico City

1. Sombra de Plata & Zetta over Koreano & Polvora

2. Espectrito, Pequeno Violencia & Pierrothito over Bracito de Oro, Pequeno Olimpico & Ultimo Dragoncito

3. Bestia Salvaje, Blue Panther & Mephisto over Angel Azteca, Olimpico & Safari

4. Pierroth Jr., Sadam & Violencia over Gran Markus Jr., Villanos III & IV

5. Brazo de Plata, Lizmark Jr. & Tinieblas Jr. over Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 & Shocker




Biography - By Matthew Singh



Hi readers, in a change from the typical column, I’ve produced a career-biography of one of Japan’s most charismatic and beloved workers, enjoy.


Keiji Mutoh


After graduating from the New Japan Academy, Mutoh worked his first match in 1984 under the guise of White Ninja. After an uneventful stint under the WM gimmick, Mutoh was sent to North American to grow as a worker, and captured the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship, winning the title on 5/21/86 and dropping it on 6/86. Back in Japan he then hooked up with The Great Kabuki and formed the tag team of The Rising Sons and had a decent run. After Mutoh and Kabuki parted ways, he again hooked up in a tag team, this time with Shiro Koshinaka and the two captured IWGP Tag Team Titles (Mutoh’s first tag titles gold) when they went over Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Tanaka in a tournament final on 20/3/87. However their tag title run only last all of a week, as Maeda and Tanaka won the titles back on 26/3/87. Now a big name draw in Japan, Mutoh moved his sights to North America again, more precisely, World Championship Wrestling (WCW and NJPW had a talent trading/working agreement at the time).


Mutoh, now wrestling under the ‘Great Muta’ gimmick was an instant hit, and was put in a programme straight away with WCW’s top (baby) face Sting. The two clicked immediately and had classic matches which were mostly for the NWA T.V title, with Mutoh challenging and indeed in September ’89, management had enough faith in him to give him the nod to go over Sting for the title. His title run lasted a moderate four months, before starring at the lights for Arn Anderson. In 1990, teaming with Masahiro Chono, Mutoh went over Masa Saito and Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles for a second time, holding onto the gold for a respectable seven month run. Splitting with Chono, Mutoh then formed another combo with Hiroshi Hase, and downed Rick and Scot Steiner on 5/11/91 in a great match at the Tokyo Dome for the IWGP Tag Team Tiles, Mutoh’s third time. Four months passed until Hase and Mutoh were toppled, by (Big Van) Vader and Bam Bam Bigelow. Mutoh then returned to North America and WCW for some months, working matches against/with Sting, then returned back to Japan in 1992, and officially became the biggest draw in the business at the time downing legend Riki Choshu for the IWGP World Heavyweight title on 11/8/92 and ending on 20/9/93.


Mutoh then made history in an unprecedented move by going over Masahiro Chono to win the NWA World Heavyweight title, uniting it with the IWGP World Heavyweight title on 4/1/93 until 1/5/93 losing the title to Barry Windham. Proving to be every bit the company man, Mutoh then dropped the IWGP Heavyweight title to Shinya Hashimoto. Over the next two years, Mutoh would cement his status as a one of the best in the world by winning the 1993 and 1994 Super Grades tournaments and hooking up with Hiroshi Hase again to win (for the fourth time, on 4/1/93) the IWGP Tag titles.


Defending the title for a lengthy six months, the duo was forced to vacate (on 10/6/95) after Mutoh downed Shinya Hashimoto on 3/5/95 for the IWGP Heavyweight title, for the second time. This time his title run lasted eight months until 4/1/96 when he jobbed to Nobuhiko Tanaka. With the huge success WCW was having in North America with the n.W.o gimmick, and NJPW and WCW still having a working agreement, the n.W.o International gimmick was carted over to Japan, with the n.W.o faction being led by No.1 heel Masahiro Chono. Mutoh had an integral part of the success of the gimmick in NJPW, as Mutoh was the n.W.o’s main challenger. After going over Chono in a big-time match, Mutoh turned heel and eventually joined the heel stable, donning the face paint and under the guise of The Great Muta (the gimmick which he had used on-and-off for the past near-ten years) and teamed with former partner turned-enemy turned-partner again Chono. Mutoh played the heel-turn almost to perfection as he struggled with the moral dilemma of joining the ‘bad guys’ and turning on the fans. Mutoh left the faction due to a falling out with Chono, only to return a short time later and team with Chono again to capture the IWGP Tag Team Titles, for Mutoh the fifth time on 91/10/97.


The tandem had to then vacate the titles (on 5/6/98) after Mutoh sustained a serious knee injury. After recovering from the resulting knee surgery, Mutoh and Chono were shipped off to North America and WCW where they showed up an edition of Monday Nitro and defeated Alex Wright and the Disco Inferno in a tag match. Then, on 4/1/99, Mutoh went over IWGP World Heavyweight titleholder Scot Norton to win the title, Mutoh’s third title run. Between 4/1/99 and 10/12/99 Mutoh would defend the title against the likes Don Frye, Scot Norton and Manabu Nakanishi, before finally starring at the ceiling for Genichiro Tenryu (on 10/12/99). Early-2000 was a quite period for Mutoh, doing battle with his off-again partner Chono, with Chono getting the nod more-often than not. Later that same year, in the summer, Mutoh again showed up in WCW, being teamed with Vampiro and the Innate (Insane) Clown Posse and starting a programme with then WCW Commissioner Ernest Miller. Hardly a great pairing (due to Miller’s inept working ability), their matches were unremarkable at best, and at the New Blood Rising pay-per-view Miller even got the nod to go over Mutoh, after Mutoh’s green-mist gimmick landed on Miller, but Miller made a comeback and pinned Mutoh. Vampiro and Mutoh them teamed together that night (13/8/00), and won the WCW Tag Team Titles.

He and Vampiro held them for 24 hours, before they dropped them to Juvi Guerrera and Ray Mysterio Jr. on Monday Nitro. Mutoh and Vampiro then worked several matches with Sting, although they weren’t to the same standard as they were in the early 1990’s. Vampiro and Mutoh then feuded, leading to some so-so matches. After pishing around in WCW for months, Mutoh returned to NJPW, and on 6/8/01, Mutoh won the AJPW Triple Crown for the first time. Now in 2003, Mutoh is at the helm of the booking for the Wrestle-1 shows, with the first being semi-successful, and the second being a semi-commercial success, but critically and artistically being terrible. Mutoh is fast becoming the Vince Russo of Japan; once heralded as the saviour of AJPW and the Japanese industry, but doing almost everything wrong (not intentionally I hasten to add) Mutoh needs to do something fast to resurrect that label.



Legitimate Height: 6'1"

Legitimate Weight: 245 lbs.

Real Name: Keiji Mutoh

DOB: 23/12/62

Hometown: Yamanishi, Japan

Other Names: White Ninja (NPJW), Super Ninja, the Great Muta (NJPW, WCW)

Debut Year: 1984

Signature Manoeuvres: Dragon-Screw Legwhip, Figure 4 Leglock and Moonsault

Prime years: 1988-‘94


Title Summary runs:

- NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion 21/5/86 - 6/86

- IWGP Tag-Team Champion w/ Shiro Koshinaka (20/3/87 - 26/3/87)

- NWA World Television Champion (3/9/89 - 2/1/90)

- IWGP Tag-Team Champion (2) w/ Masa Chono (27/4/90 - 2/11/90)

- IWGP Tag-Team Champion (3) w/ Hiroshi Hase (5/11/91 - 1/3/92)

- IWGP Heavyweight Champion (16/8/92 - 20/9/93)

- NWA World Heavyweight Champion (4/1/93 - 1/4/93)

- IWGP Tag-Team Champion (4) w/ Hiroshi Hase (4/1/93 - 10/6/95)

- IWGP Heavyweight Champion (2) (3/5/95 - 4/1/96)

- IWGP Tag-Team Champion (5) w/ Masa Chono (16/10/97 - 5/6/98)

- IWGP Heavyweight Champion (3) (4/1/99 - 1o/12/99)

- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Vampiro (13/8/00 - 14/8/00)

- AJPW Triple Crown Champion (8/6/01 - 02)

- AJPW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Taiyo Kea (22/10/01 - 7/17/02)

- IWGP Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Taiyo Kea (28/10/01 - 17/7/02)

- AJPW Triple Crown Champion(2) (27/10/02 - Current)







TWO Site News - Mitchell Jones (Mitchell@talkwrestlingonline.com)

US News - HSM (HSM@talkwrestlingonline.com)

UK News - Goldy (Goldy@talkwrestlingonline.com)

International News - Matthew Singh (Singhy@talkwrestlingonline.com)

Biography - Matthew Singh (Singhy@talkwrestlingonline.com)



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With that in mind, have a good week.


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