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#1 Posted on

According to Meltzer, Keiji Mutoh has given his notice to New Japan and will be jumping ship to All Japan.



Not as big as a revelation as it would have been once, but to me it's still noteworthy.



Of course, Mutoh is the Triple Crown (and Double Tag) champ and not the IWGP champ. Maybe it's not that much of a shock after all.







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Mutoh has also "promised" to try to bring over Kojima and Tenzan. Save for the MMA influence, if you will.



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He is still IWGP Tag Champ, although supposedly him and Kea will voluntarily drop those. He's got basically a whole lot more power in All Japan than he does in New Japan, as he can't shoot and isn't especially aligned with Inoki or anything. He's actually got all these belts:



Man, even better, there's word that Satoshi Kojima, who is The coolest guy to ever wrestle wearing a Breathe-Right™ brand Nasal Strip, might be one of the next to go. C'mon, bring Tenzan and his Astro-Mullet over too...

Of course, Nagata supposedly wants the Crocop return match, so he might still be with Inoki for some reason. RUN YUJI! RUN WHILE THERE'S STILL TIME! Ah, hopefully that Nagata/Akiyama vs. Misawa/Kobashi match will happen before his career is threatened again.

Chris-Liked Kawada-Kojima better than Kawada-Mutoh, I believe. And that Tenkoji vs. Kawada/Nagai match was Rock Solid.

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You know, I was just getting over the coolness of Jericho's pants on Raw this week, when now I see this sartorial stroke of genius. Those pants are...I don't have words, but I am in awe of them, and fear them just a little.



There, I feel better now.
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#5 Posted on

When I posted this the other day, I hadn't heard about Kojima and Tenzan.

What I find compelling is that this may actually trigger a bunch of company switches.

People on Zach Arnold's site were mentioning that Kawada has his choice of staying in AJ, going to NJ or even going to NOAH.

Ever since I started watching Japanese tapes (god help me like 10+ years ago), I always prefered NJ to AJ. But now thre's all this Inoki MMA/Shoot crap and the defections of most of the heavyweights I like (expect Chono.)







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Is Chono really any good? He never did much on Nitro. How many big promotions are there in Japan?
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Uh, I know very very little, but I'm enthusiastic, so bear with me...

There are currently 3 Major Promotions: All Japan, New Japan, and NOAH. All Japan and New Japan were formed out of the original major Japanese company, as the two main stars at the time, Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki, each started one, Baba forming All Japan, Inoki New Japan. Then in 2000, a group consisting of most of All Japan's natives and a few foreigners, led by the Promotion's Ace, Mitsuharu Misawa, separated from All Japan to form NOAH. All Japan looked to be pretty much on it's last days before the exodus began, as it seemed like Baba's widow was intentionally trying to rid herself of it sometimes. Now basically All Japan is revitalized, but only by having Kawada is it really anything truly like the old All Japan. If he leaves, It'd basically be a different sort of mood to the fed. Although he'd probably only go to NJPW, as he doesn't like Misawa. And for some reason despite his thorough awesomeness he would be treated crappily in the WWF.

Chono's OK, but he was a lot better about a decade ago, from what I've heard. He's more entertaining than Good, at this point. Mutoh in 2001 was better than his WCW stuff in 2000 would have suggested as well.

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I believe I read somewhere a while ago there are at least 30 promotions in Japan. But yeah, All Japan, New Japan and NOAH would be the biggest and most traditional companies, followed by the garbage promotions (FMW, Big Japan, etc), the high flying promotions (Toryumon, Michinoku, etc) and the women's promotions (AJW, Arison, JPW, etc).

Masahiro Chono used to be SO GOOD. Like many people, he was injured (bad back, bad neck) and largely gets by on tons of charisma these days. I'd encourage anyone to seek out mid 1990s New Japan tapes (ignore his appearances in WCW) to see the kick-butt Yakuza Chono in action.





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#9 Posted on
Who is that bald guy a couple of posts back with all the belts and the crazy pants?
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#10 Posted on

That would be the aforementioned Keiji Muto(h) aka the Great Muta.

When he went to the look about a year ago, most everyone started calling him "Stone Cold Keiji Mutoh."

Now who's laughing?



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