Keiji Mutoh, known to NWA and WCW fans as “The Great Muta”, defeated Go Shiozaki in the main event of Pro Wrestling NOAH Destination 2021: Back To Budokan and in doing so captured the GHC Championship.
With this accolade Mutoh becomes only the 3rd man to have held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (NJPW), Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (AJPW), and GHC Heavyweight Championship (NOAH).
At the age of 58 years and 51 days, Mutoh also becomes the oldest World Champion edging out Terry Funk who was 52 years and 287 days old when he held the ECW Title in 1997*
Mutoh was one of pro wrestling’s pioneers of the late 1980s and early 1990s, forging a legendary career over several decades. But his latest achievement at such an advanced age is one hell of an eye-opener nonetheless.
He is also famous for being part of what is considered to be one of the bloodiest professional wrestling matches of all time against Hiroshi Hase, leading to the creation of the “Muta scale” (which rates the bloodiness of matches, relative to this one’s 1.0 value).
*Unless you count Vince McMahon’s reign with the ECW Title in 2007 when he was 61 Years and 248 Days but aren’t we all trying to forget that happened?