Thanks to his early '90s WCW matches with Sting, Lex Luger and Ric Flair, the deranged Keiji Mutoh became one of the first Japanese wrestlers to gain enormous notoriety, and a huge fanbase, outside of Japan. Back on his home soil however, Mutoh is one of the most popular wrestlers of all time, known for his brutal submissions, amazing acrobatics and his notorious green mist. Muta (as he's known stateside) also holds the record for the most blood shed in a single match , after facing Hiroshi Hase in 1992 and "blading" to such a degree that it gave the trailer to The Shining a run for its money.
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Some interpromotional activities that would not have happened under Shohei Baba's watch have taken place, including the previously unfathomable IWGP Heavyweight Champion vs. Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion bout on a New Japan Pro Wrestling event on February 20, 2005; Satoshi Kojima (who was the Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, which made Kojima the only wrestler to ever hold both titles simultaneously to that point (Keiji Mutoh would later accomplish the feat in 2008. However, he would hold the IWGP Championship as Keiji Mutoh, and the Triple Crown Championship as his alter-ego The Great Muta) In addition, Keiji Mutoh and Satoshi Kojima are both New Japan Pro Wrestling alumni but played a consistent role in the main event picture of All Japan Pro Wrestling from the time of their arrival to the promotion. Furthermore, Keiji Mutoh competed at a Pro Wrestling Noah event on July 10, 2004, teaming with fellow AJPW wrestler Taiyō Kea to face Mitsuharu Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa. On July 18, 2004, Mitsuharu Misawa returned to All Japan and defeated Satoshi Kojima at Battle Banquet . Misawa returned to All Japan again on October 31, 2004 for the Keiji Mutoh: Love and Bump pay-per-view event, where he (along with Keiji Mutoh ) defeated Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki in what was billed as a "Special Dream Tag Match".