Keiji Muto to retire from in-ring competition next spring

Originally published at Keiji Muto to retire from in-ring competition next spring

Keiji Muto to have five more matches before retiring.

At today’s CyberFight Festival in Saitama, Japan, Keiji Muto (The Great Muta) appeared on the show and made the announcement that he’ll be retiring from pro wrestling next spring. Muto stated that he’ll have five more matches before formally stepping away from the ring.

#BREAKING @muto_keiji announces he will retire next spring. He’ll have 5 more matches then hang up his boots! #cffes2022 #noah_ghc pic.twitter.com/qbgRJbojyi

— Pro Wrestling NOAH (@noahglobal) June 12, 2022

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武藤「かつてプロレスとはゴールのないマラソンと言った自分ですが、ゴールすることに決めました。来年の春までには引退します」

ただいまWRESTLE UNIVERSEで独占生中継!https://t.co/NLRMzmiAEm#noah_ghc #cffes2022 pic.twitter.com/AynhlGRixf

— プロレスリング・ノア |PROWRESTLING NOAH (@noah_ghc) June 12, 2022

The 59-year-old Muto has championship accolades in All Japan, New Japan, NWA and Pro Wrestling NOAH.

This past February, he and Naomichi Marufuji had to relinquish the GHC Tag Team Titles due to Muto being sidelined with a hip injury. He returned to the ring in May, but at the time, stated that he was not 100 percent and was going to let his experience get him through the match.

His most recent match was the aforementioned return bout at NOAH’s ‘Dream On’ show.