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NOAH announces dates for Keiji Mutoh retirement tour


Dates have been announced for four of Keiji Mutoh’s last five matches.

NOAH announced that Mutoh will be taking part in matches in July, September, October, and January. The January date is known as “Great Muta Final ‘Bye Bye’”, which will be Mutoh’s last match under his Great Muta persona.

The dates are as follows:

  • July 16, 2022 at Budokan Hall. Kaito Kiyomiya has already been announced as his opponent.
  • September 25, 2022 at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
  • October 30, 2022 at Ariake Arena in Tokyo
  • January 22, 2023 at Yokohama Arena (Great Muta Final ‘Bye Bye’)

The final date, Mutoh’s fifth and final match, has yet to be announced. The show will be titled "Pro Wrestling Last Love - Hold Out".

Mutoh announced earlier this month at CyberFest Festival 2022 that he would be retiring, and his final match will take place next spring. He had only returned to action in May after being out for the first part of 2022 due to hip issues.

Beginning his career in 1984, Mutoh is remembered for his runs in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he began his career, and All Japan Pro Wrestling. In 2021, he joined Pro Wrestling NOAH, where he held the GHC Heavyweight Championship last year before losing it to Naomichi Marufuji.