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Keiji Mutoh by Bill Wood

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 04/09/02

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FIRE PROWRESTLING D CHARACTER GUIDE: KEIJI MUTOH
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Version 1.1
by Bill Wood (billwood661@attbi.com)
Last modified: 4/9/02

Fire ProWrestling D (c) 2001 Spike/VAiLL

NOTE: This guide views and prints best with a monospace typeface.

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==VERSION HISTORY==
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1.1 - Added more info the History section. Other sections expanded.
1.0 - Initial release of the guide.

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==TABLE OF CONTENTS==
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SECTION 1: HISTORY OF KEIJI MUTOH
SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS
SECTION 3: MOVELIST
SECTION 4: STRATEGY
SECTION 5: RE-EDITING KEIJI MUTOH
SECTION 6: CLOSING

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==SECTION 1: HISTORY OF KEIJI MUTOH==
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The tale of the wrestling career of Keiji Mutoh is really the tale of
two wrestlers; Keiji Mutoh, the no-frills technician, and the Great
Muta, his masked alter-ego. Mutoh is as respected as they come in
Japan, earning a spot in the top 25 of the PWI 500 for the majority of
his career. He has won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 3 times, the
NWA Heavyweight Championship the AJPW and IWGP Tag Team Championships
along with other international titles along the way.

As Muta (who is a separate wrestler in Fire Pro D under the "WWC"
promotion), he was NWA Television Champion in the U.S. in 1989, beating
Sting for the title. The Great Muta eventually joined Masahiro Chono's
nWo Japan stable and later became WCW Tag Team Champion with Vampiro.

With the dawn of the new millenium, Mutoh found himself at a crossroads
in his career. The Great Muta gimmick was retired (at least for the
time being), and the nWo stable had run its course. And so, like so
many other wrestlers have done in the past, Mutoh reinvented himself,
changing his look and wrestling style. He shaved off his long hair and
grew a goatee, becoming the "Cross Wizard" Keiji Mutoh.

The new gimmick exploded, and Mutoh became more popular than ever. He
also created a new finisher, "Shining Wizard", a move that took the
puroresu world by storm. The move is now a staple of many Japanese
wrestling matches and is used by many performers from Taiyo Kea to Jun
Akiyama, and even the hilarious Stoker Ishikawa (with equally hilarious
results).

In 2001, Keiji Mutoh won All Japan Pro Wrestling's Triple Crown with an
intense victory over Genichiro Tenryu, a match hailed by puroresu fans
as one of the best of the year. Because Mutoh was working for New Japan
Pro Wrestling at the time, this was seen as a major coup.

Yet it would not be the only coup. With Mutoh's popularity at perhaps
an all-time high, All Japan would lure Mutoh away from rival New Japan
just months later, making him a permanent part of their roster.

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==SECTION 2: SKILL AND PARAMETER STATS==
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SKILL
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Real Name....................Keiji Mutoh
FPD Name......................Ken Shundo
Promotion.......All Japan Pro Wrestling*
FPD Promotion.................View Japan
Size..............................Medium
Class..............................Heavy
Height............................188 cm
Weight............................110 kg
Country............................Japan
Birthdate.....................12.23.1962
Stance.........................Technical
Offensive Skill...............Technician
Return Skill..................All Around
Critical Type...................Finisher
Special Skill....................Stardom
Recovery..........................Medium
Recovery (when bleeding)..........Medium
Respiratory.......................Medium
Respiratory (when bleeding).......Medium
Awareness.........................Medium
Awareness (when bleeding).........Medium
Neck Strength.....................Medium
Arm Strength......................Medium
Waist Strength......................High
Foot Strength........................Low
Movement Speed...............Medium Fast
Ascend Speed........................Fast
Ascend Skill........................Jump

* = Mutoh was employed by New Japan Pro Wrestling when Fire Pro D
was released.

PARAMETER - OFFENSE     PARAMETER - DEFENSE
-------------------     -------------------
Punch.............5     Punch.............7
Kick..............4     Kick..............7
Suplex............7     Suplex............8
Submission........7     Submission........8
Stretch...........7     Stretch...........7
Power.............5     Flying............8
Instant-P.........9     Crush.............7
Arm Power.........5     Vs Lariat.........6
Technical.........8     Technical.........9
Rough.............2     Rough.............8
Ground............4     Ground............5

TOTAL SKILL POINTS (on a scale from 0-300): 192

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==SECTION 3: MOVELIST==
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NOTE: This movelist is my direct translation of the Japanese Fire Pro
D Player's Guide, there may be some minor errors. If I was unable to
translate, I looked up the move in Edit Mode.

Specialty moves are marked with [S]. Finisher is marked with [F].

STRIKES
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Standing (X).....................................Punch
Standing (A)......................................Kick
Standing (B) + d-pad.....................Rolling Sobat
Standing (B).........................One Spin Dropkick
Standing (X) + (A)........................Low Dropkick
Running (X)................................Clothesline
Running (A)..........................One Spin Dropkick 
Running Counter (X).......................Low Dropkick
Running Counter (A).....................FRANKENSTEINER [S]
Running to corner.....................Handspring Elbow 

GRAPPLES
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Grapple (X)................................Elbow Smash
Grapple (X) + Up.............................Body Slam
Grapple (X) + Left/Right...................Flying Mare
Grapple (X) + Down........................DRAGON SCREW [S]
Grapple (A)...............................Short Elbows
Grapple (A) + Up...........................Brainbuster 
Grapple (A) + Left/Right...........Schmidt Backbreaker
Grapple (A) + Down.................Shoulder Armbreaker
Grapple (B)................................Cobra Twist
Grapple (B) + Up.................Spinning Inferno Kick
Grapple (B) + Left/Right..............Jumping Backdrop
Grapple (B) + Down...........Gotch (Cradle) Piledriver
Grapple (X) + (A)........................Small Package
Back Grapple (X)............................Neck Smash
Back Grapple (A)..........................FACE CRUSHER [S]
Back Grapple (B)..........................Sleeper Hold
Back Grapple (B) + Up/Down...Victory Crucifix Arm Lock
Back Grapple (B) + Left/Right............German Suplex
Back Grapple (X) + (A)...................Dragon Suplex
Back Grapple Counter (X)....................Elbow Butt
Back Grapple Counter (A).................Kangaroo Kick

OPPONENT DOWN MOVES
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Opponent Face Up at Head (A).......................Pin
Opponent Face Up at Head (B)..................Key Lock
Opponent Face Up at Feet (A).......FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK [S]
Opponent Face Up at Feet (B)........Achilles Heel Hold
Opponent Face Down at Head (A).......Crucifix Arm Lock
Opponent Face Down at Head (B)................Stomping
Opponent Face Down at Feet (A)..............Kamagatame
Opponent Face Down at Feet (B)................Stomping
Running at Downed Opponent (B)..........Flashing Elbow

MOUNT MOVES
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Mount Position (X).................Mount Knuckle Arrow
Mount Position (A)...................Crucifix Arm Lock
Mount Position (B).................Figure Four Leglock
Mount Position Counter...............Crucifix Arm Lock
Front Facelock Attack (X)..........Striking Knee Lifts
Front Facelock Attack (A)..............Front Neck Lock
Front Facelock Attack (B)..................Back Switch
Front Facelock Attack Counter...............Hammerlock
Back Mount Position (X).......Back Mount Knuckle Arrow
Back Mount Position (A)...............Back Mount Elbow
Back Mount Position (B)..............Crucifix Arm Lock
Back Mount Position Counter......................Evade

POST AND APRON MOVES
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Post (X)..............................Diving Knee Drop
Post (A)............................TURNING BODY PRESS [F]
Post (B)..................................Missile Kick
Post (X) + (A)......................Diving Body Attack
Run-Up Post vs Standing (X).......................none
Run-Up Post vs Downed (A).........................none
Corner Grapple (B) + Up...........Aval. Frankensteiner
Corner Grapple (B) + Left/Right...........Low Dropkick
Corner Grapple (B) + Down...........Aval. Dragon Screw
Front Avalanche Counter.....................Elbow Butt
Back Avalanche Counter......................Body Press
Apron Grapple from inside........Dragon Screw to floor
Apron Grapple from outside........Brainbuster reversal
Running to out of bounds..................Tope Suicida
Slingshot to outside...................Plancha Suicida
Slingshot to inside.............Swan Dive Missile Kick

DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAM MOVES
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Two Platon Front Grapple....................W.Dropkick
Two Platon Back Grapple.....................W.Backdrop
Two Platon Corner...........................Double DDT
Three Platon Front Grapple.............Triple Beatdown
Three Platon Back Grapple..............Triple Beatdown
Three Platon Corner......................Triple Impact

PERFORMANCE
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Analog Stick Left.................raises fist to crowd
Analog Stick Right......crosses forearms, extends arms
Analog Stick Up........................double pointing
Analog Stick Down.........two finger "Victory" gesture

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==SECTION 4: STRATEGY==
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NOTE: Because Keiji Mutoh desperately needs an update in Fire Pro D,
I've decided not to provide strategy for him. Instead, I have devoted
a large section of this guide to re-editing him (see next section).

If you do choose to re-edit Mutoh, these attacks should be your main
offense (in no particular order): Shining Wizard, Run to corner
Shining Wizard, High-Speed Dragon Screw, Low Dropkick, Turning Body
Press, Figure Four Leglock.

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==SECTION 5: RE-EDITING KEIJI MUTOH==
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This special section is devoted to creating a more accurate and up-
to-date version of Keiji Mutoh. If you need help making edits, refer
to Frank James Chan's FPD guide or my FPD Beginner's Guide.

The following re-edit info is a result of not only my own work, but
the work of others who have uploaded edits on various Fire Pro sites.
If you feel I've borrowed from your work, please let me know and I will
credit you in future revisions.

APPEARANCE
If you don't know what Mutoh looks like, here is a site with pictures
you can use as a reference:

   http://www.cty-net.ne.jp/~yj-k/

Let's start with Mutoh's head. Edit head 281 is the bald Mutoh, but
it doesn't have the goatee. Use Austin or Goldberg's head instead,
they both look more accurate in my opinion. While you're at it, alter
Mutoh's skintone to give him a more bronze-ish appearance.

You can recreate a decent likeness of his tights by using Chris
Benoit's or Mutoh's default tights as a reference, then altering the
color to make them black with white markings. And lose the kneepads.
He has kneepads in real life, but they have the same design as his
tights, so he's better off without them.

STATS
The default stats are pretty good, but you may want to change his
special skill from Stardom to Superstar. He seems to have slowed down
a bit as well (age will do that to you), so a decrease in his walking
and post climbing speed may be in order.

MOVESET
Here is a completely new moveset to give your Mutoh edit. Keep in mind
you'll need to have the following add-on moves to make him accurate:

* Shining Wizard
* Run to corner Shining Wizard
* High-Speed Dragon Screw

STRIKES
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Standing (X).....................................Punch
Standing (A)..................................Toe Kick
Standing (B) + d-pad......................Low Dropkick
Standing (B)........................Rolling Koppo Kick
Standing (X) + (A)...................One Spin Dropkick
Running (X)...............................Low Dropkick
Running (A)..............................Jumping Elbow 
Running Counter (X).......................Kitchen Sink
Running Counter (A).....................Frankensteiner
Running to corner.........RUN TO CORNER SHINING WIZARD [S] 

GRAPPLES
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Grapple (X)................................Elbow Smash
Grapple (X) + Up.............................Body Slam
Grapple (X) + Left/Right...................Flying Mare
Grapple (X) + Down.............Single Leglock Takedown
Grapple (A)...............................Short Elbows
Grapple (A) + Up...........................Brainbuster 
Grapple (A) + Left/Right...........Schimdt Backbreaker
Grapple (A) + Down.............HIGH-SPEED DRAGON SCREW [S]
Grapple (B)................................Cobra Twist
Grapple (B) + Up........................Frankensteiner
Grapple (B) + Left/Right..............Jumping Backdrop
Grapple (B) + Down...........Gotch (Cradle) Piledriver
Grapple (X) + (A).......................SHINING WIZARD [F]
Back Grapple (X)............................Neck Smash
Back Grapple (A)..........................Face Crusher
Back Grapple (B)..........................Sleeper Hold
Back Grapple (B) + Up/Down...Victory Crucifix Arm Lock
Back Grapple (B) + Left/Right............German Suplex
Back Grapple (X) + (A)...................Dragon Suplex
Back Grapple Counter (X)....................Elbow Butt
Back Grapple Counter (A)...............Upper Head Kick

OPPONENT DOWN MOVES
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Opponent Face Up at Head (A).......................Pin
Opponent Face Up at Head (B)..................Key Lock
Opponent Face Up at Feet (A).......FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK [S]
Opponent Face Up at Feet (B)........Achilles Heel Hold
Opponent Face Down at Head (A).......Crucifix Arm Lock
Opponent Face Down at Head (B)................Stomping
Opponent Face Down at Feet (A)..............Kamagatame
Opponent Face Down at Feet (B)...Rev. Indian Deathlock
Running at Downed Opponent (B)..........Flashing Elbow

MOUNT MOVES
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Mount Position (X).................Mount Knuckle Arrow
Mount Position (A)...................Crucifix Arm Lock
Mount Position (B).................Figure Four Leglock
Mount Position Counter...............Crucifix Arm Lock
Front Facelock Attack (X)..........Striking Knee Lifts
Front Facelock Attack (A)..............Front Neck Lock
Front Facelock Attack (B)..................Back Switch
Front Facelock Attack Counter...............Hammerlock
Back Mount Position (X).......Back Mount Knuckle Arrow
Back Mount Position (A)...............Back Mount Elbow
Back Mount Position (B)..............Crucifix Arm Lock
Back Mount Position Counter......................Evade

POST AND APRON MOVES
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Post (X)..............................Diving Knee Drop
Post (A)............................TURNING BODY PRESS [S]
Post (B)..................................Missile Kick
Post (X) + (A)......................Diving Body Attack
Run-Up Post vs Standing (X).......................none
Run-Up Post vs Downed (A).........................none
Corner Grapple (B) + Up...........Aval. Frankensteiner
Corner Grapple (B) + Left/Right...........Low Dropkick
Corner Grapple (B) + Down...........Aval. Dragon Screw
Front Avalanche Counter.....................Elbow Butt
Back Avalanche Counter......................Body Press
Apron Grapple from inside........Dragon Screw to floor
Apron Grapple from outside........Brainbuster reversal
Running to out of bounds..................Tope Suicida
Slingshot to outside...................Plancha Suicida
Slingshot to inside.............Swan Dive Missile Kick

Double/triple team moves and poses don't need to be changed.

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==SECTION 6: CLOSING==
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In closing, I would like to thank:

* ViperMask, who borrowed my formatting for his great Tiger Mask FAQ.
  In return I borrowed some of his! =)

* Those who posted their Mutoh edits on various websites.

* www.puroresu.com and www.wwf.com for historical reference.

* www.gswf.org for Skill and Parameter stats.

* CJayC and GameFAQs for hosting this guide.

Fire ProWrestling D Character Guide: Keiji Mutoh
(c)2002 Bill Wood

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