Keiji Mutoh signs two-year deal with NOAH, defends against Kiyomiya

Keiji Mutoh has signed a two-year agreement with the promotion with his first title defense scheduled for March against Kaito Kiyomiya.

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Days after winning the GHC championship, 58-year old Keiji Mutoh has signed a two-year agreement with the promotion with his first title defense scheduled for March.

At Friday’s Destination 2021 show at Budokan Hall, Mutoh ended the 405-day title reign of Go Shiozaki and was immediately confronted by Kaito Kiyomiya, who will challenge Mutoh on March 14th.

Last August, Mutoh defeated Kiyomiya in a curious decision at the time but makes more sense now with their feud for the championship.

By winning the GHC title, Mutoh joins Kensuke Sasaki and Yoshihiro Takayama as the only men to win the three major titles in Japan – New Japan’s IWGP heavyweight title, All Japan’s Triple Crown, and NOAH’s GHC championship.

At the press conference where they announced Mutoh’s contract, it was also announced that DDT’s new KO-D Openweight champion Jun Akiyama has joined the company and will be the head coach of their school

We are pleased to announce that Jun Akiyama, who has participated in DDT Pro-Wrestling for free, has decided to join DDT Pro-Wrestling and become the head coach on February 15, 3rd year of Reiwa. Please look forward to the success of Akiyama in the future.

NOAH and DDT share the same ownership of CyberAgent.

Akiyama will defend his title against Kazusada Higuchi on March 28th at Korakuen Hall his first title defense.

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