Keiji Muto & Naomichi Marufuji vacate GHC Tag Titles, Muto sidelined with hip injury

Due to Keiji Muto being out of action with a hip injury, he and Naomichi Marufuji are vacating their GHC Tag Team Championships

Photo Courtesy: Pro Wrestling NOAH

Muto and Marufuji are vacating the GHC Tag Team Titles.

Keiji Muto and Naomichi Marufuji were the focus of a press conference hosted by Pro Wrestling NOAH today and Muto revealed that he is going to be stepping away from the ring due to a hip injury. He and Marufuji are relinquishing the GHC Tag Team Championships as a result.

Muto stated that since NOAH’ January 1st event, his left hip has been hurting and he’s been having trouble walking. He does not plan on undergoing surgery. He shared that the gap in his hip joint is decreasing, so he’ll be taking hyaluronic acid and oil as a form of treatment.

Marufuji spoke highly of his tag partner and says it takes courage to make the decision that Muto is making.

Marufuji: It takes more courage to make a decision like this than to challenge something. Muto’s home is NOAH. We are all waiting for him to come back with peace of mind. It’s a shame that he’s giving up his belt, but Muto and Marufuji were never beaten by anyone. That’s what I think.

At the NJPW versus NOAH show on January 8th, Muto teamed up with Kaito Kiyomiya to take on Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada. Muto said that he was in no condition to be competing in that match. He took painkillers prior to the match and got through it, but once the painkillers wore off, he couldn’t move.

Muto added that he is turning 60 years old in December and is hoping to become GHC National Champion.

Four years ago, Muto had artificial joint replacement surgery on both knees. He said his knees are fine now, but doctors informed him that all the pressure is going to his hip joints. The discomfort he’s been feeling dates back to October.

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