Keiji Muto details how post-in-ring life is treating him, says his body still aches

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The retirement life is still a busy one for Muto. 

It has now been two full months since Keiji Muto had his final match event at the Tokyo Dome.

Muto shared with Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official website what his days consist of now that he’s retired. He stated that things are still busy. 

My life is surprisingly hectic. Even today, I’m working like this. Plus, I still have a daily routine. I still practice, and it hasn’t changed much from when I was active. So I don’t have so much free time. I am busy. I’m a bit of a cheapskate, you know, with all the muscles I’ve built up over the years. It’s just like saving money, right? Even though my muscles are losing weight as I get older, I don’t want to lose what I’ve built up over the years because I’m a cheapskate. That’s why I work so hard. I also like eating and drinking. If I don’t practice, I’m sure the saké won’t taste as good. So the routine is the same.

Going into his final match, Muto was open about the injuries he was dealing with and damage to his body that had been done over his 38-year career. Muto said his body still aches.

Yes, it hurts (Muto said about his body). I’m a little sore today from practicing with my legs, but I’m sure it would still hurt even if I didn’t. It would be worse if I didn’t do it. It will be worse if I don’t do it, in the future. Hip joints too, I’m sure. After all, it’s the muscles that protect you.

Muto has competed in and won the top title in NOAH, All Japan and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He commented on the ‘All Together Event’ in June which is a joint show with the aforementioned promotions. He hopes the show inspires people. 

I hope they will put on a show that will truly inspire those who watch it, just like its title suggests. It may not be a cultural exchange of wrestling, but it is good for the wrestlers to see various things and to meet each other like that once in a while. I don’t know if it is an exchange of skills or what. It would be exciting to have so many wrestlers in such a large organization. Also, I think wrestling has the potential to energize people, which is one of its specialties. I think that’s what wrestling is good at. That was my intention when I was active.

In late March, Muto, as the ‘Great Muta’ persona was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Ric Flair did the honors of inducting him. 

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