#4.) The Great Muta – 400 days
With four reigns, Keiji Mutoh is the combined third-longest reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion of all time. However, unlike Hiroshi Tanahashi, he had it spread out over just four reigns. However, no reign of his was longer than the first, which took place in 1992, when he defeated Riki Choshu in the 1992 G1 Climax Special.
He would hold it for 400 days but surprisingly had only five title defenses in that entire span of time. Even so, it’s crazy because his first and fourth title reign took place over the span of 16 years, with his last title win being at 2008. That speaks volumes of Muta/Mutoh’s longevity. In between that time, he was even the face of All Japan Pro Wrestling.
He is a legend for a reason.
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