After a great, and surprising, edition of Dynamite Grand Slam, Rampage was not far behind. One of the highlights of the evening saw the shocking debut of Keiji Muto aka The Great Muta, a true legend of Japanese wrestling. The masked athlete entered the scene during the Tag Team Match without disqualification which featured Sting and Darby Allin on one side, Brody King and Buddy Matthews on the other.
Muta helped his longtime rival Sting by hitting Buddy Matthews with the licensed Dragon Screw and spitting out the Green Mist. Sting then took the opportunity to score the Scoprion Death Drop and take the match home. Arthur Ashe Stadium audience obviously in raptures and the two legends embraced in the ring.
The Great Muta debuts in AEW
We'll see if The Great Muta was a one night only debut or if it will appear again other times in AEW. The legendary athlete has already announced plans to retire on January 22, 2023. Sting and Muta were great rivals in the now defunct WCW, battling 22 times for the NWA world title.
Muta has played over 3000 matches throughout his career, performing in WCW, TNA, Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH. In AEW he had previously appeared as a special judge for the main event between Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes valeovle for the world title during the very first edition of the Full Gear PPV.
Returning to the House of Black, however, during Rampage no mention was made of the leader Malakai Black, who personally asked for his release from the AEW to solve his mental health problems. The wrestler wanted to write a long post on social media, clarifying the rumors circulated on the net, and explaining how he really needed a break to unplug.
Many think that at the end of his hiatus he can return to WWE, now that Triple H is at the creative command of the Company, but nothing is confirmed yet. WWE veteran Dutch Mantell recently shared a theory that CM Punk might sue AEW following his locker room melee with The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks).
"He's [CM Punk] well aware of what it involves of suing somebody and if he sees Tony Khan sitting there, of course he got more money than I guess Vince [McMahon] does, his daddy [Shahid Khan] does. But I don't think he [Punk] would hesitate to sue because he's kind of mad at him now because they didn't take his side and he may sue him anyway even if he didn't take his side," Mantell said.