In honor of Japanese legend Satoshi Kojima entering the Forbidden Door to debut on Impact Wrestling, Impact counted down the greatest international superstar debuts.
5. Great Muta, Sanada, & Yasu - TNA Lockdown (Mar. 9, 2014)
4. Drew McIntyre - Impact Wrestling (Feb. 20, 2015)
3. Volador Jr. - TNA Victory Road (July 13, 2008)
2. Hiroshi Tanahasi - TNA Final Resolution (Jan. 15, 2006)
1. Pentagon & Fenix - Redemption (Apr 22, 2018)
McIntyre busting Low Ki’s head with a lead pipe and Pentagon winning the Impact World Championship are memorable, but the standout moment in my eye was Great Muta’s green mist.
I’ve seen dozens of mistings of the years, and it never gets old. In my book, Great Muta’s green mist one of the coolest things in the history of professional wrestling. It has the surprise factor, ease of believability, and mystical aura to go down as the greatest cheating strategy. Credit to the Great Kabuki for ushering in this mystical method as the first to blow Asian mist.
There have been a lot of fantastic signature cheating strategies over the years, such as the duplicitous cast of Bob Orton, the stealthy Dynamite Diamond Ring of MJF, shattering guitars from the Honky Tonk Man and Jeff Jarrett, a king’s scepter or crown, and tricky twin magic used by the Bellas and various luchadores, but green mist reigns supreme as the most badass. If you doubt its power, take a look how Muta’s mist neutralized the Giant.
In fact, there is a whole color scale system with different outcomes. It ranges from blurred vision to burning eyes to blindness to sleep to paralysis to memory loss. Amazing!
Enjoy more misting moments from Great Muta’s run in Impact.
Where does Great Muta’s mist technique rank on your scale of greatest cheating strategies? What are your favorite cheating tactics?