- Americans Hate Tingle: While Mutoh/Muta is generally loved by pro wrestling fans, Wrestle-1's "Fighting Entertainment" brand of puroresu caught on immediately with the Japanese audience but received responses ranging from lukewarm to revulsion in many of the foreign markets Wrestle-1 was hoping to expand into. All Japan's (slight) resurgence under Jun Akiyama and Wrestle-1's parallel decline as it happened haven't convinced many skeptics to give it another chance.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Some of his performances as The Great Muta are considered pretty lazy in ring work.
- Draco in Leather Pants: When Muta first debuted in WCW, he was hated as your average Bad Guy and booed. But after a few months and wowing audiences with his skills and moveset the crowd was showing their support to him and often cheering him when he came to the Ring.
- Misblamed: He's often accused of running All Japan Pro Wrestling into the ground, as it was his fault that the large majority of roster left for Pro Wrestling NOAH due to being upset with the late Giant Baba's wife. Most accusations of such don't even mention this incident, much less that Keiji Mutoh arrived after this happened in a damage control effort and succeeded. He's often portrayed as having resigned as a failure and a disgrace when he really left because he was taking the blame for TARU assaulting Super Hate. This misdirected blame comes from the fact foreigners know All Japan struggled in the 2000s and many hated Mutoh's "Puroresu Love" period, thus the two are sometimes equated, overlooking the fact shows with the "Puroresu Love" branding had managed to draw well past the 10,000 range before long.
YMMV / Keiji Mutoh