Munenori Sawa/Lingerie Muto
Munenori Sawa is one of the top stars in BattlARTS and one of the weirdest outside it. He’s a 6-year veteran who frequently represents BattlARTS in other promotions, usually ZERO1, and has held a couple of NWA titles and experienced success there. But there’s a much stranger side to him as well-he also competes as Lingerie Muto, a cross-dressing parody of Keiji Muto that frequently works independent shows and also makes semi-regular appearances in joshi promotions to compete with and against the girls. Not surprisingly, Lingerie Muto almost exclusively does comedy matches, which if you can stand the site of a guy dressing up in women’s underwear are quite hilarious.
Although BattlARTS closed (again) in early 2011, Sawa remains quite active as a freelancer competing in the various indies, most often in DDT and sometimes in ZERO1.
Sawa apparently announced his retirement on August 22, 2011. There apparently was no specific date mentioned for his retirement and he was still scheduled to work severl events through at least September 2011, including ZERO1’s annual Tenka-Ichi Jr. tournament. The rumors also sparked blog posts and comments on major sites like SportsNavi begging him not to retire.
Stats & Info:
Height: 5′ 8 1/2″
Weight: 176 pounds/80 kg
Experience: 7 years
Finishing move: Figure 4, Shining Wizard
Current affiliation: Independent/Freelancer
Titles won (as Sawa):
1-time NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champion
1-time NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Champion
2-time KO-D Tag Team Champion
1-time DDT Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion
Titles won (as Lingerie Muto):
2-time DDT Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion
Tournaments won (as Sawa):
2008 Buyuden Tag Tournament