[Giant Baba Gallery]
[Japanese Wrestler Gallery]
||Touyou no Kyojin (Giant of the Orient)
||January 23, 1938
|Date of Death:
||January 31, 1999 in Tokyo, Japan
||Sanjo, Niigata, Japan
|Height & Weight:
||6'10 - 310lbs
Running Yakuza Kick
Side Russian Legsweep
Abdullah the Butcher
Fritz Von Erich
NWA World Heavyweight title (3);
PWF Heavyweight title (4);
Asia Heavyweight title;
NWA International Tag Team titles (12);
Asia Tag Team titles (3);
1955: Shohei Baba joined the Yomiuri Giants baseball team after dropping out of High School as a pitcher..
1959: Shohei Baba was released from the team due to injury and lackluster performances..
1960: Shohei Baba, who towered over the average Japanese with a 209-centimeter frame, became a professional wrestler..
Giant Shohei Baba formed a tag team with the equally legendary wrestler, Antonio Inoki in the JWA promotion..
July 1, 1961: Giant Baba leaves Japan to tour the United States..
1970: Giant Baba founded the All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion..
1970: Giant Baba's All Japan promotion went head-to-head with Antonio Inoki's New Japan Pro Wrestling..
1970s: Giant Baba & AJPW had a strong relationship with many NWA promoters, such as:
~~~Texas (Dory Funk Sr. & Fritz Von Erich), Florida (Eddie Graham), Georgia (Jim Barnett), and Mid Atlantic (Jim Crockett Jr.)..
December 2, 1974: Giant Baba defeated Jack Brisco to become the first Japanese wrestler to win the NWA World Heavyweight title..
September 28, 1985 - AWA SuperClash: Jumbo Tsuruta & Giant Baba & Genichiro Tenryu beat Harley Race & Bill & Scott Irwin..
April 20, 1986 - AWA WrestleRock: Giant Baba defeated :Bulldog: Bob Brown..
April 13, 1990 - WWF/AJPW Wrestling Summit: Giant Baba & Andre the Giant defeated Demolition (Ax & Smash)..
February 1, 1999: Giant Baba, an avid cigar smoker, passed away as a result of Cancer at the age of 61..