Shohei Baba

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Shohei Baba
Ring name(s) Giant Baba
Shohei Baba
Big Baba
Baba The Giant
Great Baba
Ishope Baba
Babyface Baba
Giant Zebra
Billed height 2.09 m (6 ft 10+12 in)
Billed weight 150 kg (330 lb)
Born January 23, 1938(1938-01-23)
Sanjo, Niigata, Japan
Died January 31, 1999(1999-01-31) (aged 61)
Tokyo, Japan
Trained by Rikidōzan
Great Togo
Fred Atkins
Debut September 30, 1960

Shohei Baba (Baba Shōhei, January 23, 1938 – January 31, 1999) was a Japanese professional wrestler. He was co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. He was also known as Giant Baba. Baba, along with Antonio Inoki, became one of the most famous Japanese wrestlers of his time, with a popularity in Japan that was like Hulk Hogan's in the United States of America. He was also a 3 time NWA Champion.

Baba died on January 31, 1999 from cancer.[1]

In wrestling[change | change source]

Championships and accomplishments[change | change source]

  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
    • Wrestler of the Year (1975, 1979) [2]
    • Outstanding Performance Award (1974, 1980) [2][3]
    • Special Popularity Award (1976) [2]
    • Popularity Award (1988) [3]
    • Special Grand Award (1977, 1980) [2][3]
    • 30th Anniversary Special Achievement Award (1990) [4]
    • Special Award for breaking 5000 Matches (1993) [4]
    • Special Achievement Award (1999) [4]
    • Tag Team of the Year (1978, 1980, 1982)- with Jumbo Tsuruta [2][3]
    • Match of the Year (1979)- with Antonio Inoki vs. Abdullah The Butcher and Tiger Jeet Singh on August 26, 1979 [2]
    • Match of the Year (1980)- with Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr. on December 11, 1980 [3]
    • Match of the Year (1981)- vs. Verne Gagne on January 18, 1981 [3]
    • Match of the Year (1982)- vs. Stan Hansen on February 4, 1982 [3]

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