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Shohei Baba

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Shohei Baba
Born(1938-01-23)January 23, 1938
Sanjo, Niigata, Japan
DiedJanuary 31, 1999(1999-01-31) (aged 61)
Tokyo, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Giant Baba
Shohei Baba
Big Baba
Baba The Giant
Great Baba
Ishope Baba
Babyface Baba
Giant Zebra
Billed height2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Billed weight128 kg (282 lb)
Trained byRikidōzan
Great Togo
Fred Atkins
DebutSeptember 30, 1960
RetiredDecember 5, 1998
Shohei Baba
Japanese name
Kanji馬場 正平
Hiraganaばば しょうへい
Katakanaババ ショウヘイ

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]

Other websites[change | change source]

  1. "Giant Baba dead at 61". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2013-09-22.[permanent dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Puroresu Awards: 1970s".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "Puroresu Awards: 1980s".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Puroresu Awards: 1990s".