Giant Baba - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Giant Baba, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Shohei Baba (馬場 正平) was born in Sanjo, Niigata, Japan on January 23, 1938.

He died on January 31, 1999 at the age of 61.

He is the Founder of AJPW.

Giant Baba was inducted in the NWA Hall of Fame in 2014 and in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2008 as part of the International wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Shohei Baba (馬場 正平)
  • Ring Names
    • Giant Baba ( October 6, 1961 - January 31, 1999)
    • Shohei Baba ( September 30, 1960 - December 1, 1964)
  • Born January 23, 1938
  • Died January 31, 1999 (aged 61)
  • Nationality Nationality: JapanJapan
  • Birth Place Sanjo, Niigata, Japan
  • Billed From
    • Japan ( September 30, 1960 - January 31, 1999)
  • Height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
  • Weight
    • 310 lbs (141 kg) ( September 30, 1960 - January 31, 1999)
  • Nicknames Touyou no Kyojin
  • Notes He is the Founder of AJPW.

Career History

  • Roles

    • Promoter, Producer, Coach ( October 21, 1972 - January 31, 1999)
    • President ( April 1, 1989 - January 31, 1999)
    • Wrestler ( September 30, 1960 - December 5, 1998)
    • President ( October 21, 1972 - December 31, 1981)
  • Promotions / Brands

    Promotionfromto
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW October 21, 1972 January 31, 1999
    Promotion Jim Crockett PromotionsJCP November 8, 1986 December 19, 1986
    Promotion Japanese Wrestling AssociationJWA September 30, 1960 June 10, 1972
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA September 7, 1961 April 1, 1964
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentCWC September 7, 1961 December 11, 1962
  • Images History

    Jan 1985
    Jan 1985
    Oct 1972
    Oct 1972
    Mar 1967
    Mar 1967
    Jan 1963
    Jan 1963
    Sep 1960
    Sep 1960
  • Face / Heel Turns

    Alignmentfromto
    Face November 24, 1965 January 31, 1999
    Tweener September 30, 1960 November 23, 1965

  • Finishers

    • Coconut Crush - Side Headlock Facebreaker Knee Smash ( September 30, 1960 - January 31, 1999)
    • Running Neckbreaker ( September 30, 1960 - January 31, 1999)
  • Theme Songs

    • Theme Song "Soul of a Champion" by Shun Jitsukawa - Single - Single ( January 1, 1984 - January 31, 1999)
    • Theme Song "NTV Sports March" by Yasuhiko Shiozawa - Single - Single ( January 1, 1975 - December 31, 1983)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame

    • NWA Hall of Fame - Year 2014, Individual
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2008, International
  • National Wrestling Alliance

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 1 All Asia Heavyweight Championship
    • 6 NWA International Tag Team Championship (with Jumbo Tsuruta)
    • 3 NWA World Heavyweight Championship
    • 4 PWF World Heavyweight Championship

    Japan Wrestling Association

    • 3 All Asia Tag Team Championship (2 with Toyonobori, 1 with Michiaki Yoshimura)
    • 3 NWA International Heavyweight Championship
    • 6 NWA International Tag Team Championship (1 with Michiaki Yoshimura, 4 with Antonio Inoki, 1 with Seiji Sakaguchi)

    NWA Detroit

    • 1 NWA World Tag Team Championship - Detroit version (with Jumbo Tsuruta)
  • Other Accomplishments

    • International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2021)
    • AJPW Champion Carnival Winner (1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982)
    • AJPW World's Strongest Tag Determination League Winner (1978, 1980 - with Jumbo Tsuruta)
    • AJPW World's Strongest Tag Determination League Distinguished Award (1977 - with Jumbo Tsuruta)
    • AJPW World's Strongest Tag Determination League Skill Award (1985 - with Dory Funk Jr.)
    • AJPW World's Strongest Tag Determination League Special Award (1988 - with Rusher Kimura)
    • AJPW World's Strongest Tag Determination League East Sports Special Award (1991 - with André the Giant)
    • JWA World Big League Winner (1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972)
    • Nippon Professional Baseball Best Pitcher Award (1956, 1957, 1959)
    • Tokyo Sports Best Tag Team Award (1978, 1980, 1982 - with Jumbo Tsuruta)
    • Tokyo Sports Outstanding Performance Award (1974, 1980)
    • Tokyo Sports Popularity Award (1976, 1988)
    • Tokyo Sports 30th Anniversary Special Achievement Award (1990)
    • Tokyo Sports Lifetime Achievement Award (1999)
    • Tokyo Sports Match of the Year (1979 - with Antonio Inoki vs. Abdullah The Butcher & Tiger Jeet Singh on 08/26; 1980 - with Jumbo Tsuruta vs. The Funks on 12/11; 1981 - vs. Verne Gagne on 01/18; 1982 - vs. Stan Hansen on 02/04)
    • Tokyo Sports Special Award for breaking 5000 matches (1993)
    • Tokyo Sports Special Grand Prize (1983)
    • Tokyo Sports Wrestler of the Year (1975, 1979)
    • 10° in PWI Years Tag Teams (2003) with Jumbo Tsuruta)
    • 26° in PWI Years Top 500 (2003)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame induction (class of 1996)
    • WON Most Underrated Wrestler (1989-1991)
    • WON Promoter of the Year (1990-1994)
    • WON Worst Tag Team (1990, 1991 with Andre the Giant)
    • 92° in the Top 100 Historical Persons in Japan (2006)

Teams & Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables

    • André the Giant & Giant Baba - André the Giant ( April 13, 1990 - December 4, 1992)
    • Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta - Jumbo Tsuruta ( November 27, 1973 - March 28, 1988)
    • Tokyo Towers - Seiji Sakaguchi ( May 11, 1969 - September 7, 1972)
    • B-I Cannon - Antonio Inoki ( September 22, 1967 - December 7, 1971)
  • Family

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