Professor Toru Tanaka - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Professor Toru Tanaka, 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.

Charles J. Kalani Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 6, 1930.

He died on August 22, 2000 at the age of 70.

Professor Toru Tanaka was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019 as part of the Legacy wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Charles J. Kalani Jr.
  • Ring Names
    • Professor Toru Tanaka ( April 22, 1966 - July 1, 1986)
    • Mr. Akanat ( March 17, 1977 - April 9, 1977)
    • Charlie Kalani ( June 2, 1958 - August 31, 1966)
  • Born January 6, 1930
  • Died August 22, 2000 (aged 70)
  • Nationality Nationality: United StatesUnited States
  • Birth Place Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Billed From
    • Hiroshima, Japan
  • Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
  • Weight
    • 280 lbs (127 kg)

Career History

  • Roles

    • Wrestler ( June 2, 1958 - July 1, 1986)
    • Actor ( August 14, 1981 - December 31, 1995)
  • Promotions / Brands

    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF November 23, 1984 November 27, 1984
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA February 14, 1966 March 27, 1981
    Promotion Continental Wrestling AssociationCWA January 21, 1979 June 11, 1979
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWWF May 3, 1977 March 26, 1978
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWWF March 27, 1967 August 3, 1974
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW January 4, 1974 January 30, 1974
  • Images History

    Jun 1958
    Jun 1958
  • Face / Heel Turns

    Alignmentfromto
    Heel June 2, 1958 July 1, 1986

  • Finishers

    • Cobra Clutch ( June 2, 1958 - July 1, 1986)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame

    • WWE Hall of Fame - Year 2019, Legacy
  • World Wrestling Entertainment

  • National Wrestling Alliance

    • 2 NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Championship (Northern Division)

    50th State Big Time Wrestling

    • 1 NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version)

    All-California Championship Wrestling

    • 2 ACCW Tag Team Championship (with Peter Maivia Jr.)

    California Pro Wrestling

    • 1 CPW Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 CPW Brass Knuckles Championship

    Championship Wrestling from Florida

    • 1 NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (with Dick Slater)

    Continental Wrestling Association

    • 2 AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
    • 2 AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (1 with Robert Fuller, 1 with Mr. Fuji)

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA Macon Heavyweight Championship
    • 2 NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (1 with Assassin #2, 1 with Mr. Fuji)

    L&G Promotions

    • 1 L&G Caribbean Heavyweight Championship

    Northeast Championship Wrestling (Tom Janette)

    • 1 NCW Heavyweight Championship

    NWA Big Time Wrestling

    • 2 NWA American Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA American Tag Team Championship (with Thunderbolt Patterson)
    • 4 NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas version)

    NWA Hollywood Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (with Dr. Hiro Ota)

    NWA New Zealand

    • 2 NWA British Empire/Commonwealth Championship

    Southeastern Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship (with Mr. Fuji)

    World Championship Wrestling (Australia)

    • 2 IWA World Heavyweight Championship
    • 1 IWA World Tag Team Championship (with Skull Murphy)
  • Other Accomplishments

    • AWA Southern Tag Team Title Tournament Winner (1979 - with Ron Fuller)

Teams & Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables

    • Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka - Mr. Fuji ( August 29, 1975 - July 26, 1980)
    • Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka - Mr. Fuji ( June 27, 1972 - April 1, 1974)
    • Dick Slater & Prof. Toru Tanaka - Dick Slater ( September 24, 1974 - January 20, 1975)
    • The Rising Suns - Mitsu Arakawa ( June 7, 1969 - December 12, 1969)
    • Mitsu Arakawa & Toru Tanaka ( April 27, 1966 - July 8, 1966)
  • Managers Bobby HeenanBobby HeenanFreddie BlassieFreddie BlassieCaptain Lou AlbanoCaptain Lou AlbanoThe Grand WizardThe Grand Wizard

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