Giant Baba, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Giant Baba

Japanese professional wrestler

Date of Birth: 23-Jan-1938

Place of Birth: Sanjō, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 31-Jan-1999

Profession: baseball player, professional wrestler

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Giant Baba

  • Shohei Baba (?? ??, Baba Shohei, January 23, 1938 – January 31, 1999), best known by his ring name Giant Baba (????????, Jaianto Baba), was a Japanese professional wrestler.
  • Baba is best known as a co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), a promotion he founded in 1972 along with Mitsuo Momota and Yoshihiro Momota, the sons of Rikidozan.
  • Along with being the top star of All Japan its first ten years of existence, Baba served as the booker, promoter, head trainer and president of the promotion from its inception in 1972 to his death in 1999.
  • Baba was also responsible for recruiting much of the talent for All Japan, and was the public face of the promotion for much of his lifetime. Considered one of the most beloved Japanese wrestlers ever, Baba was a national hero with a popularity in Japan comparable to Hulk Hogan in the United States.
  • The 2006 Top 100 Historical Persons in Japan survey ranked Baba the 92nd greatest person in the history of Japan, as voted for by the general public.Among his many accomplishments, Baba was a record seven-time winner of the Champion Carnival, a four-time PWF World Heavyweight Champion, three time NWA International Heavyweight Champion and a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Baba was born with gigantism and suffered with many health problems in his later life.
  • He died in January 1999 from liver failure at the age of 61. His funeral took place on April 17, 1999, at the Nippon Budokan the day after the 1999 Champion Carnival Final.

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