DATELINE: SEPT. 30, 1960 – TOKYO, JAPAN
Future legends Shohei “Giant” Baba and Antonio Inoki make their professional wrestling debuts for the Japanese Wrestling Association. Baba defeated Yonetaru Tanaka, while Inoki lost his inaugural match to Kintaro Oki.
The two would go on to dozens of championships and legendary careers. They also shaped a generation of Japanese wrestling. Both grapplers founded their own companies in 1972: Antonio Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling in June, and Giant Baba’s All Japan in October.
Inoki and Baba, teaming together in 1979: