It was announced publicly that Motoko Baba, wife of Giant Baba and former president of All Japan Pro-Wrestling, had passed away on April 14 at the age of 78 due to cirrhosis of the liver.
Following Baba’s death in 1999, she assumed control of All Japan Pro-Wrestling the following years until Keiji Mutoh took control in 2002. She would remain as a counselor and also in a supporting role until 2014 when Jun Akiyama assumed control of the current regime of All Japan. Though while Baba was in the early stages of building All Japan she was considered a mother figure to many of the wrestlers. She contributed a lot behind the scenes and where she garnered the nickname of the “empress of the pro-wrestling world”. With Baba’s drive to offer his style of pro-wrestling and Motoko’s supporting role as a manager under him they both managed to build up All Japan to a leading role throughout 1970’s to the 1990’s.
A farewell ceremony was held strictly for her family on the April 19 & 20 and news of her initial passing was withheld by the request of her family.
It is a sad day as another icon of the “Showa era of Japanese Pro-Wrestling” has moved on from this world. Though hopefully she has found peace once more alongside her late husband.