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[Toru Tanaka Gallery]
Wrestler: Professor Toru Tanaka
Real Name: Charles "Charlie" Kalani
Birthday: January 6, 1930
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Marital Status: Married to Doris Kalani
Children; Cheryle, Karen & Carl
Height & Weight: 5’11" - 255 lbs
Trained by:
Debut: 1966
Previous Gimmicks: Akanat (Los Angeles)
Finishing Move: The Japanese Sleeper
Favorite Moves: Cobra Clutch
Notable Feuds: Bruno Sammartino
Pedro Morales
Dean Ho
Victor Rivera
Bobo Brazil
Tony Garea
Mark Lewin
Tex Mackenzie
Jerry Lawler
Kevin Sullivan
Chief Jay Strongbow
Peter Maivia
Gene Kiniski
Haystacks Calhoun
Gorilla Monsoon
Bruiser Brody
Mr Fuji
Bob Armstrong

  • IWA Australia title defeating Dominic DeNucci (June 3, 1966)
  • IWA Australia title defeating Mario Milano (September 20, 1968)
  • IWA Australia Tag Team titles w/Skull Murphy (November 1968)
  • NWA (Hawaii) North American title defeating Jim Hady (December 25, 1968)
  • WWWF International Tag Team titles w/Mitsu Arakawa winning a fictitious tournament (June 1969)
  • NWA Texas American title defeating Fritz von Erich (December 18, 1970)
  • NWA Texas American title defeating Fritz von Erich (February 23, 1971)
  • NWA Texas American Tag Team titles w/Thunderbolt Patterson defeating Wahoo McDaniel & Johnny Valentine (July 19, 1971)
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Mr. Fuji defeating Jay Strongbow & Sonny King (June 27, 1972)
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Mr. Fuji defeating Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea (September 11, 1973)
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Dick Slater (October 1974)
  • L&G Caribbean title winning a 12-Man Tournament (March 1, 1975)
  • NWA Georgia title defeating Abdullah the Butcher (August 1975)
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Mr. Fuji by winning a Tournament (September 19, 1975)
  • NWA Southeastern title (June 1976)
  • NWA Los Angeles Americas Tag Team titles w/Dr. Hiro Ota defeating Victor Rivera & Cien Caras (February 11, 1977)
  • NWA Los Angeles Americas title defeating Chavo Guererro Sr. (February 12, 1977)
  • WWWF Tag Team titles w/Mr. Fuji defeating Larry Zbyzsko & Tony Garea in a Tournament Final (September 27, 1977)
  • NWA New Zealand British Commonwealth title defeating Jack Claybourne (June 13, 1978)
  • NWA New Zealand British Commonwealth title defeating Steve Rickard (1978)
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles w/Robert Fuller defeating Dennis Condrey & Don Carson (January 22, 1979)
  • AWA Southern title by forfiet (February 12, 1979)
  • AWA Southern title from Robert Fuller (March 1979)
  • NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles w/Mr. Fuji defeating Ron & Bobby Fuller (June 29, 1979)
  • NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title defeating Bruiser Brody (1979)
  • NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title defeating Bruiser Brody (April 14, 1980)


  • In The Beginning:
  • 1939: Charles Kalani (Toru Tanaka) began his Jujutsu studies, holding the rank Danzan-Ryu Black Belt..
  • 1955: Charles Kalani was drafted into the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergent..
  • 1966: Charles Kalani became a professional wrestler, creating the name Professor Toru Tanaka..

    IWA Australia:
  • Even though Tanaka was of Hawaiian descent, he was announced as hailing form Japan..
  • Toru Tanaka gained a reputation for being one of the most notorious wrestling villains in the world..
  • Toru Tanaka was also respected by his peers for his legitimate toughness..
  • Toru Tanaka possessed great wrestling talent consisting of power and submission skills..
  • Toru Tanaka began incorporating his martial arts background into his matches..
  • Toru Tanaka’s fusion of wrestling and martial arts would help shape wrestling matches throughout the United States..
  • Toru Tanaka often won his matches using the Japanese Sleeper..
  • Toru Tanaka would leave a towel over his opponent’s face after defeating him in a match..
  • June 3, 1966 - Sydney: Toru Tanaka defeated Dominic DeNucci to win the IWA Heavyweight title..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka feuded with Mark Lewin over the IWA Title..
  • July 9, 1966 - Melbourne: Mark Lewin defeated Toru Tanaka to win the IWA Heavyweight title..
  • WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino was touring Australia at the time, and took notice of Professor Tanaka..
  • ~~~Sammartino recommended Tanaka to Vince McMahon Sr. and Tanaka was offered a WWWF contract..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation - vs Bruno Sammartino:
  • Professor Toru Tanaka joined the WWWF, immediately becoming a top star with Wild Red Berry as his manager..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka was one of the first "evil foreigners" from Japan to invade the United States..
  • March 27, 1967 - Madison Square Garden: Toru Tanaka defeated Ricky Sexton in his Madison Square Garden debut..
  • Toru Tanaka became a top contender for the WWWF Title, and remained a fierce challenger to future champions..
  • Toru Tanaka was a huge draw at Madison Square Garden for over seven years as one of the WWWF's most hated heels..
  • Toru Tanaka occasionally teamed with Gorilla Monsoon in main event tag team matches..
  • Toru Tanaka performed a pre-match Japanese ritual, where he would throw salt from four corners of the ring..
  • April 21, 1967: Toru Tanaka wrestled Bruno Sammartino (WWWF Champion) to a Time Limit Draw (Tanaka’s first Title shot)..
  • April 27, 1967 - Washington DC: Toru Tanaka & Luke Graham defeated Bruno Sammartino & Arnold Skaaland in a dark match..
  • May 1, 1967 - Washington Coliseum: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino by pinfall..
  • ~~~However, Sammartino had his foot on the rope, and the decision was overturned in Sammartino’s favour..
  • May 13, 1967 - Philadelphia: WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka by Disqualification..
  • May 15, 1967 - MSG: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated The Ox by Submission..
  • May 20, 1967 - Baltimore: Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon defeated Bruno Sammartino & Spiros Arion..
  • June 19, 1967 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka by DQ when Tanaka threw salt in Sammartino’s eyes..
  • July 31, 1967 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon defeated Bruno Sammartino & Spiros Arion by Disqualification..
  • August 21, 1967 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino & Spiros Arion defeated Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon in a Best 2/3 Falls match..
  • ~~~Fall 1: Tanaka pinned Arion | Fall 2: Arion pinned Tanaka | Fall 3: Referee stopped the match..
  • September 15, 1967 - Philadelphia: Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon beat Bruno & Eduard Carpentier in a Best 2/3 Falls match..
  • ~~~Fall 3: Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon are awarded the match when Spiros Arion interfered..
  • September 25, 1967 - MSG: Spiros Arion defeated Toru Tanaka by DQ when Tanaka rubbed salt into Arion’s eyes..
  • September 30, 1967 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka defeated Bruno Sammartino (Decision was reversed and Title returned to Bruno)..
  • October 7, 1967 - Philadelphia: Toru Tanaka/Gorilla Monsoon/Hans Mortier defeated Sammartino/Spiros Arion/Eduard Carpentier..
  • October 13, 1967 - Pittsburgh: Toru Tanaka defeated Bruno Sammartino when the match was stopped due to excessive blood loss..
  • October 23, 1967 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon defeated Bill Miller & Al Costello in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match..
  • ~~~Fall 1: Monsoon pinned Miller | Fall 2: Costello pinned Tanaka | Fall 3: Tanaka pinned Costello..
  • October 28, 1967: WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka even when Tanaka's foot was on the rope!
  • November 4, 1967: Boston Garden: Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka to retain the WWWF Heavyweight title..
  • November 10, 1967: Pittsburgh Civic Arena: Toru Tanaka wrestled Bruno Sammartino to a Time Limit Draw..
  • December 9, 1967 - Boston Garden: Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka to retain the WWWF Heavyweight title..
  • January 11, 1968 - WWWF TV Taping: Toru Tanaka defeated Arnold Skaaland..
  • January 29, 1968 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka to retain the WWWF title..
  • February 14, 1968: Toru Tanaka & Hans Montier defeated Bruno Sammartino & Dominic DeNucci..
  • February 17, 1968: Toru Tanaka & Bull Ramos defeated Bruno Sammartino & Dominic DeNucci..
  • February 26, 1968: Boston Garden: Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka in a Stretcher Match..
  • March 11, 1968 - MSG: Victor Rivera defeated Toru Tanaka by DQ when Tanaka threw salt into Rivera’s eyes..
  • March 24, 1968 - Maple Leaf Gardens: WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka by Disqualification..
  • April 24, 1968 - MLG: WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • May 20, 1968 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon defeated Bobo Brazil & Earl Maynard..
  • June 22, 1968 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon wrestled Bobo Brazil & Victor Rivera to a Time Limit Draw..
  • July 6, 1968 - Boston Garden: Bruno/Carpentier/Rivera defeated Tanaka/Monsoon/Virgil the Kentucky Butcher..
  • ~~~~~~~~~This was a special Best 3 out of 5 falls match which had a two hour time limit..
  • July 19, 1968 - MSG: Bobo Brazil & Victor Rivera defeated Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon by DQ..
  • July 27, 1968 - Boston Garden: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Victor Rivera..
  • August 17, 1968 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino & Victor Rivera defeated Toru Tanaka & Gorilla Monsoon..

    IWA Australia:
  • Professor Toru Tanaka returned to Australia..
  • September 20, 1968 - Sydney: Toru Tanaka defeated Mario Milano to win the IWA Heavyweight title..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka and Tex Mckenzie began to feud over the IWA Heavyweight Title..
  • November 15, 1968 - Sydney: Tex Mackenzie defeated Toru Tanaka to win the IWA Heavyweight title..
  • Professor Tanaka left the IWA area shortly after his feud with Tex Mackenzie..

    NWA Hawaii:
  • Professor Toru Tanaka arrived in Hawaii, where he began feuding with "Canada's Greatest Athlete" Gene Kiniski
  • December 25, 1968: Toru Tanaka defeated Jim Hady to win the NWA North American title..
  • February 19, 1969: Gene Kiniski defeated Toru Tanaka to win the NWA North American title..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • Professor Toru Tanaka returned to the World Wide Wrestling Federation..
  • March 20, 1969 - Washington DC: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Arnold Skaaland..
  • March 21, 1969 - Annual Easter Seals Society Show: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Jerry Dorsi..
  • March 27, 1969 - Washington DC: WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • ~~~~On the same card that night, Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Puerto Rican Legend Carlos Colon..
  • April 5, 1969 - Philadelphia: Toru Tanaka defeated WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino by Count Out..
  • April 10, 1969 - Washington DC: Toru Tanaka wrestled Rocky Johnson to a curfew draw..
  • April 11, 1969 - Pittsburgh: Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka when the match was stopped after Tanaka sustained a rib injury..
  • May 14, 1969 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino & Victor Rivera defeated Toru Tanaka & Killer Kowalski in a Best 2/3 Falls match..
  • May 31, 1969 - Boston Gardens: Professor Toru Tanaka wrestled Victor Rivera to a time limit draw..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation - The Rising Sons (Toru Tanaka & Mitsu Arakawa):
  • Professor Toru Tanaka formed a successful heel tag team with Mitsu Arakawa known as "The Rising Sons"..
  • June 1969: The Rising Suns won a fictitious tag team tournament in Japan to win the WWWF International Tag Team titles..
  • June 5, 1969 - Washington (TV Tapings): The Rising Suns (Int. Tag Team Champions) defeated Al Nelson & Chuck Richards..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka continued to wrestle in singles competition against his regular foes..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka also received the occasional Title shot at WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino..
  • June 30, 1969 - MSG: The Rising Suns defeated Victor Rivera & Haystacks Calhoun in a 2/3 Falls match to retain..
  • July 26, 1969 - Boston Garden: The Rising Sons defeated Victor Rivera & Haystacks Calhoun to retain..
  • August 23, 1969 - Boston Garden: The Rising Sons defeated Victor Rivera & Haystacks Calhoun to retain..
  • September 13, 1969 - Boston Garden: The Rising Sons defeated Bruno Sammartino & Antonio Pugliese to retain..
  • October 1, 1969 - MSG: The Rising Sons wrestled Victor Rivera & Antonio Pugliese to a draw..
  • October 4, 1969 - Boston Garden: Bruno Sammartino & Antonio Pugliese defeated The Rising Sons in a Non Title match..
  • October 17, 1969 - Antonio Pugliese & Victor Rivera defeated The Rising Sons in a 2/3 Falls Non Title match..
  • October 27, 1969 - MSG: The Rising Sons defeated Antonio Pugliese & Dominic DeNucci to retain..
  • November 1, 1969 - Boston Garden: Bruno Sammartino defeated Professor Toru Tanaka to retain the WWWF Title..
  • December 9, 1969 - MSG: Victor Rivera & Tony Marino defeated The Rising Sons in a 2/3 Falls match to win the titles!
  • ~~~The switch wasn’t recognised in Pittsburgh, therefore Tanaka & Arakawa were still International Tag Team Champions..
  • December 13, 1969 - Pittsburgh: Bruno Sammartino & Batman defeated The Rising Suns in a 2/3 Falls match to win the titles!
  • Professor Toru Tanaka went back to singles competition..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation - Professor Toru Tanaka:
  • March 9, 1970 - MSG: Gorilla Monsoon & Mario Milano defeated Toru Tanaka & Ernie Ladd in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • March 10, 1970 - Boston Garden: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Gene DuBois..
  • March 19, 1970 - Washington DC: Victor Rivera & Mario Milano defeated Toru Tanaka & Ivan Koloff by Disqualification..
  • April 4, 1970 - Boston Garden: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Mario Milano..
  • April 25, 1970 - Boston Garden: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Lee Wong from Hong Kong..
  • May 2, 1970 - Philadelphia Arena: Dominic DeNucci defeated Profofessor Toru Tanaka by Count Out..
  • May 14, 1970 - Washington DC: Bobo Brazil defeated Profofessor Toru Tanaka..
  • May 16, 1970 - Philadelphia Arena: Gorilla Monsoon defeated Profofessor Toru Tanaka by DQ..
  • May 18, 1970 - Washington DC: Profofessor Toru Tanaka wrestled Dominic DeNucci to a Draw..
  • May 21, 1970 - Washington DC: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Lee Wong from Hong Kong..
  • May 30, 1970 - Boston Garden: Gorilla Monsoon defeated Profofessor Toru Tanaka..
  • June 15, 1970 - MSG: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Red Bastien..
  • July 2, 1970 - Washington DC National Arena: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Arnold Skaaland..
  • July 16, 1970 - Washington DC: Chief Jay Strongbow & Victor Rivera defeated Toru Tanaka & The Black Demon..
  • July 25, 1970 - Philadelphia Arena: Toru Tanaka & Karl Kovacs defeated Victor Rivera & Jose Rivera..
  • August 1, 1970 - MSG: Profofessor Toru Tanaka wrestled Chief Jay Strongbow to a 20 minute Draw..
  • August 6, 1970 - Washington DC: Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Profofessor Toru Tanaka..
  • August 15, 1970 - Boston Garden: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Chief Jay Strongbow..
  • August 20, 1970 - Washington DC: Gorilla Monsoon & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Toru Tanaka & Crusher Verdu..
  • August 22, 1970 - Philadelphia: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Chief Jay Strongbow..
  • September 12, 1970 - Boston Garden: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Gorilla Monsoon..
  • September 14, 1970 - MSG: Profofessor Toru Tanaka defeated Manuel Soto..

    NWA Texas:
  • Profofessor Toru Tanaka joined Fritz Von Erich’s NWA Texas promotion..
  • December 18, 1970 - Houston: Toru Tanaka defeated Fritz von Erich to win the NWA American Heavyweight title..
  • February 22, 1971 - Fort Worth: Fritz von Erich defeated Toru Tanaka to win the NWA American Heavyweight title..
  • February 23, 1971 - Dallas: Toru Tanaka defeated Fritz von Erich to reclaim the NWA American Heavyweight title!
  • March 5, 1971 - Houston: Wahoo McDaniel defeated Toru Tanaka to win the NWA American Heavyweight title..
  • July 19, 1971: Tanaka & Thunderbolt Patterson defeated McDaniel & Johnny Valentine to win the NWA American Tag Team Titles..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • December 1971: Toru Tanaka once again returned to the WWWF, this time managed by the Grand Wizard..
  • January 15, 1972 - Philadelphia: Gorilla Monsoon defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • January 22, 1972 - Boston Garden: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Manuel Soto..
  • January 24, 1972 - Washington DC: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Chief Jay Strongbow..
  • January 31, 1972 - MSG: Pedro Morales defeated Toru Tanaka by DQ to retain the WWWF Title..
  • ~~~Toru Tanaka attempted to throw salt in Morales’ eyes but accidentally hit the referee’s eyes!
  • February 21, 1972 - MSG: WWWF Champion Pedro Morales defeated Professor Toru Tanaka to retain..
  • March 13, 1972 - MSG: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Rene Goulet..
  • March 25, 1972 - Philadelphia: WWWF Champion Pedro Morales defeated Professor Toru Tanaka to retain..
  • April 29, 1972 - Boston Garden: Bruno Sammartino defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • May 22, 1972 - MSG: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Manuel Soto..
  • June 3, 1972 - Boston Garden: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Manuel Soto..
  • June 5, 1972 - Allentown: WWWF Champion Pedro Morales defeated Toru Tanaka by DQ to retain..
  • June 10, 1972 - Philadelphia: Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Toru Tanaka in an Indian Strap Match..
  • June 16, 1972 - Harrisburg: Jay Strongbow & Arnold Skaaland defeated Toru Tanaka & Jimmy Valiant in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • June 21, 1972 - Baltimore: Sonny King defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • June 23, 1972 - North Attleboro: Jay Strongbow & Sonny King defeated oru Tanaka & The Blue Demon to retain the Tag titles..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation - Professor Tanaka & Mr. Fuji:
  • June 27, 1972 - Philadelphia: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Jay Strongbow & Sonny King to win the Tag Team titles
  • Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji continued to wrestle singles matches while holding the Tag Team titles..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka would occasionally challenge Pedro Morales for the WWWF Title..
  • June 30, 1972 - Asbury Park: WWWF Champion Pedro Morales defeated Toru Tanaka to retain..
  • July 1, 1972 - MSG: Jay Strongbow & Sonny King defeated Toru Tanaka & Ernie Ladd..
  • July 15, 1972 - Boston Garden: Jack Brisco defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • July 21, 1972 - Asbury Park: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji vs Pedro Morales & Gorilla Monsoon ended in a draw..
  • July 29, 1972 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji vs Chief Jay Strongbow & Sonny King ended in a 60 Minute draw..
  • August 12, 1972 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji wrestled Chief Jay Strongbow & Sonny King to a draw..
  • September 2, 1972: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Gorilla Monsoon & Manuel Soto in a Best 2/3 Falls match..
  • October 7, 1972 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Chief Jay Strongbow & El Olympico to retain..
  • October 9, 1972 - Washington DC: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Jack Brisco & Fred Curry to retain..
  • October 16, 1972 - MSG: Pedro Morales & Bruno Sammartino defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • ~~~Fall 1: Morales & Sammartino won | Morales & Sammartino won by DQ, the titles cannot change hands on a DQ..
  • October 30, 1972 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka wrestled Sonny King to a draw..
  • November 18, 1972 - Boston Garden: Gorilla Monsoon/Strongbow/Sonny King defeated Tanaka/Fuji/Spoiler in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • November 27, 1972 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji wrestled Gorilla Monsoon & Chief Jay Strongbow to a 20 Minute draw..
  • November 19, 1972 - Boston Garden: Gorilla Monsoon/Strongbow/Sonny King defeated Tanaka/Mr. Fuji/The Spoiler..
  • January 15, 1973 - MSG: Bruno Sammartino defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • January 19, 1973 - Pittsburgh: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Bruno Sammartino..
  • February 2, 1973 - Pittsburgh: Toru Tanaka vs Bruno Sammartino (No Contest) due to excessive blood loss from both wrestlers..
  • March 26, 1973 - MSG: Professor Toru Tanaka wrestled Gorilla Monsoon to a time limit draw..
  • April 30, 1973 - MSG: Andre the Giant defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • May 14, 1973 - MSG: Andre & Gorilla Monsoon & Jay Strongbow defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji & Moondog Mayne..
  • May 30, 1973 - Hamburg: Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji to win the Tag team titles!
  • June 4, 1973 - MSG: Gorilla Monsoon & Haystacks Calhoun defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji in a Best 2/3 falls match ..
  • June 16, 1973 - Boston Garden: Chief Jay Strongbow & Haystacks Calhoun defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji ..
  • June 30, 1973 - MSG: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Mr. Olympico..
  • July 23, 1973 - MSG: Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji in a Best 2/3 falls match..
  • August 18, 1973 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Tony Garea & Haystacks Calhoun in a non-title match..
  • August 27, 1973 - MSG: Gorilla Monsoon defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation - Professor Tanaka & Mr. Fuji:
  • September 11, 1973 - Philadelphia (TV): Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea to win the Tag Team titles!
  • ~~~Haystacks was unable to continue the match after Tanaka threw salt in his eyes and choked him with his own horseshoe!
  • October 15, 1973 - MSG: Dean Ho defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • October 29, 1973 - Boston Garden: Andre the Giant defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • November 14, 1973 - Hamburg: Tony Garea & Dean Ho defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji to win the Tag Team titles!
  • December 1, 1973 - Philadelphia: Andre & Jay Strongbow & Victor Rivera defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji & Blackjack Lanza..
  • February 15, 1974 - Harrisburg: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Dean Ho by Count Out..
  • March 4, 1974 - MSG: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Jose Gonzalez..
  • March 9, 1974 - Philadelphia: Tony Garea & Dean Ho defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji to retain..
  • March 16, 1974 - Harrisburg: Pedro Morales & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • March 18, 1974 - Nassau Coliseum: Dean Ho/Jay Strongbow/Gorilla Monsoon defeated Toru Tanaka/Mr. Fuji/Stan Stasiak..
  • March 23, 1974 - Professor Toru Tanaka vs Dean Ho ended in a Time Limit Draw..
  • March 30, 1974 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka vs Tony Garea ended in a Time Limit Draw..
  • March 30, 1974 - Springfield: Pedro Morales defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • April 1, 1974 - MSG: Tony Garea & Dean Ho defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji by DQ to retain..
  • June 29, 1974 - Boston Garden: Gorilla Monsoon defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • July 22, 1974 - MSG: Dean Ho defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • August 3, 1974 - Philadelphia Spectrum: Victor Rivera defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..

    NWA Florida:
  • October 1974: Toru Tanaka teamed with Dick Slater to win the Florida Tag Team Titles..
  • January 1975: Dominic DeNucci & Tony Parisi defeated Toru Tanaka & Dick Slater to win the Florida Tag Team titles!

    L&G:
  • March 1, 1975 - Puerto Rico: Toru Tanaka won a 12 Man Tournament to become the first Caribbean Champion!

    Georgia Championship Wrestling:
  • Professor Toru Tanaka debuted in Georgia Championship Wrestling managed by Bobby Heenan..
  • August 1975 - Atlanta: Toru Tanaka defeated Abdullah the Butcher to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title!
  • September 19, 1975 - Atlanta: Nikolai Volkoff defeated Toru Tanaka to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title!
  • September 9, 1975 - Atlanta: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji win a tag team tournament to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team titles!
  • October 1975: Bob Backlund & Jerry Brisco defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji for the NWA Georgia Tag Team titles!

    NWA Los Angeles:
  • February 11, 1977 - Toru Tanaka & Dr. Hiro Ota defeated Victor Rivera & Cien Caras to win the Americas Tag Team titles..
  • February 12, 1977 - San Bernadino: Toru Tanaka defeated Chavo Guererro Sr. to win the Americas Heavyweight title..
  • March 18, 1977 - Los Angeles: The Hangman defeated Toru Tanaka to win the Americas Heavyweight title..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • Professor Toru Tanaka returned to the WWWF teaming with Mr. Fuji and being managed by Classy Freddie Blassie..
  • June 1977: Toru Tanaka gained several singles victories over S.D. Jones, Gorilla Monsoon and Jose Gonzalez..
  • May 3, 1977 - Philadelphia (TV Taping): Toru Tanaka defeated Johnny Rivera | Toru Tanaka defeated Steve King..
  • May 4, 1977 - Hamburg (TV Taping): Toru Tanaka defeated Ted Adams | Toru Tanaka defeated Don Serrano..
  • May 24, 1977 - Philadelphia (TV Taping): Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Jose Gonzales & Special Delivery Jones..
  • ~~~In the 2nd Hour: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji wrestled Larry Zbyzsko & Tony Garea to a Time Limit Draw..
  • June 27, 1977 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji wrestled Gorilla Monsoon & Dominic DeNucci to a No Contest..
  • July 29, 1977 - North Attleboro: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Peter Maivia & Jose Gonzalez..
  • August 1, 1977 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Jose Gonzalez & Lenny Hurst in a Best 2/3 Falls match..
  • ~~~Mr. Fuji pinned Gonzales for the first fall... Toru Tanaka pinned Hurst to win the second fall..
  • August 2, 1977 - New Bradford: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Larry Zbyzsko & Tony Garea..
  • August 8, 1977 - Nassau Coliseum: Tony Garea defeated Professor Tory Tanaka by Disqualification..
  • August 9, 1977 - Scranton: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Peter Maivia & Haystacks Calhoun in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • August 20, 1977 - The Spectrum: Peter Maivia & Haystacks Calhoun defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • September 26, 1977 - MSG: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Johnny Rivera..
  • September 27, 1977 - Philadelphia: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Larry Zbyzsko & Tony Garea..
  • ~~~This was the finals of a tag team tournament to win the WWWF Tag Team titles for the third time as a team..
  • October 22, 1977 - New Haven Coliseum: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji co-won 16 Man $8000 Battle Royal..
  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Earlier in the show: Professor Toru Tanaka defeated Johnny Rivera..
  • October 1977: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Garea/Zbyzsko and Maivia/Strongbow in a number of title matches..
  • October 10, 1977 - Boston Garden: Bruno Sammartino defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • October 10, 1977 - Scranton: Peter Maivia defeated Professor Toru Tanaka by Disqualification..
  • October 17, 1977 - Staten Island: Andre the Giant & Tony Garea defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji by DQ..
  • October 18, 1977 - Championship Wrestling (TV Taping): Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Bob Marcus & Terry York..
  • October 19, 1977 - All Star Wrestling (TV Taping): Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defended the title twice at the tapings..
  • ~~~~WWWF Tag Team Champions Prof. Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Lenny Hurst & Johnny Rivera..
  • ~~~~WWWF Tag Team Champions Prof. Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji wrestled Tony Garea & Larry Zbyzsko to a Double DQ..
  • October 21, 1977 - Nassau Coliseum: Larry Zbyzsko defeated Professor Toru Tanaka by Disqualification..
  • October 24, 1977 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow to retain..
  • November 5, 1977 - New Haven: Mil Mascaras defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • November 7, 1977 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Larry Zbyzsko & Tony Garea to retain..
  • November 8, 1977 - Championship Wrestling: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated SD Jones & Johnny Rivera to retain..
  • November 9, 1977 - All Star Wrestling (TV Taping): Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Dewey Robertson & Johnny Rivera to retain..
  • ~~~~Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated WWWF Tag Team Champions Professor Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji by DQ..
  • November 21, 1977 - MSG: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Tony Garea & Larry Zbyzsko to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • November 25, 1977 - Harrisburg: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Ivan Putski & Larry Zbyzsko in a Best 2/3 Falls match..
  • November 28, 1977 - East Bridgewater: Dusty Rhodes defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • December 1, 1977 - Asbury Park: Bob Backlund defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • December 10, 1977 - Philadelphia: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Tony Garea & Larry Zbyzsko in a Best 2/3 Falls match..
  • December, 12, 1977 - Boston Garden: Peter Maivia & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji by Disqualification..
  • December 16, 1977 - Pittsburgh: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Tony Garea & Larry Zbyzsko to retain the Tag Team titles..
  • December 19, 1977 - MSG: Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Professor Toru Tanaka by Disqualification..
  • January 16, 1978 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka wrestled Tony Garea to a Time Limit Draw..
  • January 23, 1978 - MSG: Bob Backlund/Peter Maivia/Tony Garea/Larry Zbyzsko beat Tanaka/Fuji/Stan Stasiak/Mikel Scicluna..
  • ~~~This was a special 8-Man Elimination match when Bob Backlund defeated Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka to win the bout..
  • February 11, 1978 - Baltimore: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Tony Garea & Larry Zbyzsko to retain..
  • February 14, 1978 - Scranton: Bob Backlund defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • February 18, 1978 - Philadelphia: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Gorilla Monsoon & Jay Strongbow in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • February 20, 1978 - MSG: Dusty Rhodes defeated Professor Toru Tanaka..
  • March 6, 1978 - Boston Garden: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Gorilla Monsoon & S.D. Jones to retain..
  • March 11, 1978: Bob Backlund defeated Professor Toru Tanaka to retain the WWWF Heavyweight title..
  • March 14, 1978 - Philadelphia: Dino Bravo & Dominic DeNucci defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji to win the Tag team titles..
  • March 20, 1978 - MSG: Andre & Dusty Rhodes & Mil Mascaras defeated Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji & Ken Patera (2/3 Falls)..
  • March 21, 1978 - Portland MAINE: Bob Backlund defeated Toru Tanaka to retain the WWWF Heavyweight title..

    NWA New Zealand:
  • June 13, 1978 - Christchurch: Toru Tanaka defeated Jack Claybourne to win the British/Empire Commonwealth Heavyweight title..
  • June 22, 1978 - Auckland: Steve Rickard defeated Toru Tanaka to win the British/Empire Commonwealth Heavyweight title..
  • 1978: Toru Tanaka defeated Steve Rickard to reclaim the British/Empire Commonwealth Heavyweight title..
  • August 17, 1978 - Auckland: Steve Rickard defeated Toru Tanaka to win the British/Empire Commonwealth Heavyweight title..

    American Wrestling Association:
  • January 22, 1979 - Memphis: Robert Fuller/Tanaka defeated Dennis Condrey/Don Carson to win the AWA Southern Tag Team titles..
  • ~~~Tanaka left the ring before the match ended, starting up a feud between Toru Tanaka & Robert Fuller..
  • February 12, 1979 - Memphis: Toru Tanaka won the AWA Southern Heavyweight title by Forfeit..
  • March 1979: Robert Fuller defeated Toru Tanaka to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight title..
  • ~~~~The AWA Southern Heavyweight Title was returned to Toru Tanaka..

    National Wrestling Alliance :
  • June 29, 1979 - Knoxville: Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji defeated Ron & Bobby Fuller to win the NWA Southeastern Tag Team titles..

    NWA Texas :
  • Professor Toru Tanaka was managed by JJ Dillon and put into a feud with Bruiser Brody..
  • 1979: Toru Tanaka defeated Bruiser Brody to win the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title..
  • Bruiser Brody later regained the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title from Toru Tanaka soon after..
  • April 14, 1979 - Fort Worth: Toru Tanaka defeated Bruiser Brody to win the NWA Texas Brass Knuckled title..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka later vacated the Brass Knuckles title after leaving the Territory ..

    Retirement:
  • Professor Toru Tanaka retired from wrestling to pursue a career in Film and Television..
  • Professor Toru Tanaka appeared in many movies click here to view Tanaka's filmography on IMDB.com..
  • August 22, 2000: Professor Toru Tanaka dies after suffering a heart attack.