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Jan 18, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Giant Baba retires, ECW Guilty as Charged review

We have only sketchy details of this at press time, but the speculation has grown stronger that the wrestling career of Giant Baba is finished.

All Japan had been secretive about the actual condition of Baba since he missed a few shows in December, came back a few dates, but then was hospitalized and canceled his scheduled vacation which included going to Vancouver for the WWF Rock Bottom PPV show. Then it was announced that due to recovering from a severe cold, Baba would also miss the entire January All Japan tour. He didn't even attend the traditional year-opener on 1/2 at Korakuen Hall where he gives his traditional New Year speech.

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