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The 4th Annual World Big League: 1962/04/20 - 05/25: 33 cards

The date & location in bold letters indicate the card has full results (incomplete results otherwise).

Active JWA roster:
Rikidōzan
Toyonobori
Michiaki Yoshimura
Kokichi Endo
Isao Yoshiwara
Kiyotaka Otsubo
Hideyuki Nagasawa
Mr. Chin
Mitsuaki Hirai (Mitsu Hirai)
Tosanohana
Kintaro Ohki (KIM Ill)
Koichi Hayashi (Mr. Hayashi)
Kanji Inoki (Antonio Inoki)
*Shohei Baba (Giant Baba) [in the U.S.]
Hiroshi Ueda (Umanosuke Ueda/Mr. Ito)
Takeo Hoshino (Kantaro Hoshino)
Guest foreigners:
Lou Thesz [04/27 - 05/25]
Fred Blassie
Dick Hutton
Buddy Austin
Larry Hennig
Duke Hoffman (Bob Leipler)
Arnold Skaaland
Mike Sharpe
Great Togo
Mr. Atomic (Clyde Steeves)

1962/04/20 Tokyo - Riki Sports Palace - The Eve
Exhibition Match: Rikidōzan drew Dick Hutton
Exhibition Match: Great Togo drew Buddy Austin
plus some other exhibitions

1962/04/21 Tokyo - Metropolitan Gym
Kanji Inoki (10:44 boston crab) Mitsuaki Hirai
Great Togo def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Dick Hutton def Kokichi Endo
World League (8min 3R): Larry Hennig drew Mr. Atomic
World League (8min 3R): Duke Hoffman def Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R): Fred Blassie def Arnold Skaaland
Buddy Austin & Mike Sharpe (DQ) Rikidōzan & Michiaki Yoshimura

1962/04/22 Tokyo - Metropolitan Gym
Kanji Inoki (5:30 pin) Kiyotaka Otsubo
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Mitsuaki Hirai
Tosanohana def Isao Yoshiwara
Mr. Chin def Tanji Hasegawa
Hiroshi Ueda drew Tatsuo Hoshino
World League (8min 3R): Mike Sharpe (time limit draw) Michiaki Yoshimura
World League (8min 3R): Larry Hennig def Kokichi Endo
Arnold Skaaland def Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R): Buddy Austin (COR) Fred Blassie
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Toyonobori def Mr. Atomic & Duke Hoffman & Dick Hutton

1962/04/23 Tokyo - Metropolitan Gym
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Mitsuaki Hirai
Mr. Chin def Hiroshi Ueda
Kintaro Ohki def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Kanji Inoki (5:28 pin) Isao Yoshiwara
Tosanohana def Tanji Hasegawa
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton (time limit draw) Mr. Atomic
Michiaki Yoshimura (DCOR) Larry Hennig
Kokichi Endo drew Mike Sharpe
Toyonobori & Great Togo def Buddy Austin & Duke Hoffman
WWA World Heavyweight Title: Rikidōzan* (2-1) Fred Blassie
   1: Blassie (13:03 pin)
   2: Rikidōzan (5:03 pin)
   3: Rikidōzan (32:24 pin)

1962/04/24 Nagoya - Kanayama Gym
Kanji Inoki (10:38 boston crab) Mitsuaki Hirai
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Kiyotaka Otsubo
Tosanohana def Hiroshi Ueda
World League (8min 3R): Duke Hoffman (DQ) Fred Blassie
World League (8min 3R): Great Togo def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R): Kokichi Endo (time limit draw) Buddy Austin
World League (8min 3R): Mike Sharpe def Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R)?: Dick Hutton def Michiaki Yoshimura
Rikidōzan & Toyonobori def Mr. Atomic & Larry Hennig

1962/04/25 Nagoya - Kanayama Gym
Mr. Chin drew Hiroshi Ueda
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Tanji Hasegawa
Kintaro Ohki def Mitsuaki Hirai
Tosanohana def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Isao Yoshiwara def Koichi Hayashi
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton def Arnold Skaaland
Michiaki Yoshimura (DQ) Mr. Atomic
World League (8min 3R): Larry Hennig (1R 2:12 pin) Kanji Inoki
Duke Hoffman (COR) Kokichi Endo
Rikidōzan & Michiaki Yoshimura & Great Togo def Dick Hutton & Larry Hennig & Arnold Skaaland

1962/04/26 Tanabe, Wakayama - Isoma Beach
Kanji Inoki (7:21 pin) Tanji Hasegawa
Tosanohana def Mr. Chin
Isao Yoshiwara def Mitsuaki Hirai
Hiroshi Ueda drew Kiyotaka Otsubo
Koichi Hayashi drew Tanji Hasegawa
Mike Sharpe drew Mr. Atomic
World League (8min 3R): Buddy Austin def Kintaro Ohki
Toyonobori def Duke Hoffman
Fred Blassie def Kokichi Endo
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Michiaki Yoshimura def Larry Hennig & Dick Hutton & Arnold Skaaland

1962/04/27 Kobe - Oji Gym (10,000)
Tatsuo Hoshino (10min limit draw) Koichi Hayashi
Hideyuki Nagasawa (13:25 pin) Mitsuaki Hirai
Tosanohana (8:22 pin) Kiyotaka Otsubo
Isao Yoshiwara (9:43 small package) Mr. Chin
World League (8min 3R): Duke Hoffman (1R 5:41 pin) Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton (2R 1:02 abdominal stretch) Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R): Buddy Austin (2R 1:12 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R): Mr. Atomic (time limit draw) KokichiEndo
Larry Hennig (1-1) Michiaki Yoshimura
   1: Hennig (6:44 pin)
   2: Yoshimura (2:04 pin)
   3: (DCOR)
Lou Thesz & Fred Blassie & Mike Sharpe (2-0) Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Toyonobori
   1: Blassie (17:17 pin) Togo
   2: Thesz (14:54 pin) Toyonobori
   * The infamous match where Blassie bit Togo's forehead to bleed, and two eldery television viewers passed away due to heart attack.

1962/04/28 Okayama - Tsushima Gym
World League (8min 3R): Fred Blassie (1R 3:08 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R)?: Michiaki Yoshimura def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R)?: Mr. Atomic def Kintaro Ohki
Duke Hoffman def Tosanohana
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton def Mike Sharpe
Lou Thesz (2-0) Kokichi Endo
   1: Thesz (13:32 pin)
   2: Thesz (0:44 TKO)
Rikidōzan & Toyonobori def Buddy Austin & Larry Hennig

1962/04/29 Hiroshima - Civic Stadium
Masao Matsuoka drew Tanji Hasegawa
Tatsuo Hoshino drew Hiroshi Ueda
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Kiyotaka Otsubo
Tosanohana def Isao Yoshiwara
Mitsuaki Hirai drew Mr. Chin
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (1R3:45 thesz press) Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R)?: Fred Blassie def Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R)?: Toyonobori (time limit draw) Buddy Austin
World League (8min 3R): Mr. Atomic (2R 1:10 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R)?: Dick Hutton def Kokichi Endo
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Michiaki Yoshimura def Larry Hennig & Duke Hoffman & Mike Sharpe

1962/04/30 Fukuoka - Sports Center
Hiroshi Ueda drew Tatsuo Hoshino
Koichi Hayashi drew Mr. Chin
Kintaro Ohki def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Kanji Inoki (9:30 boston crab) Mitsuaki Hirai
Tosanohana def Tanji Hasegawa
Isao Yoshiwara def Kiyotaka Otsubo
Fred Blassie def Michiaki Yoshimura
World League (8min 3R): Great Togo (DCOR) Mike Sharpe
World League (8min 3R): Mr. Atomic def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R)?: Dick Hutton def Duke Hoffman
Rikidōzan & Kokichi Endo & Toyonobori (2-1) Lou Thesz & Buddy Austin & Larry Hennig
   1: Thesz (24:16 pin) Endo
   2: Rikidōzan (pin 1:36) Austin
   3: Toyonobori (10:00 bearhug) Hennig

1962/05/01 Ogohri, Yamaguchi
Tosanohana def Hiroshi Ueda
Isao Yoshiwara def Mitsuaki Hirai
Mr. Chin def Kiyotaka Otsubo
Lou Thesz (2-0) Kintaro Ohki
   1: Thesz (5:43 pin)
   2: Thesz (default)
World League (8min 3R)?: Fred Blassie def Kokichi Endo
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton (2R 1:16 abdominal stretch) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R): Buddy Austin def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R)?: Larry Hennig def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Mr. Atomic & Duke Hoffman & Mike Sharpe (DQ) Rikidōzan & Toyonobori & Michiaki Yoshimura

1962/05/02 Nagasaki
Mr. Chin def Tanji Hasegawa
Masao Matsuoka drew Motoyuki Kitazawa
Tosanohana def Mitsuaki Hirai
Isao Yoshiwara def Hiroshi Ueda
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Tatsuo Hoshino
World League (8min 3R)?: Michiaki Yoshimura def Mr. Atomic
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (time limit draw) Dick Hutton
World League (8min 3R): Mike Sharpe (2R 2:27 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R)?: Larry Hennig def Kintaro Ohki
Arnold Skaaland def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Rikidōzan & Kokichi Endo & Toyonobori def Buddy Austin & Fred Blassie & Duke Hoffman

1962/05/03 Kagoshima - Pref. Gym
Mr. Chin drew Koichi Hayashi
Kiyotaka Otsubo drew Hiroshi Ueda
Tosanohana def Isao Yoshiwara
Hideyuki Nagasawa drew Mitsuaki Hirai
Kokichi Endo def Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R)?: Toyonobori def Mr. Atomic
World League (8min 3R)?: Fred Blassie def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (1R 4:45 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R)?: Dick Hutton def Duke Hoffman
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Michiaki Yoshimura def Buddy Austin & Larry Hennig & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/05 Kumamoto - Suizenji Gym
Kanji Inoki (10:42 pin) Hideyuki Nagasawa
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton (DQ) Larry Hennig
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (2R 2:39 pin) Michiaki Yoshimura

1962/05/06 Kokura, Fukuoka - Mihagino Gym
Mr. Chin def Tanji Hasegawa
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Koichi Hayashi
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Isao Yoshiwara
Kintaro Ohki def Tosanohana
Fred Blassie (5:00 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R)?: Dick Hutton def Michiaki Yoshimura
World League (8min 3R)?: Toyonobori def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (2R 2:00 pin) Kokichi Endo
World League (8min 3R): Larry Hennig def Duke Hoffman
Rikidōzan & Great Togo def Buddy Austin & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/07 Miyakonojo, Miyazaki - Municipal Stadium Square
Kintaro Ohki def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Tosanohana def Mr. Chin
Isao Yoshiwara def Mitsuaki Hirai
Kokichi Endo (5:04 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R): Fred Blassie (COR) Larry Hennig
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton def Toyonobori
World League (8min 3R): Mike Sharpe (DQ) Buddy Austin
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Michiaki Yoshimura def Mr. Atomic & Duke Hoffman & Arnold Skaaland

1962/05/08 Miyazaki - Miyazaki Stadium
Mr. Chin drew Hiroshi Ueda
Kanji Inoki (10:32 pin) Mitsuaki Hirai
Tosanohana def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Arnold Skaaland def Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R): Dick Hutton (DQ) Buddy Austin
World League (8min 3R): Toyonobori (COR) Mike Sharpe
Michiaki Yoshimura def Duke Hoffman
Rikidōzan & Kokichi Endo & Great Togo def Mr. Atomic & Fred Blassie & Larry Hennig

1962/05/10 Osaka - Pref. Gym
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Hiroshi Ueda
Mr. Chin drew Mitsuaki Hirai
Masao Matsuoka drew Tatsuo Hoshino
Kintaro Ohki (15min limit draw) Kanji Inoki
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Isao Yoshiwara
Tosanohana def Tanji Hasegawa
World League (8min 3R)?: Michiaki Yoshimura def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R): Duke Hoffman def Mr. Atomic
Mike Sharpe def Kokichi Endo
World League (8min 3R)?: Dick Hutton def Fred Blassie
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Toyonobori (2-0) Lou Thesz & Buddy Austin & Larry Hennig
   1: Togo (CO 12:52) Austin
   2: Rikidōzan (pin 6:46) Hennig

1962/05/11 Osaka - Pref. Gym (11,100)
Kanji Inoki (6:52 half crab) Hideyuki Nagasawa
Tosanohana def Isao Yoshiwara
World League (8min 3R)?: Larry Hennig def Michiaki Yoshimura
World League (8min 3R): Buddy Austin def Duke Hoffman
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (1R 4:10 pin) Mr. Atomic
Kokichi Endo def Arnold Skaaland
Great Togo & Toyonobori drew Fred Blassie & Mike Sharpe
Rikidōzan (2-1) Dick Hutton
   1: Hutton (17:07 backbreaker)
      * The only submission loss in Rikidōzan's career
   2: Rikidōzan (5:14 COR)
   3: Rikidōzan (forfeit)

1962/05/13 Sumiyoshi, Wakayama - Honmachi Park
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Masao Matsuoka
Mitsuaki Hirai def Tatsuo Hoshino
Mr. Chin def Motoyuki Kitazawa
Kintaro Ohki def Tosanohana
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Hiroshi Ueda
Isao Yoshiwara def Koichi Hayashi
Michiaki Yoshimura (11:16 pin) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (3R 0:49 pin) Larry Hennig
World League (8min 3R)?: Fred Blassie def Toyonobori
World League (8min 3R): Mike Sharpe def Arnold Skaaland
Rikidōzan & Kokichi Endo & Great Togo def Buddy Austin & Duke Hoffman & Dick Hutton

1962/05/14 Shingu, Wakayama - Gongengawara
Koichi Hayashi drew Mr. Chin
Motoyuki Kitazawa drew Masao Matsuoka
Kanji Inoki (9:05 pin) Mitsuaki Hirai
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Isao Yoshiwara
Tosanohana def Hiroshi Ueda
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Tatsuo Hoshino
World League (8min 3R)?: Kokichi Endo def Arnold Skaaland
Dick Hutton def Kintaro Ohki
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (2R 1:26 COR) Toyonobori
World League (8min 3R): Buddy Austin (DQ) Fred Blassie
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Michiaki Yoshimura def Larry Hennig & Duke Hoffman & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/15 Kyoto - Okazaki Kangyo Hall
Kanji Inoki def Tosanohana
Dick Hutton def Kokichi Endo
Kintaro Ohki def Arnold Skaaland
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (2R 2:45 DQ) Mike Sharpe
World League (8min 3R)?: Buddy Austin def Michiaki Yoshimura
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Toyonobori def Fred Blassie & Larry Hennig & Duke Hoffman

1962/05/16 Gifu - Civic Center
Koichi Hayashi drew Hiroshi Ueda
Motoyuki Kitazawa drew Masao Matsuoka
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Tatsuo Hoshino
Mr. Chin def Tanji Hasegawa
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Tosanohana
Mitsuaki Hirai drew Isao Yoshiwara
Kokichi Endo (DQ) Fred Blassie
World League (8min 3R)?: Michiaki Yoshimura def Duke Hoffman
Kintaro Ohki (15:21 pin) Inoki
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (2R 5:04 thesz press) Dick Hutton
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Toyonobori def Buddy Austin & Larry Hennig & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/17 Nara - Kashihara Jingu Gaien Coliseum
Kintaro Ohki def Tosanohana
Kanji Inoki (10:10 boston crab) Hideyuki Nagasawa
Isao Yoshiwara def Tanji Hasegawa
Mitsuaki Hirai def Kiyotaka Otsubo
Dick Hutton def Kokichi Endo
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (2R 3:30 COR) Buddy Austin
Toyonobori (DQ) Larry Hennig
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Michiaki Yoshimura def Fred Blassie & Duke Hoffman & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/18 Fukui - City Gym
Tatsuo Hoshino drew Koichi Hayashi
Motoyuki Kitazawa drew Masao Matsuoka
Kanji Inoki (12:30 pin) Mitsuaki Hirai
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Isao Yoshiwara
Tosanohana def Tanji Hasegawa
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Mr. Chin
Michiaki Yoshimura def Dick Hutton
Kokichi Endo def Duke Hoffman
World League (8min 3R): Lou Thesz (2R 3:36 CO) Fred Blassie
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Toyonobori def Buddy Austin & Larry Hennig & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/19 Toyama - City Gym
Mr. Chin drew Hiroshi Ueda
Tanji Hasegawa drew Masao Matsuoka
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Mitsuaki Hirai
Tosanohana def Kiyotaka Otsubo
Isao Yoshiwara def Tatsuo Hoshino
World League (8min 3R)?: Michiaki Yoshimura def Duke Hoffman
Dick Hutton (5:23 abdominal stretch) Kanji Inoki
World League (8min 3R): Mike Sharpe (DQ) Fred Blassie
Lou Thesz & Buddy Austin & Larry Hennig (2-0) Rikidōzan & Kokichi Endo & Toyonobori
   1: Hennig (15:05 pin) Endo
   2: Thesz & Austin & Hennig (4:51 DQ)

1962/05/21 Mobara, Chiba - Fujimi Park
Koichi Hayashi def Hideo Koma
Tatsuo Hoshino drew Masao Matsuoka
Isao Yoshiwara def Hideyuki Nagasawa
Tosanohana def Hiroshi Ueda
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Tanji Hasegawa
Mr. Chin drew Mitsuaki Hirai
Michiaki Yoshimura (11:00 pin) Kanji Inoki
Duke Hoffman def Larry Hennig
Lou Thesz (2-0) Kokichi Endo
   1: Thesz (7:20 pin)
   2: Thesz (forfeit)
Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Toyonobori def Buddy Austin & Fred Blassie & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/22 Utsunomiya, Tochigi - Sports Center
Hideo Koma drew Katsurahama
Tatsuo Hoshino drew Tanji Hasegawa
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Hiroshi Ueda
Mr. Chin def Koichi Hayashi
World League (8min 3R)?: Fred Blassie def Kokichi Endo
Mike Sharpe (5:33 pin) Kanji Inoki
Toyonobori def Larry Hennig
Lou Thesz & Buddy Austin & Duke Hoffman (2-1) Rikidōzan & Great Togo & Michiaki Yoshimura
   1: (8:11 DCOR)
   2: Thesz (7:15 pin) Yoshimura

1962/05/24 Yokohama - Culture Gym
Tatsuo Hoshino drew Hideo Koma
Koichi Hayashi drew Masao Matsuoka
Hideyuki Nagasawa def Isao Yoshiwara
Tosanohana def Tanji Hasegawa
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Mitsuaki Hirai
Mr. Chin def Hiroshi Ueda
Great Togo def Larry Hennig
Duke Hoffman (4:50 pin) Kanji Inoki
Lou Thesz (2-0) Michiaki Yoshimura
   1: Thesz (9:45 pin)
   2: Thesz (forfeit)
Rikidōzan & Kokichi Endo & Toyonobori def Buddy Austin & Fred Blassie & Mike Sharpe

1962/05/25 Tokyo - Metropolitan Gym (10,800)
Kiyotaka Otsubo def Tanji Hasegawa
Mr. Chin def Hideo Koma
Koichi Hayashi drew Tatsuo Hoshino
Mitsuaki Hirai drew Isao Yoshiwara
Michiaki Yoshimura (DQ) Buddy Austin
World League (8min 3R)?: Mike Sharpe def Kokichi Endo
Duke Hoffman (3:18 pin) Kanji Inoki
Great Togo & Toyonobori def Fred Blassie & Larry Hennig
World League Final: Rikidōzan (2-1) Lou Thesz
   1: Thesz (12:33 pin)
   2: Rikidōzan (2:13 pin)
   3: Rikidōzan (4:49 pin)

Other World League matches (dates & locations unknown):
Mike Sharpe def Mr. Atomic
Toyonobori (DCOR) Larry Hennig
Arnold Skaaland def Michiaki Yoshimura


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