The golden years of British wrestling, 1946 to 1978.
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Billy Robinson 1938 - 2014 Simply the Best? ****************************************************
1938 - 2014
Simply the Best?
Did you know about Grand Slam?
Lou Ravelle's evocative autobiographical account of the wrestling business in Britain from film noir type beginnings to the swinging sixties and the Soho set?
Can you spot the many real wrestlers whose names have been changed for Lou's controversial story? Just in Amazon's three-chapter preview, can you work out who was Bert Assirati, Harry Roth, Peter Rann, Milo Popocopolis, and others?
Click the Amazon link below to download Grand Slam in kindle format for just 51 bob. Lou assures us the story perfectly is true and only the names have been changed.
Dave Sutherland takes a break from his ice cream sales to tell stories from the Newcastle St James Hall.
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We have added new books to our Bookshelf, which can be found in the Media section of Wrestling Heritage.
The Prince of Darkness
COMING SOON YOUNG MICK
As we near the first anniversary of his death, Wrestling Heritage launches new material about the early days of Mick McManus.
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Manchester's Lou Ravelle was an imposing light-heavyweight throughout the fifties and sixties.
His heel turn at Bloxwitch Baths, Walsall ignited the arena and had him back there regularly by public demand.
His friendships with Al Hayes, Paul Lincoln, Bert Assirati and many others give us insight into the workings and upheavals of 1950s wrestling. Now Lou shares some of his memories with Wrestling Heritage.
Starting with his example of the ruthlessness of wrestling promotion. See Harry Roth's entry now embellished in the Top 20 Wrestling Officials. Click here.
Martin Gillott, better known in the wrestling world as Jackie 'Glitterboy' Evans, knew early in his career that life in the ring would be no walk in the park. Posing as a blond, Lurex-clad gayboy who liked to fight dirty was great for ticket sales, but not so good for his health. He was knocked out five times in his career - always by a furious fan, never by his opponent. Yet Martin loved the game, and wouldn't change a day of his 12-year professional wrestling career. Now he tells all, including hilarious accounts of adventures in and out of the ring, fans violent and amorous, landladies who were scarier than Giant Haystacks and girls who were faster than Mick McManus. And then there were the many well-known names he rubbed shoulders with along the way, from Brian Glover to John Le Mesurier. Confessions Of A Wrestler will have you in stitches - just like 'Glitterboy'.
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New Additions to the A-Z
We have a bumper list of 30 new entries to the Wrestling Heritage A - Z
Eddie Saxon ... Martin Schultz ... Rudi Schumacher .... Lee Scott ... Wally Seddon ... Canelo Segura ... Graham Sellars ... Marius Servais ... Wally Severn ... Dave Shade ... Syed Saif Shah .. Mick Shannon ... Ken Shaw... Mustaf Shikane ... Diamond Shondell .... Enrique Shubasco ... Phil Siki ... Bob Silcock ... Ricky Silver ... John Sinclair ... Lord Bertie Sinclair ... Amarjit Singh ... Joginda Singh ... Chief Sitting Bull ... Dino Skarlo ... Joey Skarlo ... Tony Skarlo ... Josef Ski ... Gordon Smith ... Harvey Smith ... Saxon Smith ... Demon Al Solak ... Sandy Soutar ... Chris Spyros ... Steve Stacey
McCarthy and McCarthy
We bring you not one Thomas McCarthy, but two! Larry McCarthy and wrestler Gene Riscoe have been exploring the life of two wrestling pioneers from Wigan. Take a look at their findings in Wrestling Pioneers:
Heritage member Martin Lindsay shares a collection of autographed photos
Saxon Wolf shares his thoughts on I Only Laugh When It Hurts
A survivor of Riley's Snakepit Gene Riscoe now pursues an interest in local history, particularly the history of Lancashire wrestling.
Cab Cashford & Eric Day
Cab Cashford has caused quite a bit of interest amongst Heritage readers recently. Now it's the turn of Heritage member Derrick Hogan to add to the Cab Cashford story.
Ron Harrison has added to our A-Z entry for the Canadian Eric Day, whose life took an unlikely turn on the rugby league field.
John Hall, R.I.P.
John Hall of Tunstall died on 4th January, 2014, aged 89.
At a time when the nation was going to war a youngster from Tunstall in Stoke on Trent had another sort of fighting on his mind. John was just sixteen years old when he first stepped into the professional wrestling ring in 1941. It was the start of a long career for this popular and handy wrestler who was also a skilled engineer.
John was one of a group of wrestlers from Stoke turning professional around that time: Jack Santos, George Goldie, Bill Ogden and Brian Aherne (later to become Jim Mellor). For the first few years most of John's matches were against these local wrestlers with whom he trained and travelled. Following the war he began travelling further afield and meeting a wider range of opponents that included Danny Flynn, Tommy Mann and Jack Beaumont.
John was signed up by Joint Promotions when they formed in 1952 and continued working for them until 1957 when he moved across to the independents. The move to the independents didn't mean any lessening of the workload and when the boom years of the independents begn in the late 1950s John Hall was in the tick of it, travelling up and down the country working for the major opposition promoters Cape Promotions, Jack Taylor and Paul Lincoln. John finally hung up his boots in 1969, some 27 years after first stepping into the professional ring.