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Aussie the Butcher

Another of those names associated with the 1930s, noted by Atholl Oakeley as one of the great villains in “Blue Blood on the Mat.”  The Australian Assassin Aussie The Butcher was first seen in 1932 and travelled all around the country facing the big names of the day.  He disappeared from our rings when the Second World Was broke out. His career may have continued  after the end of the war, as James J Aussie,  who worked  for Atholl Oakeley in a futile attempt to resurrect the all-in rules against the on-going onslaught of the new fangled Lord Mountevans rules.

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Bert Auwera (Albert Van Der Auwera)

Bert, or Albert van der Auwera as he was sometimes more grandly known was a genuine The farmer from Belgium made a short visit to Britain in March, 1939. The Second World War intervened and there are reports that he was taken prisoner of war. Bert returned to Britain in 1946 and each year until 1950. He was a skilful and successful wrestler, holding the European and Belgian heavyweight title, having a number of memorable bouts with the great Bert Assirati. In the 1950s he spent a significant amount of time in Spain, where he helped popularise the sport.

Sheikh Wadi Yousef Ayoub

The Lebanese Heavyweight visitor was an impressive figure in 1961 when he  travelled Britain and met the very best on offer. Sheik Ayoub worked in Britain throughout 1961 with wins over the top men  that included Ernie Baldwin, Dave Armstrong, Billy Joyce, Albert Wall, Zebra Kid, Geoff Portz, Terry Ricardo,  Ian Campbell, Tibor Szakacs, you get the idea?

All the more surprising (or was it?) that he should lose to the ever popular Dazzler Joe Cornelius at the Royal Albert Hall; surely a result that tells more about the mechanism of professional wrestling rather than the skills of the two combatants.

Earl Black, who worked with Sheik Wadi in Australia towards the end of the decade, told Wrestling Heritage "He was a handsome man, a brilliant conversationalist who was very charming." 

Born in Beirut in 1922, he moved to Australia when he was twenty-four, shortly after becoming the Lebanese amateur championship.  He turned professional in 1953, and shortly embarked one extensive tours of  New Zealand and India. On his return to Australia Sheik Ayoub established himself as one of the country's top wrestlers.  

The visit to Britain in 1961 was the start of a world tour that also include France, Belgium, India, Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand. He remained one of the world's top mat men for many years, finally finding success in the United States in the 1970s. He was still in his prime in 1976 when he prematurely passed away, a victim of cancer.