WRESTLING HERITAGE

A hobby site created by enthusiasts of 
British wrestling celebrating wrestling and 
wrestlers from 1930 onwards through 
fifty glorious years of British wrestling history

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262 Comments

Reply Craig davies
3:28 PM on October 17, 2017 
I used to love watching my grandad mc Fred downes as a child at great Yarmouth wh3re could I get some good photos of him in the ring?
Reply Jay Bell
2:49 PM on October 1, 2017 
Great page full of the biggest and best British wrestling had to offer. So proud my late father is included. 💪👏🏼
Reply Richard
2:12 PM on October 1, 2017 
Thanks for the reminder re the newsletter. I've been watching live wrestling since the '60s and love the website. Have made a couple of contributions as well. Keep up the magnificent work on the website Hack and Anglo-Italian.
Reply Graham Potts
3:15 AM on September 29, 2017 
Bob Abbott (Leno Larazzi) was actually Brian Abbott - I used to work with him in a dye works in Basford, Nottingham. His father was Joe Abbott who ran the Raven Inn on Rawson Street. Brian was a good friend of mine who unfortunately died due to a brain tumor some years back. He was a real character and very comical when the mood took him. He is sadly missed by all who knew him.
Reply Shargraim
10:21 AM on August 28, 2017 
Thank you Hack and Anglo-Italian for your two great websites.
I never enjoyed watching wrestling more than at the Connaught Drill Hall, Portsmouth, and subsequently at the Theatre Royal, renamed the "Royal Arena" by Jim Smith, the local promoter. Steve Logan was rightly billed "Always Popular in Portsmouth" and invariably won or was disqualified!
I am sorry to learn that he declined in retirement. I believe he was involved in a talent agency called "Uglee" supplying those with similar boats to film and theatre.
Reply Len Maynard
6:36 PM on August 27, 2017 
I see I have to leave a message if I'm to continue to receive your newsletter, so here it is. I discovered your site a good few years ago now and it was a revelation. I've been a fan of UK wrestling since I was about seven way back in 1960 and I used to watch it on TV on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. I was lucky enough to have an uncle who took me to my first wrestling show at the Granada, Edmonton when I was 12; a Paul Lincoln promotion featuring Judo Al Hayes, Docker Don Steadman and many others who feature on your site, and after that, throughout my early teens I was a regular patron of the North London venue to see the likes of the Zebra Kid, McManus and Logan,the Wildman of Borneo (who scared the bejesus out of me), and so on. There was a certain magic about the shows there - the lights, the sounds and the sheer excitement of it that had me going back time and time again.
I've been a writer since my early twenties and a few years ago I embarked on a series of crime novels set in the late fifties, early sixties - the Jack Callum Mysteries, and one of my coppers moonlights as a pro wrestler and works for Paul Lincoln and as far as research for the novels goes, your site is an incredible resource, filling in the gaps in my memory and providing some interesting background detail. I would be bereft if I stopped receiving your newsletter, so please keep sending it. In the future I intend to post more on your site. I've got a few interesting stories to tell after almost a lifetime of watching wrestling and getting to know some wresters from that specific era, like how I got to know Kalman Gaston when he, like me worked in the jewellery trade and how he would greet me by clamping me in a friendly headlock - boy he was strong, even in his fifties. I'll write more when I've finished the fifth Jack Callum book, but for now, back to work.
Reply Armageddon
7:22 AM on August 27, 2017 
Meant to leave a comment here ages ago to ensure the newsletter keeps coming. Thanks for the reminder! :)
Reply Malvinas
7:16 PM on August 26, 2017 
The comments and memories contributed to WH show what a great institution the great game truly was and always will be.
Reply Stephen Ashfield
6:44 PM on August 26, 2017 
it's fantastic to read about the glorious history of British wrestling. With a site like this it means those days will live on forever with so many stories being shared.
Reply Andrew
9:55 AM on August 18, 2017 
I am very thankful to John Lister for putting me onto this excellent resource, it is essential for anyone interested in the great history of professional wrestling here in the U.K.

I cannot thank the site enough for helping discover more about my own family's connection to pro-wrestling.
Reply terry
5:01 PM on August 14, 2017 
great site. I feel sorry for those 'youngsters' who think that wwe is proper wrestling. I reckon any of our heavyweights (in their prime) would beat any wwe 'star' because he learned the right wayold school wrestling.
Reply powerlock
7:30 PM on August 12, 2017 
I was sure I had posted here, but if anyone reads this post get onto the main sites and don't forget to visit the forum and say hello . It's not just a great sight but the forum is a great community of knowledge and friendship although most of us haven't met. we have grown to know each other through our interest in the great days of British wrestling
Reply Neil Kemp
7:05 AM on August 7, 2017 
WH is so enjoyable and has re-kindled my love of wrestling. As one member says, seeing some of the big names of the past again really pleases me. Keep up the good work.
Reply peterbgoode
7:08 PM on August 6, 2017 
I love Wrestling Heritage. I was a huge fan of wrestling in the 60s. Thank you for reviving so many good memories for me.
Reply Alan Fisher
4:02 AM on August 6, 2017 
How amazing that this site has taken off so well that it isn't just the fans that enjoy it but also the wrestlers! Before I found it, I assumed that those names I had followed for so many years were consigned to the past, but on Wrestling Heritage they have re-appeared. Sadly not all are still with us, but WH keeps their memory alive...
Reply Donnie Brooke
4:58 PM on May 28, 2017 
Hello. I just found this site. I really like it.
Donnie Brooke (Pro Wrestler / UFO Hunter)
Reply OZ GEEZA
6:57 PM on January 16, 2017 
I have been following all the great content this site has to offer! An ex Borehamwood ite now residing on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Brings back memories of Watford Town Hall, Slough and The Albert Hall, not to forget Saturday afternoon!
Reply Chris Raes
7:23 AM on January 5, 2017 
This site brings back many memories from when I use to go with my mother and sister to see the wretling at Torquay Town Hall. We use to go in the early 80's and had the pleasure of meeting many of the stars either at the venue, down at the Castle Bar or a few who kipped over at my sisters before going on to their next venue. Enjoying the wrestling profiles and seeing the photo's - top site and have recommended it to a few others.
Reply Duncan
1:59 AM on March 7, 2016 
I have participated in this wonderful site for sometime now, mainly through the forum. This is a site for memories, dreams, opinions and much more. The diversity of the participants on the forum is something to behold. Ordinary fans like me, long winded "experts" who seem to have had access to everything "wrestling" and those, bless 'em, who truly believe it was not a work! Our thanks must go to Hack and Anglo who keep things going week in, week out. Keep it up lads, there are many more three counts to come yet.
Reply stu wells
10:37 AM on February 19, 2016 
what a brilliant site to look at and to look at the all stars in action and to have a chat about the good old days of wrestling!! I think you have done a superb job and done everyone in the wrestling community proud I know my dad would of loved it as much as me. A BIG WELL DONE!!
Reply frank thomas
5:29 PM on February 5, 2016 
Absolutely superb site! Really enjoying both the reading and making contributions. Good to interact with fellow members hope my contributions make sense and enjoyed by fellow members all the best frank thomas
Reply Dodthecrusher
3:35 PM on December 9, 2015 
I would love to thank this brilliant original site and it's members / I have been a fan of British Wrestling since I was a young boy. Wrestlers never seem to get the credit that other sportsmen and sportswoman get. I have enormous respect for Professional Wrestlers.they put their bodies on the line for our entertainment /Wrestling is an art form in itself /Wrestlers travel almost 360 days a year on the road.Wrestling is also a sport which deserves more credit. Wrestlers theirselves are titans /warriors with technical ability /stamina /fitness/ etc / I'm so happy that the British wrestling scene here and abroad is starting to explode again as British Wrestling is back on the map /and the titans of the past and present are getting the respect they all deserve. Just a quick hello and I am so privileged to be on this site.many thanks Dodthecrusher
Reply williambryden
6:00 PM on November 10, 2015 
thanks to hack & wrestring heritage for the publicity for ayr hospital radio & my country show which goes out every Tuesday 10am/1pm playing mainly country music. you've heard the rest ,now listen to the best, come on folks tune in & be entertained for three hours of the best yours bruce welch
Reply Dennis Lord
10:59 AM on October 28, 2015 
Great to see the Wrestling Heritage is still going strong keep up the good work,
Reply OZ GEEZA
6:56 PM on October 11, 2015 
Keep up the good work, this site is a true reference resource. Fantastic!!
Reply judo al hollamby
12:07 PM on August 18, 2015 
A really great site.Thanks for your hard work.
Reply danny regan
3:44 PM on August 17, 2015 
thank you hack and anglo for good coverage of the best days of british wrestling.
Reply Frank Carman
8:38 AM on July 27, 2015 
My thanks to Hack and Anglo, for their kindness for their help. Also, for organising this great site, so much appreciated by all wrestling fans. Regards
Reply steve angel
5:37 PM on June 16, 2015 
just spent 3 days trawling every wrestler in the a-z catagory with my dad who is 92! we were regulars when we lived in derby & later in my 20s at the bedworth civic hall near nuneaton.great nostalgic site guys!
Reply tommy stevenson
2:08 PM on March 14, 2015 
May I say thank you to wrestling Heritage for the cards and condolences sent to me on the loss of my wife .we had 53 great years together .
Reply Scott Thomson
1:51 PM on January 1, 2015 
Well that's yet another year gone by so I wish Werstling Heritage a very Happy new Year and thank you for all the work you put into the site .
Not only do you meet new friends but also the ones who you have worked for in and out the ring .
As for my self I would like to express my thanks for all your support due to my wife's illness .
So it's not all but werstling but looking after each other and I am over whelemed by all your messages it has been a tough long road this year so may you all have a good 2015 and give your support to this site
Reply Tony Baker
8:22 AM on December 29, 2014 
Once again guys Ive sat down and flicked through the pages of your/our web site and all those memories of the Saturday nights come flooding back.
As a teenager standing on the stage getting close to the wrestlers and collecting autographs (where did they all go?)
Then as time went by sitting in our own seat booked in advance, months in advance oh heady days.
Made so many friends, had some wonderful nights out, Thanks to all those wonderful professionals that meant so much to us then.
thank for a great web site.
Tony

Tony
Thanks for bringing it all back again and also teaching me new things I never knew
Reply DAVE MARSHALL
6:31 PM on December 13, 2014 
As everyone says and I agree "what a great interesting site this is" It reminds me of the great days at the Pavillion and Assembly Hall in Worthing in the early sixties!! Kiwi Kingston,Zebra Kid,Frank Hurley and Joe Cornelius to mention just a few!! GREAT DAYS!!
DAVE
Reply The Riot Squad
11:48 AM on November 23, 2014 
Bob Kirkwood wrote on 18th November 2014:

"I'd almost forgotten my 25 years in wrestling until you guys(ie. Anglo & Hack) started your website. Now I think about those fantastic times very often and realise what a charmed life I've lived.Thank you guys and thank you fans."
Reply Bobby England
10:11 AM on October 14, 2014 
I have been a member for a few years, and until now, never looked for any inclusion in the site of myself. Just spotted it! Thanks for the article in A-Z chaps. It was great to receive an award at this years Southern Reunion.
Reply Rollerball Ricci
8:00 AM on September 27, 2014 
What a good site. A great deal of my youth was spent religiously watching these guys live at our local venue (we once had Scrubber Daly land on our laps in the front row and he was incredibly apologetic) and on a Saturday afternoon on ITV : This site has brought the memories flooding back ! Everyone has their all time top 3 wrestlers : Mine have to be Mark Rocco, Marty Jones and Dave Finlay, in that order. What are other readers favourite top 3 ?
Reply Jo
1:08 PM on August 13, 2014 
I really enjoyed reading about British Wrestlers' Reunion Sunday 10th August 2014 & the photographs are great well done for all the hard work put into the reunion. It brings a lot of memories back from Friday nights at The Liverpool Stadium. Thank you.
Reply Wendy Lewis
6:39 PM on July 28, 2014 
Hi,
I am delighted to have found your website. I am approaching that special birthday (60) where one does much reflecting and looking back on childhood memories. I was immersed in the world of wrestling as my late father was Jack Jefferson/Sean O'shea of North Western Promotions. So many of the names you have featured were familiar to me. Sadly I have few photographs to show ( surprising as Dad was a keen amature photographer) I would to have site of a poster or two that have also been lost along the way. So once again well done to Wrestling Heritage for all the work you have done thus far. I hope that you can continue to grow.
Reply Tonycuomo
5:28 PM on July 21, 2014 
Interested in your hotmail address (the riot squad) My father Pasquale Salvo along with Peter Rann were always billed as such....My father was also always billed as Anglo Italian Coincidence? I guess so...Very good site brings back memories of a lot of personalities I was lucky enough to mix with as a nipper.....The envy of all my schoolmates
Reply Keith Gray
7:35 AM on July 12, 2014 
Absolutely wonderful site, a great tribute to a golden period. Where do I find the add profile section?
Reply Colin
4:17 PM on July 11, 2014 
Colin here, this is a brilliant. brilliantte hope to give you much information. Happy grapplers!
Reply Peter M.
4:52 AM on July 4, 2014 
Hello Everyone ,fellow Wrestling Fans ,how are You ?
Ive been a Member of Hack & Anglo's site for a few years.
This site for me is "The Best " for Memories ,info,Photos ,Help and its extremely friendly ,all Members make you feel part of the Site ,No matter what your age......Give it a try its that easy !
Reply Robert
10:45 PM on June 29, 2014 
Good Morning Team

So great to have a special section on the Old Timers of Professional Wrestling. I am a big Fan of the British Scene especially the Pre War Years. But Post War there have been many Great Heavyweights, one of whom settled in New Zealand Robert Bruce former Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion. Keep up the excellent work on Wrestling History!!!
Reply Steve Casey
6:33 AM on June 22, 2014 
Appreciate the work that goes into maintaining this web-site that gives us all pleasure and memories.
Reply Peter Kinch / Little Toby
3:41 PM on June 21, 2014 
Keep up the great work lad's with this first class web site. Have any members got any wrestling memories of the Stour centre In Ashford that they would like to share with us all? especially the 70's. photos much appreciated
Reply TB
7:53 AM on June 21, 2014 
A really useful resource for us old timers, keep up the good work!
Reply Graham Bawden
4:15 AM on June 21, 2014 
Always something interesting to read,with up to date information.
Reply Raven
3:25 AM on June 21, 2014 
It is absolutely breathtaking the amount of information and history in your site, the pleasure it gives to me cannot be measured
Reply Martin Pickles
7:57 AM on June 20, 2014 
The good old days!
Reply marcus63
5:52 AM on June 20, 2014 
I always reading the various sections even though I don't coment very much