Born in Odessa George Boganski made his way to Britain via Australia and South Africa. In Australia he travelled with a troupe of ballet dancers, learning to wrestle in the gymnasiums of the towns visited.
Boganski turned professional in Australia and quickly established himself as a skilled wrestler. He moved on to South Africa where he was one of the pioneers leading the development of the new style of wrestling in 1929.
In South Africa he wrestled Henry Irslinger, one of the men that introduced the all-in style to Britain, and it seems a reasonable assumption that Irslinger was instrumental in Boganski coming to Britain. Boganski came to Britain to take part in the first exhibition of all-in wrestling, on 13th November, 1930, when he faced George Modrich.
A skilled technical wrestler Boganski was one of the top heavyweight contenders of the 1930s, wrestling the greats Jack Sherry and Carl Pojell, though he weighed only around 14 stones. Boganski took British citizenship and is credited with the training of Norman Ansell, known to fans as Norman the Butcher. George was one of our Top Overseas Wrestlers of the 1930s.
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French Canadian Roger Boileau was the teenage idol when he first zipped across the Atlantic in December, 1961. He was trained by professionals Bob Lortie and Tony Lanza, both of whom encouraged him to gain further experience in Britain.
His acrobatic style made him a popular visitor, none more so than when he was knocked out by Jackie Pallo on television in January 1962.
Roger worked in Britain for Dale Martin Promotions for three months, opponents including Mick McManus, Eddie Capelli and Steve Logan.
Mid March he disappeared from the rings, seemingly lost to British fans. This was not the case. For Roger it was a new outfit and a new image. Cashing in on the success of Billy Two Rivers he had a mohican haircut, bought a headdress, took the name of a North American wrestler, Billy Red Cloud, and started to work for Paul Lincoln and the independent promoters.
Yet another of the whooping headdresses native Americans who followed Billy Two Rivers and featured in our 1980s wrestling rings.
Bold Eagle was here for much of the 1980s, setting up home at Wallasey in Merseyside, where he became good friends with Heritage member Arty Drummer.
He made an impressive sight as he made his entrance. Removal of the costume and as wrestlers go he certainly looked the part. Bold Eagle whooped, war danced and tomahawked his way to victory against a multitude of 1980s villains. The fans loved his appearances.
He came to national attention on television, where he partnered Big Daddy (in 1981) to overcome Wild Angus (a frequent foe) and Bull Pratt. Other television opponents were Pete Lapaque and Mark Rocco. Take note of the poster below, a high profile contest at London's Royal Albert Hall against the country's number one villain, Mick McManus.
The man behind the war cries was twenty-something Robert Cortes, an American from Arizona trained by the great Argentina Rocca.
An experienced professional he had turned professional in 1968, working at the time for the WWWF, forerunner of the WWE.
During his career Bobby Bold Eagle travelled the world, and worked in much of Europe, North and Central America, Japan, Guatemala, and Saudi Arabia.
Following his UK sojourn he wrestled in Spain and Germany, finally retiring in 1991 to start the Bobby Bold Eagle Wrestling Academy.
A powerful continental heavyweight from France who visited Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. Despite his impressive power and skill he suffered notable Royal Albert Hall losses against Tony Mancelli (1954) Tibor Szakacs (1964) and Josef Zaranoff (1964).
Appearing throughout Britain at all the largest venues against the biggest names his record was surprisingly lacklustre, with losses recorded against Billy Robinson, Ernie Baldwin, Tibor Szakacs, Billy Two Rivers, John da Silva, Billy Joyce, Earl Maynard and Gordon Nelson.
Born in Paris, in 1924, Andre was French heavyweight champion, and formed a formidable tag partnership with Roger Delaporte. He went on to wrestle in North America and appeared in numerous films.
From the moment he erupted onto the British wrestling scene in the mid 1970s Dave Bond was always an imposing figure who grappled and grunted his way to the not infrequent disqualification.
Another flag bearer of the white rose county.
Doncaster's Chic Booth had a background as a weightlifter and acrobat before turning to professional wrestling.
Fast and furious the Borg twins could make you dizzy. Twins Ignatious and Tony Borg were born in August, 1947 in Sliema Malta.
The boys came to Britain in 1957 and turned professional in 1965. The following year, in March, Iggy lost to Jon Cortez in his televised debut. He had more success the following month when he returned to the small screen and defeated Welsh lightweight champion Johnny Williams.
It wasn't until 1967 that the twins wrestled on tv in tag action for the first time. Their speed and skill made them television favourites throughout the land, though their live appearances were largely limited to the South.
Surprisingly most of their early bouts were in singles competition and regular tag success did not come about until they had worked professionally for over a year. As a tag team they wore numbered vests (to help fans distinguish them).
Whilst this admittedly hardly sounds the greatest of gimmicks you have failed to take into account the dramatic effect when they inevitably tore them off as a sign of the forthcoming retibution awaiting their villainous opponents.
Tony was the older of the Borg twins, four minutes the senior of brother Ignatious.
Born in August, 1947 in the Maltese coastal town of Sliema the boys left the Mediterranean sunshine and came to Britain in 1957. They took up amateur wrestling shortly afterwards and turned professional in 1965.
Tony made his professional wrestling debut a few weeks before Ignatious and kept up the pressure on little brother by making the first Royal Albert Hall debut. In subsequent years they were both to become firm favourites at the prestigious London venue.
Tony's first televised bout came in March, 1966, losing by a knockout to the Pakistani Mir Zafear Ealam.
Although the twins did frequently wrestle in single matches, especially in the first two years of their professional career their greatest success was as a tag team, meeting the likes of the Cortez Brothers, Royals and the villainous McManus and Logan pairing. They were a spectacularly fast pair and their matches with the Cortez and Royal brothers delighted fans around the halls,
On television they defeated The Artful Dodgers, the Magyars, the Dennisons and held the number one tag team, the Royal brothers, to a draw.