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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Wrestling Heritage A-Z

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Keith Haward .... Al Hayes  ... Chunky Hayes ... Tony Hayhurst ...  Johnny Hayles ... The Headhunter ...  Hooker Ted Heath ...  Joe Heaton ... Roy Heffernan ...  More

Hurricane Keith Haward (Pete Heywood)

Hurricane Keith could well have been a household name for years to come had it not been for the demise of tv wrestling. In the 1980s he was one of the few new entrants that didn't just ooze class but could engage the fans; a wonderful antidote to the shenanigans going on in many matches at the time..

He came to the professional ring with first class amateur credentials, having  represented his country in the 1976 Olympic Games in  Montreal and the 1978 Commonweatlh Games. In the Olympics Keith lost his first two matches to the Romanian Marin Pircalabu and Jarmo Overmark of Finland,  leading to his elimination, but won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games  Turning  professional  he soon became Hurricane Haward and by the early 1980s he was established as a top class professional.

He was three times holder of the European Middleweight title as the belt was passed between Keith, Mal Sanders and Clive Myers between 1979 and 1987. 

But fans will be most likely to remember him in action with Jon Cortez - one of the most frequent match-ups in wrestling history.

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Al Hayes (Lord Alfred Hayes)
Ever youthful Judo Al Hayes was one wrestler who enjoyed a textbook career made up of a series of successful phases. 
 
Crowned as a British Heavyweight Champion in the shambolic pre Joint Promotions days at Harringay Stadium, the nation’s youngest ever judo black belt of the early days of Dale Martin Promotions claimed a more notable scalp with a Royal Albert Hall defeat of subsequent legitimate world champion Eduardo Carpentier. 
 
He then hooked up from the outset with successful independent rival, Paul Lincoln, playing the blue-eyed lead against Lincoln’s colourful stable of international villains.  Hayes had a fun run as the English version of a famed Continental masked man, culminating in a famous 1962 unmasking at the Granada Tooting at the hands of Doctor Death.  If you don't know the name of that masked man you can soon take a look at the Wrestling Heritage Top 20 Masked Men
 
During his Lincoln years, Hayes wrestled with great regularity in France, both with and without the mask.  When the two promotions finally merged at the start of 1966 it was Judo Al who led the Lincoln wrestlers’ televised ring invasion and took the mike in an open challenge to their Dale Martin counterparts.  Immediately embraced back into the Joint Promotions fold, Hayes featured in the victorious London team in the Capital Cities Trophy series against Paris at the Royal Albert Hall the following year. 
 
Billed now as the wrestling councillor (Con.) from Westminster, Hayes won an open tournament to become the Southern England Heavyweight Champion, defeating Wayne Bridges and Bruno Elrington along the way.  In time-honoured fashion he relinquished his sash to Elrington just prior to his departure for the USA in 1971.  His final 34 years of action in the ring and behind the mike were spent in North America, where he died a very sad death in 2005 aged 77.
Chunky Hayes

To be added soon

Tony Hayhurst

A young farmer from Milnthorpe in Westmorland who found success in the Cumberland and Westmorland style, in which he was champion. Not surprising really as he was from the family of legendary Cumberland and Westmorland wrestler Gilpin Bland. Tony took up Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling in 1949, and was crowned champion in 1957. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Edgar, who was a Cumberland and Westmorland champion for many years. Tony's C&W success was followed by a short lived professional career that began in January 1962 and was cut short by injury a few months later. The Hayhurst family is still actively involved in Cumberland and Westmorland style wrestling.

Hooker Ted Heath (Red Scorpion, Masked Resistor)
He was a Yorkshire grit type who found success on both sides of the Atlantic, though he probably   didn’t take that “Hooker” Heath nickname to the States with him. Ted Heath turned to professional wrestling following a career in rugby league, and with such a background he had just the style that you’d imagine.

If you’re not sure what that means then just imagine a wrestler who was disqualified in his first professional bout! 

He was a robust, submission style brawler with the characteristics of a villain despite rarely actually breaking the rules. Well, not often. It was a different matter on those occasions he pulled on a mask to wrestle as the outright villainous Red Scorpion.  Scorpion was a masked man of the 1960s/70s rings of Morrell Beresford Promotions in the north of England and Scotland.

Admittedly Ted the Scorpion was not an original. We can offer a couple of Red Scorpions. Ted is the one most likely remembered by Wrestling Heritage readers in the late sixties and early seventies mostly seen in the  rings of northern England and Scotland working for Norman Morrell and Ted Beresford. There were always rumours that the face behind the mask  Yorkshire heavy middleweight Ted Heath, and when the mask was removed by Scots star Andy Robin it was indeed Ted Heath whose features were revealed. The name Red Scorpion had previously been used by the heavyweight Mitchell Gill whilst wrestling in the Far East in the early 1950s, and could be found on independent bills in the 1950s.

As masked man Red Scorpion Ted Heath  tagged with another hard northerner, John Foley, who was at that time also wrestling under a mask as The Katt.

It was, though, unmasked as partner of fellow Yorkshireman Alan Dennison he is most fondly remembered by wrestling fans of the 1970s. Ted's aggressive style complemented team captain, Alan Dennison. Wrestling fans' disappointment that Sid Cooper had moved south were soon dismissed when Ted took over his role in the tag team, an impeccable replacement to accompany Dennison in tag mayhem. 

Late in his career Ted wrestled in Australia and finally  settled in the USA where he gained some success as Texas Ted Heath. He did return to Britain after he settled in America, but again his features were often hidden from fans under the mask of the  In the United States he formed a formidable tag combination with his old friend and former tag partner, another British old-timer, John Foley.

Their name?

The British Bulldogs, and yes this was long before Dynamite Kid and Davey Smith set foot on the North American continent.

Ted Heath died in August, 2014.

Roy Heffernan

One half of the world famous Fabulous Kangaroos tag team, Roy Heffernan, visited Britain in 1953 and again in 1955. Acknowledged as one of Australia's greatest wrestlers,  from 1957 until 1965, Heffernan and fellow Kangaroo Al Costello played a leading role in popularising tag team wrestling.

When the tag partnership ended Heffernan returned to Australia where he continued wrestling and later became one of the country's top promoters.  In Britain  the 1953 tour was mainly in Northern England but in 1955 he travelled more extensively.

Opponents included Jack Pye, Dave Armstrong and a Royal Albert Hall bout with the German Hermann Iffland.