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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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.
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.
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.
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.