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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Al Lipman ... Johnny Lipman ... Little Caesar ... Jack Little ...  Little Prince ... Johnny Locke ...   Cecil Logan ... Iron Man Steve Logan ... Steve Logan (Birmingham) ... Guy Lombardo ...  Tiger Louis Lombardo ... More ...  

Al Lipman

First appeared on the wrestling scene in the 1930s with activities curtailed during the Second World War.

In the latter 1940s and  1950s  “The Aldgate Flyer” or “The Jewish Flash” were the nicknames of London lightweight Al Lipman who whizzed around British rings in the 1940s and 1950s, with some memorable clashes against World Champion George Kidd.

He was the first man to wrestle Mick McManus on television, in 1947. Poster (right) is of a later Dale Martin Promotion, with McManus again the opponent.

 Following his retirement Al went into business and acquired a chain of clothing shops.

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Johnny Lipman

Another Aldgate flyer that we believe was the brother of Al Lipman and active in the 1940s and 1950s.

Johnny appeared in the 1947 BBC television programme, "I Want To Be A Wrestler," alongside fellow wrestler Saxon Elliot and  with presenter McDonald Hobley.

 

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Jack Little

Little in name, large in stature.

Stratford upon Avon's Jack Little, oft Sergeant Little, was one of Jack Taylor's heavies in the 1960s and first opponent of Pat Roach.

 

 

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Little Prince

Yorkshire's Mohammed Alam  was a man who brought a dash of colour and more than a splash of sportsmanship to the rings of the 1970s.

At the time new talent was in short supply in British rings and Mohammed Alam was one of the hopes for the future. 

He wrestled as the Little Prince, and his good nature in the ring made him just that for the fans who watched him in the rings of  northern England and Scotland.

Apart from a good nature, and an ability to wrestle The Little Prince  was an immensely strong wrestler of short stature  with an enormous chest.  Television fans enjoyed seeing him in action well over a dozen times, including a 1981 Cup Final day drawn result with Tally Ho Kaye.

Iron Man Steve Logan

 His appearance gave Steve Logan little choice, he just had to be a villain. Obligingly, he sneered at fans from behind his straggly hair, showing obvious pleasure from the delivery of lethal forearm smashes and the application of each submission hold, of which there were many.

 
Despite being overshadowed by his high profile tag partner many consider the Brixton hard man, Steve Logan, to be far more versatile and exciting than McManus.
 
Without the burden of a seemingly invincible record to protect, Logan was the one who could  take the chances to leave open the possibility of defeat, though it rarely happened.
 
Logan's Cup Final Day televised 1965 bout with Ricki Starr goes down as one of the most celebrated monochrome matches ever. 
 
Defeats that did occur were often the result of disqualification, but they served only to add to his fearsome reputation, and for fans of the sixties and seventies that meant he was the hardest of hard men. 
 
The surprising highlight of his competitive career came when in 1975 he managed to relive old foe Bert Royal of the British Heavy-Middleweight championship for a few months.
 
As of September 2016 we are collectively delving into Steve Logan's early career and can so far trace 1950 activity, possibly with a debut against Eddie Capelli.  Watch this space for updates as the boys uncover more. 
 
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Steve Logan (Birmingham)

Around 1980 wrestling fans were surprised to find that the Steve Logan appearing in the ring that night was not the long haired iron man we had grown accustomed to booing but a clean-cut newcomer who was nothing like his famous namesake.

Whilst we may speculate whether or not this was a promoter's ploy to mislead the fans we can offer a case in the young Birmingham wrestlers defence. Firstly, Steve Logan was his real name. Secondly, the original had retired shortly before (though many fans were unaware of this), and thirdly, the boy could wrestle.

In the 1980s he continued to improve and was one of the top prospects of the decade. Had British wrestling managed to reverse it's terminal decline we may well have been cheering on British champion Steve Logan to this day. We all know that things didn't turn out quite like that. Steve wrestled throughout the 1980s, in Britain and overseas, including a spell for Stampede Wrestling in Canada.

In the 1990s he turned his considerable skill to training youngsters how to wrestle and promoting professional wrestling under the KStar Promotions name. Steve is still involved in wrestling management at the time of his A-Z entry (June 2012).

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo was  a familiar name to wrestling fans of the 1950s, seen here at the Royal Albert Hall.

A worker for Atholl Oakeley and later Dale Martin Promotions he faced some of the best in the business - Mike Marino, Count Bartelli, Gordon Nelson and Geoff Portz.

In 1953 he wrestled Milo Popocopolis at the Royal Albert Hall, one of the last shows promoted at the venue by Atholl Oakeley, using Oakeley's "Modren Catch as Catch Can Rules" and not the Lord Mountevans rules that were then used by Joint Promotions.

 Note on the same bill a young Mick McManus, John Foley, Mel Riss and Heritage favourite, The Iron Man of the Lakes, Gerry Hoggarth.

 

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Tiger Louis Lombardo

Muscular heavyweight of the 1960s and 1970 Tiger Louis Lombardo was another favourite who learned the trade on the independent circuit before being signed up by Joint Promotions.

Born in Jamaica, or so we were told, Louis lived in Birmingham and trained during his amateur days at the Birmingham Athletics Institute.

A popular, strong, skilful wrestler but he never made it into the top grade.