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Salford based Irish welterweight worked for the independent promoters of the 1960s and 1970s. A little tough 'un who was on our first live wrestling show.
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Dublin tough guy and legitimate welterweight title contender during his early sixties heyday.
Seemingly a part-timer in the seventies but had a memorable run when tagging with Sid Cooper in the Roughnecks, and later tagged with Mick McManus. His tag pairing with Jim Fitzmaurice in The Shamrocks seemed not to take off.
The tag partnership that brought him the European Tag Team title was perhaps the least well known one, alongside Fred Van Lotta. Joe Murphy was the hardest forearm smasher of them all! And one of the shortest wrestlers around.
Even though we may remember him as a seventies undercarder, it is notable that in opposition to Jack Dempsey he drew both in a well-recorded British Championship bout in 1962 and again in a 1965 televised bout, surely a measure of thoroughbred standing.
Some evidence emerges in 2007 that he may have been an opponent Mick McManus avoided in the 1960s.
See Murphy in action right against Clive Myers.
Scottish wrestler from Coatbridge turned professional in the mid 1960s, often seen on Scottish promotions defending the honour of his country against invaders from the south.
Worked for around fifteen years until he disappeared from our rings around 1980. Despite this our attempts to uncover more information have failed to produce results, other than this less than flattering photograph of John Murphy suffering at the hands of Steve Haggetty.
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As soon as he made his television debut in April, 1968 against Mike Eagers the fans warmed to Plymouth’s Steve Young, sometimes billed as Dave Young. Further television appearances followed against Colin Joynson, Alan Dennison, Pete Stewart, Les Kellett and a tag partnership with Adrian Street that lost to the Royal Brothers.
Little did we guess in those faraway days that the blond haired Steve Young would metamorphosis into something not unlike his dad, Roy Bull Davis, and become known to us all as Skull Murphy.That is not to say that Murphy was in any way a mere imitation. Certainly not.
We loved to watch dad wrestle, but Skull more than competently kept up the family traditions in the world of professional wrestling. He filled out to become a leading figure in the heavyweight division, at one time partnering Dave Fit Finlay in tag action. For more than thirty years he enraged fans as one of the greatest bad men of the late twentieth century.
His unpredictable nature made all his bouts all-action affairs, and one of the few wrestlers able to please fans of the Mountevans era and those of the new millenium.
The smiling bald headed Yorkshireman, famous for performing his duties with good humour, was a popular figure in the nation's living rooms initially as one of the top welterweights in the country and latterly as a third man.
In fact Murray was at one time appearing on tv more often than that man McManus as he was featured in the opening sequence of our weekly wrestling fix. The photo on the left shows him receiving a headbutt from Mr TV himself.
A successful amateur career led to a professional debut, under the guidance of Norman Morrell, shortly after the end of the second world war.
The poster on the right shows him challenging Jack Dempsey for the British welterweight championship, topping the bill ahead of Georges G rdienko, John DaSilva and Mr Tv Jackie Pallo himself.
Murray's professional career lasted more than twenty years and was followed by success as a referee. He later moved to New Zealand. Bernard Murray, born Bernard Moran, died aged 84, in June 2012.
Geuchichi Moussa was originally billed from Algeria and when he made his televised debut against Mick McManus in 1962 at Kingston, he had Kent Walton waxing lyrical: “He escapes almost before he’s in the holds.”
However, his mouthful of a name proved unsuitable, and promoters quickly fell back on the tried and trusted and frequently Terrible nationality as used in professional wrestling since the days of Hackenschmidt.
Abu Musa the Turk became a mainstay welterweight of the southern wrestling scene through the thriving mid-sixties, and featured on the cover of The Wrestler magazine in action with sixties starlet Adrian Street.
Adrian Street tells us that he made Musa suffer one night following instructions from the promoters that he should let the Algerian have the limelight during a televised match.
The Lancashire seaside town of Blackpool was a hotbed of professional wrestling for more than fifty years and dozens of wrestlers learned their trade in the multitude of venues, Tony Francis recalls fifteen!
The Belgian mid heavyweight made his first visit to Britain in 1969 but was set to return again during the 1970s. He finished 12th and then 11th respectively at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics in the Greco Roman welterweight class.
At times he lived up to expectations as an Olympic representative by giving Mike Marino a tussle in a World Mid heavyweight championship clash at Nottingham, and drawing with both Tibor Szakacs and Marino again on their home turf, the Royal Albert Hall. Less impressive was a televised draw with Barry Douglas and losses against John Cox and Leon Arras.
His work is discussed fully in the link below.
The slick welterweight who turned pro in 1970 after successful amateur wrestling and weightlifting experience took little time exciting the public in any bout he was involved in.
The token Welterweight Championship of the West Indies was awarded to him, but had all but the most gullible fans questioning its validity. By the mid-seventies word was out of his arm wrestling prowess and championships. Then we recognised him immediately for a brief masked spell as Iron Fist, so obviously was it he that no mystery was ever intended.
He adopted a colourful and exaggeratedly acrobatic martial arts style and seemed a serious threat to opponents of all weights as his career peaked in unmasked combat. He teamed with the likes of Kung Fu and Chris Adams, and had memorable battles with Rocco and Nagasaki.
He also featured in one of ITV’s most spectacular finishes to a bout, a review of which can be read in Armchair Corner under Spring heeled and surly.
Another review is of the controversial tv début of Kung Fu. We understand that Clive turned his back on all wrestling ties and lives in the West Indies as a Jehovah's Witness, almost as if to validate that title we mention 40 years later.
Related article: Roman Trilogy in Armchair Corner on www.wrestlingheritage.com