P: Portz - Priore
Wrestling Heritage A - Z
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One of an expanding number of super-sized heavyweights that came to symbolise British wrestling in the 1980s. The London based heavyweight weighed in at just over twenty-stones and made a few television appearances in the 1980s. He appeared in the last ever Dale Martin Promotions wrestling show at the Royal Albert Hall, partnering Sid Cooper and losing against Big Daddy and Greg valentine on 30th October, 1985. Later re-emerged on the British wrestling scene using the name Bearcat Brody.
Gateshead's Ken Prest first ventures into the professional wrestling ring was on the continent in 1965, but it was another three years before he was seen in British rings. turned professional in 1968. Prior to this the British debut twenty-three year old Prest had learned a great deal in the fairground wrestling booths of the north east. Ken appeared in various westerns filmed in Spain and also appeared in “Women In Love.” Despite being featured in a full page Wrestler article we have no first hand knowledge of Ken, but would welcome readers contributions.
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Seventeen stones of pure muscle and standing 6 feet 3 inches tall Johannesburg's Corrie Pretorius came to Britain in 1952 to compete in the Mr Universe contest in London. Pretorius came first in the class 1 competition, with Britain's Arnold Dyson runner up. Following the competition he took to Britain's wrestling rings and remained in the country until the end of the year. Despite his unquestionable physical presence Pretorius was not given an easy ride, going down to Britain's best, including Dai Sullivan, Charlie Scott, Mike Marino, and Dave Armstrong.
Born in Yugoslavia a couple of years after the end of the second world war Milan Prica and his brother moved to the UK as teenagers. They settled in Leeds and having some amateur experience Milan made contact with Ron Farrar and Al Marshall, owners of Ace Sports Promotions. Al Marshall trained Milan in the ways of the professional world and he eventually made his pro debut, many of those early contests being in Ace Promotions shows. Al remembers Milan as a good, clean wrestler. Ron recalled Milan's attempts to introduce comedy into his bouts, not always with success! One of the few who usually wrestled barefoot Milan Prica remained a regular worker throughout the north and was always popular with fans.
Croydon's Frankie Price was an element of London wrestling in the 1950s and 1960s for whom we feel guilty of not knowing more. Not only was he an active wrestler he was also an independent promoter and trainer of the 1960s, responsible for bringing numerous youngsters into the business. Frankie promoted under the banner of Premier Promotions, a member of the British Wrestling Federation.
Steve Prince (Black Prince)
Soldier Boy Steve Prince squeezes into the Heritage years, joining the professional circuit in the late 1980s, and wrestling occasionally as we add his entry to the A-Z in 2011.
Born in Plymouth Steve appeared on television (using the name Black Prince) in March 1985, knocked out by Dave Finlay (see photo right).
Steve adopted the name The Black Prince, a barefooted martial arts expert dressed in black, challenging his opponent (a la Kendo) with his sword as part of the pre bout rituals.
Well known as part of the "Task Force One" tag team with Vic Powers. Now lives in Warrington, Cheshire.
Italian Nicolas Priore was a visitor to Britain during the 1960s and 1970s. A middleweight when he arrived in 1962 he filled out a decade later, but the increased poundage failed to prevent a Royal Albert Hall loss to Brian Maxine in October 1971.