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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Izzy Rudd ... Jimmy Rudd ...  Terry Rudge ... Bob Russell ... Andy (Harry) Ryan ... Billy Ryan ...   Bobby Ryan ... Jimmy Tiger Ryan  ... Pat Ryan ... Sean Ryan ... Stan Rylands

Izzy Rudd

Powerful and strong light heavyweight of London in the 1930s. Was reported to have given British champion Atholl Oakeley a hard time when the pair met at Nottingham in December 1932. Other opponents included Golden Hawk and White Owl. Having repeatedly carried White Owl to the side of the ring and deliberately thrown him over the top rope fans at Nottingham cheered when White Owl returned the favour, with Rudd counted out by the referee.

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Jimmy Rudd

Wigan's Jimmy Rudd is remembered as an RAF airman during the war who performed numerous exhibition matches with another young airman by the name of Mick McManus. Following the war Jimmy worked the professional rings of northern England against the likes of Tiger Woods, Jim Mellor and Carlton Smith.

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Terry Rudge

Long-term career mid-heavyweight who could wrestle clean or dirty, bald or hairy, tanned or pale.  Blocked at the Royal Albert Hall by Mike Marino in his title bid, this was the story in the over-crowded Mid-Heavyweight division all along for the Dunstable utility wrestler, the Barry Douglas of the south.  Seen on the right trying for a submission on Marty Jones.

A surprising protegé of Wrestling's Most Influential, Bradford  based Norman Morrell.

Terry turned professional in the late 1960s, quickly gaining experience and weight before taking part in the German summer tournaments. As he matured Terry developed a harder edge style which didn't endear him to fans.

Can claim one of the most outrageous quotes:  his toughest opponent was Tornado Torontos!

Billy Ryan

We saw Birmingham middleweight Billy Ryan a couple of times in the early 1970s, against Sabu (Gurdial Singh) and Earl McCready in the independent rings. We remember a skilful, fast and popular wrestler, and have since been told, but not confirmed, that he was the son of veteran heavyweight Harry Yardley.

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Bobby Ryan

In the early 1970s the lightweight division was bursting with talent - George Kidd, Johnny Saint, Jack Robinson, Zoltan Boscik, Jim Breaks, Jon Cortez, Bill Ross,  and Hanley's Bobby Ryan. Bobby was the son of  referee Stan Rylands.

His stylistic maneouvres,speed and agility made him a fans favourite, never more so than in his clashes  with Jim Breaks.They had some great matches around the country, matching one another with speed and skill, and delighting the fans when Bobby would outwit the Yorkshire man who would oblige with one of the tantrums that he made his own. 

Bobo Matu, as well as his father, Stand Rylands, were influential in preparing Bobby for his professional debut, against Sid Cooper. In the years that followed he developed into a first class lightweight, whose epic battles with Jim Breaks are remembered to this day. 

In the early to mid 1970s the British and European lightweight titles moved freely between Breaks and Ryan, with fans rarely being more delighted than the four occasions they witnessed Bobby snatch one or the other of those titles from the Bradford man. 

Television exposure gave him national popularity though Bobby worked mainly in the midlands and north of England for Wryton Promotions.

We are certain that Bobby Ryan could have remained one of the top men in the lightweight division until the sport went into near terminal decline at the end of the 1980ss but Bobby chose  premature retirement from the ring in 1982. Fans were shockened and saddened at his departure from the ring when he was at the top of his profession, but Bobby's decision does mean that all our memories are golden ones. 

Jimmy Tiger Ryan

Ex-boxer from Cashel, Co.Tipperary who turned professional welterweight wrestler in 1959 and claimed many a notable scalp during his ten years in the game, including Jack Dempsey and Tommy Mann - though he was more likely to end up disqualified than ever feature in a bout with a clear cut result. 

The  self-proclaimed Irish Welterweight Champion was perhaps taking revenge on Dempsey who had caused him to lose his front teeth from a drop-kick in an early encounter.
 
Moved to Croydon in 1966 and tagged with Ivan Penzecoff in The Rebels until they turned upon each other during a match to end the association. Later tagged with Peter Rann in The Rioteers.
 
Bulked up to light-heavyweight and then disappeared abruptly and unheralded about 1971.  He had always suffered from injuries, particularly to the eyes, and was a regular bleeder.  
The sudden curtailment of his career was due to hip injury.  Went on to become a security officer.
Pat (Paddy) Ryan

We have found a handful of reports on Ireland's Pat Ryan with contests between 1934 and 1951 He was said to be a fast and skilful wrestler and in a match against Philo Vance fans were said to be thrilled by the speed of the bout At times he often showed a rather different temperament, on one occasion Pat was disqualified and then said to "get to grips" with the referee, and following another match, after being knocked out, attempted to hit his opponent with a glass bottle.

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Sean Ryan

Born in Hudderfield in 1945 and trained by Ian St John the Yorkshireman had moved to the Isle of Man before making his professional debut. He was in his mid twenties when we  last saw him in action and longing for his big chance on the mainland.

Fortunately for Sean there was a healthy wrestling scene in the Isle of Man at the time with a dozen or so youngsters training together and working regularly with weekly shows during the summer season.

Sean was one of these  dozen or so youngsters who trained regularly at the George Barnabus wrestling club. When he was deemed ready to set foot in the profeesional ring Sean'made his  debut  against fellow Manx man Leon Ski at the Isle of Man Holiday Centre.

Sean was a clean and skilful wrestler who was very popular with fans.

We last saw Sean wrestling around the Isle of Magic some forty years ago, and would welcome news of what happened next. 

Stan Rylands

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