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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Dennis Savage ... Jimmy Savile ... Gypsy Joe Savoldi  ... Eddie Saxon ... Dino Scarlo ... Joey Scarlo ... Tony Scarlo ... Martin Schultz ...  Rudi Schumacher .... More ...             

Dennis Savage

Irish born Dennis Savage wore his trademark trunks with a shamrock emblem over green tights, and if that wasn't enough to make him stand out there was always the accordion with which he often entertained fans before bouts.

When not wrestling he played in a folk group, The Ramblin' Rapparees, which specialised in Irish rebel folk songs. Having moved to England from Ireland in his early twenties Dennis settled in Yorkshire to be near the Leeds base of Relwyskow and Green Promotions; handily placed to make him a regular on their bills in the mid to late 1960s.

Sometimes a rule bender, sometimes the good guy Dennis was well known in the north of England and Scotland.

Tragedy struck in March, 1970 when Dennis was killed in a car crash on the return to his home in Dewsbury following a contest in Scotland.

Jimmy Savile

Disgraced tv and radio personality had around 100 wrestling matches. Died on 29th October, 2011, aged 84.

Eddie Saxon

For middleweight Eddie Saxon it was a rags to riches story. Well, we're not so sure about the riches, but life in 1930s and 1940s east end of London was certainly one of hardship for Eddie's family. Out of necessity came boxing as a means of fighting his way out of poverty.

As the years passed Eddie's interests turned, as was the case with so many, from boxing to wrestling. By the late 1950s, as he neared his thirtieth birthday,  Eddie was whizzing around the wrestling rings of southern Britain against the likes of Mick McManus, Jackie Pallo and Vic Coleman.

In the early 1960s Eddie became increasingly disgruntled with the pay and conditions of professional wrestlers and in 1962 became involved in the Wrestlers Alliance, campaigning for fairer rewards.

By the mid 1960s Eddie's wrestling appearances were becoming less frequent and he took on the role of a respected referee. The photo (right) shows Eddie as referee releasing Doug Joyce from the ropes.

Yet another career change  took Eddie into the educational sphere and trained as a Physical Education teacher. Teaching led to a move to Yorkshire, and another sporting interest, running. In 1980 Eddie and the family moved to New Zealand, settling in the south island coastal town of Nelson.

 By now you will have gathered Eddie was not one to let the moss grow under his feet. In New Zealand he took up cycling, with New Zealand Olympian, Greg Fraine his mentor.

At 59 years old Eddie won two national cycling titles. Life never stops for Eddie Saxon. At the time of writing this entry (January 2014) Eddie is still busy, working as a sports therapist and running coach.

Dino Scarlo

Bermondsey golden boy Dino Scarlo came from one of London's famous wrestling families. He was given a hyper push at the start of his career as one of the "Parade of New Faces" that seemed to feature on most of the Dale Martin shows of 1977-78.

Dino was the welterweight son of the original Cockney Kid, Tony Scaro, and tagged with his father in the Cockney Kids, a team that feuded long-term and in single combat with Peter and Steve Kelly.

Although the promoters push failed to have the desired result (the "Parade of New Faces" was a turn off for the fans) Dino demonstrated that he had the skill and the staying power to succeed at a time when British wrestling was in serious decline.

Dino's grounding in old school traditions served him well. He went on to gain his wrestling long service medal; a significant trainer and promoter into the twenty-first century, long after the days covered by this wrestling website.

Joey Scarlo

Joey Scarlo was the older of the Scarlo brothers, Tony being born four years later. He trained at John Harris' Symbic Wrestling Club in Dulwich before turning professional for the independent promoters. When Tony was unavailable Dale Martin took on Joey as a substitute for his brother. After joining Joint Promotions Joey teamed up with his brother as a popular tag team.

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Tony Scarlo

Bermondsey's original Cockney Kid and lightweight contender of the early and mid sixties who resurfaced in the seventies alongside his son Dino to tag as ... The Cockney Kids.

A reliable worker who continues to contribute much to the scene three decades later.

Scarlo, only 5 feet 4 inches tall and never much more than a lightweight, built up his muscles working as a porter at London's Smithfield Meat Market.

Tony was trained by John Harris at the Symbic Wrestling Club. He turned professional in 1955, aged 18, for the independent promoters, but was tempted to Joint Promotions in 1961.

The first of his televised wrestling appearances came in 1963 when he lost to Leon Fortuna. Future tv opponents included the best on offer - Adrian Street and Julien Morice amongst others. Tony's 1977 match with Dynamite Kid has become the stuff of legends amongst internet fans and You Tube followers. Both in singles and tag, the Scarlos will forever be associated with Peter Kelly, and his son Steve.

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Martin Schultz

We have only tragic information regarding French heavyweight Martin Schultz , and require further information to add to his tribute.  On 20 April 1946 he rebounded off the ropes into Leo Lightbody at Belle Vue. Lightbody ducked, Schultz went flying and hit his head on the floor, breaking his neck. The coroner declared a verdict of death by misadventure.

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Rudi Schumacher

The German heavyweight  visited Britain in the 1950s.

Dutifully went down to British heroes Jack Beaumont, Billy Joyce, Norman Walsh and Cyril Knowles and quite a few others.

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