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Charlie Scott

Gateshead's Big Boy Charlie Scott took to life as a professional wrestler shortly after discharge from service as an army physical training instructor.

He was soon travelling throughout the north, and then further afield after moving to London, and was quickly tagged the Tyneside Terror by ringside fans.

Charlie's bruising style was a crowd pleaser and weighing around 20 stones the Big Boy label was very fitting. Charlie was a firm favourite at both Belle Vue and Blackpool Tower in the late 1940s, wrestling at both venues on an almost weekly basis against big names such as Tony Baer, Bill Garnon, Alf Robinson, Bomber Bates and Jack Atherton.

Legend has it that Charlie faced Bert Assirati more often than any other opponent, and we can confirm the two were frequent foes. We don't know the accuracy of this claim, but its very existence is an indication of the stature of the man. The masked man Count Bartelli was another frequent opponent. Also in the opposite corner was the former British heavyweight boxing champion, Jack London, in a boxer versus wrestler contest.

With the formation of Joint Promotions in 1952 Charlie was signed up to work for the syndicate, and did so until 1957 when he moved across to the independents. Charlie then became one of the biggest names on the independent circuit, particularly the fledgling Paul Lincoln Promotions, using both his own name and that of the masked man, Great Bula. (The Great Bula persona was revived in the 1970s by John Cox). Charlie's career took him across to the continent, where he wrestled in the big European tournaments (pictured right in Vienna).

Charlie Scott retired from wrestling in 1962.The photo (on the right) shows him taking a short breather after being thrown from the ring in an early 1960s independent show.

John Scott

Bearded John Scott was a London policeman before he emigrated to New Zealand in 1964. Mythology tells us that tackling a rowdy punter at a wrestling tournament in Christchurch brought him to the attention of New Zealand wrestler  John da Silva, and the Londoner soon found himself in the ring.

He turned professional later in 1964, just two weeks later, and at one time claimed the  New Zealand and Australasian Junior Heavyweight Championships.  John Shelvey and Ed Lock confirmed that John was a prominent wrestler in New Zealand and Autralia, known by the name Jock Ruddock. John was also manager of his wife, New Zealand singer  Rhonda (known as "the voice of New Zealand" and "the Queen of the South Pacific").

John came over to Britain a couple for a short time in 1968 to spend Christmas with his family, and returned again in 1974 and 1976. He worked as part of a team with Andy Robin and Lee Thomas as well as sometimes  tag partnering Bob Richardson, another Scot, in the Braw Lads tag team, they lost by straight falls to the Royal brothers in their only televised appearance, which was from Preston's Guild Hall and broadcast in January 1976.

Dale Storm recalls meeting John one of the times he returned to Scotland, "We spoke at some length about the business in general and in particular the way things were going since I'd left Oz in the early 60's. I still have a pair of Gold and Black Kangaroo skin high leg boots he gave me. He was a nice guy and a good worker but rather sadly he only seemed to be used by Joints as a knock-off for their established villains!"

Having retired from wrestling John qualified as a clinical hypnotherapist.  He developed a system of muscular relaxation that he named The Vibromuscular Harmonization Technique (VHT). He applied the techniques to horses and founded The Equine Touch Foundation and taught  horse lovers and vets all over the world.  From one stable near Aberdeen The Equine Touch opened clinics around the world.John Scott died in 2011

Lee Scott

Rugged heavyweight from Fleetwood in Lancashire worked for the independent promoters in the 1960s and 1970s. A good friend of Jock Cameron who lived nearby. Heritage member Beancounter remembers Lee Scott, "He was a clean cut wrestler in the Henri Pierlot / Dennis Mitchell mode weighing around 15 1/2 stone and appeared regularly on Independent bills around North Lancashire.  On two occasions I saw him fight Chief Thunderbird, once at Lancaster Kingsway Baths and again at Kirkland Memorial Hall, both, incidentally, refereed by Gerry Hoggarth."

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Sandy Scott (Edinburgh) 

British wrestling has boasted a number of Sandy Scott’s. The first, real name Angus McKay Scott, was born in Edinburgh but moved to Canada aged five. He turned professional wrestler in 1953 and wrestled mainly in North America before visiting “home” in the 1960s.

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Sandy Scott (Glenrothes)


We have two more recent Sandy Scott's for you In the 1970s the red haired, bearded Sandy Scott (left) from Glenrothes was Leeds-based, able to appear nationwide and made the most of his favour with the Yorkshire-based promoter of the time.

He made his debut on television against Mike Marino and being fast-tracked for immediate inclusion on the final ever Royal presentation in November.

He later moved to Canada where he was both wrestler and referee, for Stampede Wrestling.  

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Sandy Scott (Wishaw)

A third Sandy Scott, from Wishaw in Lanarkshire (also known as Dynamic Dragon) was blonde haired worked mainly for independent promoters and married wrestler Busty keegan. He moved to Lowestoft.

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