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Dean Stockton

Tall and slender Dean Stockton was a 1950s wrestling technician from Hanley in Staffordshire, popular with fans; and probably no more so than when he was placed  in the unfortunate position of being Hans Streiger's first television opponent! 

A quiet, assured performer with a clean cut style that never caused the referee any problems Dean was a frequent worker, mostly for Wryton Promotions, into the 1960s.  A Wryton Promotions programme from July, 1960,  stated,

“He enters the ring, does his job, gets rid of his man, and departs with a modicum of trouble; he does not fight with all sound and fury, he covers as little of the rig as is possible, and plays down as far as he can, any idea of being a show-man.”  

Armchair fans were familiar with his pleasing style as in 1960 and 1961 Dean appeared on television no fewer than nine times, with opponents including Les Kellett, Seamus Donleavy, Bert Royal. Steve Logan and Johnny Czeslaw. Not a bad calibre of opponent, which does illustrate Dean's high standing in the business.  

 Like most other wrestlers Dean had outside business interests and ran a florists in Town Road, Hanley.

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Graham Stockton

Canadian Graham Stockton was a worker in Britain from 1935 until 1938.  Before and after his visit he was a successful worker in North America, particularly in the Montreal area.

Aaron Stone

Kent light heavyweight  Aaron Stone took to our rings towards the end of the 1960s.

An interest in judo led to an interest in wrestling, through the encouragement of Danny Lynch, with Aaron making his professional debut for Dale Martin Promotions in 1969.

Even in those days he was said to have business interests in property and cars and he followed his wrestling career with successful business ventures.

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Stan Stone

For more than twenty years Londoner Stan Stone was one of the country's top middleweights and holder of the British title in the early 1950s. A regular of the all-in rings of the 1930s Stan's technical ability distinguished him from many of the 1930s stars.

Post war Stan wrestled on British television in the days before ITV was dreamed of. He wrestled three times on BBC television, between July, 1946 and June 1947, against Charlie “College Boy” Law, Jack Dale and Tug Wilson.

After almost a quarter of a century of wrestling Stan retired in 1956 and went on to become a popular referee of the Mountevans era until his untimely death in 1966. One of the top referees of the 1960s Stan regularly officiated at the Royal Albert Hall and in April 1962  he refereed the first of the famous televised contests between Mick McManus and Jackie Pallo.

Bill Stones

A giant of  wrestler weighing well over 20 stones and a familiar figure in the North East during the 1960s and 1970s. He was born Tommy Stones in Eastbourne but moved to Stockton on Tees where he was taught to wrestle by Jimmy Stockdale  and Alex McDonald, using the ring name  Bill Stones.

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Dale Storm (Drew Bryson)

Dale Storm was a popular and influential Scottish wrestler of the 1960s and 1970s. We remember reading of his exploits at the time in Ringsport magazine, and others have recently learned of Dale in the excellent Eddie Rose book, Send In The Clowns.

Eddie was a great admirer of Dale and his brother, Bruce Welch. Ayshire's Dale developed an interest in wrestling whilst he was in Australia and began to learn the amateur game at a club near his home.

On returning to Britain he began to pursue his dream of wrestling for money and was taken under the wing of a very able teacher, the great Danny Flynn, "a real professional and a real trouper, as well as a really nice gentleman," Dale told us. Danny was one of the top independent promoters at the time  and booked the youngster for his shows around Scotland and the north of England. 

As Dale gained experience he also increased in size and began to move up the weights from lightweight to heavyweight. Through a career that spanned twenty years, from 1964-81,  Dale worked with many of the biggest names in the business; Johnny Saint, Jackie Pallo,  Adrian Street, Romeo Joe Critchley, Andy Robin  and Ezra Francis (Sugar Ray DoDo)  amongst others. 

 "Ezra was a real gent, a real good pal, and a big Man City supporter. I went to Main Road with him, it was a hoot!"

Although he did work for Joint Promotions we mostly associate Dale with the independents, largely because he and his brother promoted under the name Spartan Promotions, and were amongst the most highly respected promoters in the business.  The end of a long career came abruptly and tragically one night at Hamilton Town Hall in a contest with Peter Preston. A loose ring board caused a serious spinal injury which required major surgery, thus ending a twenty year career.

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Professor Eddy Stratton  (Doctor Kamikaze)

1960s and 70s star of the independent circuit Eddie Stratton was the real deal as far as the martial arts were concerned. He was a British aikido teacher and the founder of Yoshinkan UK, and the Shudokan Institute of Aikido International. Prior to his contests he would demonstrate break bricking with his hands and feet. He was the first  person on television to smash tiles  with a headbutt. In 1998 Eddie received his 9th Dan in aikido. He was known to wrestling fans as Professor Eddy Stratton and the villainous masked man Doctor Kamikaze.

Eddy Stratton died on 9th March, 2000.

Luc Straub

French judoka turned heavyweight wrestler, and one time French mid heavyweight champion, visited southern Britain in 1964. Although the visit lasted only two week he was matched with the best heavyweights of the time - Billy Robinson, Francis Sullivan, Georges Gordienko, Gerhardt de Jaeger, Earl Maynard, Kiwi Kingston, Roy Bull Davis, Henri Pierlot, Charlie Fisher, Prince Kumali, Tony Mancelli.

Adrian Street  (Kid Tarzan Jonathan)

There was never any doubt that even if wrestling fans didn’t remember the time they watched Adrian Street wrestle, which was unlikely, they would remember what he wore. Not that we are suggesting Adrian was anything but a fine wrestler, or how else could he have continued wrestling through five decades, right into the twenty-first century.

It all began in 1957 when a sixteen year old Adrian, or Kid Tarzan Jonathan as he chose to call himself, stepped into the ring for the first time.  He joined Joint Promotions in 1960, leaving behind the Tarzan name in favour of the less colourful Adrian Street. Within a couple of years the name was the only thing that was less colourful.  

First came the dyed blond hair,  the sky blue trunks and matching boots, but it was the arrival of the velvet dressing gowns, each more outrageous than the previous one, which signalled the start of his  career really taking off. The facial makeup, minimal to begin with, became increasingly outlandish.  It was the 1970s, the glam rock era of Mark Bolan, Sweet, Gary Glitter, and Adrian Street. A superstar had been created, and maybe one that was too big for the British scene.

Our feeling at the time, and not one that has been magnified by hindsight, is that Adrian Street gave his all to British wrestling, and that was a great deal. Sadly we felt that his giving was not fully reciprocated and he never received the acknowledgement he deserved from Joint Promotions.

He transferred his allegiance to the independent circuit amd then continued on his way, across the Atlantic to  America, leaving behind a million memories. 

We leave it for our American readers to continue the story.

Read our extended tribute: Glitter, Glam Rock and a Forearm Smash

Hans Streiger   (Clarke Mellor)

Few were rougher and tougher than the blond German, Hans Streiger, oft billed as the “Blond Bomber” or “Teutonic Terror.”  He wasn’t German, of course, and we have doubts about the hair colour, but the hardness was for real.

Streiger was a villain of the old school, compared by many to Jack Pye, the blueprint of the dirty wrestlers. Sadly we don't remember Hans wrestling in his denim shorts, a sight to behold no doubt, by the time we were watching him he wore a regular leotard, trademark of the bad uns. 

Hans Streiger was “Country Boy” Clark Mellor, and in the early days he did use that name, and he was as German as anyone else who comes from New Mills, Derbyshire. As far as his wrestling was concerned he was a first degree villain, sometime tag partner of Steve Haggety, sometimes Jim Hussey, and at times Cowboy Jack Cassidy. Whether wrestling tag or solo he was  a popular name on any bill. Popular in the sense that fans always wecomed seeing him on any bill, and we were no exception.

The style had been developed in the fairground booths of Britain, but it was a style that led to wrestling success and  took him around the world. Around the world  yet mostly in the north of midlands, north of England and Scotland whilst in this country, though Hans did make frequent visits south for Devereux Promotions and Paul Lincoln.

Having turned professional around 1957 Hand worked for the independent promoters until 1961,  Hans made his television debut shortly after joining Joints, defeating  Dean Stockton in June 1961 in front of the nation's fireside viewers.  Heritage member Palais Fan remembers watching Streiger at the Wimbledon Palais, "For me, the person who played the role of the foreign heel the best, will always be Hans Streiger. I was lucky enough to see him relatively early in his career and he was so convincing. If he hadn't been such a genuine tough guy, he wouldn't have made it through the crowd, the spectators used to get so angry with him."

Outside the ring he was a very different man, a lover of dogs remembered fondly by those who knew him. Nonetheless, out of the ring he was still a larger than life character, and whenever wrestlers gather together it doesn't take long before stories of Clark Mellor begin to surface, often about his well attended funeral complete with  with horse drawn hearse, and brass band.

Hans Streiger passed away in May 2002.