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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Souris Tsickrikas ... Tommy Tucker ... Bill Tunney  ...  Alan Turner  ... Bill (Boy) Turner ... Eric Turner ... Jackie Turpin ... Randolph Turpin ...  Billy Two Rivers ...  Wat Tyler ... Tom Tyrone 

Souris Tsickrikas

We've seen all sorts of colourful costumes in British wrestling rings, but only once can we remember Greek national costume as worn by  Souris Tsickrikas and his tag partner, George Bouranis, collectively known as the Helenes. They made a colourful addition to the British wrestling scene during a ten week tour of Britain in 1967. 

Mostly tagging with partner George it was a singles match appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in which Souris lost to Kalman Gaston, an odd result to our minds.

We are equally surprised that Dale Martin Promotions elevated the Greek to Albert Hall status because the vast majority of his matches were for the northern Joint Promotion members.

In tag action the popular Greek pairing had some action packed matches with the Royal Brothers.

On television was a victim of the 1967 push being given to Peter Preston following his giant killing  defeat of Mick McManus. Souris was pitched against Preston at a time when promoter Norman Morrell had big plans for his loyal worker.

Tommy Tucker

Tommy Tucker was a heavyweight boxer and pub landlord  from Bamber Bridge in Lancashire who turned turned professional wrestler in 1935.

Although his wrestling seems to have been confined to the north of England he worked for almost twenty years and in the early 1950s was facing distinguished opposition that included Alan Garfield, Arthur Beaumont and Francis Sullivan.

Please get in touch if you can provide further information.

Bill Tunney

Wrestling Heritage is all about memories, and where Bill Tunney is concerned those memories are golden.  Bill Tunney is certainly not one of the most well known names, most definitely not to those fans who followed the sport on their televisions screens. Believe us the Preston light heavyweight  was one of those that proved Joint Promotions did not have all the best men.

Tunney was a skilful wrestler and we can only assume that like quite a few others it was his choice to remain with the independents.  

He first appeared in our rings in the late 1950s, working nationally for the main independent promoters Paul Lincoln, Jack Taylor, Devereux, Cape Promotions, Don Robinson. Working for the opposition didn't mean a lack of quality opponents - George Kidd, Joe Murphy, Reg Trood, Doctor Death, Andy Robin and Randy Turpin. Here at Heritage we always argue that quality wrestlers worked for the opposition, and few independent workers deserve your admiration more than Bill Tunney.
 
The photo shows Bill receiving punishment from Frankie Price at the Ilford Baths for Premier Promotions.
Eric Turner

Not a name readily remembered by wrestling fans Eric remained part of the supporting cast through his short career.  We knew that Eric played his part in Britain's wrestling heritage because we saw him twice! Opponents were Stoker Brooks and Casey Pye. 

Milkman, HGV driver, wrestler; Eric would try his hand at anything. When we put word out on non wrestling related websites that we were seeking Eric it seemed that forty years on his friends remembered him,

"Hello to anyone who bathed in the effervescent glow of Eric Turner's personality.....Eric was a 'piece of work,' always with a big grin and a quick quip....When he came into the 'Brazilian Coffee bar' he lit the place up, everyone knew and liked Eric.....His story of driving a truck through a hedge and climbing out of the wreckage to find cows feeding on wide-strewn Waggon Wheels still makes me smile."

In 1967 Eric (using the name Eric Leyland)  had a few bouts for Joint Promotions, losing to Terry Downs, Jack Dempsey and Colin Joynson. Last heard of Eric was on his way to make his fortune in the United States.

Wherever you are Eric, please get in touch with Wrestling Heritage.

Jackie Turpin

Leamington Spa's Jackie Turpin turned to wrestling in the mid 1970s following a boxing career of 28 fights over four years.

The name Turpin did arouse interest, but in fairness Jackie could wrestle and deserved his place in the ring.

The promoter's didn't cash in on the famous name, though Jackie was subject to the Big Daddy tag partnership! It was rather refreshing to see a famous name in the wrestling ring being given time to pursue his career in his own time and not subject ot over-hype and abuse.

We can only wonder whether or not Jackie would have been destined for greater wrestling glory if he'd come into the business at an earlier age.

Randolph Turpin

One of the saddest stories in sport generally and wrestling in particular is that of Randolph Turpin one time middleweight boxing champion of the world. He turned professional wrestler in January 1961 defeating Frankie Hughes in a boxer v wrestler contest at the Paisley Ice Rink. A left hook as Hughes released a hold on the referee's orders put paid to the wrestler's chances.

His fame made him an immediate attraction in both boxer versus wrestler contests and traditional wrestling matches and his place at the top of the bill was assured. Randolph came to London to knock out Leon Arras at the Poplar Baths in a joint top of the bill with Quasimodo and Dr Death whom he later boxed wearing pillow gloves. Other   opponents included Gori Ed Mangotich, Hans Streiger,  Bill Tunney, Cyril Knowles and Gordon Corbett whom he also boxed on unlicensed shows.   

He was lured away from Matsport and acquired a manager who at a time when referees received 30 shillings a night demanded £10 a night to referee if Turpin was working. Randolph was in demand and travelled around the country working for many of the independent promoters.

Having beaten all opposition wearing his gloves Randy then took them off and began wrestling conventionally. His name continued to draw the crowds for a year or two but he had been taught the bare minimum as a wrestler  and as he could not or did not wish to learn more   the novelty of him faded.  Paul Lincoln took him as a boxer to Malta and Orig Williams toured Ireland with him but he had taken too many head shots in the boxing ring and, as he became increasingly forgetful and unreliable, work dried up.

He had been made bankrupt as a boxer and he managed his finances no better as a wrestler being made bankrupt a second time.   He last worked in 1965. On 17 May 1966 he was found dead in his home in Leamington Spa

With thanks to James Morton.

Billy Two Rivers

One of the most colourful characters in British wrestling history. Undoubtedly a huge name in British professional wrestling by virtue of the tremendous impact of his headdress and haircut in his initial 1960 appearances at a time when Cowboy and Indian films were still popular, Mohawk chief Two Rivers from Quebec had already started to disappoint by the time he returned to Britain in 1964.

The routine was well rehearsed and eagerly anticipated by fans. He performed a little wardance before polishing off evil-doing opponents with his famed tomahawk chop finisher, but see our thoughts on that under Speciality Manoeuvres.

Returned to do the rounds again in 1973:  those who remembered the original version were even more disappointed and those who didn't were scarcely set alight.  Read what some sceptical fans suspected in a letter published in our 1973 Year of Wrestling.

In short, a flash in the pan who had full invincibility bestowed upon him by the importing promoters but failed to make the same go of it as did fellow North American Ricki Starr

Tom Tyrone

Father-in-law Tug Holton showed the 1980s heavyweight Tom Tyrone the  ropes and prepared him for life in the wrestling ring.

However, Tom only picked up Tug's good wrestling habits and disregarded the villainous ways of his famous father in law.

Tom was a popular fifteen stone addition to the ring at a time when wrestling skill was becoming an increasingly rare commodity.

Tom started with the independent promoters before being signed up by Dale Martin and shortly afterwards making his Royal Albert hall debut aginst Caswell Martin. His first televised outing was against Dave Bond in April, 1981, and this was to be the firstof more than twenty televised contests, including losing finalist to Pete Roberts in the 1987 Grand Prix Belt Tournament.

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