The weight training that he has continued into his seventies created a muscular French middleweight that popped over the channel twice, in June and September 1964, working for Dale Martin Promotions.
The good looking twenty-seven year old picked up many admiring fans with opponents that included Jackie Pallo, Johnny Kwango and Jack Dempsey.
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Those Were The Days
Just wanted to share with you my experiences as a teenage schoolboy. Whilst growing up, I lived in Rushden (Northants) and went to school with and became friends with Ken and Doug Joyce's sons. I would be at Brian's house (Doug's son) in the week and I would be chatting to Doug. Then lo and behold, I would be watching WOS on Saturday afternoon and there would be Doug on my TV screen. For a young lad it was quite surreal. We also had monthly wrestling shows in the town, if I recall I think it was through Deveraux Promotions which I think Ken was heavily involved in. All of the top names wrestled (Rushden Windmill Club) and I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of them, through Ken and Doug. Often when you went into the bar after the wrestling had finished, sometimes one or two of them would stop for a pint. I particuarly remember Terry Rudge, who lived locally at the time and also I remember ""Banger" Walsh would have a beer, quite inconspicuous just mingling with the punters in their civvies.
Alex Cadier (the name was Anglicised from his name of Axel by which he was known throughout the rest of Europe and America), was a heavyweight standing only 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was born in Varberg, Sweden, on 13th September, 1906.
Cadier had an outstanding amateur record, winning a bronze medal at middleweight in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games and gold medal at light heavyweight in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. His amateur background was in evidence as he pursued his professional career that began shortly afterwards.
Alex Cadier came to Britain shortly after the war, making five visits between 1948 and 1951.
Many of his bouts were for Atholl Oakeley who was at that time attempting to re-establish the all-in style of wrestling against the inroads being made by the new fangled Mountevans rules.
He successfully defended the European heavyweight championship against Frank Mantovtich at Harringay Arena in April, 1950, eventually going on to lose the title to Bert Assirati at the same venue in shortly afterwards. We thank the relatives of Frank Mantovich for the programmes and poster displayed on the right.
We also have information of a title loss to Joe Robinson but have not had this verified, though we have noted a bout between the two of them at the Royal Albert Hall in October, 1952.
Following his time in Britain Alex Cadier went on to wrestle in the United States.
Alex Cadier passed away on 29th October, 1974.
Not the American star of that name of recent years, our man was there and did it long before. Mind you, our Jose Cadiz was not even the Spanish star he claimed to be . He may have been billed as a leading Spanish wrestler in the 1950s but like all the good uns he was from Wigan.
Joe Heaton was a bus driver during the daylight hours. He trained alongside his friends the Belshaw brothers. Joe took up wrestling in the early 1940s, and also wrestled using his less exotic sounding family name of Joe Heaton, the Fighting Miner.
Trained by Cliff Belshaw we have no doubt that he was a very hard and respected wrestler. In days when wrestling was slower with a greater emphasis on ground moves Jose Cadiz was known for his acrobatic moves, resulting from his love of gymnastics, at which he excelled.
Fans were thrilled when they saw him climb on to the top rope, preparing to propel himself into his speciality back somersault. Another favourite move was the Indian Death Lock, as testified by his two sons, who tell us they spent time gripped in this hold on the living room floor!
Joe Heaton died in 1995, aged 82.
His sons would like to learn more about their father; anyone with memories or information please get in touch with us.
Rough-house Alf was the heavier, the rougher and the more villainous of the Cadman brothers who were regulars throughout northern rings for the best part of thirty years.
Alf was a rule-bending Lancashire heavyweight from Bolton. He could enrage fans with his blatant illegal moves. Taking an interest in wrestling from fifteen years of age, training as an amateur at Manchester YMCA, Alf’s professional career began in the 1942 and extended over three decades.
Not uncommon in wrestling circles Alf's entry to the professional ranks resulted from a quirk of fate. He was an amateur at the Manchester YMCA when he went to watch a professional show. When one of the wrestlers failed to turn up Alf was asked to step in by the promoter. The MC thought Alf's surname, Edge, was unsuitable for a pro wrestler and quickly re-named him Alf Cadman, after boxer Joe Cadman who had once given the MC a good beating!
Shortly after his first bout Alf was called –up to the Royal Navy, and became a full time professional in 1946. He was to wrestle as a full time professional for the next twenty years. He left Joint promotions in 1968 and spent the following three years working the independent promoters halls of the north.
Always a popular (or unpopular) figure Alf met the best in the business, and although he could point to wins over Eric Taylor, Alan Garfield Joe Cornelius and Billy Joyce he always remained on the edge of those who were considered to be at the very top. A tag partnership with Ireland’s Frank O’Donell was followed by a more enduring and successful teaming with little brother Ken.
Read Eddie Rose's tribute in Personality Parade: Old Time Class And A Clobber
The younger of the Edge brothers, Ken dropped the family name when he followed big brother Alf into the professional ring.
Ken's style of villainy was just that bit more sophisticated than his brother and earned him the nickname Crafty Ken.
Like his brother Ken was a regular worker and well known figure in the post war wrestling scene, but always seemed overshadowed by big brother. Ken’s wrestling career was severely hindered by a serious injury which resulted in an early retirement for most of the 1950s. Ken returned to the ring in 1960 and although he did wrestle in singles matches found his greatest success in tag partnership as one half of the Crafty Cadmans.
His tag partnership with brother Alf was one of the most successful tag pairings of the 1960s, taking on the villains role against popular pairings such as the White Eagles, the Royal Brothers and the Stewarts.
For a few years Ken was the regular trainer at the Wryton Stadium, Bolton, Sunday morning training sessions for professional wannabees, and was responsible for creating a number of stylish 1970s professionals.
Standing well over six feet tall and very muscular Sonny Caldinez was a heavyweight campaigner born in Trinidad and living in London.He trained at Forresters Amateur Wrestling Club and worked mainly for Dale Martin Promotions in the mid 1960s.
Sonny later went on to film and television work, and David Mantell told us that he played various demonic roles in Dr Who. He also had roles in high profile films including The Man With The Golden Gun and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In 1976 he appeared in "Sunshine in Brixton," a play in the BBC tv series "Plays for Britain," written by the wrestler Brian Glover (Leon Arras).
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When we started watching the wrestling in the 1960s Red Callaghan was working for the independent promoters and a veteran of some twenty years reaching the twilight years of his career.
Our earliest record of him came whilst trawling the newspapers when we discovered an appearance at Tipton Baths in February, 1946. More bouts followed quickly against the likes of Jim Holden, Jim Mellor and Jack Cunningham. During the 1950s Red worked regularly for Joint Promotions, mainly in the midlands and northern England for Wryton Promotions. Like many others in the late 1950s he became disillusioned with the rewards offered by Joint Promotions and began working for independent promoters in the winter of 1957.
The move to the opposition didn't mean less work or a lowering of standards, as Eddie Capelli, George Kidd, Jim Lewis and Carlton Smith were then working for the independents and became regular opponents. During the 1960s Red was actively involved in the formation of a wrestler's union, campaigning for fair wages for wrestlers, and began promoting with Jim Lewis and Chick Elliott, paying more than many other promoters.
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Tiny by name, but that was about all. Tiny Callaghan was one of the 1980s heavyweight big boys, weighing in at around 30 stones.
Eric Callaghan worked our rings for eight years and often found himself in tag action, the villainous fall-guy in the opposite corner to Big Daddy and one of his myriad of partners. Televised appearances for Tiny in 1984 saw him partnering Sid Cooper, Lucky Gordon and Scrubber Daly, with Big Daddy one of the opponents in each match.
At the Royal Albert Hall he partnered Lucky Gordon to dutifully go down to Big Daddy and Danny Collins. For a short time in 1984 Tiny revived one of the great names of British wrestling, The Ghoul. Tiny's biggest challenge came twenty years later, when he began the battle against the bulge. He's now a shadow of his former self and tips the scales at around twenty stones, and going down.
Tiny is presently living in Welwyn Garden City, performing duties for St John's Ambulance Service and reading Wrestling Heritage!