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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Little Hackenschmidt

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Young Hackenschmidt (Ted Gutteridge)

The name we mostly associate with Young Hackenschmidt is the Winchester heavyweight Dave Larsen who used the moniker on some of his early Paul Lincoln appearances.

However, there was at least one other Young Hack, namely the renowned body builder, Ted Gutteridge. He stood only 5'5” tall and weighed around thirteen stones but in 1963 Ted won the title of Mr Britain. 

Success had begun ten years earlier when Ted won the Mr Junior North Britain title at the  Seaburn Hall, Sunderland.   Ted,  a draughtsman from Whitley Bay, dabbled in wrestling for a short time in the early 1960s. H

is brief career came to an end on  14th May, 1964, when he and his wife Lillian set sail for Australia and set up home in Sydney.  Ted was placed third in the 1966 Mr Australia contest, reportedly pleased with his ranking as he had not trained for two years. 

Ted died on 18th December, 1969, we have an unconfirmed report that he  was killed in a car crash.

Jim Hady

Our memories of visiting Americans are too frequently of disappointment as another highly acclaimed superstar failed to live up to expectations.

Jim Hady was not in this category; he was a class act who visited Britain in January, 1959, meeting top class opposition that included Mike Marino, Norman Walsh, Albert Wall, Dennis Mitchell, Dai Sullivan and Jim Hussey.

Born in Pittsburgh most of Jim's early career was around Detroit, where he then lived, though he had made his professional debut in Hawaii in 1951. Following his visit to Europe Jim settled in Hawaii where he held the Hawaiian heavyweight title, and the tag team title with four different partners, two of them well known to ritish fans, Peter Maivia and Billy White Wolf.

Jim died of a heart attack in Hawaii on 13th January 1969, aged just 38. One of his last matches was  challenging Gene Kiniski for the NWA World heavyweight championship.

Gustaav Haens

The Belgian heavyweight came to Britain in 1949, 1950 and 1953. Opponents included Billy Joyce, Jack Atherton and Joe Hill.

In 1953 he worked for promoter Atholl Oakeley, seen here in one of Oakeley's last promotions at the Royal Albert Hall, top of the bill against Italian Mario Matassa for a match described as a European championship eliminator.

Notice the appearance of a young Mick McManus.

Jimmy Hagen

Jimmy Hagen could mix it as a villain or please the fans by staying within the rules. Middleweight Jimmy wrestled in Britain during the 1960s and 1970s, a frequent worker on the holiday camp circuit.

He also owned  Solent Promotions and is credited with developing many young wrestlers in the 1970s. Many of his former colleagues paid tribute to Jimmy for the help he had given them as a trainer and promoter of wrestling shows on the east coast.

Jimmy was the father of wrestler Robbie Hagen.

The wrestling world was shocked  when Jimmy Hagen suffered a heart attack and passed away  in February 2010.

John L Haggar (Humphrey Mendoza, The Sheikh)

As soon as they set eyes on the Norwich light heavyweight John L Haggar the fans of the sixties and seventies knew what to expect.

The goatee beard, cropped hair, black leotard and tights were enough to announce that John L Haggar was a villain. He played the role to perfection.
 
Emotions amongst fans ran high, exceeded only when Haggar was partnered by the equally infamous Bad Bill Pye in The Stompers tag team.
 
Haggar, otherwise known as Humphrey Mendoza and sometimes The Sheikh, wrestled regularly throughout the midlands for the independent promoters, and was a particular favourite during the summer months working for Anglia Promotions in the holiday camps of East Anglia. The photo on the right shows John L Haggar on the receiving end from another East Anglian favourite, Hercules Ken Nicholls, with referee Brian Trevors looking on.
Out of the ring John combined his wrestling commitments with those of his daytime job as a lorry driver. He bestowed upon the wrestling world his son, Stephen, who wrestled under the name Stephen St John. John L Haggar passed away in September, 2007, aged 80, having previously been diagnosed with cancer.