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We are always pleased to hear from ex wrestlers or their family members, and welcome information or photos from anyone to enhance the A-Z section.
Beau Jack ... Arthur Jackson ... Mike Jackson ... Ron Jackson ... Jacobo ... Jan Jacobs ... Martimeus Jacobs ... Peter Jacobs ... Jacquerez ... Eddie James ... Jimmy James (London) ... Jimmy James (Manchester) ... Mick James ... Dave Jantzen ... Alf Jenkins ... Taffy John Jenkins ... Black Butcher Johnson ... Bully Johnson ... Jimmy Johnson ... Ron Johnson .. Kid Tarzan Jonathan ... Barry Jones ... Marty Jones ... David Jons ... Billy Jordan ... Mike Flash Jordan ... Joe Jordan ... Kurt Jorgens ... Jean Jourlin ... Terry Jowett ... Tom Jowett ... Billy Joyce ... Brendan Joyce ... Doug Joyce ... Ken Joyce ... Colin Joynson ... Luis Enrique Edo Juan ... Maurice Jung ... Jungle Boy
Light heavyweight Arthur Jackson hailed from keighley, Yorkshire, and was a regular feature of Northern bills throughout the 1950s and into the early sixties. Arthur was born in 1923 and was a milkman in his youth.
A keen swimmer Arthur has twice during his life rescued others in danger, the first time being when he recued a drowning boy when he was just 19 years old.
Arthur turned professional wrestler in 1952 and was particularly popular at Belle Vue and the New St James Hall, Newcastle.
He tagged with Ron Jackson on occasions but we do not believe the two were related. His opponents were the best in the business and although his success was mixed he took the decision over Eric Taylor, Tommy Pye and Cyril Morris on occasions. Arthur retired from the ring in 1964.
Having turned professional in 1944 Ron Jackson was well placed to take advantage of the post war wrestling revival and from the end of hostilities was a regular worker in Northern rings meeting the big names that included the Pyes, The Farmer, Charlie Scott, Dave Armstrong, Ernie Baldwin and George Gregory.
He shared his wrestling commitments with that of running an off-license in Hartlepool.
In the early 1950s he appeared at Belle Vue almost weekly and could also be seen regularly at Blackpool Tower and Newcastle.
He tagged with Arthur Jackson on occasions but we are unaware if the two of them were related.
The poster on the left advertises Ron in the main event against the Farmer, George Broadfield, in a 1946 Norman Morrell Promotion.
Note a young George Kidd on the "Bottom of the Bill." Also note Black Butcher Johnson using the name Arthur Johnson.
Jacobo was a Spanish strongman type, domiciled in Argentina. He was trained by the Spaniard Quasimodo.
Jacobo toured the UK early in 1974 at a time when many Hispanic visitors appeared to be replacing the French and Germans who had regularly visited in the sixties.
Quasimodo had done a good job at teaching him the wicked ways of the ring as he met with frequent disqualification. No time for disqualification at the Royal Albert Hall when Tibor chopped him down to a KO defeat on 16th January. He faired better with a KO win over Tony St Clair on television (losing via the disqualification route to Ivan Penzecoff on his other tv outing). Other opponents included Mike Marino, Les Kellett and Billy Two Rivers during his two month tour.
The heavyweight from Johannesburg, South Africa, visited Britain for three months between September and December 1964. Contests were mainly in the south of England for Dale Martin Promotions with opponents including Ramon Napolitano, Majid Ackra, Danny Lynch and Yuri Borienko.
Heavyweight from Bloemfontein in South Africa visited Britain in 1955 and 1956. Opponents included Bill Howes, Mike Marino, Francis St Clair and Arthur Beaumont. He travelled extensively throughout the country.
Born in London Peter Jacobs moved to Great Yarmouth, which was fortunate as it was here that he met wrestler and promoter Brian Trevors.
Trevors trained the fourteen stone youngster and encouraged him to turn professional, working throughout East Anglia mainly for Trevors on his shows in the holiday camps and public halls.
A fast wrestler for his size Jacobs showed a great deal of promise in the early 1970s but we lost contact with his development soon afterwards.
Popular northerner (billed from either Rotherham or Newcastle) Eddie James began his professional wrestling life in the independent rings around 1960 facing the likes of Alan Sergeant, Pedro the Gypsy and Brian Maxine.
In 1965 he transferred to Joint Promotions, although our records show him working only for Relwyskow and Green Promotions. He made it to the back cover of The Wrestler magazine (alongside tag partner Ron Davis) in January 1967.
Shown leaping from the corner post to head butt The Wild Man of Borneo.
Jimmy James was a wrestler working for independent promoters in the north of England in the late 1950s. Opponents included Johnny Mack, Red Callaghan, Monty Swann and Tommy Bailey. His career was cut short when he was killed in a car crash at Shotton. A memorial show in his honour was held at Ellesmere Port in 1962.
In the latter half of the 1960s Mick James (who also wrestled as Mike Jackson) seemed to be just about everywhere, well in the North and Scotland he seemed everywhere at least.
A popular welterweight he was a regular worker on Morrell and Beresford bills and seemed to have a very bright future. Hardly surprising as the young Leeds based wrestler was trained by erstwhile British champions Eric Taylor and Ernie Baldwin at Jack Lanes Wrestling Club in Leeds.
His professional debut followed four years in the amateur ranks. Fast and skilful we thought he was really going places, but lost sight of him in the early 1970s.
Alf Jenkins was the first professional opponent of Wigan maestro Jack Dempsey, and it is a contest between these two in which we record Jenkins first appearance, in Belfast on 19th July, 1946. In the months and years that followed Jenkins became a regular feature on bills in the North and Midlands, wrestling the likes of Tommy Nelson and Tommy Demon. In the late 1940s and early 1950s he could be seen regularly at “The Bloodtub,” formally known as the Ardwick Stadium, Manchester. We also have record of Alf using the name Jimmy ,Johnson in the 1950s, always in Ramsgate and Margate. He was certainly a man who knew what he was doing, with wins over Mel Riss and Carlton Smith, and draws against George Kidd and Bob Archer O'Brien.
Leicester's John Taffy Jenkins was one of the youngest wrestlers in the country when he began wrestling professionally in 1962. That first bout was against his friend Mick Collins, and both youngsters had been trained by Jack Taylor, wrestler and owner of International Promotions. He was just 14 years old at the time, and Jack Taylor put on a schoolboy match between John and Mick Collins in the cavernous Granby Halls, Leicester. John and Mick didn't receive any pay for that match but he recalled to us that they both benefited from the coins thrown into the ring by appreciative fans.
In the two years that followed Taffy and Mick travelled the country with Jack Taylor learning the trade and putting on their bout as much as five or six times a week. That was after they'd put up the ring for Jack!
As he grew in size and experience Jack put Taffy on with more experienced wrestlers, including Eddie Capelli, Ken Joyce,Cyril Knowles, Eric Sands,Reg Ray, Spike O'Reiily,Brian Maxine,Johnny Saint, and many,many more.
In his late teens Taffy attracted the attention of Joint Promotions through an introduction by Pete and John Lapaque. During his time with Joint Promotions Taffy wrestled all over the country and came up against all the top men at the time including Jackie Pallo (6 times), Pete Roberts, Rollerball Rocco,John Naylor, Marty Jones, Alan Sergeant, Catweazle, Johnny Czeslaw,Tally ho Kaye, Bert Royal, Vic Faulkner, Alan Dennison,Alan Kilby,John Kowalski and many, many more.
Never losing his love for wrestling John did become disillusioned that the promoters' respect for him as a worker did not lead to top of the bill status and took a sabbatical from wrestling during which he joined the Leicestershire Constabulary whilst having a young wife and a new baby. He stayed in the job for four years and returned to the ring working for Brian Dixon.
Taffy drifted out of wrestling in the mid 1990s, but that wasn't the end of the story. He returned to the ring in 2005, and had his final match three years later, at sixty years of age!
Taffy still lives in Leicester and keeps in occasional contact with Pete Lapaque, Ron Marino and Robbie Brookside. With great memories of the business he still loves we suspect Taffy Jenkins dreams of the day he will receive another phone call from Brian Dixon!
Arthur Sylvester Howe was his name at birth, but the wrestling world knew him only as Black Butcher Johnson.
He was known for his speciality,which was a ferocious savate kick that often collided with an opponents chin, resulting in a knock out.
Arthur Howe became Arthur Johnson and was then transformed into Black Butcher. He was one of the great characters of the pre and post war wrestling scene. He began his career working for Atholl Oakeley in the 1930s and was still wrestling regularly well into the 1960s when he also promoted under the name Ring Promotions.
In 1954 he defeated Norman Walsh in Aberdeen to take the World Mid heavyweight title, before losing it to Mike Demitri.
Holder of the World Light heavyweight title from 11th April, 1955 (defeated Norman Walsh in Edinburgh) until February 1956 when he lost it back to Walsh.
Butcher’s brother, Bully Johnson, went on to great things in another guise, but you’ll need to keep reading our pages if you want to find out who he was.
Ron Johnson was a first rate, muscle bound heavyweight from Hartlepool in the north East of England. He worked on bills throughout the north from 1946 until 1961.
Opponents included the likes of Billy Joyce, Francis St Clair Gregory, Eric Taylor and Billy Howes.
On the nights he wasn't wrestling Ron could often be seen in the ring as the third man.
1970s Portsmouth wrestler Barry Jones was trained by Bruno Elrington alongside the Wilson brothers, one of whom he faced, and went down to, at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1979.
Barry also used the name Seaman Tommy Watts (previously used by Mal Kirk).
Marty Jones arrived on the wrestling scene in 1972, at a time when technical abilty was giving way to an excess of showmanship and gimmicks.
This wasn’t the case for Marty Jones, who was one of a handful of 1970s newcomers that could have more than held their own with professionals of any age.
The eighteen year old novice had been trained by Bill Robinson, and it showed. Younger fans will no doubt want to tell us that Marty was a great villain who could generate the wrath of fans through his deeds and microphone skills.
Maybe so, but none of this should allow us to overlook the fact that Marty Jones was one of the last great real professional wrestlers, a man who didn’t just look as though he was hurting an opponent, but could really hurt him if he put his mind to it.
Marty’s feud with Dave Finlay is the stuff of legends, matches that often ended in blood, sweat and maybe a few tears.
Like so many of his generation Jones took the opportunity to travel and demonstrated his special brand of wrestling to the fans of North America, the Far East and the rest of Europe.
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Transatlantic travel was something of a rarity in the 1950s, but that didn’t stop London’s physical cultural marvel, David Jons, travelling to the USA and challenging the great Lou Thesz for his world heavyweight crown.
Although unlucky against Thesz the Londoner did go on to gain success in the United States, and held the Mid Western Heavyweight Title for some time after defeating Billy Goetz.. Prior to his wrestling career Muscle clad Jons won the “Mr London” title, and his muscular frame added to his appeal as a wrestler.
David was born on 5th February, 1922. He served in the Royal Air Force during the war. With such a splendid physique he was encouraged by Les Martin to take up wrestling and turned professional in 1947.
He proved something of a sensation as soon as he turned professional, with wins over many established stars leading to the chance to challenge Bert Assirati for the heavyweight crown at Ipswich in March, 1949.
David settled in the United States during the 1950s and continued o pursue his wrestling career. Heritage member Grizzled Veteran has reported reading a 1959 report from journalist Charles Mascall that David had retired due to an eye injury sustained whilst wrestling. We learn in 2012 that David Jons managed the tallest wrestler of all time, American Paul Bunyan, who stood over 8 feet tall.
We have around a dozen bouts recorded of Crawley's Joe Jordan in 1962-1963, all of them in the south for Dale Martin Promotions. Opponents included Ray Fury, Tug Holton and Harry Kendall.
He was called Flash Jordan, and for good reason. Speed, skill and agility made a young Mike "Flash" Jordan something of an overnight sensation when he hit Northern rings in the early 1970s.
Over the following few years he matured into a fine wrestler who could hold his own with the best in the business.
A 1987 win over Johnny Saint at Croydon took Mancunian Mike out of the shadows and handed him the World Lightweight title.
Until that time Mike had spent the previous fifteen years as a popular lightweight, but largely ovserhadowed by the likes of Saint and Breaks. Jordan held the title for eight months before losing it back to Saint on 24th May, 1988.
The blond hair, athletic, muscular physique and pronounced cheek bones were sufficient to transform Streatham’s Fred Storer into the far more exotic sounding Kurt Jorgens. Billed as the “Swedish Wonder Boy,” Jorgens became a regular on the independent bills of London and the South East during the late 1950s. A frequent opponent was his old rival, Bert Lamb, whilst other opponents went on to gain greater fame than was destined for Fred. One fan with memories of Kurt told us that his over-riding recollection was of fans screaming abuse at the heavyweight villain as he punished Lamb by working on an old leg injury, something that seemed to happen with some regularity.
Born in 1933 Fred Storer turned professional in his mid twenties, having received encouragement from no less a man than the legendary Bert Assirati. In the colourful world of professional wrestling promoters were always seeking ways to add a touch of colour and glamour and Fred’s Scandinavian like appearance naturally led to the creation of Kurt Jorgens. Looks like his would be wasted on a simple Fred Storer when he could easily adopt a new nationality and the name of a famous film star. He trained in the now demolished boxing and wrestling gymnasium that could be found behind “The Gun” public house on Church Street, Croydon, and now the home of regular rock concerts. Despite frequent work Fred was to remain one of the lesser lights; one of the infantry without whom the likes of McManus, Pallo and all the other stars could not have existed. Called Fred or Kurt this Londoner is one of the unsung heroes that enriched Britain’s wrestling heritage.
One of the great names in French wrestling and a visitor to Britain in the late 1940s and 1950s. Born on 1st December, 1904 in Tare, Rhone, he won his first French championship in 1926 in the Greco-Roman style, winning the free style championship the following year.
He was to go on to win a total of 15 French championship titles in both styles.
He represented France in the 1928 and 1936 Olympic Games, placed fourth on both occasions. He competed in the European championships from 1927 until 1945, after which he turned professional.
Jean Jourlin wrestled in Britain infrequently, mainly in the south of England.
For many fans Terry Jowett lived in the shadows of his tag partner Johnny Eagles. Eagles was the more experienced of the two, and it was he that gave the name to their successful tag partnership, the White Eagles.
None would say, though, that Jowett gave less than 100% and matched his illustrious partner in every aspect. Many would say that Jowett was the real worker of the team. Terry was one of the bright young stars of the early 1960s, a classy wrestler whose career stretched from the early sixties late into the 1980s.
If covering your body in tattoos is considered a gimmick then Jowett was a gimmicky wrestler. The truth is he relied on nothing more wrestling ability and speed to make him a popular middleweight. He turned to wrestling following national service, losing to York’s Jim Grosert in that first professional bout.
The first few years were spent gaining experience and it was a surprise to many when Eagles chose the inexperienced Jowett as his tag partner. That it was a good choice is beyond question.
Popular welterweight of the 1970s Tom Jowett began learning to wrestle as an amateur in 1965 at the Leeds Athletic Institute and later at the Doncaster YMCA. Tom turned professional in 1969 initially for the independent promotions. Hoping to work for Joint Promotions Tom approached promoter George de Relwyskow who agreed to prepare the youngster. It wasn't until the spring of 1971 that Tom got his chance for Joint Promotions. He soon became a regular worker throughout the north of England and Scotland. He tagged with Pat Lee as The Dons, and with his brother Terry.
Bill Joyce was arguably the finest heavyweight wrestler of our time. He was the man who taught the great modern day shooters, Bill Robinson and Karl Gotch, how to wrestle professionally. Furthermore, it would be hard to deny his technical superiority over other greats such as Bert Assirati.
For Joyce it was a case of the appliance of science over strength, as shown in his televised defeat of twenty stone Bruno Elrington. Two submissions with single leg Boston Crabs gave Joyce a 2:0 win over the Pompey giant.
No one looked less the part of a professional wrestler than Joyce, who was light for a heavyweight, but nevertheless kept a firm grip on the British title for most of the time between 1955 and 1967.
In the twilight years of his career he dropped down a weight to establish himself as champion of the light heavyweight division. Billy Joyce was the epitome of substance over style, forever a great technician, but never a showman.
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We have just half a dozen bouts recorded for Brendan Joyce in the early 1960s, all of them in Smethwick.
Doug Joyce was the Canadian-born mid-heavyweight title challenger from Rushden, the rule-bending brother of rule-abiding Ken.
He was also mischieviously and misleadingly billed also as Whipper Wilson, deliberately to confuse with fellow Canadian world champion Whipper Billy Watson.
One of Doug’s major claims to fame was the time he flew headlong out of the ring in a televised bout only to smash right into Kent Walton causing him to have three stitches in the wound.
Joyce made his professional debut in 1948, closer to the lightweight division in those days than the heavyweight into which he blossomed.
Early opponents included Jack Queseck, Pat Kloke, Johnny Lipman and Jim Mellor.
During the 1950s Doug was a run of the mill light heavyweight until he shaved his head and changed his style. The result was an aggressive whirlwind with the ability to arouse hostile emotions amongst the fans. He remained a significant figure in British wrestling until the 1970s.
Ken Joyce. British-born and Canadian bred (he moved when just six weeks old) British and European welterweight champion, who also claimed European tag-team championship honours with Eddie Capelli, though he also tagged with brother Doug Joyce.
Rather interestingly relinquished his European Welterweight Championship because he couldn't travel to Paris to defend it.
Rushden-based craftsman and greatly respected both through his involvement at the heart of Devereaux Promotions and latterly as an energetic referee.
Joyce returned to Britain when he was thirteen years old, having wond his first amateur belt in canada when he was just ten.
He turned profesional in 1941, in Befast against South African Ronnie Hurst. In those eearly days he was known in some halls as “Spindle” Joyce because of his slight physique.
Cheetham Hill blockbuster much appreciated by knowing fans without ever achieving high profile status though much sought after for German tournaments.
A welterweight when he turned professional he grew in size and experience to become a stocky all-action star who was handily weighted to share top-billing alongside opponents as diversely weighted as Mick McManus and Pat Roach.
Made his professional debut against the classy Bob Steele after learning to wrestle at the manchester YMCA and the Wryton Stadium.
Can lay claim to being the wrestler who opposed two exotic foreign stars on their British television appearances, Quasimodo and N'boa the Snakeman.
A rival of fellow Mancunian Terry Downs in his early days and tagged latterly as a Dangerman with Steve Haggetty (see Autographs and Armchair Corner) and occasionally with Romany Riley.
Although a regular feature on mostly Northern bills Colin never received the acclaim that many thought he deserved.
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A trio of visits were made to the Uk between 1964 and 1966 by this popular Spanish heavyweight imported by Arthur Green on behalf of Joint Promotions. A tall, skilful wrestler he came to our shores following a couple of years experience in France.
Apart from wrestling Edo Juan also played classical pieces on the piano and had studied law in Spain before turning professional wrestler.
In October 1970 French wrestler Maurice Jung, the self styled French Hippy was kind enough to pop over from his Parisien home to lose to Jackie Pallo at the Royal Albert. He made a colourful sight in his only London appearance with his bright blue tights, yellow silk tassles and an assortment of beads and bracelets. Pallo finished him off in the fourth round with a piledriver.
Beau Jack ... Arthur Jackson ... Mike Jackson ... Ron Jackson ... Jacobo ... Jan Jacobs ... Martimeus Jacobs ... Peter Jacobs ... Jacquerez ... Eddie James ... Jimmy James (London) ... Jimmy James (Manchester) ... Mick James ... Dave Jantzen ... Alf Jenkins ... Taffy John Jenkins ... Black Butcher Johnson ... Bully Johnson ... Jimmy Johnson ... Ron Johnson ... Kid Tarzan Jonathan ... Barry Jones ... Marty Jones ... David Jons ... Billy Jordan ... Mike Flash Jordan ... Joe Jordan ... Kurt Jorgens ... Jean Jourlin ... Terry Jowett ... Tom Jowett ... Billy Joyce ... Brendan Joyce ... Doug Joyce ... Ken Joyce ... Colin Joynson ... Luis Enrique Edo Juan ... Maurice Jung ... Jungle Boy