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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Roger Wells ...Ed Wensor ... Gary Wensor ... Jack Wentworth ... Alex Wenzl ... Sid Weston ... More ...

Roger Wells

Originally Bruno Elrington's late sixties driver and then mid-seventies full-time heavyweight.  Dale Martins told us this Portsmouth heavyweight weighed 21st 7lbs, but they had probably added 50% to the real weight. 
 
Bronco Wells tagged a bit with Bruno, peaked in opposition to the newly unmasked Kendo Nagasaki, suffered the inglorious fate of being fodder for the Crabtrees, and settled into a refereeing role towards the end of the decade. 
 
Later on he tagged for a while with  Sandy Scott and they feuded briefly with the Fabulous Wensors (see below).  Lacked the height to be a serious super-heavyweight but was suitably girthed to have equivalent poster inches at a regrettable time when talent was judged by the tape measure and not by true ability. 
Ed Wensor - Mr X (Johnny Wensor)

Ed Wensor first appeared on the Joint Promotions scene in 1966.  He was already a familiar figure around the south working for independent promoters, particularly Paul Lincoln Management.

The Mr X gimmick did not involve a mask, though Ed's name was not revealed. He would sit track-suited in the audience and then at the allotted time  rise from the audience, enter the ring and remove his tracksuit ready for action. At the conclusion of his bout Ed put the track suit back on and left the hall without visiting the dressing rooms at any time.  

Ed went on to appear in his own name and tagging with "brother" Gary throughout the seventies. Ed was also a referee for Devereux Promotions.
See the feature on Speciality Manoeuvres to find out more.

Read our extended tribute: No Mask Required

Gary Wensor

 

Wellingborough light-heavyweight billed as Ed Wensor's brother but is actually  his son. 

Gary scaled no greats heights as a professional, but was one of those mostly unheralded journeyman types who put in many years of good service. 

Just like his father, he failed to score a single success in his televised appearances, even featuring in a rare loss for Big Daddy when partnering him against Bruno Elrington and Giant Haystacks.

None of this is intended to discredit Gary. In a sport where competitiveness was nothing at all to do with results we have seen time and time again that the most loyal and important workers were those who were content to allow others to take the limelight.

Jack Wentworth

Legendary in Canada as one of the country’s all time great wrestlers and trainers (he had a gym in Hamilton, Ontario), Jack Wentworth was born in Lancashire in 1907. the family moved to Canada when he was two years old.  

His name at birth was Alfred Hodgson, but when he turned professional wrestler he chose the name Wentworth, which was the name of the Canadian county in which he lived. His professional debut, in Canada in 1932, was quickly followed by a move to Britain by Jack and his family where he became part of the flourishing all-in scene. Jack and the family returned to Canada in 1940, where he became one of the biggest names in wrestling and established a highly respected gymnasium in Hamilton.
 
He returned to Britain, with a group of his protégés, in 1958.
 
Jack Wentworth passed away in 1984, aged 77.
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Alex Wenzl

German mid heavyweight visited Britain in 1953 and made a number of further visits during the 1950s. Was knocked out by Al Hayes at the Royal Albert Hall, and lost to Dennis Mitchell in the 1956 Royal Albert Hall heavyweight tournament. Reward came his way with a victory over Alf Cadman on television.

Sid Weston

Yes there was wrestling life in the 1920s, and Heritage member Ron Historyo discovered it. Whilst just about every other wrestling source states there was no wrestling in Britain between 1910 and 1930 Ron has disproved this opinion on numerous occasions, and none more forcibly than in the case of Sid Weston.

Sid came from Chesterfield and Ron told us that on 17th July, 1922, Sid Weston wrestled Joe Sheppard (known as Johanfesson)  at the Chesterfield Hippodrome in a Catch-as-Catch-Can contest. Weston (billed as British Heavyweight Champion) outweighed Sheppard by four stones. Weston took the only fall after 53 minutes,  but as the challenge was for the heavier man to throw the local man three times, Sheppard was declared the winner after one hour.

Ron uncovered another match between the two men in 1924, with Sheppard again declared the winner.

Consequently Sid Weston was well placed to benefit from the 1930s wrestling boom, which he did billed as “The Perfect Man” on account of his wonderful physique or “Pitman's Champion,” suggesting a mining heritage. He faced the best of them all, Billy Riley, Henry Irslinger, Mitchell Gill and Douglas Clark.