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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Murdo White ...White Angel ... White Owl ... White Phantoms  ...  Billy White Wolf ... Eduardo Wieckorski ... Eddie Wiecz ... Jacky Wiecz  ...  Wild Man of Borneo ...   Ronnie Wilde ... Len Wilding ... Henry Wilkie ... Wildman Wilkie  ... More ...

Murdo White

We have only a handful of matches recorded for this 1940s Scottish lightweight but include him for his significant role in defeating George Kidd when Kidd made his professional debut in Edinburgh on 7th January, 1946.

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White Angel

We differentiate between the original White Angel who wrestled in Britain in the early sixties (see L'Ange Blanc) and our home grown version. The White Angel persona was the creation of promoter Paul Lincoln, introducing the masked man to his rings in pursuit of the villainous Doctor Death.

With Doctor Death established as an unbeatable masked villain the White Angel appeared on the scene and, as the name suggests, was the antithesis of the Doctor.  The White Angel challenged Dr Death relentlessly throughout 1961 and 1962, until Lincoln decided it was time to make a killing and arranged for the two to meet at the Granada Tooting.

The rest, as they say  is history.  Good did not triumph over evil and  Doctor Death overcame his  nemesis  and unmasked the White Angel.  Never one to miss an opportunity the enterprising Lincoln decided that if one White Angel could make him money then two could make even more, and fans were introduced to The White Angels tag team.  

Many others donned a white mask and made use of the name in the 1970s, including Ray Diamond, Bob Taylor, Gypsy Joe Smith, and Len Hurst. We also have record of a late 1940s White Angel, but do not know if he was a masked man.

Top Masked Wrestlers' identities are revealed only in the Wrestling Heritage countdown "Top 20 Masked Men". 

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White Owl (Micky Flack)

A charismatic figure of the British wrestling scene from 1932 until the day he paid the ultimate price in 1937. Those five years that led to tragedy were enough to secure the White Owl's place as one of the top wrestlers of the 1930s.

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White Phantoms

A masked tag pair that has intrigued us since watching them four decades ago. A short term run in 1969 saw them holding victories over the Hells Angels and McManus and Logan. A very mysterious pair of masked men indeed. Caulkhead saw the Phantoms in action and told us, "Twice at Ventnor Winter Gardens we had a handicap match between Mr X (actually Ed Wensor, without a mask) against The Phantoms (or, maybe, The White Phantoms). The duo won first time, and Ed/X the second time, whereupon the duo unmasked, one proving to be "Gypsy" Joe Smith, but I don't recall the identity of the other." Another member, Alan, also recalled "I saw the White Phantoms lose to Mr X/Ed Wensor at Wimbledon Palais in the late 1960s. The tall one was Gypsy Joe Smith and smaller one Bobby Bierne."

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Billy White Wolf (Adnan Al-Kaissy, The Sheik)

 The heroic native American looked every bit the part as he toured northern England and Scotland in the winter of 1969-70. Dressed in the usual attire he was certainly colourful but results were mixed against a set of opponents usually one notch down from the elite of the time - Hussey, Streiger and Pierlot being frequent foes.

One of his rare ventures south saw him surprisingly rewarded with a Royal Albert Hall bout against Mike Marino, and more surprisingly rewarded with a drawn verdict.  

Look the part he might have done, but he was to return a few years later as the evil Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissy !  Said to be a school friend of Sadam Hussein, and influential in developing professional wrestling in Iran his colourful life story can be read in his autobiography, "The Sheik of Baghdad: Tales of Celebrity and Terror from Pro Wrestling's General Adnan "

To be fair to the wrestling promoters (we wouldn't want to suggest they ever tried to hoodwink us poor fans), during White Wolf's initial tour it was publicly stated that his father was Lebanese and he had learned to wrestle in the Lebanon.

Jacky Wiecz

The muscular sixteen stone French heavyweight  made a short visit to southern England in March, 1972.

The French wrestler  had gained most of his experience in Canada, where he used a different name, wrestling as Andre Carpentier.

It was claimed that he  was the nephew of former world champion Edouardo Carpentier, but there have also been suggestions they were father and son, or alternatively that they were not related at all. Take your choice.

By the time he arrived in Britain Jacky had returned to live in Europe, set up home in France and wrestled in France, Spain and Germany. 

Wild Man of Borneo (Baskiss Singh, Gunga Singh)

Though billed at 18½ stones, this barefooted behemoth probably struggled in reality to reach the lower mid-heavyweight limit - unless all that hair was made of lead.

An important attraction on Paul Lincoln programmes in the early sixties, where his regular opponents included Bob Kirkwood and Judo Al Hayes, and see him here with colleague The Society Buy, the Wild Man became Dale Martin property from 1966 but was used rather sparingly:  just the one Royal Albert Hall appearance, against Kirkwood in 1968, and just the sole television appearance against heavy-middleweight Peter Preston.

Clad in fur anklets and leopardskin cape, he was a sight to behold and managed, in spite of the exposure restrictions mentioned, to become a household name. 

By 1969 he had moved over to the independents and enjoyed a lasting run.   Paradoxically, he produced one of the most literate and legible autographs of them all.

In 1980 a new Wild Man of Borneo had appeared, much taller at 6'2" and a true super-heavyweight.  Due to the shock of hair, it was rather easy for the imitator to pull of the deception, but we shall always remember with great fondness the one and only original Wild Man of Borneo.  

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Len Wilding

The popular Streatham welterweight was born in 1936 and turned professional wrestler in his early twenties following three years as an amateur at the John Rushkin Amateur Wrestling Club. 

As a schoolboy swimming was his first love and Len had earned his crust as a professional lifeguard before turning to the professional wrestling ring in 1958. For five years he was a regular feature on Dale Martin bils throughout Southern England. His career seemed to move up a notch in May, 1960, when he made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where he lost to Peter Szakacs.

Fans were shocked when the young man that seemed destined for the top announced his retirement at the end of 1963. Fans had their chips when he  went into the catering business

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Henry Wilkie

We know little about Sunderland’s Henry Wilkie who newspapers declared a very skilled heavyweight.  He appeared in the rings in 1934 when opponents like Jack Dale suggests he was a lighter man in those days. Post war he was advertised as a heavyweight and facing men like Robert McDonald, Francis Gregory and The Blue Mask, with whom he drew at the New St James Hall, Newcastle. In 1933 and 1934 we came across Wild Boar Wilkie, billed from Sunderland or Newcastle, but we don’t know if this was the same man.  

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Wildman John Wilkie

The hard man of the Potteries, from Stoke On Trent, erupted into our rings in the late 1970s. A one time fan at the Victoria Hall made goodA rough, tough rule bender he was a television favourite in the 1980s making more than a dozen appearances. Remembered by many for his television contest with Fuji Yamada, and partnering Bulldog Brown and Sid Cooper against Big Daddy in ITV's final wrestling show.

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