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Professor Akimojo
Israeli born but living in Belgium this barefooted wrestler popped over to Britain in March 1973 to obligingly go down to Steve Logan at the Royal Albert Hall. He returned to the same venue the following year to repeat the result against Bobby Barnes. With a background in judo Akimojo trained others at his gymnasium in Antwerp.

Prince Mario Alassio 
Not quite a Prince, but a king in another realm. A Prince born in born in South Norwood, London, on 5th  April, 1935. We knew of Peter Grant, but it was left to Heritage member Sapper James to place the final piece in the jigsaw. Heavyweight Peter Grant went from sheet metal worker to employment by  Paul Lincoln as a bouncer at the 2 I's Coffee Bar. Mixing with the wrestling clientele around the café, and with an appropriate physique he too turned his hand (and feet) to professional wrestling.  Grant was a giant, a bearded giant weighing over twenty stones. Not a man to argue with.

Sapper James made the link to Prince Mario Alassio. It was a short career that lasted only a few years and seems to have made little impact. 

It is in another realm that Peter found his fame. Peter Grant went on to greater things and success as the manager of Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, the Animals the Yardbirds and ultimately Led Zeppelin, turning them into one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s. Peter Grant was recognised as being the first manager in rock music to earn more money for the band than for himself. When he signed Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records he negotiated the highest ever royalty rate for a band. Prince Mario was a hard man in more ways than one.

It was probably not a bad career move. 

Peter Grant died of a heart attack on 21st November, 1995, he was sixty years old. Ultimate Classic Rock said, "... rock ‘n’ roll lost one of its biggest characters — figuratively and literally — with the death of legendary Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, perhaps the quintessential artist handler of the rock era."

Frikki Alberta
A regular fixture on the British wrestling scene from 1961 until 1964 was a tall, bearded Rhodesian born heavyweight called Frederick Alberta, known to wrestling fans as Frikki Alberta. Ex rugby player Frikki followed in his father's footsteps by turning to professional wrestling and  was trained by the South African promoter Johan "Bull" Hefer. He turned professional in 1956, aged 23, stepping into UK rings some five years later. The skilful heavyweight settled in Britain for a couple of years and tackled a range of opponents, including  those from lighter weights such as Clay Thompson and Johnny Kwango to heavyweights Charlie Fisher, Dave Armstrong, Majid Ackra, Tony Mancelli and Johnny Yearsley.  Whilst no fall guy to the Brits his record was far from perfect with some surprising losses. One of those losses, but not one of the surprises, was against the mighty Russian, Josef Zaranoff, at the Royal Albert Hall, losing by the odd fall in the final round.  Two television appearances resulted in mixed fortunes; a very creditable knock-out victory over Francis Sullivan in May 1963 at Wembley Town Hall after Frikki deftly side-stepped Sullivan's drop-kick, and a loss the following year, this time when Frikki wasn't so nimble, got in the way of a drop-kick from Albert Wall and failed to beat the count. 

Modesto Aledo 
An agile Spanish welterweight who wrestled frequently in the UK during the 1950’s and 1960’s, most often in the south for Dale Martin promotions. He met the big names of the day such as Alan Colbeck, George Kidd, Mick McManus and Jackie Pallo; usually on the losing end but seemed to have a surprising number of draws against Pallo. Modesto Aledo had some championship success and held the European Lightweight title for two short periods, in 1954 and 1967. In 1954 he lost it to the Frenchman Julien Maurice, and in 1967 to the Bradford wrestler Jim Breaks. Towards the end of his career Modesto Aledo adopted a mask, was known as Kamikaze, and was dressed completely in black and nicknamed the Black Demon. Wearing the mask he was a far more aggressive character. 


John Alexander

Big John Alexander, Jocky to his friends, was from Prestwick in Scotland. He trained at the Old Mossblown gym. Stood around six feet tall and weighed around 18 stones. John was a regular second for Spartan Promotions, but was known to take to their rings as Doctor Death.


Hassan Ali Bey
One of the most prolific heavyweight performers of the 1950s and 1960s, and a regular of the tv screens in the first ten years or so of televised wrestling.  Hassan Ali Bey wrestled, and sometimes defeated, just about every big name heavyweight of the time. 

The red fez, spectacles and a white towelling robe were the hallmark of the “Strong man of the East” as he entered the ring. Despite being one of those colourful characters that filled the halls few fans were aware of the background of the man beneath the red fez. Hassan Ali Bey was actually Demera Mashavias, but he took his ring name from his father, who we were told was a member of the British Embassy in Ankara. 

Born in Turkey Hassan Ali Bey was educated in Britain. He turned professional wrestler in 1944, making his debut in a tumultuous tussle with Doncaster’s Jack Pye. Based in Manchester for much of his professional life Hassan Ali Bey  combined wrestling with successful business interests. In later years the outside interests took over and he was seen less often in the ring, but he continued wrestling until well into the 1960s, and on one occasion at least held the legendary Bert Assirati to a draw. 

Michel Allary
Popular French heavyweight  who regularly visited the UK in  1957,1958, 1960, and 1962, tackling the likes of Alan Garfield, Mike Marino and Bill Howes. Knocked out by Dazzler Joe Cornelius at the Royal Albert Hall.

Michel Allary died in May, 2015, aged 82.

Ace Allcard
Ron Allcard was a Sheffield lad who worked at Brown Bayleys steel works and then owned a greengrocers business in  the Stocksbridge area.  Sales also got him into wrestling. Not carrots but wrestling programmes at Somme Barracks. Later he went on to appear on those programmes himself. 

Fairground booths provided a tough foundation for entry into the professional ranks in 1968. Ace Allcard worked mainly for Morrell-Beresford Promotions in northern England and Scotland throughout the 1970s. Not exclusively though, he did travel south, and spent time working in Germany from 1976 until 1978.  He disappeared from our wrestling radar in 1979. In later life he moved to London.

On the nights he wasn't wrestling Ron could be found on the door at the Penny Farthing night club in Sheffield. 

Ron was a tough, uncompromising wrestler not always on the right side of the rules.  Opponents ranged from skilful lightweights Zoltan Boscik to the might of Andy Robins and Norman Walsh! An incredible spectrum of opponents that demonstrates not inconsiderable skill on Ron's part to accommodate them all. 

Ron Allcard died of cancer on 15th September 2012. 

Albert Allen
From the village of Sprotbrough, near Doncaster  he  wrestled on some of Harold’s earliest wrestling promotions in 1931. We have found a handful of contests, all in Yorkshire and most in Doncaster, between 1931 and 1939.

Jack Allen
When wrestling began to pick up the pieces following the end of the Second World war Jack Allen was there as a popular performer tackling the best in the business, including Billy Riley and Joe Reid. He was a man with some experience and talent; our earliest record of him wrestling being in 1933. He continued as a regular performer until the 1960s Jack Allen and then maintained connections with wrestling into the 1970s when he turned to refereeing and training.

Bert Alliday
Abergavenny’s Bert Alliday was one of the fan’s favourites throughout the south of England, working mainly in East Anglia, Wales and the South West.

Bert was one of Brian Trevors' boys, training alongside Stephen St John, Bill Pye anf John L Hagger. During the summer season he was a  favourite on the Anglia Promotion circuit working for wrestler and promoter  Brian Travors in the east of England. 

This Welsh light-heavyweight of the 1960s and  1970’s independent circuit was billed as the “Welsh Wizard,” due to his agility and skill.

Bruce Allison
All we knew about Bruce Allison was that he was a South Shields lad that worked for the independent promoters of the north in the 1960s.  That was until Heritage's Dave Sutherland brought him to our attention in his wonderful series, Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Leg Locks and Handbags." Dave told us that he met Bruce when briefly, very briefly, pursuing his wrestling ambitions. Wrestling was only one of Bruce's many interests, Dave told us he was also a poet, singer, songwriter, guitarist, raconteur, artist, painter, music promoter and, briefly, co-owner of an art gallery.  Bruce was his middle name. Donald Bruce Allison was born on 5th August, 1934. A man of many careers he was at one time a chief engineer in the Merchant Navy.  Although he spent much of his adult life in Cheltenham,and latterly Yorkshire, this larger than life character is still remembered and talked about in Teeside. He died in 2002.

Pip Alvison
Newcastle's Pip Alvison was a distinctive sight in the 1970s independent rings. With the long blond hair, and goatee beard it could only be Pip wrestling either alone or as one half of "The Hippies" tag team with fellow Tynsider  Joe Robinson. Pip learned to wrestle in the gymnasium at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, and was taught by Jim McCrombie alongside Farmer's Boy Pete Ross, Joe Robinson and Ian Diamond.  Amongst his many clashes with numerous opponents fans probably mostly remember his some memorable bouts with Pete Ross. In retirement Pip moved to the south coast where he managed a night club, but at the time of his addition to the A-Z (2013) has returned to live in a village near Newcastle. 

Scotty Ambrose
A wrestler and a referee, Scotty Ambrose was a northern campaigner from Aberdeen. proclaimed "The World's Wildest Wrestler." He was very active in the UK during the pre war years and, albeit less frequently, for  a few years following the war.  Our final sighting was in 1949. Opponents included Val Cerino, Ted Betley, Carlton Smith,  and Jack Alker.

Yves Amor
Powerful Continental heavyweight visited the UK for the first time in the winter of 1957 and returned again the following year.  Worked mainly for Dale Martin Promotions in the south of England but made occasional jaunts to the exotic north of Scunthorpe and Hull. Opponents included Bill Verna, Norman Walsh, Jim Hussey, Geoff Portz and Mike Marino as well as the less formidable Masambula. In his sole television  appearance he faced British heavyweight champion Billy Joyce.  Returned for further visits to Britain during the winters of 1961, again working mainly for Dale Martin Promotions, though venturing to Leicester to meet Billy Joyce on television for Norman Morrell Promotions..

Tumac Amura
We have contests recorded over a four week period, February and March 1957, with opponents Alf Cadman, Cyril Knowles Tony Mancelli, Terry Ricardo Gordon Kilmartin and Johnny Allan.

04/06/2020: Addition of Yves Amor and Tumac Amura

16/1/19 Addition of Albert Allen