British wrestling history 

A: Armstrong - Atkinson

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Jack Armstrong
Croydon heavyweight who appeared in 1978 and seemed headed for the moon after an initial dozen or so bouts against Dusty Miller.  He progressed, in the language of the time, to becoming a tag partner of Big Daddy's, and was set for a televised début against Haystacks and Big Bruno Elrington at the end of September.  We may never know what led to Armstrong's replacement by Gary Wensor in that bout, and Armstrong's career  soon fizzled out that autumn.

Jim Armstrong (Also known as Rasputin)
Leeds heavyweight who seems to have wrestled mainly in the North and Midlands during the 1950s and 1960s. Despite meeting some of the big names of the time, such as Jack Pye, Ian Campbell and Albert Wall,  Jim Armstrong never reached the heights of his more famous namesake.  He was recognised in the mid 1960’s as British Heavyweight Champion by the independent promoters. Possibly his main claim to fame was appearing in the main event of BBC 1s first televised wrestling tournament. It was in May, 1965, that he wrestled Edouard Carpentier in front of the BBC cameras in Brighton. On occasions Jim would pull on a mask, take on a limp, place a glove over his allegedly disfigured hand and (according to the posters) assume the strength of four men as the masked Rasputin.

Tony Armstrong
Many appearances on Paul Lincoln shows in 1962 and then seemingly disappeared. Possible retirement or change of name, we would like to know.

Sailor Jack Arnold
Muscular North American heavyweight visited Britain between September 1934 and May 1935, sharing his time with wrestling in France. He had  been a professional for about four years in the United States

Paco Arranda
Made a four week visit to Britain in November 1958 working for Dale Martin Promotions. Opponents included Steve Logan, Mick McManus, Tommy Mann and Harry Fields.

Craven Atkins
A busy worker around Southern England from 1950 until 1954. His sudden disappearance  makes us wonder if he changed his name to someone else we know.

Maurice Atkinson
A welterweight from Bradford worked regularly throughout the north of England during the 1950s, opponents including Jim Mellors, Danny Flynn and Bernard Murray. Worked for Joint Promotions during the 1950s, drifting across to the independents in 1960 and disappearing shortly afterwards. Shown in the photo (top right) in a match towards the end of his career, an independent show against the Skeleton Man.