A: Amor - Anaconda
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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..
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.
Anaconda (Alan Taylor, Seaman Tommy Watts)
Whilst those of the Grumpy Old Men era dwell on memories of the original Anaconda we have many more younger readers who remember a villainous, bearded, tattooed heavyweight Anaconda. He made a couple of televised appearances, a singles loss against Big Daddy at Leicester, and 27th August, 1988 when he partnered Rasputin against Big Daddy and Pat Patton. The ferocious looking man behind the beard was Alan Taylor, a professional wrestler from 1979 until 1992. Promoter Max Crabtree saw the potential in the youngster and invited him along to the Dale Martin gym in Brixton to learn the professional trade. "WOW it was like a dream come true, after a lot of training I was given my first bout," Alan told Wrestling Heritage.
Alan turned professional in 1979, initially using the name Seaman Tommy Watts. Within a matter of weeks Max Crabtree had re-launched his new find as Anaconda, with opponents including Wayne Bridges, Tony St Clair and Steve Veidor. The name Anaconda remained with Alan for the rest of his career, working around the world, telling us , "I had a great time; the time of my life meeting wrestlers from the different places that I went to. It was fantastic. One of the highlights was some times my dad (R.I.P.) came with me. He was like a big kid because he was a hard man it was fantastic watching him and his face."
Alan Taylor died of cancer on 1st September, 2012
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