British wrestling history 

B: Beeston - Bell

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Ian Beeston
Welterweight billed from Blackpool who  featured heavily on Wryton Promotions shows in 1973-4 and then abruptly disappeared. Made a solitary television appearance when he lost to Bobby Ryan in February 1974.

Hans Behrens
German Heavyweight  from Hamburg turned professional in 1951 when he was 19 years old. Visited the UK in the 1950s, working mainly in northern England for Joint Promotions. Died on 17th February, 2007

Bob Bell
Bob Bell was  a powerful heavyweight of the sixties and seventies who worked for both independent and Joint Promotions.  Some promoters misled the public into believing that Bob was the brother of Steve Veidor (Bell) which was a shame and did Bob no justice at all.  

Bob Bell was a more than capable wrestler, a hard man, who had the ability to make it by himself. At the time there was a strong wrestling contingency from the Ellesmere Port area, numbered amongst Bob were Brian Maxine, Buddy Ward, Monty Swan, and the aforementioned Steve Veidor.  We remember Bob in all action bouts with the Klondykes, Angus Campbell, and Orig Williams, always enjoyable against the villains. Buddy Ward was the man who recognised the potential in Bob and encouraged him to take up professional wrestling. The two men got to know each other through their mutual interest in the scrap metal business.

Buddy was impressed by Bob's natural strength and a determination to succeed that was probably a consequence of being one of eight children; in that size of family you have to work hard to make yourself heard. Buddy was already making his way as a pro wrestler and persuaded Bob to have a go, which he did and found he had a natural aptitude.

Mostly associated with independent promoters Bob did work for Joint Promotions and a good authority tells us that it was Bob's choice to return to the opposition.

After retiring from wrestling Bob continued to show an interest in wrestling and his colleagues.  In 2001 Bob and his wife, Jean, assisted by a few of their Ellesmere Port wrestling friends, organised the Northern Wrestlers Reunion. It was a huge success with wrestlers attending each June until 2010 when ill health intervened and Bob reluctantly relinquished the role.

Jim Bell
Jim Bell was a 1960s heavyweight from Auchterarder in Scotland. A one time Highland Games  wrestler Bill was a good friend of Andy Robin, and the two of them trained together. Jim trained the Scottish lightweight Bill Ross. 

John Bell
A giant of a man from Aberdeen "The King Kong of Scotland" John Bell stood well over six feet tall and weighed closer to twenty stones than the thirty claimed by some promoters. In a clash of giants he defeated Carver Doone at Leeds Brunswick Stadium in 1933 when Doone dislocated a finger.

Ted Bell (Also known as Candy Kid)
Twenty three year old Canadian from Montreal visited in 1935, known as The Candy Kid. Relatively small for a North American wrestler standing 5'9” tall and weighing 13 ½  stones.

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