B: Blain - Blue Masked Marvel
Wrestling Heritage A-Z
At the time we added this entry to the A-Z in 2011 only a handful of wrestlers from the Heritage years remained active in British rings. Lewis Blain was one of that small and illustrious group, and we think that anyone who has devoted their life to professional wrestling in the post 1988 years deserves our respect. It was a man rooted well and truly in the Heritage years that had a big influence on Lewis and encouraged him to turn professional. That man was Evan R. Treharne, owner of Ringsport magazine and Ringsport Promotions. Following Evan's guidance Lewis turned professional in 1983. We all know that the 1980s were a difficult time for young professionals but Lewis persevered and gained experience not just with the independent promoters but also travelling frequently to work in Europe. 1987 was the year of his big break, being noticed initially by Ken Joyce who employed him on Devereux shows, and shortly afterwards by Max Crabtree for Dale Martin Promotions. During wrestling's short lived renaissance Lewis was well placed to work around the south against the likes of Pat O'Sullivan, Keith Myatt, Steve Grey and Syd Cooper. At about this time Lewis also began promoting across Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset, a business that continued until 2003. With wrestling in his blood Lewis is still actively involved in the business and continues to occasionally take to the ring some twenty eight years after making his professional debut.
Marcel Blaise was billed as the "Canadian Golden Boy" when he wrestled in Britain during the spring of 1963. The mid heavyweight from Montreal had actually been born in Belgium and moved to Canada when he was twenty. He was very much a novice on his arrival in Britain, having turned professional less than a year earlier. Not surprisingly he didn't seem to set the place alight. Earlier opponents included powerful heavies like Willem Hall and Frank Hurley whilst later opposition were more realistically matched light heavyweights such as Ray Fury and Harry Kendall. Following his visit to Britain Marcel pursued his career back home in Canada.
Bill Blake (Fergus Cameron)
Bill Blake was often billed as "Bearded" or "Big". A native of Newton-le-Willows, a rugby player and fan of St Helens.
Described as rawboned, Bill was a tough, hard competitor whose inner nature was sometimes diguised by a cheerful smiling face, even when he hit you! Billy's forearm smashes went in full whack and shook your breastbone against your spine. Bill was regular at the Black Panther gym in Manchester and made training nights somewhat uncomfortable for other wrestlers with his whole-hearted approach to sparring.
He ran his own business and this often kept his bookings to an easy reach of his home in Ashton-under-Lyne. He had some memorable tussles in the 60s & 70s with Monty Britton, Brendan Moriarty, Pete Lindberg, Paul Carpentier, Hillbilly Bert and Chief Thundercloud on whom he once turned the tables and KO-ed him with a Bill Blake version of the tomahawk chop much to the consternation of the audience (and Thunderbird himself).
Bill was a hundred and one percenter who never shirked an opponent and should have gone further except for business and family commitments. "Always a man you were pleased to See the entry for ...and, good fun on a night out!" said Eddie Rose.
Spanish campaigner visited in 1955, 1956 and 1960, and claimant of the European Light Heavyweight Championship. Worked mainly in the south with occasional jaunts into Northern England.