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Ike Beech

Ike Beech was Christened Isaac Beech when he was born in Biddulph, Staffordshire.

Shortly after the dawn of the twentieth century, aged nine, his family moved to Wigan and Isaac became interested in catch-as-catch-can wrestling, winning the  Lancashire catch-as-catch-can title.

During the 1920s Ike was a well known Lancashire wrestler, with victories over many of the big names such as Billy Riley.

Following the popularity of all-in wrestling Ike, who was by then in his forties,  turned professional in the early 1930s. In 1939 an eye injury brought his career to an abrupt end. Ike was the father of Ted Beech.

We would like to thank relatives of Ike Beech and Sutton Beauty & Heritage for providing information for this entry and  Sutton Beauty & Heritage for permission to use the photograph.

Ted Beech

St Helens wrestler Ted Beech was a versatile post war  regular who moved up the divisions from middleweight to heavyweight.

Ted came from a wrestling family, his father being Ike Beech and his uncle  Wigan's Billy Beech. To add to the confusion Ted (whose real name was also Bill) began wrestling under the names Babe Billy Beech and Babe Butcher Beech. The year was 1935 and  he was fourteen years old when he started wrestling at Silcock's Fairgrounds, at first near his home in St Helens and later around the country. Leaving school when he was fourteen young Billy followed the well worn local route to the coal pits, getting his first job at Sutton Manor Colliery. When he was twenty years old he adopted the name Ted Beech to distinguish himself from his uncle.  

In 1957, by which time he had filled out to heavyweight,  he gave up his job at Sutton Manor Colliery to wrestle full time, not only as Ted Beech but often pulling on a mask to appear as Dr Death, Red Devil, Black Arrow, Executioner or Hangman.

In 1968 stomach illness forced Ted to retire from wrestling, more than thirty years after it had all begun. Ted Beech died in January 1985.

We would like to thank relatives of Ted Beech and Sutton Beauty & Heritage for providing information for this entry and  Sutton Beauty & Heritage for permission to use the photograph.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Worked mainly in northern rings, with the occasional jaunt to London, we have sightings between 1932 and 1938 against big names Pojello, Oakeley,  and George Clark with mixed results.

Shown in action in a contest in which he defeated George Clark for the Scottish heavyweight championship.

Ted Bell

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.