We have found only two references to this man who was said to be Heavyweight Champion of South Africa in 1933. On 3rd March he lost to Bert Assirati in Nottingham. Two weeks later he pulled out of the return match due to injury.
Billed as Brazilian, maybe he was born there, Braka Cortez will be forever linked with the Australian wrestling scene of the 1960s, particularly with the WCW, where his role was often to succumb to the visiting international stars. He lived in Sydney, New South Wales, and we discovered him wrestling in 1958. A muscular, powerful heavyweight he came to Britain the following year, in November, 1959. Top class opponents included Norman Walsh, Ray Apollon, Johnny DaSilva and Alan Garfield. Braka Cortez died in 2014.
Jon Cortez (Jimmy James)
The elder (by two years) of the sensational Dulwich brothers who turned professional (initially using the name Jimmy James) for Paul Lincoln Management in 1960. After joining Joint Promotions the brothers became instant television successes, often as a tag pairing, but Jon particularly was renowned in his own right. The tag pairing was cut short when Peter moved to Australia in 1972. Jon went on to gain equal, if not greater success, as one half of the Jet Set, partnering Al Miquet. Jon Cortez was the first winner of the ITV Golden Gown Award. He was loved for his speed and agility, which may have disguised the fact that he was a very skilful technician to boot.
Standing 6’4” tall and weighing over twenty stones Spanish heavyweight Pepe Cortez visited the UK in the fifties and sixties, before going on to further success in the USA, where he was known as Hercules Romero, Hercules Cortez and a variety of other names. Pepe married an American girl and settled in the United States before being tragically killed in a car crash on the return from a wrestling show in 1971, aged 39.
Although he was overshadowed by his elder brother of two years just about every descriptor of lightweight favourite Jon could equally be applied to younger brother Peter. Like brother Jon he learned the trade at the United AWC, Brixton, before turning professional for Paul Lincoln Management and becoming a regular worker for the independent promoters. Not that it was a smooth start. Only a few weeks after making his professional debut in 1959 Peter was called up for national service and his new career was put on hold for two years. When he returned to the ring in 1961 Jon had already established himself as a potential star in the independent halls. In 1961 Peter re-joined brother Jon in the ring and the soon to be famous Cortez brothers tag team was formed. In singles contests Peter wrestled other 1960s wannabees such as Zoltan Boscik, Johnny Williams and Roger Green. In August, 1964 Peter (and brother Jon) were signed up to work for Joint Promotions. The rest, as they say, is history. The Cortez brothers were outstanding successes throughout the UK, with popularity equalling that of the Royal Brothers. The wrestling world was shocked in 1972 when Peter abruptly disappeared from the scene and we were told he had emigrated to Australia.