British wrestling history 

D: DeNoirbreuil - Destroyer

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Vicomte Joel de Noirbreuil (Also known as Joel De Fremery)
The dashing young French viscount toured Britain twice in the mid-sixties and is seen left with an armlock on Gentleman Jim Lewis. Born in Paris and mentored by Georges Cohen, he was trained for the ring by Albert Ben Chemoul, father of the European Middleweight Champion, René, and became a favourite on French televised wrestling. 5'5" Noirbreuil wrestled all over France and tagged surprisingly with N'boa the Snakeman, see above.

On his UK tour he challenged Alan Colbeck for the European Welterweight Championship and faced many of the UK's top middle and welterweights. His sole UK tv bout was against Jon Cortez. But his record shows four 1965 losses against Jackie Pallo, all at coastal locations.  Joel was back in Britain in the 1980s, dutifully losing to Rollerball Rocco on 26th August, 1981 in a World Heavy Middleweight championship contest.

George DeRelwyskow Jr
A name known to every fan of television wrestling as one half of Relwyskow and Green Promotions. Before turning his hand to wrestling promoting George was an outstanding wrestler in a short lived 1930s career. 

Born to parents George and Clara DeRelwyskow on 8th January, 1914, wrestling was in young George's blood because his father  was one of wrestling's all time greats. George F.W. De Relwyskow Snr, had won gold and silver medals in the 1908 Olympic Games. Naturally dad had a big influence on young George, as did the former rugby player and all-in wrestler, Douglas Clarke. 

Having turned professional at twenty George gained a few years experience before defeating Rashid Anwar to take the Empire lightweight title. 

Whilst his wrestling years were limited to around six years George was an immensely busy worker during this time, wrestling most nights of the week from the south west of England to the north of Scotland.  He was a popular all-action wrestler famed for one of his favourite moves "The monkey climb."

But there was much more to George. Talk of hidden depths.

Secrets can be  taken to the grave and that was almost the case when George died.  It was a secret that had been well kept, even George's wife, Elsie, only made the discovery as she went through his papers following the death.    
It transpired that, unknown to any of his friends and family, George had been a secret agent parachuted on numerous occasions behind enemy lines during the Second World War. 

On the outbreak of war George signed up as a physical training instructor, and was shortly afterwards recruited by the Special Air Services. George was seconded to a section known only by the name Room 98. It is believed that George's section was  involved in the training of agents in preparation for planting in the occupied countries of Europe, amongst them Odette Sansom, the French born British spy awarded the George Cross for her work behind enemy lines in the Second World War. George  trained agents in unarmed combat and parachuting.

He became one of the first men to become expert in the use of plastic explosives, which he used to good effect behind the lines in Libya. In total George made more than 350 parachute drops during the war. George's war time exploits ended in 1945, when a land mine exploded as he was trying to reach Allied lines in Italy. The exploding mine destroyed the vehicle in which he was travelling, leaving George with head and leg injuries.

The injuries brought his wrestling career to an early end. In 1948 George and his wife Elsie, became licensees of the Concle Inn in Barrow. For wrestling fans that may have been for the best because following the war George and brother Doug (later a referee) turned their attention to car rallying and then to wrestling promoting. It is for his contribution to wrestling as a promoter, in which he formed a business partnership with Arthur Green, that George de Relwyskow is most often remembered.

George DeRelwyskow Jr died in January 1980.

The Destroyer
A stocky masked heavyweight of the early 1970s, and a regular of Wryton Promotions bills, who made little impact on the national scene. We understand that underneath the mask was accomplished heavyweight wrestler Jack Fallon of Wigan. His style was unexciting, though, and the masked Destroyer failed to rival contemporaries such as The Outlaw or Kendo Nagasaki.  Billy Stock, amongst a multitude of others, donned the mask and adopted the name on the independent circuit.

Joe Devalto

Jumping Joe Devalto certainly had his place in British wrestling, a familiar figure from 1935 until 1940. Surprising, therefore, that so little is known about him, we would welcome more information. Said to weigh between 13 stones and 15 stones he met most of the top men around the 14 stone mark, including Vic Hessle, Tony Mancelli and Rex Gable. In those pre war days he must have looked rather stylish as he entered the ring in a black dressing gown with his name in white adorning the back, Consistently billed as Italian until 1940, when he suddenly becomes Canadian! Reports are of a rough and unruly character described as “The menace of the ring.” One brief moment of fame came in 1938 when he was called as a witness when referee Phil Meader sued wrestler Karl Reginsky for assault, a case that made the national press.

16/08/2020: Addition of Joe Devalto

Reviewed: 30/09/2019

13/08/2019: Addition of Martin Deneef