D: Dean - Deconick
Alf Man Mountain Dean
Alf “Man Mountain” Dean is something of a mystery. One of those wrestling conundrums that we haven’t even started to unravel. We first became aware of him when we read a 1961 Sunday newspaper expose of professional wrestling where Man Mountain Dean revealed all. But this wasn’t Frank Simmons Leavitt, the famous American Man Mountain, who had died in 1953 anyway. This was Alf Dean, who claimed to have been an All-In wrestler. Searches for information about Alf Dean discovered that he was a small part actor. With only a handful of findings our Man Mountain, and even those were not definitely Alf, we would have concluded that any involvement in pro wrestling was extremely limited. Maybe it was, but we were surprised to find that Alfred James Dean listed his occupation as Professional wrestler and wire worker in the 1939 census. His date of birth was given as 20th April, 1915. His given address at the time was listed as H M Prison, Wandsworth, London, which may have accounted for his limited wrestling appearances.
See the entry for Otto Acron
Irish welterweight with a judo background who, between 1954 and 1956, faced opponents including the experienced Arthur Fisher and Bob Archer O'Brien as well as new kids on the block like Jackie Pallo and Peter Rann.
Australian light heavyweight Dennis Dean was born in Hobart in 1934. A collection of jobs that included Sheep shearing and cattle driving led up to a professional wrestling career that began in Sydney in 1954. Five years later, in the Autumn of 1959, he made his debut for Joint Promotions and was set to become a full time worker, mainly in the south, for the next half dozen years. In 1962 he followed in the footsteps of numerous other Joint Promotion workers and moved over to the independents. He continued to work regularly until the end of 1965 but disappeared from the circuit following the Paul Lincoln merger with Dale Martin in January, 1966. On occasions he would tag with fellow Australian, Aussie Dean (known in Joint Promotion rings as Otto Acron) and also worked with Otto as part of his circus strong man act, when they were known as the Acron brothers. The two of them bought a Russian brown bear, who Dennis named Igor, and they would wrestle him as part of their circus act.
We have a run of matches for heavyweight Desmond Dean, who was said to be from South Africa, between April 1947 and February, 1948. Opponents included Jack Pye, Hassan Ali Bey, Dave Armstrong and Vic Hessle.We have a run of matches for heavyweight Desmond Dean, who was said to be from South Africa, between April 1947 and February, 1948. Opponents included Jack Pye, Hassan Ali Bey, Dave Armstrong and Vic Hessle.
Ian Doc Dean
Ian Doc Dean just scraped into the Heritage Years of Wrestling by virtue of making his debut in his mid teens, at fourteen according to some accounts. By the summer of 1987, as he turned seventeen on the 3rd July, he was already working full time touring the holiday camps of Britain with Robbie Brookside and Steve Regal.
The partnership and friendship with Robbie Brookside was to endure through the years as they became the top tag team in the country. The Liverpool Lads. Tag teams didn't get any bigger, or more popular than Robbie and The Doc in the late 1980s and 1990s, travelling the country and beating the Superfly team of Ricky Knight and Jimmy Ocean to win the ASW Tag Team Championship. In individual competition Doc Dean twice won the ASW British welterweight title between 1990 and 1993.
With opportunities for wrestlers in Britain reducing dramatically in the mid 1990s Ian and Robbie made their way to the United States, making his WCW debut in 1997. Ian also worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling, competing in the Best of the Super Junior IV tournament in 1997.
Robbie Brookside returned to Britain whilst Doc Dean settled in the United States. The sad news was received on 14th August, 2018, that he had died, aged just 48 years old.
Mike “Man Mountain” Dean
Bearded heavyweight villain from Garforth weighed in around the twenty stones mark. He was one of a number of 1980s super sized heavyweights caught up in the Big Daddy parade of fall guys. We own up to not having seen him first hand and may be doing him a misjustice. We would welcome further information.Bearded heavyweight villain from Garforth weighed in around the twenty stones mark. He was one of a number of 1980s super sized heavyweights caught up in the Big Daddy parade of fall guys. We own up to not having seen him first hand and may be doing him a injustice. We would welcome further information.
The mysterious Doctor Death was arguably the most famous masked heavyweight of the 1960s. Even without the aid of television (he was a creation of the independent promoters) Doctor Death was a household name, familiar to many with little or no interest in professional wrestling.
Billed as the mystery man from Hollywood USA, the original Doctor Death was the wrestling promoter Paul Lincoln. Here was a man who could use blindside skulduggery and torment his opponents with punishing nerve holds to bring the fans to a frenzy. Lincoln used his creativity as a promoter to maintain an enduring myth of invoncibility against his small but talented roster of wrestlers that included Ray Hunter, Al Hayes and Mike Marino.
The character became devalued due to frequent copying; as in the mid sixties numerous Doctor Deaths could be watched around the country every night of the week. Those who saw the original, though, were never in any doubt that they were watching the genuine article. The real mystery is how Paul Lincoln managed to create such a famous and well respected wrestling superstar without the aid of television exposure.
Wrestler Al Marshall told Wrestling Heritage:
"It was a photo of Paul as Doctor Death that I saw when I was a very small boy that made me want to go and watch a wrestling show. I pestered mum and dad for weeks before they relented and dad took me along.After watching this masked man wrestle I was determined that I too would become a wrestler.The saddest thing of all is that I never did get to meet this great man to say 'thank you.' He did so much for professional wrestling. I saw him wrestle about three times. I know it was him under the mask and not one of the many imposters. Paul, the wrestling world owes you so much. God bless you Paul for you are now in that big wrestling ring in the sky. Thank you, from Al Marshall."Related article: Top Twenty Masked Men
French middleweight made numerous visits to Britain in 1954, 1956 and 1957. Worked mostly in the north of England with opponents including Harry Fields, Jack Dempse, Tommy Mann and Bert Royal.French middleweight made numerous visits to Britain in 1954, 1956 and 1957. Worked mostly in the north of England with opponents including Harry Fields, Jack Dempsey, Tommy Mann and Bert Royal.
Belgian champion visited Britain in 1952; opponents included George Kidd, Carlton Smith, and Mick McManus..
Paged revised 23/06/2019: Addition of Alf Man Mountain Dean, Desmond Dean, Mike “Man Mountain” Dean, Paul Debusne, Roland Deconinck