G: Giroux- Glendenning
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A big man even amongst the heavyweight Leo Giroux stood 6’ 5” tall and weighed around 20 stone. French-Canadian. Leo Giroux, from Ottawa, was just twenty years old when he wrestled in Britain during 1943 and 1944, presumably serving in the American forces. He returned to Britain following the Second World War in 1947 and 1948, finally departing our shores from Southampton on 25th September, 1948, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Italian heavyweight from Rome performed high wire and trapeze feats before turning to wrestling. It was good training as the speed and force of his dropkicks made the fans gasp. Not as much as Johnny Czeslaw, however, who Angelo knocked out in the second round at the Royal Albert Hall in October, 1964 during the brothers' 1964-5 British tour.
The younger of the high flying brothers who had been professional for just a couple of years when he came to Britain for the first time in 1964.
Ray Glendenning (Also known as Mr Hercules, Ray Thunder, Thunder Glendenning, Thunder Glenn, Stomper Thunder)
A hard grafter of a wrestler from Bury, Lancashire, this squarely built heavyweight came to national prominence after being featured in a television programme “So You Want To Be A Wrestler.” Glendenning joined the professional ranks in 1963 working for the independent promoters, alongside his day job as a plumber and glazier. It was working for the independents we first came across him one summer in Southport going by the name Mr Hercules. Working for the independents he opposed men such as Jack Beaumont, Cowboy Cassidy, Bobo Matu and Jack Martin. Eventually Ray's potential was spotted and he was signed up by Joint Promotions. He had a blustery, no-nonsense style relying on strength and size rather than wrestling skill, not that he was short of that either. Never matching the star status of the big names of the time Glendenning was an important part of that backbone of wrestling that made the sport so rich in talent. He wrestled throughout the world where it seemed that his talent was recognised more than it was at home. During the final part of his career in the name which had gained respect and a following was oddly dropped on his return to Britain he was known by the name Ray Thunder. Ray Glendenning died on 19th October, 2007.