G: Giant Jumbo - Gill
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We have two Giant Jumbos for you,. The first was a bald headed American heavyweight announced to appear for Joint Promotions but we have no knowledge of him materialising. The second did have the advantage of hair and worked for the independent promoters in the late sixties and early seventies. Weighing well over twenty stones, the promoters claimed twenty-eight, Giant Jumbo came from Nuneaton in Warwickshire. He could hardly be expected to be Britain’s most skilful heavyweight of the 1970s. He wasn’t, but he was surprisingly nimble for his size.. We would like to learn more.
In the 1960s Britain seemed to be awash with mainland European wrestlers, and one of the most notable was Hungarian heavyweight Gideon Gidea. He was the master of the suplex, though also pretty proficient at all the other holds.
A muscular seventeen stone heavyweight who stood over six feet tall Gideon was a successful and popular competitor across Europe, most notably in the heavyweight tournaments held across the towns and cities of Germany and Austria.
The Wrestler magazine told readers that he was often saddened by the sound of Hungarian music.
Erm, we couldn't possibly comment.
Another of Atholl Oakeley’s cavalcade of colourful characters. Oakeley said he had met Giles in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, where Giles was serving as a cook. Said to weigh anything between 22 stones and 25 stones Giles seems to have made little impression on the British wrestling public around 1933 – 1934. Oakeley said Giles was averse to training and despite his nickname of “The Oxford Hercules” we can find little evidence of sporting skill, going down to Atholl Oakeley by two falls to nil in just 13 minutes at Leeds Brunswick Stadium
Hamid Ali Gill
We have little knowledge of this 1960s wrestler working for the independent promoters, other than he was a fast and technical middleweight who we enjoyed watching on numerous occasions.