WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

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Giant Jumbo
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.

Gideon Gidea
Gideon Gidea wrestled in Britain between 1954 and 1965.  I didn’t see him wrestle as I only started going in 1965. He did have a very good reputation.    A one month visit in 1954 was followed by annual short visits (with the exception of 1955) until January, 1965.
 
The  Wrestler magazine told readers that he was often saddened by the sound of Hungarian music.  We couldn’t believe everything we read.

Our earliest records in 1954 find him in northern England, in Manchester at Belle Vue, one of the biggest halls in the country. Opponents included Man Mountain Benny, Dominic Pye and Vic Hessle. A return in October, 1956, saw a debut at the Royal Albert Hall, with a win over Dennis Mitchell. He was back there on 19th March, 1958, this time losng to Alan Garfield. Opponents were the best on offer- Robinson, Cornelius, Verna, Nelson, Robinson and the like


Jumbo Giles
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.