G: Grasshopper - Greenhill
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A popular 1980s shaven headed. barefoot welterweight was Grasshopper, otherwise Phil Johnson from Leabrooks in Derbyshire. The clean and skilful wrestler made around ten television appearances against mostly unremarkable opponents, but also faced up to Dave Finlay and Jim Breaks. Prior to wrestling Phil was a regular competitor in judo competitions around the country. Had wrestling not disappeared from our television screens we may well have seen much more of this young man. Please get in touch if you can help us to improve this entry.
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With a name like Kyriakos Anastasiadis wouldn’t you be happy just being known as the Greek. A very stylish, skilful Greek,though, and one that had been brought up in Australia before moving to Britain and marrying a girl from Harrogate. He gave up an interest in soccer to turn professional wrestler in 1959, often tagging in Australia with his brother Jim. El Greco was a popular light heavyweight in the 1960s British wrestling rings around Joint Promotion halls and nationally on
television. He was well known in Europe, wrestling in the German tournaments and travelling further afield to Mexico, Australia and Japan.
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Twenty year old Bill Green stood 6 feet tall and nudged the top end of the light heavyweight division. He trained at the United Amateur Wrestling Club before going along to the Dale Martin gymnasium in preparation of his professional career. He made his professional debut in 1964, a Normal Morrell Promotion at the Lime Grove Baths, and the combination of judo and amateur wrestling knowledge made him a promising star of the 1964-5 season. Alas it was not to be. After sixty or so bouts Bill decided professional wrestling was not for him. His short lived career included bouts against Tug Holton, Sean Regan and Ray Fury. He was the son of the Wigan heavyweight Charlie Green.
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Rotherham's Cliff Green started out on his professional career during the war. We'd like to know more about this man who was a regular worker between 1942 and 1950, often in the North East of England, opponents including Les Kellett, Jackie Harris and Granville Lawrence.
Blackpool's Jim Green worked regularly throughout the midlands, north and Scotland from the 1950s until 1984, when he returned to the ring to wrestle on Bobby Barron's wrestling booth on Pleasure Beach. For decades prior to that Jim had been a bill topper, wrestling Bert Assirati. He was mostly known in the guise of his alter-ego, a very well known masked man. So unlike his alter-ego was the real life Jim that promoter Cyril Knowles relented to his requests to advertise him in his local Blackpool in his black mask but with his real name prominent on the poster. Apparently Jim was having trouble persuading his friends that he was the rule-bending hooded terror.
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