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Wrestling Heritage A-Z
The tough guy tearaway heavyweight from Columbia visited the UK in the 1970s. professional for only around a year he came to Britain in January 1974. A charismatic and entertaining wrestler he lost to Count Bartelli at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th January. The following day he recorded a televised loss against Roy St Clair, broadcast on 26th January. Other opponents included Steve Viedor and Mike Marino.
He wrestled extensively throughout Europe, mostly in Austria and Germany. Heritage member Pantaleon Manlapig remembers the big man when he wrestled in Austria and Germany, where he spent much of his career: "He entered the ring with feathers, traditional attire and of course shrunken heads. According to him the head belonged to his grandfather."
Indio Guajaro returned to Britain for a short tour in 1985 and wrestled Pete Roberts on television. We understand that he died from a heart attack in September 1996, two years after retiring from the ring.
French heavyweight wrestler visited Britain on numerous occasions between the mid 1950s and 1960s. Appeared at the Royal Albert Hall three times and on television against Peter Maivia and Monty Swann. Gueret was a stuntman and actor in many films. He died in May, 2018.
Jon Guil Don
Erroneously billed from South Korea, Jon Guil Don was one of the true ground-breaking greats of professional wrestling and left British audiences spellbound over the six months he spent in the UK through the winter of 1974/1975.
Jon Guil Don was a 100% legitimate master of jujitsu and karate. He was from San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, but made his wrestling name on Mexican bills in the early seventies. Arthur Green did his talent-scouting with his usual effectiveness, and in similarly typical clumsy fashion mangled the true exotica of the visitor's credentials.
Jon Guil Don's time in Britain is woven into the context of mid-seventies wrestling upheaval and can be read in our review of 1975.
Guil Don also tagged in the UK with Kung Fu and their styles were not at all dissimilar. In fairness to Kung Fu, he had sprung onto the UK scene fully six months before the arrival of the Salvadorian, and it remains to be uncovered just how the pair influenced each other.
By the time Dale Martin's had Guil Don in their clutches they were perfectly aware of his worth and thrust him whole-heartedly into headline billing at Eurpoe's premier wrestling venue, with a whole bill centring around Guil Don's martial arts.
But while his home-based equivalents, Kung Fu and Iron Fist, were undeniably spectacular, Jon Guil Don's flying left us literally gasping for breath. This is why we are so dismayed at the calibre of opponent he was required to lose to.
Heritage members have fond memories. Romeo told us: ”I did see him live versus Mo Hunter and it was an incredible bout. His tv bouts that I remember were vs Rocco. He also took on the heavies KO'd Steve Haggerty on (I think) tv. For me the most talented wrestler I ever saw.”
Back in the 1950s and 1960s British wrestling fans eagerly read of the exploits of American wrestlers in magazines that made their way across the Atlantic weeks after publication. Those wrestlers seemed more colourful and larger than life than the wrestlers we saw in our halls. On the rare occasions the Americans visited Britain we were usually disappointed. Although we didn't see Ray Gunkel on what seems to have been his one and only appearance in British rings we are sure we would not have been disappointed. Ray was a man with genuine amateur credentials. A top 1950s contender for Lou Thesz's NWA World heavyweight title Ray visited Britain in May, 1950, defeating George Gordienko at the Royal Albert Hall. No further evidence is needed to demonstrate the status of this great heavyweight who died in 1972 following a match with Ox Baker.
Ashford's Peter Gurr was one of a group of kent wrestlers who established themselves on the British wrestling scene in the early 1970s. Alongside Jon Carlo, Crusher Mason, Aaron Stone, John Hurley, Kurt and Karl Heinz he was a student of the great heavyweight Danny Lynch. Peter worked mostly for the independent promoters until the late 1970s alongside some of the biggest names in the business that included Ricky Starr, Danny Lynch and Cowboy Cassidy. In later life Peter emigrated to Alberta, Canada, where he worked in the film industry. In Calgary Peter was a Security Department Coordinator taking charge of security on more than 100 big budget film sets. Peter was also an active and significant member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and devoted much of his time to charity work. Peter Gurr died in November, 2015.
Ted Gutteridge (Also known as Young Hackenschmidt)
The name we mostly associate with Young Hackenschmidt is the Winchester heavyweight Dave Larsen who used the moniker on some of his early Paul Lincoln appearances. However, there was at least one other Young Hack, namely the renowned body builder, Ted Gutteridge. He stood only 5'5” tall and weighed around thirteen stones but in 1963 Ted won the title of Mr Britain. Success had begun ten years earlier when Ted won the Mr Junior North Britain title at the Seaburn Hall, Sunderland. Ted, a draughtsman from Whitley Bay, dabbled in wrestling for a short time in the early 1960s. His brief career came to an end on 14th May, 1964, when he and his wife Lillian set sail for Australia and set up home in Sydney. Ted was placed third in the 1966 Mr Australia contest, reportedly pleased with his ranking as he had not trained for two years. Ted died on 18th December, 1969, we have an unconfirmed report that he was killed in a car crash.
Vince Gyungyi (Also known as Venzyl Gyguyi)
The spelling of the name is not the only mystery. The former appeared in the “The Who’s Who of Wrestling,” the latter a variation on some posters, including the one sent to us by “Main Mask.”
Wrestling enthusiast “Main Mask” queried this Hungarian heavyweight who appeared on the scene in December, 1968, “I have him taking on Tiger Lombardo at De Montfort Hall Leicester.”
Well, we have scant information, but do remember him. We remember him nicknamed “The Golden Eagle” when he wrestled on a Norman Morrell show at Blackburn in January 1969. On that occasion he was Vince Gyguyi. Our earliest discovery of him was a few weeks earlier, losing to Pat Roach in Leeds on 10th December, 1968. He appeared sporadically throughout 1969, finally disappearing in December. Most of our recorded results ended in a loss, opponents including Gwyn Davies, Geoff Portz, Jock Cameron and Hans Streiger. Tiger Lombardo was a frequent opponent. Matches were in the midlands, north of England and Scotland, working for promoters Relwyskow-Green, Morrell-Beresford and Wryton.
In 1971 “The Who’s Who of Wrestling” said he was Hungarian born, now living in Birmingham and was a former press operator who maintained a fitness regime at the Birmingham University Gymnasium.
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5/6/2019 Indio Guajaro and Jon Guil Don revised.