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Indio Guajaro

The tough guy tearaway heavyweight from Columbia visited the UK in the mid 1970s, losing to Count Bartelli at the Royal Albert Hall and to Roy St Clair on television. 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, "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 made a more extensive visist for All Star Promotions in the winter of 1991-2. We understand that Indio Guajaro passed away from a heart attack in September 1996, two years after retiring from the ring.

George Gueret

French wrestler visited Britain between the mid 1950s and 1960s. Appeared at the Royal Albert Hall three times and on television against Peter Maivia and Monty Swann. Seen in action against Judo Al Hayes. 

The Little Things We Remember 

I remember seeing two wrestlers billed from the USA In those early days that was certainly something different.

Lord Jan Blears with his long blonde hair(a la Gorgeous George) had his little man friend carrying his comb(the comb was copied later by Gentleman Jim Lewis), but Jan at least had some knowledge of British rules.

Red Kirkpatrick on the other hand did not. He was a real roughhouse, and a handful for the referee, but Les knew that the top piece of the post in the red corner came off. He always was clever on the ropes that man! He was sitting up there with the post top in his hand before Red got up from the canvas, after Les had made him break the hold.

Bernard Hughes 

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.

Wrestling Heritage hopes readers enjoy these all-new 2013 Jon Guil Don pictures, showing the master some years after his UK tour as well as publicity images from the peak of his powers.  He'll feature also in the all-new Wrestling Heritage countdown that runs up to and through Christmas 2013. We remain, however, keen to obtain more detail and memories of Jon Guil Don via the Talk Wrestling forum or email, as he remains a true all-time great with disproportionately little coverage on our site.

Ray Gunkel

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.

Peter Gurr

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 (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 Gyungi

We saw the Hungarian “Golden Eagle” just the once at a Norman Morrell show in Blackburn.

A capable mid heavyweight we believe to have lived in Birmingham, he disappeared as quickly as he had appeared.



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The Little Things We Remember 

I remember the 15 round title fight between George Kidd and Johnny Stead. After going the full 15 rounds (not seen very often in later days) a draw was a good finish to a brilliant match. I really liked that clean scientific contest.

The first time that I saw The Ghoul. A huge man sitting in the back seat of a car as it arrived outside St. James Hall.

I remember seeing Norman Morrell in his big Lincoln convertible bringing Masambula to Newcastle for the first time. I also remember the big carnival head that “The Witchdoctor” wore to enter the ring. Don't think that it was ever used again. 

Bernard Hughes