M: Gori Ed Mangotich
Talking to a very famous wrestler of the 1960s and 1970s the name Gori Ed Mangotich cropped up. Names withheld to avoid embarrassment. “I remember him very well, a good wrestler. I often worked with him when I went down to work in London for a week at a time. He was a big worker for Lincoln. I think Lincoln got him started.”
Wrong, so very wrong.
Well it’s all true except for that last sentence. Gori Ed Mangotich, “The buddy of Doctor Death,” was certainly a big name for Lincoln in the 1960s, but his glory years had begun long before that.
A Canadian veteran from the late 1940s Gori Ed Mangotich it is true that Gori Ed is mostly remembered in Britain these days for his work with promoter Paul Lincoln in the 1960s. Yet his position as one of the top wrestlers in the country had been sealed in the 1950s, when he wrestled just about every big name in British rings.
Australian wrestler Lincoln started promoting in the late 1950s to challenge the near monopoly of Dale Martin Promotions in southern England. At the time Ed Mangotich was one of the top workers for Dale Martin Promotions. Lincoln gathered together a small band of talented and loyal workers, one of whom was Gori Ed, who could be seen regularly wrestling other Lincoln stars Judo Al Hayes, Rebel Ray Hunter, Mike Marino, Wayne Bridges, Bob Kirkwood and others. Paul Lincoln wrestling shows are now considered by many fans to have been the most entertaining of all wrestling shows in the 1960s.
One wrestling fan who remembers Gori Ed was Ballymoss, who told us, “Gori Ed Mangotich was a stalwart of Paul Lincoln promotions and I saw him regularly in the early to mid 1960's, usually at the Hackney Empire or Granada Brixton. He was a tough first rate ‘heel’ confirming his status as his billing suggested as a "lumberjack". In solo contests he rarely managed to win, often being disqualified.” Another fan remembered that he signed a “cool autograph.”
An indication of his importance in the Lincoln hierarchy was that Ed was chosen by Lincoln to appear in the 1962 promotional documentary "The Wrestling Game."
many of the Paul Lincoln stars Gori Ed was no Lincoln discovery; he had
a wrestling history going back more than a decade.
To begin with Ed worked for the biggest wrestling promoters in the country, Dale Martin Promotions. This meant most of his matches were in the south of the country but with the occasional jaunt north. Another appearance at the Royal Albert Hall took place on 9th October, 1957, when Ed lost against the British champion Eric Taylor. Yet another call to wrestle at the country’s number one venue came on 14th January, 1959, when Gori Ed wrestled Charlie Fisher.