Ian Doc Dean, R.I.P.
3rd July, 1970 - 14th August, 2018
Ian Doc Dean just scraped into the Heritage Years of Wrestling by virtue of making his debut in his mid teens, at fourteen according to some accounts. By the summer of 1987, as he turned seventeen on the 3rd July, he was already working full time touring the holidy camps of Britain with Robbie Brookside and Steve Regal.
The partnership and friendship with Robbie Brookside was to endure through the years as they became the top tag team in the country. The Liverpool Lads. Tag teams didn't get any bigger, or more popular than Robbie and The Doc in the late 1980s and 1990s, travelling the country and beating the Superfly team of Ricky Knight and Jimmy Ocean to win the ASW Tag Team Championship. In individual competition Doc Dean twice won the ASW British welterweight title between 1990 and 1993.
With opportunities for wrestlers in Britain reducing dramatically in the mid 1990s Ian and Robbie made their way to the United States, making his WCW debut in 1997. Ian also worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling, competing in the Best of the Super Junior IV tournament in 1997.
Robbie Brookside returned to Britain whilst Doc Dean settled in the United States. The sad news was received on 14th August, 2018, that he had died, aged just 48 years old.