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David Jons

Transatlantic travel was something of a rarity in the 1950s, but that didn’t stop London’s physical cultural marvel, David Jons, travelling to the USA and challenging the great Lou Thesz for his world heavyweight crown. 


Although unlucky against Thesz the Londoner did go on to gain success in the United States, and held the Mid Western Heavyweight Title for some time after defeating Billy Goetz..  Prior to his wrestling career Muscle clad Jons won the “Mr London” title, and his muscular frame added to his appeal as a wrestler. 


David was born on 5th February, 1922. He served in the Royal Air Force during the war. With such a splendid physique he was encouraged by Les Martin to take up wrestling and turned professional in 1947.


He proved something of a sensation as soon as he turned professional, with wins over many established stars leading to the chance to challenge Bert Assirati for the heavyweight crown at Ipswich in March, 1949.


Joe Jordan

We have around a dozen bouts recorded of Crawley's Joe Jordan in 1962-1963, all of them in the south for Dale Martin Promotions. Opponents included  Ray Fury, Tug Holton and Harry Kendall.


Mike Jordan

He was called Flash Jordan, and for good reason. Speed, skill and agility made a young Mike "Flash" Jordan something of an overnight sensation when he hit Northern rings in the early 1970s.  

Over the following few years he matured into a fine wrestler who could hold his own with the best in the business.  

A 1987 win over Johnny Saint at Croydon took Mancunian Mike out of the shadows and handed him the World Lightweight title.  Heritage member Rasit Huseyin told us, “Mike Flash Jordan was a very underrated wrestler and tragically died so young.  I was actually at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon in the summer of 1987 when he surprised everyone by defeating Johnny Saint for the World Lightweight title,”

Until that time Mike had spent the previous fifteen years as a popular lightweight, but largely overshadowed by the likes of Saint and Breaks. Jordan held the title for eight months before losing it back to Saint on 24th May, 1988. 

Eddie Rose told us:

“Mike, or "Little Mike" as we knew him, rang me up out of the blue and asked would I teach him to wrestle. He said he was eighteen but probably fifteen! I met him at Ancoats Lads Club and he tried pro style- badly. I advised him to go to the YMCA and join the amateurs then come back to me. He did just that and I introduced him to Grant Foderingham at Panther's Gym. The rest is history... he went on to become a top class wrestler and a great lad. One of the best to come out of Manchester and well liked and much missed by us all."

Master of Ceremonies Lee Bamber is another with fond memories: “I used to love introducing Mike "Flash" Jordan to the fans as "The man from L.A. .. (Lower Ancoats)" .... we both smiled .. sad he is no longer with us.”


Kurt Jorgens

The blond hair, athletic, muscular physique and pronounced cheek bones were sufficient to transform Streatham’s Fred Storer into the far more exotic sounding Kurt Jorgens. Billed as the “Swedish Wonder Boy,” Jorgens became a regular on the independent bills of London and the South East during the late 1950s.  A frequent opponent was his old rival, Bert Lamb, whilst other opponents went on to gain greater fame than was destined for Fred. One fan with memories of Kurt told us that his over-riding recollection was of fans screaming abuse at the heavyweight villain as he punished Lamb by working on an old leg injury, something that seemed to happen with some regularity.  


Born in 1933 Fred Storer turned professional in his mid twenties, having received encouragement from no less a man than the legendary Bert Assirati. In the colourful world of professional wrestling promoters were always seeking ways to add a touch of colour and glamour and Fred’s Scandinavian like appearance naturally led to the creation of Kurt Jorgens. Looks like his would be wasted on a simple Fred Storer when he could easily adopt a new nationality and the name of a famous film star. He trained in the now demolished boxing and wrestling gymnasium that could be found behind “The Gun” public house on Church Street, Croydon, and now the home of regular rock concerts. Despite frequent work Fred was to remain one of the lesser lights; one of the infantry without whom the likes of McManus, Pallo and all the other stars could not have existed.  Called Fred or Kurt this Londoner is one of the unsung heroes that enriched Britain’s wrestling heritage.


Kurt Jorgens died in May, 2018.


Jean Jourlin

One of the great names in French wrestling and a visitor to Britain in the late 1940s and 1950s. Born on 1st December, 1904 in Tare, Rhone, he won his first French championship in 1926 in the Greco-Roman style, winning the free style championship the following year. He was to go on to win a total of 15 French championship titles in both styles. 


He represented France in the 1928 and 1936 Olympic Games, placed fourth on both occasions. He competed in the European championships from 1927 until 1945, after which he turned professional. He wrestled in Britain infrequently, mainly in the south of England.


Luis Enrique Edo Juan 

A trio of visits were made to the UK between 1964 and 1966 by this popular Spanish heavyweight imported by Arthur Green on behalf of Joint Promotions.  A tall, skilful wrestler he came to our shores following a couple of  years experience in France. Apart from wrestling Edo Juan also played classical pieces on the piano and had studied law in Spain before turning professional wrestler.  In 1968 and 1970 he wrestled in Japan for the International Wrestling Enterprise (IWE) promotion, using the name Enrique Edo. David Sutherland recalls, “When Barry Douglas  fought Robert Duranton on television and the latter's servant began interfering it was Enrique Edo Juan who ran into the ring to help Douglas out. I saw Enrique once at Newcastle where he was most charming and friendly but claimed not to speak any English yet a few weeks later The Wrestler did a feature on him saying he was fluent in our language.”

Frank Judson

Frank Judson, born Frank Jedlenski, set foot in Britain for the first time in February, 1934, having crossed the Atlantic on the Europa with his friend Ivan Seric (Jack Sherry). Thirty-seven years old Frank did not wrestle in Britain at that time but was en-route to Johannesburg in South Africa. He returned to New York in July and was not back in Britain until 1936 when he  had only a few matches. He brought good  credentials as  trainer of wrestling at Harvard University.  By then he had been wrestling professionally for more than ten years, starting out in 1922. A very promising career was hampered by serious injury in the mid 1920s. For a while it remained very doubtful that he would return to the ring. He did make it back, but reports are that he no longer had the potential to make it to the top. In Britain he was given the opportunity to unmask the Masked Wrestler, who had been doing the rounds and unbeaten for about a year. Judson did his duty and revealed the face of the familiar Louis Pergantes after just fourteen minutes of wrestling..


Maurice Jung

In October 1970 French wrestler Maurice Jung, the self styled French Hippy was kind enough to pop over from his Parisian home to lose  to Jackie Pallo at the Royal Albert. He made a colourful sight in  his only London appearance with his bright blue tights, yellow silk tassels and an assortment of beads and bracelets. Pallo finished him off in the fourth round with a piledriver.