British wrestling history 

K: Kendall - Kennedy


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Harry Kendall

A classy Brixton heavyweight who was one of the original Silent Ones alongside Mike Eagers Harry relinquished his place to tour New Zealand and was replaced by Danny Hegan, whom he then returned to partner when Eagers retired prematurely. 

Apart from his tag team acclaim Harry was a highly accomplished singles wrestler, popular amongst fans and well respected amongst his colleagues, “A True wrestler in every sense of the word,” according to wrestler Eddie Rose. . His professional career highlights include a televised tag match alongside Masambula, another top-of-a-televised-bill against Les Kellett, and, in The Silent Ones, a famous Royal Albert Hall victory over The Untouchables. 

Harry’s style made him popular with fans. Heritage member Powerlock remembers him as “Impressive in both singles and tag matches, a well respected wrestler and a competitor who gave the punter their moneys worth”

Singles victims included dangerous Danny Lynch and Johnny Yearsley. Previously he had chalked up perhaps one of the most impressive amateur records through the fifties, including British middleweight championships in 1953 and 1954, a bronze medal in the 1954 Commonwealth Games (again at middleweight) and the light heavyweight championship in 1958, shortly after which he turned professional.

Kim Kendo

Possibly one of the most mysterious and apparently influential names in our listings. This Lincoln Promotions lightweight wore martial arts gear in the early sixties before any other wrestler did, to be followed not so many years later by Alf Marquette, Kung Fu, Iron Fist and others. As early as 1963 he was introducing British wrestling fans to the hitherto largely unknown expression “Kendo”, and this would also go on to form part of the name of at least a couple of well known heavyweights who started their careers later on. Kim Kendo was a regular opponent, and at other times tag partner,of the likes of Jon Cortez, Zoltan Boscik, Johnny Williams and well known contemporary names, but seemed not to make a successful transition after Lincoln and Dale Martin merged at the start of 1966. Photo kindly supplied by Wryton.

Wrestling Heritage curators remain on an ongoing archaeological mission studying the impact and influence of this little mentioned wrestler.

Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy was a popular Isle of Man based wrestler of the 1970s. Born in Crosby, near Liverpool, Bill learned the sport at the Barball Amateur Wrestling Club, Crosby. 

After a short spell in London Bill moved to the Isle of Man in the mid 1960s and opened his own hairdressing salon Due to a lack of wrestling opportunities on the island Bill took up judo. He later met a number of others who had wrestled on the mainland and together they decided to form an Isle of man wrestling club..

In July, 1969 Bill made his professional debut at the Villa Marina, Douglas, when he lost by the best of three falls to Ian St John. A few months later, on 23rd August, 1970, Bill overcame Mike Young to take the Isle of Man Lightweight title. 

Bill did make it back to the mainland, alongside fellow Islander Phil Barry,  in 1972 for a trial with Joint Promotions. 

Impressive enough to receive a few bookings Bill seemed to fade away fairly quickly, and Wrestling Heritage writers would very much like to hear from Bill once again to let us know how his career developed and what he is doing these days.