WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

K: King - Kloke

Wrestling Heritage A-Z
Curly King
Wigan's Freddy Morley was active in the 1940s and 1950s, given his ring name as a result of his curly hair. Our earliest record is of a contest in January, 1947, against Sankey Allan at the Caird Hall, Dundee.

Johnny King
Johnny King of Doncaster was a busy worker in the 1940s and 1950s, travelling nationwide to tangle with the likes of Jack Dempsey, Jack Beaumont and Count Bartelli (in the days Bartelli weighed around 13 stones). A 1940’s Masked Marvel and a  forgotten hero with a place in wrestling history, Johnny King is credited as the man who trained Albert Rocky Wall.

Kiwi Kingston (Also known as The Great Karloff)
Lanky Sussex-based equestrian and 6"5" heavyweight wrestler whose features assured him a movie role as Frankenstein’s Monster.  On the back of his film stardom, he wrestled for a while also under the intriguing name, The Great Karloff

In-ring master of the spinning cradle hold, this New Zealander faced all the great heavyweights of British wrestling in a two-decade career that came to an end in 1970.

The tough New Zealander came to Britain after serving in the air force and in  1946 was well placed at a time professional wrestling was re-establishing itself as a popular  spectator sport. 

Before the war Ernie Kingston had been runner up in the New Zealand heavyweight amateur boxing championships of 1938, and also played rugby. 

In Britain he established himself as one of the country’s most popular heavyweights of the 1950s and 1960s, and found similar success wrestling on mainland Europe.

Ernie is also remembered as an excellent horse rider, and in Germany would ride his horse into the stadium and up to the ringside.

Red Kirkpatrick
A villainous American who made his way across the pond from his home in Brooklyn. Bernard Hughes recalls visits to Britain in the 1950s of  Red Kirkpatrick, "He was a real rough house, and a handful for the referee." 

The American had little time for the scientific aspects of the sport and Bernard tells us he was disqualified on the first three (of six) occasions he saw him at the New St James Hall, Newcastle. Red was easily identified by the bluebirds tattooed below each collarbone. "A handy bloke to have in a streetfight!" said Bernard. Another member who remembers Red is Raven, who told us that unlike his ring persona Red was a lovely man to talk to after the show.

Alan Kitto
The Light heavyweight from Romford was a promising star in Dale Martin rings of the early to mid 1960s, with the added interest of living on a boat according to The Wrestler magazine! . A good amateur foundation led to  a promising career in the mid sixties, mainly in the south of England. Opponents included Johnny Kwango, Linde Caulder, Tug Holton and, quite often it seemed, Tony Bates. Shortly after The Wrestler magazines prediction of stardom Alan seemed to disappear from our rings;  we would welcome more information. 

Pat Kloke
Skilled Irish wrestler turned professional  soon after the war as we find him in Jamuary, 1946.  wrestling the likes of Ken Joyce, Jack Queseck and Alan Colbeck. By the mid 1950s was established as a top welterweight with wins over Mick McManus, and Jack Cunningham. Defeated Stefan Milla at the Royal Albert Hall before transferring to the independents in 1958, where he became a mainstay of Paul Lincoln Management right up until the 1966 merger. Pat had extensive experience around Europe, wrestling in France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria.

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