M: Maxine - McCormack
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Rex Maxine (Max Rexine, Freddie Rex, Rexine, Ted Elliott)
Earl "Mr. Universe" Maynard
Barbados born heavyweight Earl Maynard was a wrestler with muscles on his muscles. A wrestler with a fine physique who took up body-building as a seventeen year old in 1954. He won the Mr Europe title in 1959, Mr England in 1960, Mr Universe Pro in 1964, and 1978 Mr America title. Not bad considering that he weighed under ten stones when he moved to England aged eighteen years. Shortly afterwards he was called up for national service and after serving in the Royal Air Force Earl turned professional wrestler in 1962. He went on to become one of the most popular and successful sixties wrestlers in Britain and Europe before finding even greater success in the United States. Twice American Tag Champion (with Rocky Johnson and Dory Dixon) Earl was listed as one of the WWE top wrestlers of all time. Following his retirement from wrestling Earl turned to acting, and appeared in many films before turning to film producing and directing.
Jim McCormack's father was a Scot, a tenant farmer who moved to England to work for the Marquess of Londonderry at his stately home, Wynyard Park.
In the ring Jim was an impressive sight, and that was before he started wrestling. There were more than a few comments from the crowd as the kilted Jim entered the hall, resplendent in his red trunks and boots with white socks. A nice touch those boots. Red to match the trunks with a slit to expose the white socks. This was the sort of attention to detail that impressed the old time promoters, as well as the fans, and established professional wrestling as a legitimate sport.
Jim, a middleweight of around thirteen stones with black wavy hair, would leap over the top rope, a clear indication of the excitement to follow. He was trained by Jim Stockdale, a man known for establishing discipline in his young proteges, and was a popular worker for independent promoters in the late 1970s and into the early 1980s.
"Clean and clever" was one of those overused, often meaningless phrases used by promoters on their posters. In the case of Jim McCormack it was true. A skilful wrestler he always wrestled within the rules and was popular with fans for his fast, all action style. A whirlwind in fact, agile and athletic if thrown out of the ring he would leap right back in.
It was a style usually, but not always, appreciated by opponents. They enjoyed wrestling him because of his enthusiasm, agility and professionalism, but others said he could be difficult to handle in the ring, with one saying that wrestling Jim was like wrestling a JCB.
In the 1980s, as wrestling's popularity was going into decline, Jim was one of the many who drifted out of the wrestling scene. Gone, but remembered by fans of the north.