M: Muir - Mummy
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Bonnie Alan Muir was the “Prince Charming” of the mat world. An Australian from Melbourne, born as Alan Holmes on 28th November, 1907, he educated was at the prestigious Melbourne Grammar School, his father had plans that Alan should become a doctor, following in his own footsteps. Alan would have none of it and became a clerk in an accounts department. As an amateur wrestler he won the Victoria heavyweight championship in 1929 and 1930, and was runner up in the 1930 Australian championship.
Abruptly leaving his job as a clerk he travelled to America to learn the professional style, making his debut in October, 1930.He returned to Australia briefly in 1932-33 and was a finalist with Tom Lurich for the newly created version of the Australian Heavyweight title at Leichhardt Stadium. Lurich emerged the winner and Alan Muir set off on his travels once again to arrive in Britain in May, 1935. King Curtis, Bulldog Bill Garnon, Jack Sherry all faced the skillful Australian, who by 1938 was claiming the title of British heavyweight champion. With the outbreak of war he returned to Australia to serve in the Australian Air Force.
In 1942 he wrestled Leo Jensen for a version of the Australian heavyweight title vacated by Fred Atkins. Again Alan came off second best. Indeed we are told he challenged almost every champion during the decade but was always the bridesmaid and never the bride.
When he retired from wrestling Alan Muir continued as a referee. He died on 12th June, 1977.
Bruiser Ian Muir
In a world of giants and monsters Ian Muir is another under-rated star of wrestling who deserves greater attention.
He had an unquestionably great grizzly look that belied his youth, and it is no surprise he was quickly snapped up for advertising of all kinds, not to forget a small part in the film Time Bandits. In the ring, he stuck to trunks, which did a valiant job holding his stocky girth together.
The promoters tried every nickname imaginable for this 22 stones cockney superheavyeight billed from Lanarkshire through the mid-seventies: The Iron Duke; Bully Boy; The Bruiser. A wrestler remembered with fondness by those who watched him .
Heritage member Ballymoss remembers: “"Bully Boy Muir was a first rate heel. He looked nothing else and admirably played his role, being very quick to stir up any wrestling audience. He possessed plenty of wrestling skill, but sadly his talents were probably underused.”
Unfortunately Bully Boy had the misfortune in arriving on the scene at the same time as some other even bigger super-heavies and his fate in supporting action in tag bouts was sealed.
Alex Mulko was a Canadian born heavyweight from Ontario who British fans were told was from Ukraine on his arrival in Britain. Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union in those days and consequently a fitting birthplace of a wrestling villain.
It was a character he had already developed, though he was known as Nikita Kalmikoff in Australia and the United States. Early days in North America had seen him making use of his birth name, Alex Mulko.
Whatever the name the big bearded, North American or Russian the tank sized seventeen stoner was inevitably a villain.
A genuine international supporting bill worker Mulkovich, had turned professional around 1953, and was already known in the rings of the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia, albeit the latter being a short tour of a few weeks.
As the Soviet alleged bad guy with the all-telling beard numerous disqualifications were inevitable, but he was surprisingly allowed victories over Dazzler Joe Cornelius and Judo Al Hayes before being presented as the sacrificial offering to Billy Robinson at the Royal Albert Hall.
Another gimmick copied from America, but thankfully with little impact in the UK. This was wrestling nonsense at it's best, which is more than could be said about the wrestling itself. In the 1960s four bearers would carry the coffin to the ring, from which would emerge the bandaged undefeated mystery man of the mat. Could it get any worse than this? We are not sure because we did not see the second coming of the gimmick in the 1980s. We believe the 1980s incarnation, or at least one of them was Tarantula Alan Turner, who was a decent wrestler. Nice wrestler, shame about the bandages.