M: Meredith - Minissini
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Post war British wrestling fans appreciated lighter weight wrestlers more than in many countries, but weighing little over 9 stones made diminutive Yorkshireman Pete Meredith a challenge for any wrestling matchmaker. That matchmaker was usually Relwyskow & Green Promotions, for whom Peter mostly worked in the 1970s at their venues around northern Englan and Scotland.
Pete was introduced to promoter George DeRelwyskow by the former rugby league star and professional wrestler, Sam Evans, who trained the Pete at his gymnasium in Hull before passing him on to Rewyskow's StPatrick's gymnasium in Leeds to put the finishing touches to his preparation for his pro wrestling world.
There was one moment of national fame with an unsurprising television defeat by the Dynamite Kid in October, 1976, a sacrificial lamb at the time Dynamite Kid was being given a big push in British rings.
Sadly Pete's weight did seem to have proved a handicap and his career, to the best of our knowledge (and we would happily be proved wrong), was a short lived one.
Whenever this New Zealand heavyweight visitor of the 1961-2 winter climbed into the ring fans waited with anticipation for the ritual Maori dance which heralded the opening bell. Once the bout began Keita showed himself to be a wrestler of considerable skill, and gained popularity during his visit. The six feet tall heavyweight, born in 1935 as Keith Mildon, came to Britain in September, 1961, and was a crowd pleaser throughout the winter, initially in the north but later travelling nationwide. He took up amateur wrestling when he was sixteen years old and turned professional in May, 1959, drawing with Ricky Wallace. he and had worked in New Zealand, Australia and the USA before travelling to Britain. Within a year he had defeated Lofty Binnie to take the New Zealand heavyweight championship. A great influence on Keita was his uncle,the Maori wrestler Ike Robins.
Twenty one year old Cypriot was nicknamed Atlas, due to his pocket giant stature, when he worked Dale Martin rings in 1961 and 1962. Amongst his opponents, usually capable second tier light heavies, were Charlie Fisher, Harry Kendall and Spencer Churchill.
Warrington heavyweight Mick Millman turned professional during the Second World War and was involved in the wrestling business for thirty years. A skilful wrestler he moved up through the weights from middleweight to heavyweight, tangling with the likes of Bill McDonald, Jan Brouwers, a regular at Belle Vue, Manchester. When not wrestling Mick plied his trade as a joiner around Cheshire. He began to reduce his wrestling commitments in the late 1950s but could still occasionally be seen in action until the mid 1960s. Mick was also responsible for training 1960s Warrington favourite Mike Dallas.
Johnny (Young) Milo
One of three Greek born London based brothers, Johnny was the youngest sibling of Milo Popocopolis, and Tommy Milo. Sometimes billed as Young Milo in the late 1950s and early 1960s this name was also used by the eldest, Milo Popocoplis, at times in his youth. When not wrestling Johnny and brother Tommy ran a Mexican restaurant, The Acapulco.
Tommy Milo (Photo left)
Another “Golden Greek” of the 1950s and 1960s, this one was London restaurateur Tommy Milo. In 1953 Tommy and brother Johnny opened the Acapulco Coffee Bar in Hanway Street, London. Tommy was the brother of Milo Popocoplolis and Johnny Milo. Last seen in the rings of Paul Lincoln Management.
“A nice bloke, always good for a shilling when I was a kid,” remembers Alan Green.
French heavyweight made a short visit to Britain in February 1956 to face the likes of Mike Marino, Dai Sullivan and Reg Williams