WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

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Wrestling Heritage A - Z

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Carlos Moll
The Spanish heavyweight, from Seville, made extensive  visits to Britain during the winters of 1969 and 1970. He was a polished performer well known throughout all the countries of western Europe ans central America where wrestling was popular. Worked hard and gave Mike Marino a good match when he challenged  him  Retired injured when he challenged him for the World Mid heavyweight title in 1969 at Nottingham, Carlos took the lead in the third round and held on until a cleverly executed double knee shoulder press the equalising fall in round seven. Carlos was on the offensive in round eight when he eas thrown from the ring  and failed to beat the count. The photo shows referee Joe Hill and opponent Marino attending to the injured Carlos.  Marino retained the belt again when Carlos was given a second chance at Halifax.  During his three or four month long stays in Britain he travelled extensively throughout the country. He made five television appearances, against Albert Wall, John Lees, Steve Haggetty, Gargantua and Tibor Szakacs.
Josef Molnar
Moustachioed, stocky heavyweight Josef Molnar was a popular and frequent visitor to Britain during the 1960s. He was here off and on every year from 1960 until  1972.

A mixed bag of results, often going town to fairly routine opposition whilst at other times working alongside the best, drawing with Gerry DeJager and even defeating Earl Maynard.

A Royal Albert Hall debut loss to Eric Taylor was followed up with an absurd mismatched straight falls win over Billy Torontos. At one time picked up and dropped the European light heavyweight title to Ernie Riley. His 1971 visit was alongside  Hungarian Arpi Weber.

Positive advance publicity preceded their arrival as  The Hungarian Horsemen, but our recollection is that they made little impact following a two falls to one win over the Black Diamonds at the Royal Albert Hall.

Unsurprisingly worked throughout Europe and we know he did wrestle in Mexico, but have no knowledge of American or Canadian visits.
Harry Monk (Also known as Harry Ryan, Andy Ryan, Andrew Knight, The Liquidator, The Executioner, Doctor Death)

Weighing  in at 22 stones Harry Monk must have squeezed into quite a few tight spaces over the years, and at his new lighter weight he's squeezed into the Wrestling Heritage years. Taking the opposite route to most Harry turned professional wrestler following years of counting 'em out as a referee for promoters Mike DeMain and Ian Leeds. When a few wrestlers began taking liberties Harry decided if he was going to get thrown around he might as well get paid for his troubles by training as a wrestler. Al Marshall introduced Harry to Alan Kirby who gve the novice a bit of a pasting to test his mettle. Undeterred Harry moved on to Dave Bedford and Ray Robinson  for training in the professional style. When the time was ready Harry made his professional debut against Scrubber Daly, and this was the start of a hectic career in which Harry juggled five or six matches a week with his work as a lorry driver. Mostly remembered by fans are his frequent tussles with Barry Douglas and Ritchie Brooks. 

Sometimes villain, sometimes hero, Harry was always dressed in black  tights and white boots, in tribute to Rough-house Harry Bennett. If the name Harry Monk is unfamiliar Harry can offer a few others as he has also wrestled under the names Harry Ryan, Andy Ryan, Andrew Knight, The Liquidator, The Executioner, and Doctor Death. "We all ended up as Doctor Death," laughed Harry.
Jimmy Monroe
Liverpool's Jimmy Monroe started out working for the independent promoters in the mid 1970s. Just made it onto tv in July 1988, three months before transmissions ended.