R: Pete Roberts
Judo Pete Roberts
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Judo Pete Roberts (Super Destroyer)
Whilst younger fans refer to him as the Super Destroyer for those of the author’s age he will always be, quite simply, Judo Pete Roberts. He was the goodest of the good guys, in his early days wearing a judo outfit to remind us of his credentials. By the 1980s he was one of the best on the block, a man who could not just wrestle but develop a story to create a credible match with a range of opponents.
Years later we can think of no other wrestler for whom it has been said by fellow professionals so many times that here was one of the most underrated wrestlers in Britain. Although a regular worker through the sixties and seventies Roberts was, without doubt, the prophet without honour in his own country. In those days he was overshadowed by the likes of Marino, Howes and Portz. Recognition came later in life after a highly successful tour of Japan, from which he returned with the name Super Destroyer.
Pete's rivalry with Wayne Bridges is one of our fondest 1980s memories. Pete battled his way to challenge for Bridges’ World Heavyweight Championship and his guile and agility needled Bridges who turned nasty. The pair feuded nationwide, and in one of their televised bouts, where Roberts had surprisingly won by two straight falls, an irate Bridges grabbed the mike to remonstrate angrily: “Who have you ever beaten, Roberts?”. To which the judo star replied with the now immortal riposte: “I’ve just beaten you, Bridges!”
Maybe we are too late, but let us now acknowledge that we too failed to recognise Robert’s talent and now belatedly add our tribute to the great Pete Roberts.
Page added 10/08/2019