WRESTLING HERITAGE

Promoters: M - R


Wrestling Heritage Promoters A - Z


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MacDee Promotions

Scottish promotion owned by George McDonald.


Tom Malinson

Another who fell foul of the Sunday Observance laws was Leeds promoter Tom Malinson, fined £5 for promoting boxing and wrestling shows on five Sundays in 1936.


Ron Mann

Penzance boxing and wrestling promoter of the 1930s Ron Mann was a pilot with Imperial Airways. During the second world war he was one of the survivors when the aircraft-carrier Courageous was sunk by a German submarine.


Manx Sports Promotions

1940s and 1950s promoter at multiple venues around the Isle of Man, run by Arthur Almond of Laxey. Almond worked in co-operation with Billy Riley and Jack Atherton. In Isle of Man Grappling Ron Historyo noted that a drawing card for Almond's shows were the use of his daughter, Valerie, as Master of Ceremonies.


Al Marshall
See Ace Sports Promotions


Tom Marshall

Promoted a few shows at Chelmsford Corn Exchange in 1937.


Leslie Martin
See Dale Martin Promotions


Matsport Promotions
Matsport Promotions was formed in May, 1958, by top class wrestlers defecting from Joint Promotions, Joe D'Orazio, George Kidd and Eddie Capelli. They put on first rate shows around the country using big names such as Bert Assirati and Ray Hunter in addition to themselves. The promotion continued until the end of 1961 when the wrestlers returned to the Joint Promotions fold. Kidd returned to Joint Promotions in December, 1961, followed by Capelli early in 1962 which led to a British welterweight championship reunification contest with Jack Dempsey. Joe D'Orazio took up refereeing duties for Dale Martin Promotions and later succeeded Charles Mascall in the Dale Martin publicity department.

See also British Wrestling Federation


Jack McClelland

Irish wrestler Jack Raymond promoted shows in Derry.


George McDonald
See MacDee Promotions


Midlands Entertainment Agency

Managing Director was Vic Kendrick. In 1964 he took over the lease of Dudley Hippodrome from Jerry Jeary and, as well as bringing the Kinks and Walker Brothers to Dudley, continued to promote wrestling at the venue. The same year he also bought a former cinema in Stafford, the Sandonia, and put on bingo and wrestling.


Sam Moreton

Boxing promoter Sam Moreton introduced All-In Wrestling to Rotherham in 1935. His story is told in Rotherham Grappling.


Norman Morrell Ltd, Morrell Beresford Promotions, Globe Promotions

Yorkshire based promoters mainly in the North Midlands and Scotland, though with a few Southern venues. Norman Morrell and Ted Beresford put on first rate shows with a higher proportion of big names than Dale Martin in the South – or at least that’s what the Northern fans believed.


Morrell and Beresford each promoted under their own names as well as collaboratively. Our first recorded Norman Morrell tournament was in 1943 and first recorded Globe Promotions tournament was in 1945. Globe Promotions was particularly noted for promoting spectaculars in Nottingham, Paisley and Sheffield.


Norman Morrell is featured extensively on Wrestling Heritage as a result of his successful international amateur career. Walter Leonard Beresford took up amateur wrestling whilst serving in the Army in the early 1930s. On his return to civilian life he turned professional, though his career was soon handicapped by the outbreak of war. Injury put paid to wrestling and Ted took up full time promoting in 1952.


Like Jack Dale, Les Martin and the Relwyskow family these two were wrestlers of the old breed who were keen to preserve the image of professional wrestling as a legitimate sport. All the more unfortunate, therefore when their number one referee, Don Branch, was more than a little indiscreet to News of the World reporters and revealed that everything was not quite as it seemed.


Norman Morrell Ltd and Globe Promotions went into voluntary liquidation on 16th December, 1974 when the companies were absorbed into the William Hill organisation, under the managerial guidance of Max Crabtree.The Morrell-Beresford company continued until it went into liquidation in 1988.


See also British Wrestling Board of Control (1946 incarnation), British Wrestling Promoters Association, Joint Promotions


John Mortimer

John Mortimer promoted wrestling at the Connaught Drill Hall, Portsmouth. His story is told in Portsmouth Grappling.


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Newtown Promotions

1970s Essex based promoter that was a member of the British Wrestling Alliance. As the company was based in Halstead, the home of Neil Sands, we do wonder if he was connected with the promotion.

See also British Wrestling Alliance


Northern International Promotions (Cyril Knowles)

One of the post war legends who wrestled and promoted well into the 1970s Cyril Knowles held the Joint Promotions middleweight title for a period in 1954, but as his wrestling career reached its twilight years he became an influential promoter of the 1960s and 1970s, using the name Northern International. Unsurprisingly his main sphere of work was in the north, but he did also venture into the Midlands and Wales.

Manchester middleweight Eddie Rose continued:

“He was a lovely promoter to work for. He looked after the lads and paid an honest wage for an honest bout.”


As wrestling went into decline in the 1980s Cyril began to despair as did so many others, but he just got on with things and rarely complained. In fact from all those we have spoken to that just about sums Cyril up...a lovely man who just got on with things in a quiet way determined to succeed in everything he tried to do.

See also Wrestling Federation of Great Britain



North Western Promotions (O’Shea Enterprises)

Wrestler Jack Jefferson had been around for many years before he turned to wrestling promoting. Not that the name was well known to fans because Jack's wrestling name was Shaun O'Shea. As a promoter he used the names North Western Promotions and O’Shea enterprises, staging (non BBBC) boxing tournaments as well as his wrestling shows.

See also Wrestling Federation of Great Britain


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Atholl Oakeley

See British Wrestling Association and International Wrestling Syndicate


Jack Oatley

Jack Oatley was an entertainments entrepreneur who promoted wrestling in the 1950s and 1960s. Based in Cheshire he worked under license from Joint Promotions for much of the time. He promoted mainly in the north of England and north Wales. For a couple of years around 1968 and 1969 Oatley staged shows in conjunction with Count Bartelli under the Bartley Promotions banner.


O.K. Promotions

Owned by John Owen OK were 1940s promoters at the St Mungo's Hall, Glasgow and Caird Hall, Dundee. In Dundee O.K. Promotions were rivals of G.F.H. Relwyskow and George Grant, who promoted at the same hall.


Olympic Promotions

Owned by boxing referee and promoter Harry Williams. Williams was a boxing referee in the 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris. He introduced wrestling to Exeter in 1933 and promoted extensively throughout southern England from Plymouth to Peterborough.

Read more in Exeter Grappling.


Olympic International Promotions

See International Promotions (Olympic International Promotions)


Opposition Promoters (The Independents)

A collective name for any promoter who operates outside of the Joint Promotion organisation. Also known as an Independent Promoter or The Independents.

Shaun O' Shea

North Western Promotions (O’Shea Enterprises)


O'Shea Enterprises

See North Western Promotions (O’Shea Enterprises)


John Owen

See O.K. Promotions


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Jackie Pallo Enterprises

It was something of a surprise to most fans when Jackie Pallo announced that he was leaving Joint Promotions to set up a rival business. He had been a mainstay of Joint Promotions for a quarter of a century and television wrestler since broadcasting began.


Jackie broke away from the cartel and started his own promotion, Pallo Enterprises, with himself and Jackie Junior topping the bills alongside many other disenchanted Joint Promotion wrestlers.


He styled himself “The Star Who presents the Stars,” and the name was justified because Pallo put on some tremendous shows with the biggest names around at the time.


Jackie, assisted by his son staged wrestling shows throughout Britain. He provided more than a credible challenge to Joint Promotions, and is rumoured to have come close to snatching the television contract in 1982.


It has been said that his business skills lagged behind his matchmaking and wrestling skills, which may well be why the illusive television contract remained just that.


After ITV stopped broadcasting wrestling Jackie did make an attempt to stage television wrestling once again. WAW (Wrestling Around the World) was a subsidiary of Jackie Pallo Enterpises, owned by Jackie and his son, and formed specifically to make wrestling shows for television. The enterprise was a commercial flop with only one loss making programme being made.


Johnny Peters

See Continentale Promotions


Lew Phillips

To describe Lew Phillips Thursday night shows at the Digbeth Civic Hall as legendary may be an exaggeration, but not much of one. The Birmingham boxing promoter turned to wrestling when boxing was in the doldrums during the 1960s, calling on the support of Jack Taylor to put on some tremendous shows. When Wrestling Heritage writers met up with the great Count Bartelli some forty years ago he singled out Phillips as one of the promoters he respected most. Some forty years later fans still recall Bartelli’s defence of his Commonwealth title against India’s Maruti Vardar on a 1968 Lew Phillips show. Bartelli laughingly told us this was because it had gone to a fifteen round draw and they missed the last bus home! He continued to promote up to his sudden death on 24th May, 1969.

See also Wrestling Federation of Great Britain


Premier Northern Wrestling Promotions

Premier Northern Wrestling Promotions was the name of Leigh born (of Irish descent) Jack Cullen. Cullen started promiting in the 1930s and was promoter of Count Bartelli's first match (as Jeff Conda in those days) at Broadway Palace, Chester, in 1939. He was also promoter at the Ideal Skating Rink in Hanley, Parr Hall, Warrington and at the Tower in New Brighton. In September, 1940, he was fined £20 for not paying stamp duty on tockets he sold at Hanley. His address was given as Dorset Road, Atherton, Manchester.


Ron Historyo has recorded he also promoted in Ireland. In Belfast Grappling Ron says, "In 1940 another boxing promoter Jim Rice briefly crops up but essentially the new man was Jack Cullen., Cullen's tenure was approximately until 1948 and you can see on many of his bills that he was JC promotions or Premier Wrestling promotions. Tickets from JC's Linenhall Street. Jack also promoted at Ballymena."


Premier Promotions

A name used by quite a few promoters through the decades, first of all by Jack Cullen in the 1930s.


Most familiar to Heritage readers is the Premier Promotions of Frankie Price. Frankie Price was a well known independent promoter in and around London during the 1960s. Frankie also trained wrestlers at his gymnasium and is responsible for bringing numerous youngsters into the business., Tony Ansell and Zoltan Boscik learning from him.


Frankie promoted under the banner of Premier Promotions, a member of the British Wrestling Federation. His shows were of good quality and featured many of the biggest names in wrestling, such as Bert Assirati, Charlie Scott, Doctor Death and George Kidd. When not promoting Frankie could be found running his café, The Square Ring Coffee Bar.

See also British Wrestling Federation

The name was revived in the 1980s. John Fremantle’s Premier Promotions began life in 1987, which means it only just fits into our tribute years. In spirit, though, Freemantle is up there receiving our acknowledgment and admiration as much as anyone, because Premier Promotions continue to present traditional wrestling up to the present day. To enter the business in 1987 demonstrates more than a little courage. The way in which Fremantle has conducted that business during the following twenty years has shown a great deal of integrity.


Frank Price

We believe there were two of them, and they may well have been related, but we would welcome clarification and confirmation.


The elder Frank Price was a promoter going back to the 1940s. In 1946 Frank C Price was the Managing Director of the Stagg and Rusell store in London’s Leicester Square. He announced that permission had been granted for him to convert the store into a leisure and sporting venue that he claimed would rival Madison Square Garden. His plans included running regular wrestling, boxing, billiards and table tennis tournaments. The venue would also house a cabaret and international restaurant to rival the glory days of the pre war Haus Vaterland in Berlin. As far as we know the plans came to nothing and the Stagg and Russell company was eventually sold to Burton the Tailors.


Frank C Price was also involved in promoting the February, 1947 World Heavyweight Championship Tournament at Harringay.


The second Frank Price was a middleweight wrestler, often wrestling on Premier Promotions shows. Premier Promotions were owned by Frank Price. The question we would like answering is, which Frank Price was the 1960s promoter?

See Premier Promotions


Dominic Pye

See South Pier Promotions


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Steve Quintain

Promoted regularly on the pier at Lowestoft throughout the 1980s and early 1990s using a combination of local wrestlers and a good smattering of top names including the likes of Rocco, Finlay, Saint etc. At the time of adding the Promoters A-Z to Wrestling Heritage (2021) Steve is still promoting wrestling shows.


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Relwyskow Promotions

George F DeRelwyskow was one of the great names in British wrestling and an Olympic medal winner in 1908. The father of post war promoter George DeRelwyskow he was a significant promoter in the 1930s around the north of England in Bradford, Hull, and Leeds and took the sport into Scotland, including famous venues the Caird Hall, Dundee and Aberdeen Music Hall. Precisely when George Senior started promoting we don't know, but he was certainly promoter of Madeley Street Baths in Hull by 1934, Brunswick Stadium in Leeds and Olympia Hall in Bradford by 1935. Relwyskow promoted around the country often in conjunction with a local partner. In 1937 he began promoting at Leeds in partnership with boxing promoter Jack Green, father of Arthur Green. By the time of his death, in 1942, he had built up a successful promotional business which was continued by the Relwyskow family.



Relwyskow & Green Promotions

Relwyskow & Green Promotions have the longest pedigree of them all. George Sr took up promoting in the north of England and Scotland in the 1930s, with one of his young proteges being his son, George. Following George’s death in 1942 the business was taken over by his wife and son, George. Like his father George promoted in partnership with various people around the country before finally entering a long term business partnership with Arthur Green, whose background was in boxing.


Relwyskow and Green presented good quality shows around the north of England and Scotland for half a century. They upheld the good reputation of professional wrestling at all times, with the only criticism being that they were a little conservative and unadventurous at times. That didn’t prevent them putting on some great wrestling shows.


Relwyskow and Green were the only members of Joint Promotions to retain independent ownership throughout the Mount Evans era, resisting the clutches of the William Hill company..


Relwyskow & Green Promotions, under the sole Directorship of Ann DeRelwyskow, endured until 1992, when it was dissolved on 27th October.

See also British Wrestling Promoters Association, Joint Promotions



Jim Rice

Jim Rice was a boxing promoter who briefly took over as the promoter at the Ulster Hall, Belfast around 1940


Tommy Richie

Thomas Richardson was always known as Tommy Richie. He was a Preston boxer who started promoting boxing shows at the Majestic Skating Rink on 10th February, 1930 shortly after it had been converted from a dance hall in 1929. On 13th February, 1931, he introduced All-In wrestling to Preston, just two months after it had arrived in the country. He became a reputable wrestling promoter noted for his detailed and descriptive advertisements. In 1936 he proudly announced his promotions credentials as a British Wrestling Board of Control member. Wrestling ceased with the sudden closure of the Skating Rink in March, 1941.


Billy Riley

See Atherton & Riley


Ring Promotions

Everyone has heard of Black Butcher Johnson the wrestler, but in the 1960s he was another wrestler who turned his hand to promoting, in partnership with John Spear, under the name Ring Promotions

Ringsport Promotions

Evan Treharne had published Combat and Ringsport before he moved into wrestling promotion under the name Ringsport Promotions. Formed in 1971 and promoted shows in the working men’s clubs and small halls of South Wales, using wrestlers such as Killer Ken Davies, the Cartwright brothers and Reg Yeats. Evan was, and remains, for us a wrestling hero. Stories abound of his kindness and generosity. One of them, told by wrestler Jackie Glitterboy Evans, was of a night when a Ringsport show was poorly attended, with only around thirty in the audience. Many promoters would have grumbled and paid the wrestlers short. Not Evan. He didn’t just pay the wrestlers in full, he had fifty pizzas delivered for all the fans.


Dick and Jessie Rogers

At the end of the 1930s wrestler Dick Rogers and his wife Jesse, moved from the West country to take up the promotional role at Belle Vue, Manchester, When Dick was called up for active service Jesse took over as promoter. Following the war they continued promoting at Belle Vue until the end of 1956.


Don Robinson Promotions (Westling Spectaculars Limited)

The story of Don Robinson is well documented on this website. Many readers of this site are of a certain age that means offshore radio was another interest during their youth. Most of us were content with listening to the likes of Caroline, Big L and Swinging Radio England. Business entrepreneur, owner of pirate Radio 270 in 1966, councilor, wrestling promoter, and that’s not even mentioning the dolphins, Don Robinson was a man who had fingers in many pies. The high profile Scarborough businessman was one of the North East’s biggest wrestling promoters, shows often featuring Robinson’s colleague Tommy Hanson, known to fans as Norwegian Toma Hanson. Don was also involved in the BBC experiment of televised wrestling in 1965 and 1966, promoting the Southend show.

See also Wrestling Federation of Great Britain


Rothschild Promotions

Harry Roth was one of the most highly respected referees and Master of Ceremonies in British wrestling. Many will be surprised to learn that before he worked for Dale Martin Promotions Harry promoted his own shows in the London area.


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