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Dennis Savage
Irish born Dennis Savage wore his trademark  trunks with a shamrock emblem over green tights, and if that wasn't enough to make him stand out  there was always the accordion with which he often entertained fans before bouts. When not wrestling he played in a folk group, The Ramblin' Rapparees, which specialised in Irish rebel folk songs.   Having moved to England  from Ireland in his early twenties Dennis settled in Yorkshire to be near the Leeds base of Relwyskow and Green Promotions; handily placed to make him a regular on their bills in the mid to late 1960s. Sometimes a rule bender, sometimes the good guy Dennis was well known in the north of England and Scotland. Tragedy struck in March, 1970 when Dennis was killed in a car crash on the return to his home in Dewsbury following a contest in Scotland.

John Savage (Also known as The Manxman)
John Savage was one that got away. Just at the time British wrestling needed new talent. Born in Warrington he made his professional debut in 1982 when he was sixteen years old. He was trained by Ted Betley, the man who had brought Dynamite Kid, Steve Wright and Davey Boy Smith into wrestling. He made eight television appearances , three of them partnering Vic Faulkner.  He shared his talent with British fans for only three years before emigrating to Canada where he took the name Johnny Smith and was said to be the brother of Davey Boy Smith.

Jimmy Savile
Disgraced tv personality had around 100 wrestling matches.

Gypsy Joe Savoldi
See the entry for  Bill Ogden

Eddie Saxon
For middleweight Eddie Saxon it was a rags to riches story. Well, we're not so sure about the riches, but life in 1930s and 1940s east end of London was certainly one of hardship for Eddie's family. Out of necessity came boxing as a means of fighting his way out of poverty. As the years passed Eddie's interests turned, as was the case with so many, from boxing to wrestling. By the late 1950s, as he neared his thirtieth birthday,  Eddie was whizzing around the wrestling rings of southern Britain against the likes of Mick McManus, Jackie Pallo and Vic Coleman. In the early 1960s Eddie became increasingly disgruntled with the pay and conditions of professional wrestlers and in 1962 became involved in the Wrestlers Alliance, campaigning for fairer rewards. By the mid 1960s Eddie's wrestling appearances were becoming less frequent and he took on the role of a respected referee. Yet another career change  took Eddie into the educational sphere and trained as a Physical Education teacher. Teaching led to a move to Yorkshire, and another sporting interest, running. In 1980 Eddie and the family moved to New Zealand, settling in the south island coastal town of Nelson. By now you will have gathered Eddie was not one to let the moss grow under his feet. In New Zealand he took up cycling, with New Zealand Olympian, Greg Fraine his mentor. At 59 years old Eddie won two national cycling titles. Life never stops for Eddie Saxon. At the time of writing this entry (July 2013) 85 year old Eddie was still busy, working as a sports therapist and running coach in New Zealand.

Dino Scarlo
Bermondsey golden boy Dino Scarlo came from one of London's famous wrestling families. He was given a hyper push at the start of his career as one of the "Parade of New Faces" that seemed to feature on most of the Dale Martin shows of 1977-78. 

Dino was the welterweight son of the original Cockney Kid, Tony Scarlo, and tagged with his father in the Cockney Kids, a team that feuded long-term and in single combat with Peter and Steve Kelly. 

Although the promoters push failed to have the desired result (the "Parade of New Faces" was a turn off for the fans) Dino demonstrated that he had the skill and the staying power to succeed at a time when British wrestling was in serious decline.

Dino's grounding in old school traditions served him well. He went on to gain his wrestling long service medal; a significant trainer and promoter into the twenty-first century, long after the days covered by this wrestling website. 

Joey Scarlo
Joey Scarlo was full of life yet embodied a spirit of previous generations. Sitting down for a chat with Joey at the annual British Wrestlers Reunion was always one of the day’s greatest  pleasures. His stories would remind of a simpler, harder, more genuine time. After ten or fifteen minutes with Joey you were sure to leave him with a smile on your face and be feeling much better.

Joey was born in 1933, the grandson of Italian emigrants who had travelled to Britain in 1902. he was to be joined in the world by brother Tony four years later. Living in south London Joey was brought up in a close knit community amongst many of the names that were to become famous in British wrestling rings. Joey's  father and uncle went to school with Joe D’Orazio, Steve Logan, and Harry Geohegan,  whilst Mick McManus was a drinking pal  of his dad at the local pub.

Yet it was another sport, football, that Joey loved. He loved it and was good; good enough to have professional aspirations. When we asked what became of his dreams Joey laughed and said. “I kept getting hurt, that’s what went wrong. I didn’t get hurt as much when I started wrestling.”

Tony was trained to wrestle by John Harris at the Symbic Wrestling Club in Dulwich. When he turned professional it was for the independent promoters, working around southern England. It was a lucky break for Joey, and a less fortunate one for his brother, that led to Joey getting his first bookings for Dale Martin Promotions. When Tony was out of action due to an injury Dale Martin needed substitutes for his bookings. Who could be more appropriate than brother Joey? No one of course, and that’s how Joey got his first Joint Promotion bookings.

Never a main event name in British wrestling Joey remained part of that vital backbone that made British wrestling great. Joey wrestled until the mid 1980s.

Joey Scarlo died on 14th February, 2020.

Tony Scarlo
Read our extended tribute in Personality Parade : Cockney Spirit

Max Martin Schultz 
We have only tragic information regarding French heavyweight Martin Schultz , and require further information to add to his tribute.  He came to Britain shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and wrestled in Britain during 1939 and 1940. He returned following the cessation of hostilities and it was then that tragedy struck.. On 20 April 1946 he rebounded off the ropes into Leo Lightbody at Belle Vue. Lightbody ducked, Schultz went flying and hit his head on the floor, breaking his neck. The coroner declared a verdict of death by misadventure. Newspapers of the time reported he was born in England and was of German parentage.

Rudi Schumacher
A regular worker in Germany and Austria from soon after the end of the Second Worls War the German  heavyweight visited Britain in 1956, 1957 and 1958. Dutifully went down to British heroes Jack Beaumont, Billy Joyce, Norman Walsh and Cyril Knowles and quite a few others.
Page revised 16/02/2020: Joey Scarlo entry revised