Wrestling Heritage A-Z
Big Boy Charlie Scott
Gateshead's Big Boy Charlie Scott took to life as a professional wrestler shortly after discharge from service as an army physical training instructor. He was soon travelling throughout the north, and then further afield after moving to London, and was quickly tagged the Tyneside Terror by ringside fans.
Charlie's bruising style was a crowd pleaser and weighing around 20 stones the Big Boy label was very fitting. Charlie was a firm favourite at both Belle Vue and Blackpool Tower in the late 1940s, wrestling at both venues on an almost weekly basis against big names such as Tony Baer, Bill Garnon, Alf Robinson, Bomber Bates and Jack Atherton. Legend has it that Charlie faced Bert Assiratti more often than any other opponent, and we can confirm the two were frequent foes. We don't know the accuracy of this claim, but its very existence is an indication of the stature of the man. The masked man Count Bartelli was another frequent opponent.
Also in the opposite corner was the former British heavyweight boxing champion, Jack London, in a boxer versus wrestler contest. With the formation of Joint Promotions in 1952 Charlie was signed up to work for the syndicate, and did so until 1957 when he moved across to the independents. Charlie then became one of the biggest names on the independent circuit, particularly the fledgling Paul Lincoln Promotions, using both his own name and that of the masked man, Great Bula. Charlie's career took him across to the continent, where he wrestled in the big European tournaments. Charlie Scott retired from wrestling in 1962.
Bearded John Scott was a London policeman before he emigrated to New Zealand in 1964. Mythology tells us that tackling a rowdy punter at a wrestling tournament in Christchurch brought him to the attention of New Zealand wrestler John da Silva, and the Londoner soon found himself in the ring. He turned professional later in 1964, just two weeks later, and at one time claimed the New Zealand Junior Heavyweight Championship. One time tag partner of Bob Richardson, another Scot, in the Braw Lads tag team. They lost by straight falls to the Royal brothers in their only televised appearance, which was from Preston's Guild Hall and broadcast in January 1976. He returned to Britain for a short time in 1968 when he spent Christmas with family in Scotland. John was back in Britain once again in 1974.
Rugged heavyweight from Fleetwood in Lancashire worked for the independent promoters in the 1960s and 1970s. A good friend of Jock Cameron who lived nearby.
Sandy Scott (Edinburgh)
British wrestling has boasted a number of Sandy Scott’s. The first, real name Angus McKay Scott, was born in Edinburgh but moved to Canada aged five. He turned professional wrestler in 1953 and wrestled mainly in North America before visiting “home” in the 1960s.
Sandy Scott (Glenrothes)
We have two more recent Sandy Scott's for you (neither to be confused with the genuinely famous Canadian Sandy Scott). In the 1970s the red haired, bearded Sandy Scott from Glenrothes was Leeds-based, able to appear nationwide and made the most of his favour with the Yorkshire-based promoter of the time, débuting on television against Mike Marino and being fast-tracked for immediate inclusion on the final ever Royal presentation in November. He later moved to Canada where he was both wrestler and referee, for Stampede Wrestling.
Sandy Scott (Wishaw)
A third Sandy Scott, from Wishaw in Lanarkshire (also known as Dynamic Dragon) was blonde haired worked mainly for independent promoters and married wrestler Busty Keegan. He moved to Lowestoft.