S: Seddon - Servais
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Yes, it's true.
There was something in the water in Lancashire.
Apart from the names we all remember there were hard men that could wrestle and made a vital contribution at a regional level. Such men were the backbone of the business, but never achieved lasting national fame. One of these was the Bolton tough nut, Wally Seddon. Times were hard during the 1930s recession and Wally turned to wrestling as an escape route from the hardship of life in the industrial north.
A regular at the big halls in Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool Wally faced pre war greats such as Herbie Rosenberg, Jack Atherton and Vic Hessle.
Following the war Wally continued wrestling, rarely venturing further south than Birmingham, but facing the likes of Count Bartelli until he was last seen in 1955. The quality of opponent over such a long period is enough to show that here was a man of calibre.
The Mexican came over to Britain in 1974. He was already a seasoned professional of some twenty years, making his debut in 1952, mainly spent working in his native Mexico. In 1973 he began a tour of Europe, taking in Austria, Germany and Britain. A tv disqualification against Tug Wilson, but in 1974 when Niggly Mick was arguably at his peak promoter Ted Beresford seemingly allowed a disqualification verdict with Mick going down to Canelo Segura. Tells us something. Or does it?
Okay, we confess to knowing next to nothing about this stockily built heavyweight from Grimsby. The Who's Who of Wrestling told us he was an ex soldier who was trained at Bradford YMCA by Joe Hill
Steve Serene (Solitaire)
Steve First became interested in wrestling when he met and became a close friend of JJ Pallo at school.
Steve first started his wrestling at the age 15 when he joined Breaks Amateur Wrestling Club in Hatfield Hertfordshire.
He broke into the professional ranks in 1975 after being trained by Jackie Pallo and Jackie Jnr. and was soon to become a regular at all the venues run by Jackie Pallo Enterprises and other independent promoters. He was wrestling 3 to 4 times a week throughout the country from the mid seventies to the mid eighties both as himself and in a mask as Solitaire.
Through his connections with Jackie Pallo he was privileged throughout his career to wrestle with many of the greats of British wrestling and to appear on the same bills with all the top names.
He appeared on four TV shows that were screened both here and in America.
There was a short visit to southern England in February, 1964 for Belgian heavyweight Marius Servais. Opponents included Johnny Allan, Georges Gordienko, John Lees and Roy Bull Davis.
Wally Severn worked for independent promoters such as Jack Taylor in the midlands during the 1960s. When he wasn't being Wally Severn the wrestler he worked as an electician in a Nottinghamshire colliery, or as one of the masked Undertakers. When he retired from wrestling Wally bought a hotel in Great Yarmouth.