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Al Sherry was wrestling his way around British rings in the early 1950s. Vic Coleman, Percy Pitman, Stan Stone and Johnny Peters were amongst opponents we could find. In July 1952 he disappeared. Only to resurface in 1953 in Australia, with www.wrestlingtitles.com listing him as Australian light heavyweight champion in 1953.
Heritage member John Shelvey is on the trail, “Also does anyone have any info./ results on Englishman Allen Sherry who was a leading light in Sydney in the 50s-early 60s? …. seemed to get out just before the Yanks invaded in '64, which was just as well as the locals were looked upon as cannon fodder for the Americans and there were a lot of liberties taken with the lighter guys." Do get in touch if you can add more.
The mad man of Turkey, though we understand he was born in Syria and lived in Germany, where he was a martial arts coach for the Hamburg police. He was said to be the worlds craziest wrestler when he invaded Britain's rings in during the 1965-6 season and again in 1968, We have only vague memories of his two television appearances (against Johnny Eagles and Joe Keegan) though we were young at the time. Honest! But old enough to know he was a bad un. Three years following his retirement, on 18th July, 1981, outside of the ring he was believe to have mixed with undesirable elements and was tragically killed, believed murdered, aged 43.
Jack Flash Shirlow
One of the most famous wrestlers in Ireland Lisburn's Henry Shirlow was known to one and all as Jack "Flash" Shirlow. Not only was he one of the top heavyweights in Ireland he was also one of the country's biggest wrestling promoters, bringing the likes of John Quinn and Giant Haystacks to Northern Ireland and taking the opportunity to wrestle them in main event matches. He was also responsible for encouraging Billy Joe Beck to take up professional wrestling. Flash and Billy Joe worked together in England during the 1980s, Born in 1941, Jack Flash Shirlow died in 2012.
Diamond Shondell was one of the most entertaining wrestlers to come out of Ireland. He could hold his own with the best of them. He had some cracking matches with ‘Iron Man’ Steve Logan, Jim Breaks, Brian Maxine, Billy Torontos etc. A very funny character out of the ring it was always a pleasure to be in his company.
Highlight of his career may well have been taking part in the last Royal Albert Hall wrestling show, against Alan Kilby, on 30th October, 1985, 81 years after George Hackenschmidt had defeated the American champion Tom Jenkins in that great venues first wrestling tournament. The very next day Diamond was in Barnsley, Yorkshire. Okay, the surroundings may not have been quite so grand, but he was there for the recording of a televised match that was to be broadcast on December 14th, again with Kilby in the opposite corner. Trained by Dave Finlay Snr Diamond was one of a band of successfull Northern Ireland wrestlers that included Judo Eddie Hamill, Fit Finlay, Johnny Howard, and Billy Joe Beck.
Long dark curly haired haired, muscular heavyweight invader from Panama Enrique Shubasco came to Britain in 1970 following professional wrestling adventures throughout South America and the United States. Having been born in British Honduras Enrique held a British passport, allowing him to stay for five months without the working restrictions that applied to most visitors. He looked the part but his success was less impressive, including a loss against Lee Sharron at the Royal Albert Hall. His professional career followed successful amateur experience in which he was a member of his country’s amateur wrestling team. Having married and set up home in Germany we were surprised not to have seen more of him during the 1970s.
Billy Sigworth (Also known as Steve Warren, Ralph Reamer)
Billy Sigworth was another of those talented wrestlers from that hotbed of professional wrestling, the North East of England. A thriving wrestling scene in the 1960s and 1970s gave rise to dozens of pro wrestlers, most of whom played important supporting roles to the main event stars. Billy Sigsworth was the name, though earlier in his career he used the names Steve Warren and Ralph Reamer. He was a fast and usually “clean” welterweight wrestler, weighing just under twelve stones. The clue was in the attire, if he was wearing wrestling trunks fans could expect a clean, technical match, but when he pulled on those black tights the villain came out.
Billy learned to wrestle at the St Lukes Club in Middlesbrough, alongside Eddie Fox and Sean McNeill. The St Lukes Matmen would organise professional style shows for charities around the North East. This led to a professional career, using the names Ralph Reamer or, more often, Steve Warren. When not wrestling he continued to work as a television engineer. Billy also wrestled in a tag team under the name of The Teessiders along with Sean McNeil. He was good friends with Jimmy Devlin, Eddie Fox and Steve Walton when working for Don Robinson in the Scarborough area.
Billy worked for most of the main independent promoters around the north of England, including Don Robinson, Chunky Hayes, Jim Stockdale and Jackie Pallo. When Ron Taylor brought his boxing and wrestling booth to the Town Moor he could be found working the booth accepting challenges from the crowd. His son, Gary, told us “Watching him when I was a kid at the Scarborough spa on the bill with people like Butcher Goodman and Adrian Street etc are some of my happiest memories.”
Phil Siki (Also known as The Black Arrow)
UK based Trinadian Phil Siki was one of the pre war all in greats who continued to wrestle post war and took part in the World Heavyweight Championship tournament at Harringay on February 18th, 1947. Not just that.. he did also wrestle post war greats Ernest Baldwin, Francis St Clair Gregory, Mitchell Gill, Dave Armstrong, Bill Garnon, Alf Robison, Jack Pye Bert Assirati.. Obviously a top class wrestler who lived up to his title of Heavyweight Champion of the West Indies.