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Jose Tarres
Jose Roses Ibañez  wrestled as Jose Tarres and was one of the best post war Spanish wrestlers. A 1960s visitor from Barcelona known, for obvious reasons, as “The Man with the Iron Head.” We understand this was because of his fondness of headbutting rather than the rumour his head was implanted with pieces of metal  following an accident. jose is reputed to have head butted and knocked a bull unconscious on one occasion. Presumably the likes of Ken Joyce, Johnny Yearsley and Joe Cornelius did better. One time European heavyweight champion.

Al Tarzo (Also known as Al Bingham, Boy Bingham, Red Demon) 
Al Tarzo was trained for the ring in the mid-fifties at Jack Taylor's club based at Heanor football ground  and then at the Elnor Street gym at Langley Mill. His first bout was on a Jack Taylor presentation at Heanor Town Hall, Taylor's first promotion at the venue, and he dubbed the new boy Al Tarzo from Canada.  Al went on to wrestle for Bert Assirati Promotions around the south and Midlands. When wrestling for  Eddy Woodward he had a long unmasked run as the Red Demon, and was never ever unmasked.  A stalwart of many independent promotions, Al wrestled at the legendary Nottingham Goose fair on “Billy Wood's Boxing and Wrestling Booth”. When Al retired from the ring and the pits in the late sixties he went on to be a long distance lorry driver, and on three occasions was a finalist in the lorry driver of the year competition organised by the "Commercial Motor". Nowadays Al is a generous contributor to Wrestling Heritage under the name of Alan Bingham has many fascinating memories to share with us about other big names including Joe D'Orazio and The Mighty Chang. 

Tiger Tasker (Also known as Alaskan Tiger)
Canadian Ken Tasker came to Britain with his friends Whipper Billy Watson, Al Korman and Tommy Nelson in 1936, and stayed in Europe for three and a half years until he returned home in June, 1939. Like many of the overseas visitors 23 year old Ken Tasker was a novice when he came to Britain to gain experience in the rapidly expanding British wrestling scene. He had been a professional for only a year or so, and what he learned facing the likes of   Jack Pye, Charlie Green and Stan Roberts   gave him a good foundation to continue wrestling  back home in North America until 1964, at which time he joined the ranks of the referees. He was the referee of the 1963 encounter of Lou Thesz and Buddy Rogers. Billed as Alaskan Tiger on occasions Ken Tasker was from Toronto, Ontario. Tiger Tasker died on September 30th, 1991.

King Kong Taverne (Also known as Paul Taverne) 
Big, bad and bald King Kong Taverne (Omer to family and friends) nipped over from Germany twice to upset the wrestling fans of Britain. He was here for short tours in 1951, 1955 and 1958. Opponents included  Count Bartelli, Vic Hessle, Jack Pye and Indian Dara Singh. 

Alec Taylor
Brighton’s Alec Taylor was trained by Bert Assirati, alongside his younger brother Tony and Ray Luxford. He worked for the independent promoters in the 1970s. Tragedy struck in December, 1978. Whilst wrestling in Bombay, India, as “The Mongol Warlord” Alec complained of chest pains and died following a match.

Bob Taylor
Heavyweight Bob Taylor was a well known and popular wrestler of the late 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s,  twenty odd years during which  his frequent travels possibly made him better known on continental Europe than in the United Kingdom. He was a regular worker in France, Germany and Austria, but did travel further afield to India. Turned professional  with a draw against Tommy Milo after ten years in the amateur ranks. He continued working until the 1970s, by now for the independent promoters and on occasions donning a mask, one of the many White Angels to bring rough justice to our rings.Alan Taylor
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Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor was one of the last great British heavyweights. Not surprising, really, as the grappling game was in his veins, being the son of the great Eric Taylor and grandson of the Yorkshire Jack Taylor. Born on 1st May, 1957 and was trained by his illustrious father and grandfather. 

Dave "Rocky"Taylor joined the professional ranks in the mid 1970s,  making his television debut in 1975 against Paul Mitchell. Shortly afterwards he moved across to the independents which meant lack of further television exposure until 1986 when he returned to the screen as a much more muscular and powerful wrestler than previously. 

It’s a sad indictment of the state of British wrestling that Dave found it necessary to spend so much time working abroad. He worked  regularly in Germany, though this didn't prevent him twice holding the British heavyweight title (All Star Promotions version). In the mid 1990s Dave went to the USA, forming a long running partnership with fellow Brit Steve Regal.  British wrestlers have always travelled but from the 1980s onwards  men of real calibre found it necessary to work abroad to gain the recognition they deserved. 

Dave Taylor retired from wrestling in 2012. 

Page revised 7/6/2019: Addition of Alec Taylor