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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 (aka Boy Bingham) 
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 (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 (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.