T: Trudeau- Tyrone
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We've seen all sorts of colourful costumes in British wrestling rings, but only once can we remember Greek national costume as worn by Souris Tsickrikas and his tag partner, George Bouranis, collectively known as the Helenes. Souris made a ten week tour of Britain in 1967. Mostly tagging with partner George it was a singles match appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in which Souris lost to Kalman Gaston, an odd result to our minds. We are equally surprised that Dale Martin Promotions elevated the Greek to Albert Hall status because the vast majority of his matches were for the northern Joint Promotion members. In tag action the popular Greek pairing had some action packed matches with the Royal Brothers. On television was a victim of the 1967 push being given to Peter Preston following his giant killing defeat of Mick McManus.
Wrestling Heritage is all about memories, and where Bill Tunney is concenerned those memories are golden. Bill Tunney was certainly not one of the most well known names, but the Preston light heavyweight was one of those that proved Joint Promotions did not have all the best men. Tunney was a skilful wrestler and we can only assume that like quite a few others it was his choice to remain with the independents. He first appeared in our rings in the late 1950s, working nationally for the main independent promoters Paul Lincoln, Jack Taylor, Devereux, Cape Promotions, Don Robinson. Working for the opposition didn't mean a lack of quality opponents - George Kidd, Joe Murphy, Reg Trood, Doctor Death, Andy Robin and Randy Turpin. Here at Heritage we always argue that quality wrestlers worked for the opposition, and few independent workers deserve your admiration more than Bill Tunney. The photo shows Bill receiving punishment from Frankie Price at the Ilford Baths for Premier Promotions.
Bill Turner (Also known as Boy Turner, Rory Campbell)
Professional wrestler 1955-1980s. In 2019 Bill Turner was jailed for twelve years.
Leamington Spa's Jackie Turpin turned to wrestling in the mid 1970s following a boxing career of 28 fights over four years. The name Turpin did arouse interest, but in fairness Jackie could wrestle and deserved his place in the ring. The promoter's didn't cash in on the famous name, though Jackie was subject to the Big Daddy tag partnership! It was rather refreshing to see a famous name in the wrestling ring being given time to pursue his career in his own time and not subject ot over-hype and abuse. We can only wonder whether or not Jackie would have been destined for greater wrestling glory if he'd come into the business at an earlier age.
Billy Two Rivers
One of the most colourful characters in British wrestling history. Undoubtedly a huge name in British professional wrestling by virtue of the tremendous impact of his headdress and haircut in his initial 1960 appearances at a time when Cowboy and Indian films were still popular,
Graham Brook wrote: "By far the most exciting fight I saw him in was at The Sports Centre, Newark, against Kendo Nagasaki which finished with them both fighting outside the ring (I forget whether the result was a double count out or a double disqualification). I got the last seat available and many punters had to be turned away. Touts were operating outside the hall and offered me three times what I had paid for the ticket so must have obviously felt confident of reselling it for that and more."
The routine was well rehearsed and eagerly anticipated by fans. He performed a little wardance before polishing off evil-doing opponents with his famed tomahawk chop finisher.
That was the problem. It all became a bit too predictable and the predictability led to unbelievabilty.
He returned to do the rounds again in 1973: those who remembered the original version were even more disappointed and those who didn't were scarcely set alight.
Father-in-law Tug Holton showed the 1980s heavyweight Tom Tyrone the ropes and prepared him for life in the wrestling ring. However, Tom only picked up Tug's good wrestling habits and disregarded the villainous ways of his famous father in law. Tom was a popular fifteen stone addition to the ring at a time when wrestling skill was becoming an increasingly rare commodity. Tom started with the independent promoters before being signed up by Dale Martin and shortly afterwards making his Royal Albert hall debut aginst Caswell Martin. His first televised outing was against Dave Bond in April, 1981, and this was to be the first of more than twenty televised contests, including losing finalist to Pete Roberts in the 1987 Grand Prix Belt Tournament.