British wrestling history 

T: Trudeau- Tyrone

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Hec (Manolo) Trudeau
Hec Trudeau appeared out of the blue towards the end of  1937. Wrestling mostly in the north, often as Manolo Trudeau, he could be found facing lighter heavyweight like Jack Pye, Tony Baer, Tony Mancelli and Jack Atherton. Another early opponent was Canadian Billy Waton.  The imaginative British promoters had him arriving from South America, Belgium, France, Austria, take your pick. He did have international connections and Ron Historyo has traced him back to the United States and Canada. It seems that Trudeau was most likely a Canadian, and it was there he returned to live following the Second World War. Unearth the story of this man who seemed to be from just about everywhere in our On the Trail series.

Souris Tsickrikas

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.

Tommy Tucker

Tommy Tucker was a heavyweight boxer and pub landlord  from Bamber Bridge in Lancashire who turned turned professional wrestler in 1935. Although his wrestling seems to have been confined to the north of England he worked for almost twenty years and in the early 1950s was facing distinguished opposition that included Alan Garfield, Arthur Beaumont and Francis Sullivan.

Bill Tunney

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.

Jackie Turpin

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

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, Mohawk chief Two Rivers from Quebec had already started to disappoint by the time he returned to Britain in 1964. 

He performed a  wardance before polishing off evil-doing opponents with his famed tomahawk chop finisher.

Tom Tyrone

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.