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Rene Cabellec
The weight training that he has continued into his seventies created a muscular French middleweight that popped over the channel twice, in June and September 1964, working for Dale Martin Promotions. The good looking  twenty-seven year old picked up many admiring fans with opponents that included Jackie Pallo, Johnny Kwango and Jack Dempsey.

Alex Cadier (Also known as Axel Cadier)
Alex Cadier (the name was Anglicised from his name of Axel by which he was known throughout the rest of Europe and America), was a heavyweight standing only 5 feet 9 inches tall. Axel Vilhelm Teodor Cadier was  born in Varberg, Sweden, on 13th September, 1906.  

Cadier turned to wrestling fairly late in life, having already established himself as an accomplished swimmer. He was 21 when he took up wrestling and just five years later represented Sweden in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He took a bronze medal in the middleweight Greco Roman competition, losing after eighteen minutes to the eventual gold medal winner, Finland’s Vaino Kokkinen. Four years later he returned to the Olympic Games, in Berlin, and won all six of his matches to take a gold medal in the Greco-Roman light heavyweight division.  He won the European light heavyweight championships in 1935, 1937 and 1938.

His amateur background was in evidence as he pursued his professional career that began shortly afterwards. 

Alex Cadier came to Britain shortly after the war, making at least six visits between 1948 and 1954. Many of his bouts were for Atholl Oakeley who was at that time attempting to re-establish the all-in style of wrestling  against the inroads being made by the new fangled Mountevans rules. 

He successfully defended  the European heavyweight championship against Frank Mantovich at Harringay Arena in April, 1950, eventually going on to lose the title to Bert Assirati at the same venue in shortly afterwards. 

Cadier regained the title only to lose it once again, this time to Joe Robinson of Newcastle at the Royal Albert Hall on 28th October, 1952. Robinson won in the fifth round, rendering Cadier unconscious by the application of a nerve hold on his neck. 

 Following his time in Britain Alex Cadier went on to wrestle in the United States. 

Alex Cadier died on 29th October, 1974. 

Jose Cadiz (Also known as Joe Heaton)
Not the American star of that name of recent years, our man was there and did it long before. Mind you, our Jose Cadiz was not even the Spanish star he claimed to be . He may have been billed as a leading Spanish wrestler in the 1950s but like all the good  uns he was from Wigan. Joe Heaton was a bus driver during the daylight hours. He trained alongside his friends the Belshaw brothers. Joe took up wrestling in the early 1940s, and also wrestled using his less exotic sounding family name of Joe Heaton, the Fighting Miner. Trained by Cliff Belshaw  we have no doubt that he was a very hard and respected wrestler. In days when wrestling was slower with a greater emphasis on ground moves Jose Cadiz was known for his acrobatic moves, resulting from his love of gymnastics, at which he excelled.  Fans were thrilled when they saw him climb on to the top rope, preparing to propel himself into his speciality back somersault. Another favourite move was the Indian Death Lock, as testified by his two sons, who tell us they spent time gripped in this hold on the living room floor! Joe's sons would like to learn more about their father; anyone with memories or information please get in touch with us.

Alf Cadman 
Read our extended tribute in Personality Parade: Old Time Class And A Clobber

Ken Cadman
The younger of the Edge brothers, Ken dropped the family name when he followed big brother Alf into the professional ring. Ken's style of villainy was just that bit more sophisticated than his  brother and earned him the nickname Crafty Ken. Like his brother Ken was a regular worker and well known figure in the post war wrestling scene, but always seemed overshadowed by big brother. Ken’s wrestling career was severely hindered by a serious injury which resulted in an early retirement for most of the 1950s. Ken returned to the ring in  1960 and although he did wrestle in singles matches found his greatest success in tag partnership as one half of the Crafty Cadmans. His tag partnership with brother Alf was one of the most successful tag pairings of the 1960s, taking on the villains role against popular pairings such as the White Eagles, the Royal Brothers and the Stewarts. For a few years Ken was the regular trainer at the Wryton Stadium, Bolton, Sunday morning training sessions for professional wannabees, and was responsible for creating a number of stylish 1970s professionals.

Flowerpower Caine/Tony Caine
See the entry for Tony Kaye 

Gaby Calderon
See the entry for  Professor Adiwasser

Jose Calderon
See the entry for  Professor Adiwasser

Sonny Caldinez  
Well over six feet tall and very muscular Sonny Caldinez was a heavyweight campaigner born in Trinidad and living in London. He trained at Forresters Amateur Wrestling Club and worked mainly for Dale Martin Promotions in the mid 1960s.  Sonny later went on to film and television work, and David Mantell told us that he played various demonic roles in Dr Who. He also had roles in high profile films including The Man With The Golden Gun and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1976 he appeared in "Sunshine in Brixton," a play in the BBC tv series "Plays for Britain," written by the wrestler Brian Glover (Leon Arras).

Haystacks Calhoun
See the entry for Giant Haystacks

Red Callaghan
When we started watching the wrestling in the 1960s Red Callaghan was working for the independent promoters and a veteran of some twenty years reaching the twilight years of his career. Our earliest record of him came whilst trawling the newspapers when we discovered an appearance at Tipton Baths in February, 1946. More bouts followed quickly against the likes of Jim Holden, Jim Mellor and Jack Cunningham. During the 1950s Red worked regularly for Joint Promotions, mainly in the midlands and northern England for Wryton Promotions. Like many others in the late 1950s he became disillusioned with the rewards offered by Joint Promotions and began working for independent promoters in the winter of 1957. The move to the opposition didn't mean less work or a lowering of  standards, as Eddie Capelli, George Kidd, Jim Lewis and Carlton Smith were then working for the independents and became regular opponents. During the 1960s Red was actively involved in the formation of a wrestler's union, campaigning for fair wages for wrestlers, and began promoting with Jim Lewis and Chick Elliott, paying more than many other promoters.

Tiny Callaghan
Tiny by name, but that was about all. Tiny Callaghan was one of the 1980s heavyweight big boys, weighing in at around 30 stones. Eric Callaghan worked our rings for eight years and often found himself in tag action, the villainous fall-guy in the opposite corner to Big Daddy and one of his myriad of partners. Televised appearances for Tiny in 1984 saw him partnering Sid Cooper, Lucky Gordon and Scrubber Daly, with Big Daddy one of the opponents in each match.  At the Royal Albert  Hall he partnered Lucky Gordon to dutifully go down to Big Daddy and Danny Collins.  For a short time in 1984 Tiny revived one of the great names of British wrestling, The Ghoul. Tiny's biggest challenge came twenty years later, when he began the battle against the bulge. As we made contact with him in the 2010s he was  a shadow of his former self and tipped the scales at around twenty stones, and going down.  

Page revised 24/05/2019: Revised Alex Cadier entry.