WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

G: Gadd - Gardner

 

Wrestling Heritage A-Z

Tony Gadd
Born in 1930 the welterweight from Surrey was seen fleetingly around the south of England in 1959 and 1960.

Yassim Ghulam Gama
Bradford based heavyweight who made numerous appearances in Joint Promotions rings in 1963, almost all of them in the north and Scotland. 

Aguirre “Wildcat” Garcia (Also known as Pancho Gonzales)
If colour and flamboyancy alone were enough to guarantee success the Wildcat Garcia would have ruled the roost. Billed at times from Lima, Peru, and at others from Mexico  city, Wildcat also enjoyed two names.

He worked in British rings was as Pancho Gonzales the  colourful Mexican imported to Britain by independent promoter Paul Lincoln.

Legend  had it that he became smitten by wrestling the night he walked many miles from his village  to watch the bullfight, only to find that wrestling was on that night instead. Such is the nonsense the fans of the sixties was fed, and we have it on good authority from the source of the story that this is the case.

He also worked for  Joint Promotions, notably losing to Steve Logan at the Royal Albert Hall in a contest where the fans actually cheered the London iron man on to a knock out win.

Emmanuel Garcia 
We can find only a couple of documented reports for Emmanuel Garcia. We include him in the A-Z but not necessarily for the right reasons. The two reports we have of Emmanuel Garcia tell of him involved in mud wrestling matches, both in June 1938. Neither did anything to enhance the reputation of professional wrestling. In Middlesbrough he lost to Dick the Dormouse in a ton of clay, fifteen gallons of oil and two bags of soot.

The contest at Nottingham against Eric Fisher was described as “A Farce from Start To Finish,” though was announced to those present as a “humorous interlude.” 

We have found other contests of Garcia against Bill Garnon and appearances of Don and Charles Garcia in 1938, who may or may not have been the same man.

Bob Gardiner
Our first record of Scotland's Bob Gardiner is in August, 1935 at Liverpool. He was wrestling the well respected Harold Angus and won what was described as a "skilful bout" in the Liverpool Echo by two falls to one. More praise wrestling College Boy,  reported as an “excellent and clean contest” with Gardiner taking the first fall after 19 minutes and College Boy pinning the Scot in the 30th and 40th minute. Reports suggest Bob was a skilful wrestler who displayed  "A surprising facility in escaping from holds.

Bob Gardiner , from Denny in Stirlingshire, was said to be a Junior Highlands Game champion and billed as middleweight champion of Scotland. He had two brothers William and George with the former reported to have also wrestled professionally and the latter an international amateur.  George Gardiner wrestled in the 1924 Paris Olympics and was placed fourth in the freestyle lightweight class.    Bob's professional opponents included Billy Riley, George DeRelwyskow Jr and French wrestler Alex Poizat. Bob Gardiner's appearances seemed to lessen following the Second World War, and we last found him wrestling Jack Hunter in April, 1947 at Dundee.

Al Gardner
London based heavyweight born in  the Turks and Caicos Islands made his debut in April, 1975 at Hanley, losing to Pat Curry. A succession of appearances followed, throughout the south, usually losing to distinguished and less distinguished opponents ranging from Tug Holton to John Kowalski to Wayne Bridges. He disappeared from the business as quickly as he had appeared later in 1975.
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