G: Gadd - Garner


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.
Gargantua (Also known as Man Mountain Moran, Hombre Montana, Black Mask)
Not the first Gargantua in British rings (for him you will need to look at the entry of Kurt Zehe). The second Gargantua was the less exotic sounding Jim Moran, from Leeds, who also towered over most opponents, but at a more realistic 6’7”. and weighing twenty-one stones. 

Moran created quite a buzz around the wrestling world when he first appeared in the ring, it having been a very long time since anyone quite so tall had been seen. 

He was one of the many who the knowledgeable Kent Walton told millions of viewer he knew nothing because the man refused to talk to him whilst all readers of The Wrestler knew he was Jim Moran of Leeds. 

Whilst Moran had some skill his robotic style did little to create a free-flowing contest. The crowds liked him, though, or at least liked to boo him, and at the end of the sixties and early seventies he was a regular feature on British bills. On occasions used the name Hombre Montana and for a brief period in 1971 was another Black Mask, though it's hard to understand how his identity could have been much of a secret.
Related article: Come-Uppance in Armchair Corner on www.wrestlingheritage.com
Also see the entry for Kurt Zehe

Al Garmain
Parisien heavyweight visited Britain in 1961 and 1962 for Dale Martin Promotions, wrestling the top mid heavies and heavyweights of the time. Lost to Johnny Czeslaw at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Juan Garmo
We have just two recorded matches for Liverpool's Juan Garmo (known as Mr Coney Island), real name John McIntosh, one in 1947 and one in 1948. Information is being sought by his granddaughter, Kim, and Heritage reader Terry Nelson. 

Jimmy Garner
The heavyweight from West Ham turned professional in 1957 and wrestled for Dale Martin Promotions throughout the south for six years before disappearing from the wrestling scene.
Page revised 28/06/2020