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We have only a handful of matches recorded for this 1940s Scottish lightweight but include him for his significant role in defeating George Kidd when Kidd made his professional debut in Edinburgh on 7th January, 1946. We have found a referral to him in 1939 as an international amateur and a professional match in 1945 against Les Kellett, where it was also said that he was a wrestling referee.
Tony "Titch" White
1970s lightweight from Maidstone worked for Dale Martin Promotions in the 1970s and 1980s, and we understand could still be seen occasionally wrestling until well into the 20th century. Dino Scarlo was a frequent opponent, and it was Dino in the opposite corner when Tony appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in 1977, with Dino gaining the verdict.
The White Angel
We differentiate between the original White Angel who wrestled in Britain in the early sixties (see L'Ange Blanc) and our home grown version. The White Angel persona was the creation of promoter Paul Lincoln, introducing the masked man to his rings in pursuit of the villainous Doctor Death. With Doctor Death established as an unbeatable masked villain the White Angel appeared on the scene and, as the name suggests, was the antithesis of the Doctor. The White Angel challenged Dr Death relentlessly througout 1961 and 1962, until Lincoln decided it was time to make a killing and arranged for the two to meet at the Granada Tooting. The rest, as they say is history Good did not triumph over evil and Doctor Death overcame his nemesis and unmasked the White Angel to reveal the face of Judo Al Hayes, making the transition from Joint Promotions to the opposition circuit. Never one to miss an opportunity the enterprising Lincoln decided that if one White Angel could make him money then two could make even more, and fans were introduced to The White Angels tag team.
Many others donned a white mask and made use of the name in the 1970s, including Ray Diamond, Bob Taylor, Gypsy Joe Smith, and Len Hurst. We also have record of a late 1940s White Angel, but do not know if he was a masked man.
White Owl (Micky Flack)
A charismatic figure of the British wrestling scene from 1932 until the day he paid the ultimate price in 1937. Those five years that led to tragedy were enough to secure the White Owl's place as one of the top wrestlers of the 1930s.
.Michael Martin Flack was the White Owl, and his untimely death occurred on 24th December, 1937. The inquest of his death was told he was a well educated man with a public school education and university degree. His last wrestling match had been over a week earlier, but “He was constantly getting hurt” his mother told the inquest at St Pancras. Medical witnesses described him as a muscular, well nourished man, killed by an absence from poison on an abscess to his loin, but were unable to say whether it might have been caused by blows during wrestling contests. An open verdict was returned on the 27 year old wrestler. No blame was placed on anyone involved in wrestling, but evidence provided of the wrestler's injuries during the previous six months illustrated just how hard was the life of an all-in wrestler.
White Owl had turned professional in 1932. Weighing around fourteen stones he wrestled many of the top men in the country with mixed results but a popular following. A few months before his death Micky Flack had appeared on BBC television, alongside Bob Gregory and King Curtis in demonstration of Ju-Jitsu entitled “Weaponless Self Defence.”
Bob Gregory, who had employed White Owl on some of his shows, said at the time of his death that he had advised the wrestler to give up wrestling due to his ill health.
We have occasional records of a White Owl appearing in 1939 and the early 1940s, but this was obviously not the original.
A masked tag pair that has intrigued us since watching them four decades ago. A short term run in 1969 saw them holding victories over the Hells Angels and McManus and Logan. A very mysterious pair of masked men indeed. Caulkhead saw the Phantoms in action and told us, "Twice at Ventnor Winter Gardens we had a handicap match between Mr X (actually Ed Wensor, without a mask) against The Phantoms (or, maybe, The White Phantoms). The duo won first time, and Ed/X the second time, whereupon the duo unmasked, one proving to be "Gypsy" Joe Smith, but I don't recall the identity of the other." Another member, Alan, also recalled "I saw the White Phantoms lose to Mr X/Ed Wensor at Wimbledon Palais in the late 1960s. The tall one was Gypsy Joe Smith and smaller one Bobby Bierne."
Billy White Wolf (Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissy)
The heroic native American looked every bit the part as he toured northern England and Scotland in the winter of 1969-70. Dressed in the usual attire he was certainly colourful but results were mixed against a set of opponents usually one notch down from the elite of the time -Hussey, Streiger and Pierlot being frequent foes. One of his rare ventures south saw him surprisingly rewarded with a Royal Albert Hall bout against Mike Marino, and more surprisingly rewarded with a drawn verdict. Look the part he might have done, but he was to return a few years later as the evil Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissy ! Said to be a school friend of Sadam Hussein, and influential in developing professional wrestling in Iran his colourful story can be read in his autobiography, "The Sheik of Baghdad: Tales of Celebrity and Terror from Pro Wrestling's General Adnan " To be fair to the wrestling promoters (we wouldn't want to suggest they ever tried to hoodwink us poor fans), during White Wolf's initial tour it was publicly stated that his father was Lebanese and he had learned to wrestle in the Lebanon.
See the reference to Eduardo Carpentier
See the reference to Eduardo Carpentier
The muscular sixteen stone French heavyweight made a short visit to southern England in March, 1972. The Frenchman had gained most of his experience in Canada, where he wrestled as Andre Carpentier. It was claimed that he was the nephew of former world champion Edouardo Carpentier, but there have also been suggestions they were father and son, and that they were not related at all. Take your choice. By the time he arrived in Britain he had returned to Europe and had set up home in France and wrestled in France, Spain and Germany.
Wild Man of Borneo (Baskiss Singh, Gunga Singh)
Read our extended tribute in Personality Parade: No Bad Hair Days
See the reference to Les Stent
The popular Streatham welterweight was born in 1936 and turned professional wrestler in his early twenties following three years as an amateur at the John Rushkin Amateur Wrestling Club. As a schoolboy swimming was his first love and Len had earned his crust as a professional lifeguard before turning to the professional wrestling ring in 1958. For five years he was a regular feature on Dale Martin bils throughout Southern England. His career seemed to move up a notch in May, 1960, when he made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where he lost to Peter Szakacs. Fans were shocked when the young man that seemed destined for the top announced his retirement at the end of 1963. Fans had their chips when he went into the catering business
We know little about Sunderland’s Henry Wilkie who newspapers declared a very skilled heavyweight. He appeared in the rings in 1934 when opponents like Jack Dale suggests he was a lighter man in those days. Post war he was advertised as a heavyweight and facing men like Robert McDonald, Francis Gregory and The Blue Mask, with whom he drew at the New St James Hall, Newcastle. In 1933 and 1934 we came across Wild Boar Wilkie, billed from Sunderland or Newcastle, but we don’t know if this was the same man.
Wildman John Wilkie
The hard man of the Potteries, from Stoke On Trent, erupted into our rings in the late 1970s. A rough, tough rule bender he was a television favourite in the 1980s making more than a dozen appearances. Remembered by many for his television contest with Fuji Yamada, and partnering Bulldog Brown and Sid Cooper against Big Daddy in ITV's final wrestling show.