British Wrestlers Reunion
Strengthening the Ring of Friendship


Andrew and Lillian Bryden celebrate 50 years of marriage

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send congratulations to Andrew and Lillian Bryden who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Sunday 26th January 2020.

Andrew, better known in wrestling circles as Dale Storm, was an accomplished Scottish middleweight of the 1960s and 70s and whilst he did work for Joint Promotions he was more well known for wrestling on the independent circuit. Sadly an injury cut short Dales in ring career but he went on to become an accomplished Promoter and over the last three years has become spokesman of the successful Scottish Wrestlers Reunion and also is a senior member of their committee.

Lillian has had a long career with top high street store Marks and Spencer and was awarded a Long Service Award in 2019.  Lillian is also an instrumental part of the Scottish Wrestlers Reunion, as well as serving as committee member she also supplies and prepares the buffet at the Reunion which is second to none,  infact it is the best buffeet at any Reunion by far.

We congratulate Andrew and Lillian on 50 years of marriage and hope that they have many more years of married bliss ahead of them.

Dicky Swales passes away aged 90

The British Wrestlers Reunion are deeply saddened to receive news from our friends at Wrestling Heritage that Dicky Swales passed away on Thursday 23rd January aged 90.

Dicky, seen here with Ski Hi Lee, was a respected wrestler of the 1950s and was always a popular figure at the Blackpool Reunion. A lovable rogue to the end Dicky will be much missed by all who knew him.

Dicky has been added to the Dressing Room in the Sky  and we of course send our condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.
(Dicky celebrating his birthday at the Blackpool Reunion)

Mick Sullivan released from hospital

Great news reached us on Wednesday 22n January as after a lengthy illness and a long stay in hospital Mick Sullivan has finally been allowed home. Margaret, Micks wife seen here with the man himself, has advised of the following:-

'Good evening family and friends. Good news.... after all the weeks Micks been so very ill in hospital, I am really pleased to say he came home this evening (22nd January) He is still very weak and frail, but is now eating and making good progress. Thank you all for your prayers, good wishes and the numerous messages I've had, it is very much appreciated. Thank you everyone xxx'

Everyone here at the British Wrestlers Reunion are delighted with the news and hope that Mick makes a speedy recovery and is soon back to full heath.

Referee Bob Stafford at the age of 80 returns for one night only

(LDN Senior Referee Dave Walker thinks he has got the best of Bob Stafford but ........)
International referee Bob Stafford who at 80 years of age can still show todays referees a thing or two as LDN referee 'Dodgy' Dave Walker found out on the 20th January at a show held in Swanley.

Once Dave was sorted Bob ran to the ring (he really did) and counted the 123 to bring to a close the main event of the day.

As many of you will know Bob has been suffering from ill health for some time now and last year spent some time in hospital so it was nice to see him out and about enjoying what he does the most.and he certainly proved who was the better man on the day.
(Bob had the last laugh)

Reunion season will soon be upon us for 2020

As not only a new year but a new decade has well and truly begun Reunion season will soon be upon us once again, as ever Reunions will be held around the UK and we have been advised as to the following:-
The Blackpool Reunion will take place on Sunday 10th May 2020 and will be held at Stanley Road Working Mens Club, 4-6 Stanley Road, Blackpool, FY1 4QL.

This Reunion is now well established after being held for a number of years.  An increase of attendees year on year has ensured that this Reunion continues to grow and with the addition this year of a committee we have been told that they intend to be around for many years to come.

The British Wrestlers Reunion will take place on Sunday 9th August 2020 and will be held at The Bridges, Horton Road, South Darenth, Kent, DA4 9AX.

Our friends at Wrestling Heritage have named our own Reunion 'the big one' and we are very proud that we are now in our 29th year.  Last year we cemented our place as Europes premier and biggest Reunion and with 100s in attendance we were told by many that it was the best Reunion in years.

As ever we strive each and every year to bring both wrestlers and fans the best Reunion possible and this year will be no different.  With a number of award winners already confirmed (and more to come) we look forward to welcoming many to the Wrestling social event of the year.

The Scottish Reunion will take place on Sunday 13th September 2020 and will be held at The Peter Boyle Bowling Club,Craigie Road ,Ayr, KA8 0SS.

This Reunion has been an instant succcess since its inception 3 years ago and last year saw over 100 attendees making it the second largest Reunion in the UK, a great achievement for a Reunion which has only been held for such a short period of time.  The Scottish Reunion committee have promised big things again this year and it is well worth a visit.

Reunions will only continue as long as they are supported so please do your best to attend at least one and reminisce about all that was good with British Wrestling.  Sadly with each passing year we lose more of the greats of the ring and no Reunion is going to go on forever so please utilise them whilst they are still here.

Adrian Street in conversation.....join the legend on Thursday 27th February

He has had a career spanning decades, long after most grapplers had hung up the boots he was still entertaining fans around the world,  he is one of the most recognisable names in professional wrestling around the World, now Adrian Street, a true legend of British Wrestling is appearing in a one off conversation with ......

You are especially invited to be an audience with Adrian Street, world middleweight wrestling champion & legendary ground-breaking Superstar.

Adrian Street was born into a mining family in mid Wales in 1940 but escaped to become a world famous international wrestler with a near seven decade career and many titles from NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion to World Middleweight Champion. Along the way there was a stint in Hollywood and a Pasolini movie, there were the rock’n roll years with his band the Pile Drivers and their hit LP ‘Shake Wrestle & Roll’ and a parallel career in wrestle fashion designing and producing an international range of ring gear.

Adrian made his final appearance for the IWA Heavyweight Championship (USA) aged 74. (Adrian just recently turned 79)

Adrian Street was one of the first ever ‘exotico’ wrestlers, adopting an outrageous and flamboyant heel persona that pre dates the glam world of rock’n’roll, that Bowie and Marc Bolan made famous & that shocked the traditional wrestling world to its core.

He will be joined by Miss Linda his long term manager, business partner and wife who was one of the first international female wrestlers

Our host for the evening will be the international performer Matt Ricardo, life long wrestle fan, TEDx speaker, a TOMAX Talks presenter, columnist and survivor of Americas Got Talent 2019.

The event takes place at Resistance Gallery one of the worlds biggest & most renowned wrestling schools, home to Lucha Britannia, Pro Wrestling Eve and the London School of Lucha Libre.

The show takes place on Thursday 27th February 2020.

Doors at 6.30pm show starts at 8pm.

Tickets costs £20.35 but are selling fast. and are available at

Please note!
Resistance Gallery is a fully licensed, but cash only bar.

Al Saxon loses wife after long illness

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our sincere condolences to Al Saxon (Wally Grover) (seen here with Steve Grey) who beloved wife Jean Elizabeth has passed away aged 86 after 66 years of marriage.  Although she had been ill for some time it has still come as a complete shock to Al at her sad death.

Al contacted us on the 18th January to relay the sad news and is absolutely devastated at his wifes passing, as you would expect, but wanted the wrestling fraternity to know as he is too upset at the present time to tell his friends and colleagues in the business or indeed talk to anyone else.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Al and his family at this very sad time

Mick Sullivan finally on the road to recovery

At long last we have some positive news on Mick Sullivans health, the following has been received from his wife Margaret:-

'Mick is doing good at the moment, especially as 2 weeks ago the doctors didn't think he was going to make the next day!! He has proved them wrong again and is now well on the way to recovery. Eating, drinking and getting out of bed, even walking (with the aid of his walking frame) around the room. So pleased with him, but want to thank you all for your support and your prayers, it has certainly helped us both. THANK YOU. XXX 💕 💕 💕

We of course send Mick all our love and support and hope that this is the start of his road to recovery.

We will keep you all updated over the coming weeks as we hope his continued recovery carries on. 

Rocky Johnson passes away aged 75

Our colleagues at the Cauliflower Alley Club broke the news that "Soulman" Rocky Johnson, who was a huge wrestling star before he ever became known as the father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, died on Wednesay 15th January at the age of 75.

The WWE reported the news as well and it was known that he had been in hospital.

Johnson had a home in Florida and another in Missouri, where he lived with his spouse, Sheila. In the fall of 2019, his autobiography, Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story, written with Scott Teal, was published by ECW Press.

Though he was born Wayde Bowles on August 24, 1944, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, when he was a teenager, he moved to Toronto where the wrestling (and boxing) bug caught him. He was actually at the NWA World title change at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1963 when Lou Thesz toppled Buddy Rogers.

Working out at the Trinity Community Centre in Toronto's west end, he would come in contact with the wrestlers, and was soon dispatched to Jack Wentworth's gym in Hamilton to learn a new trade -- by day, he drove a forklift.

Johnson would debut in 1966, having just trained six weeks and weighing 217 pounds. "I taught him the business very quickly, with no horseshit," said Hamilton's Murray Cummings in The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons. "I showed him the moves, I showed him how the takedowns work, and everything. You showed him once and he had it."

Turning pro was a politically expedient decision; Toronto's top dog, Whipper Billy Watson, was campaigned for a federal government seat.

"He was looking to get the black vote, so he called Jack Wentworth and said, 'Do you have any black guys there?' He said, 'I've got one. He's young. Pretty good body, pretty good athlete.' But naturally, no matches, right. So they put me on CFTO-TV, remember that? Channel 9. I worked with Firpo Zbyszko in my very first TV match. When you don't know nothing, you can't go wrong, you can't make no mistakes. We went a 1:40, Firpo jumped me, bam bam, and I could always throw a decent dropkick. He backdropped me, I landed on my feet, threw four dropkicks, sunset flip. I'll never forget this, and I'll tell you why later, sunset flip, one, two, three. Nervous, couldn't talk. He [Whipper] came out to talk for me. He said, 'I've been training this guy for the last two years. He's my protege' -- because he was trying to get the black vote. When I went home, my mother said, 'But you just met him!'"

Though the Whip lost the election, Johnson excelled with the quick promotion. He was sent to the Dungeon in Calgary for further schooling. "That's where Stu Hart stretched me," said Johnson. "He broke a blood vessel in my eye."

Toronto promoter Frank Tunney acted as a de facto godfather to him, advising him on his next career steps and talking him out of trips to the U.S. where he would have been eaten up and tossed aside. Instead, in Vancouver, he was given the chance as Don Leo Jonathan's tag team partner.

"He had a lot of potential. He was just a young guy then. The only thing that was holding him back was his size. But later, he bulked up, muscled up, and looked pretty damn good after a while," said the Mormon Giant.

"The Soulman" acknowledged that he was an anomaly. "They never had black wrestlers in Canada. There was a bunch of diamonds, and I was that black diamond in the middle. That's the only way I could put it." His upbringing in Canada meant that, unlike a lot of his peers in the U.S., he had never experienced outright racism and stood his ground when confronted by any prejudice.

"I never let it happen. They tried it in the south, but I stopped it," he said, mentioning Nashville promoter Nick Gulas specifically. "My name is Rocky, not 'Boy.'" Johnson's title wins in places like Texas and Georgia actually broke the color barrier.

The trademark shuffling of his feet and his high dropkicks came early in his career.

It turns out that some of his early opponents, often long-in-the-tooth veterans like Fred Atkins or Joe Christie, couldn't do the up-and-down moves that were required; therefore there was a need to fill time.

"I started dropkicking, and they were taking their time in getting up for it," recalled Johnson. "I just started doing those little shuffles and all of a sudden people were going nuts. That's all it took."

Other than actual boxers turned wrestlers, such as Primo Carnera or Scott LeDoux, no grappler took the sweet science further into the ring than Johnson, who filmed vignettes with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, among others, over the years. He had "boxing matches" with everyone from Jerry Lawler to Roger Kirby to Jim Dillon, and actually had a boxing license in Ontario while was starting to wrestle.

Getting to California in late 1969 was the key to his success, Johnson said. "I had already learned to wrestle, but I didn't have the psychology until I went to San Francisco. You can teach a six-year-old kid a headlock, but you can't teach him psychology."

Having gotten his name out there, Johnson dropkicked across the continent for the next decade. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Johnson doesn't get his due because he did travel so much. When pitching Johnson as a candidate for the newsletter's hall of fame, Meltzer wrote: "Headliner and champion in nearly every territory he worked from the late '60s into the early '80s, particularly big in the '70s when he had incredible agility and speed. In particular, is the best wrestler of the past 40 years when it comes to doing a dropkick series, and that’s considering he was a 255 pound powerlifter type with a boxing background. One of the business’ top athletes of the '70s with a career record that is far more impressive than most realize."

Johnson held titles everywhere he went, but the one that most cite as his crowning glory was the WWF World tag team titles in 1983, alongside Tony Atlas. The irony is that Atlas and Johnson didn't get along and rarely actually worked together outside of TV tapings. "They couldn't put us together because I wanted to smack him in the mouth every time I saw him," Atlas said in the Shooting With the Legends newsletter.

For a time in the Mid-Atlantic territory, he wore a partial mask and was called Sweet Ebony Diamond, though it was obvious it was him.

Yet today, Johnson is known mostly as The Rock's dad. It seems every contemporary has stories of young Dwayne -- "Dewey" -- hanging out backstage. But Dwayne wasn't the first family member into the business. Rocky's brother, Jay, broke into the business in 1978 in Toronto. In Hawaii in the early '80s, the Johnsons, Ricky and Rocky, were a hot team, where Rocky was promoting with his inlaws, Peter and Lia Maivia, having married their daughter, Ata.

The Soulman's career ended in 1987, but always in superb shape, he came back for a few matches on the indy scene in 1993, 1994 and 2002. In 2000, Johnson was the physical fitness and recreation coordinator for the South Florida town of Davie, working with the city's Police Athletic League, and conducting pro wrestling fundraisers. In 2003, he was hired by WWE to help develop young talent; after all, his first trainee, The Rock, did okay. Brock Lesnar, Orlando Jordan and Sylvain Grenier all went through his finishing school. Another interest is draft horses, which he raised on a ranch in Missouri with his third wife, Sheila. At its WrestleMania extravaganza in 2008, WWE inducted Rocky Johnson into its Hall of Fame, with his son doing the honors.

Johnson had only recently been named to the Board of Directors for the newly-established International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Cauliflower Alley Club broke the news on January 15; its president, Brian Blair, has been a close friend of Johnson's for many years. His passing has been covered by many mainstream publications, including People magazine, CBC, and CBS.

Rocky Johnson is survived his three children: Curtis, Wanda and Dwayne.

Our condolences go to Rockys family and friends at this sad time.

(above courtesy of Canoe Slam Sports)
(Rocky and his son Dwayne)

Viv Martell funeral details announced

We recently reported the sad passing of legendary female wrestler Viv Martell.

We have been asked by her daughter Cass Vaughan Evans to advise everyone that her mothers funeral will be taking place on Monday 3rd February at 2.40pm at the Blacon Crematorium, Blacon Avenue, Blacon, Chester CH1 5BB. The wake will then take place at The Duke of Wellington, Marsh Lane, Ince, Chester CH2 4NR.

All are welcome to attend to pay their final respects to Viv/Ruth.

We are sure that the wrestling fraternity will give her a good send off as she goes to that great Dressing Room in the Sky.

Vivacious Viv Martell passes away

The British Wrestlers Reunion are saddened to receive news that Vivacious Viv Martell passed away in the early hours Saturday 4th January 2020.

Vivs good friend and former colleague Leather Lena visited Viv on Friday afternoon and shared some great stories about the good old days they had together.

Viv has been added to the Dressing Room in the Sky and we of course send our sincere condolences to her family and friends at this very sad time.

Eddie Hamill receives Irish Wrestling Award

On January 2nd 2020, Eddie Hamill aka The Amazing Kung Fu became the latest retired Irish wrestling star to be honoured In Recognition of Contribution to Irish Wrestling by The Wrestling Ireland

Eddie is pictured here as well with the Kung Fu Cup, which is the prize for the annual Kung Fu Invitational wrestling tournament named in Eddie's honour, which is now entering it's 3rd year, with previous winners of the knockout tournament being Bingo Ballance in 2018 & 'The Maori Warrior' NIWA in 2019. 

Highly-regarded, and well-liked by his peers, Eddie joins Wendy & Dave Finlay Snr, Billy Joe Beck, Dennis Millar aka Diamond Shondell, Ralph "Rocky" Hunter, and Johnny Howard aka Rasputin as a recipient of the award honouring those who gave their time & represented well the Irish wrestling scene of the 1960s, 70s & 80s.

Mick Sullivan back in hospital

Sad news to start the year as Mick Sullivan (seen here with Ken Sowden at last years Reunion) is now back in hospital! 😞. He has a new and rare infection in his lung and at the moment is quite poorly again. Still not eating, so is very weak and frail.

The British Wrestlers Reunion along with everyone here send all our love and prayers to Mick and hope his health improves dramatically over the coming days.

Reunion to return for its 29th year in 2020

As the bell tolls to herald in a new year we look forward to the wrestling social event of the year. Sunday 9th August will see Europes oldest and largest Wrestlers Reunion take place for a remarkable 29th year at the home of the Reunion, The Bridges, Horton Road, South Darenth, Kent.

The Reunion will be hosted as always by former 3 time World Heavyweight Champion Wayne Bridges and his wife Sarah, Wrestlers, officials and fans from around the World are cordially invited to join us for what promises to be another memorable day.

As well as presenting various Awards to the lucky 2020 recipients, we will remember those great grapplers who have gone to the Dressing Room in the Sky during the last 12 months.

We will also have memorabilia, merchandise, raffle and live entertainment throughout the day.. This is a free event and we at the Ring of Friendship invite everyone to join us to celebrate British wrestling.

Throughout the year right here we will be bringing you information on those special guests who will be joining us alongside all those greats from the ring who support us each and every year.

It may be early but when you put up your calendars or open you diaries to mark a new year make a note of the date, Sunday 9th August, we have lots planned so we are sure you wont want to miss out. We hope to see many of you there.

Mick Sullivan still in hospital

(Mick Sullivan and Ian Gilmour at the 2018 Reunion)
As we reported a few days ago Mick Sullivan has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia. We have now received an update from his wife Margaret and sadly Micks health has not improved.

'Mick isn't getting better at the moment, they have now found that he has TB and a very bad kidney infection, he is a very poorly man just now. Morphine is making him feel sick, he's not had anything to eat since last Sunday and is very distressed. Going to do a lung biopsy this afternoon (Sunday 8th December), so might find out more then. Thank you all for your warm and kind wishes. Xx'

Everyone at the British Wrestlers Reunion as well as our members worldwide wish Mick all the very best and hope that he improves dramatically in the coming days.

Andy Robin passes away aged 84

The British Wrestlers Reunion are deeply saddened to receive news that Scotlands Andy Robin has passed away.

The Commonwealth wrestling champion, best known as the adopted father of Hercules the Bear, died this week, aged 84.

His wife of almost 40 years, Maggie Robin, has paid tribute to the gentle giant she raised the 9ft grizzly with for 25 years..

Andy has been added to the Dressing Room in the Sky and a fitting obituary will be posted shortly.

Our condolences go to Andys family and friends at this very sad time and may he now Rest in Peace.

(Andy with wife Maggie and Hercules)

Messrs. Grey, Mason Kidd and Cooper meet up for lunch

On Wednesday 3rd December Johnny Kidd, Steve Grey, James Mason and Sid Cooper all met up in Bracknell, Berks where they had a very enjoyable lunch as well as discussing the good old days of British wrestling.

It is great to see all the boys looking fit and well and having a great time and even Sid behaved himself and didnt get one public warning, something of a record there we think :-)

The boys regularly meet up outside of the Reunions and it is nice to see that they remain in contact with each other after all these years.  Of course James and Johnny can still be seen competing up and down the UK for various promoters.

We would like to thank Johnny for sending us the photo.

Mick Sullivan admitted to hospital

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our very best wishes to Mick Sullivan who had been admitted to hospital with pneumonia and is quite poorly at the moment.

We hope that Micks condition improves over the coming days and that he will soon be back home and back to good health.

We will keep you updated when we received further news from his wife.

Mick was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year by Alan Sargent as can be seen here.

Mel Stuart undergoes surgery

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our very best wishes to Mel Stuart who has returned home after undergoing surgery on his neck.  Mel has had a lump removed which resulted in twelve stitches being required to sew up the wound.

Mel is now waiting for the biopsy report but remains in good spirits.

We hope that results for Mel are positive and that he is soon back to full health.
(Mel at one of the Reunion dinners)

Joe D'Orazio sets another record

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send huge congratulations to wrestling legend and our President Joe D'Orazio who has now become the oldest British wrestler in history.

Joe, who as we told you a few weeks ago, is already the oldest living wrestler in the World today broke the British record surpassing that of Gerry Hoggarth who himself only passed away in August of this year.

Joe has been informed of this achievement by his grandson and is delighted by the news.

Joe still takes a very keen interest in the Reunion and its ongoings and we look forward to celebrating more milestones for him in the coming years.

God Bless the Guvnor.

Hurricane Keith Haward suffers heart attack

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our very best wishes to Hurricane Keith Haward who is currently in hospital after suffering a heart scare whilst at home.

Keith, who has suffered with heart problems in the best, is in good spirits and undergoing tests.

We all hope that he makes a speedy recovery and is soon home again and back to full fitness.

A good day had by all at the Essex Wrestlers Reunion

We would like to send our congratulations to the Essex Wrestlers Reunion which was held on Sunday 27th October for having a successful day.

The event organised by Neil Evans aka Tom Thumb is now in its third year and the numbers attending are steadily increasing year on year.

Some of those who visited this year were Smiler Fred Bentley, Steve Sadler, Richard Whymark , Paul Tyrrell, Richard Harrison, Phil Powers, Derek Sewell, John Chafer, Graham Tyrrell, Colin V. Bunting, Dave Freeman, Bob Collins, Ian Shadbolt, Paul Bentley, Ken Knight, Craig Whale, Del Williams, Paul Davis, Alvin Charles Piper , Phil Mark, and some of their families. Lyndsey Mason, the daughter of Crusher Mason also attended.

We are pleased the Reunion went well and wish them all the very best in future years.

Lee Sharron passes away

The British Wrestlers Reunion are saddened to report that Northern heavyweight Lee Sharron has passed away.

Lee who wrestled throughout the 1960s and 1970s was not only a regular in the UK but worked extensively in Germany and the Middle East throughout this time.

Lee will be added to the Dressing Room in the Sky.

Our condolences go to Lees family and friends at this very sad time.

A number of tributes have been received by us here at the Reunion since Lees passing was announced and a selection are as follows:-

    Mick Sullivan Stayed with me and my wife a couple of times.RIP LEE you were a great villain. The business will miss you.
  • John Tempest-Mitchell I worked with Lee at Leeds a couple of times. Great guy and will be missed.
    My condolences to family and friends. RIP Lee
  • Helen Amanda Tanton Sorry to hear the passing of lee good bloke. Condolences to his family from mel stuart
  • Johnny Kincaid Lee looked after me when I first went North to wrestle, had a lot of respect for him. You will be missed my friend, condolences to Family and friends, R.I.P. Lee, God Bless.
  • Wendy Knowles Gosh that was a shock ..was a good friend to me and my dad .
  • Tom Lees Remember good bouts together Lee ! RIP ! Old Mate
  • Roy Chamberlain Rip Lee and thoughts with all of your family
  • Jean Bell Condolences to his family

  • Stephen Cresswell Sending condolences to family and friends of lee 🤼
  • Steve Jaquest Watched him many times , he was a true professional , condolences to his fami
  • John C-West Sad news. RIP Lee.
  • Steven Tempest-Mitchell Good friend with my dad, think last time saw him was an open air show he did at Keighley gala early 70s, worked for my dad n Eric Taylor, used to come to our house, always remember he had a deep booming laugh, bit like Geoff Portz, RIP..
  • Clive Williams Sad news. Rest in Peace Lee.
  • Ronald Crook Very sad R.I.P.
  • Howard Callow RIP Mr Sharron - I remember round about 1980 a televised bout featuring Lee - alas can't recall his opponent -but can remember a somewhat deadpan comment from Mr Walton, as if it was yesterday, accusing LS (in his commentary) of exaggerated showmanship!!
  • Wendy Mellor The first wrestling bout I ever watched was Lee Sharron v Hans Streiger. The Jew v the German. Incredible heat for very little action, genius psychology. Good old school.
  • Chris Riley Love Romany and Chris Riley
  • John Hutchinson From Leeds if I remember rightly and certainly a frequent visitor to our Town Hall. RIP Lee, thanks for the memories....condolences to Lee's family :
  • Gernot Freiberger Sad to hera that. He wrestled in vienna 1969 to 1971 and then again 1973 snf 74

Jim Howard passes away

The British Wrestlers Reunion are deeply saddened to report that second and Fairfield Hall stalwart Jim Howard passed away on Saturday 19th October after a long illness.

Jim, seen here with Johnny Saint and Karl Heinz, had a long involvement in the wrestling business and was a great supporter of the Reunion over many years.

Jim has been added to the Dressing Room in the Sky and we send our condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.

May he now Rest in Peace.

Johnny Kidd meets Steve 'The King' Sadler

(Johnny and Steve had a great time remembering days gone by)
After 40 years in the wrestling business Johnny Kidd has met wrestlers and fans from all around the World.  On Friday 18th October he met a grappler who may not be a household name but he still wrestled some of the biggest names in the industry. 

Steve 'The King 'Sadler  wrestled a few years ago firstly for Neil Sands and later for Neil Evan's and Joint Promotions.  During his time in the business Steve wrestled such names as Pete Robert's John Elijah and Big Pat Roach, Goldbelt Maxine and many others.

Although Steve retired some years ago he always remembers his time in the sport.

Johnny and Steve spent two hours reminiscing about days gone by and he now lives in Acle Norfolk although met in Scratby Norfolk.

Martin Gillott appointed President of Wrestlers Reunion Scotland

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our warmest congratulations to Martin 'Glitterboy' Gillott who has been appointed Honorary President of the Wrestlers Reunion Scotland.

Martin has been an integral part of our Reunion for many years and this year was appointed a committee member of the Blackpool Wrestlers Reunion.

The Scottish Reunion has stated that Martin's close association with three of the now main Events on the Re-Union Movement Calender. must surely be a factor which should bring us all much closer together, hopefully ensuring we have a successful, UK wide movement for many, many years to come.

We wish Martin all the very best in his new roles and look forward to seeing him at the various Reunions in 2020.

Scottish Reunion hailed a success as they also receive an award from the BWR

(Ken Sowden presents a Ring of Friendshipo Award to Dale Storm of the Scottish Wrestlers Reunion on behalf of Joe D'Orazio)
The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to congratulate the Scottish Wrestlers Reunion on a successful Reunion which was held in Ayr on Sunday 15th September.

Despite a last minute change of venue 80+ people attended including a special appearance by the legendary Colin Joynson who, like everyone else, received a warm welcome from the committee.

The British Wrestlers Reunion were delighted to present a Ring of Friendship Award to the Scottish Wrestlers Reunion on behalf of our President Joe D'Orazio who was honoured to receive an award from Scotland three years ago. The award was presented by Ken Sowden who himself received an award from the Scottish Reunion.

The committee of the Scottish Wrestlers Reunion have thanked everyone who attended and hope that all will return again next year for their next event.

(Ken Sowden received an award from Dale Storm at the Scottish Reunion)

The Mick McManus World of Wrestling video

On Tuesday 6th September 1988, 31 years ago a big bill of wrestling was recorded at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon which would become a top seller in the shops.

Lee Bamber was one of the two commentators for this landmark taping, the first commercially available UK wrestling video, alongside the legendary Mick McManus but all was not as it seemed and although the show was recorded over three decades ago tonight, Lee never actually saw it happen because he wasn't there!

Mick and Lee were due to record the commentary live at ringside that evening but in the days before the show Lee developed a bad throat infection and  couldn't speak, he couldn't eat, he could hardly swallow and was in a bad way but 'the show must go on', so feeling like a drained zombie Lee drove to Croydon in the late afternoon to show his face and do a few lead up/promo shots with Mick.

If you have the video you'll notice that Lee doesnt actually speak in vision at all during these because basically he couldn't !

Once the bits of filming in the box were done Lee immediately and gingerly drove straight back home to Sudbury Hill, Harrow and collapsed into bed.

So, although it was  intended to do the commentary live on the night, it was actually done about a month later in a studio near Shepherds Bush/Goldhawk Road looking at the footage on TV monitors.

Still done 'as live' and hopefully no one could tell, but whilst this show was rocking a packed Fairfield Hall 31 years ago  Lee was tucked up in bed feeling weak and drained.

The video which is still available at times on ebay showed us all what we were about to miss as of course wrestling on ITV ended in the December of that year.
(The Croydon bill 31 years ago)
(The publicity shot.....Lee Bamber and Mick McManus)

Norman Lowndes passes away aged 83

The British Wrestlers Reunion are saddened to learn that Norman Lowndes the Australian grappler who wrestled in the UK as both Maurice La Rue and Wild Red Berry has passed away aged 83 at his home in Florida.

Norman initially toured the UK in the 1970s returning for a year long stint in 1981 for Joint Promotions.

Our condolences go to Normans family and friends at this sad time, he will now be added to the Dressing Room in the Sky and may he now Rest in Peace.
(Wild Red Berry graces the cover of a Joint Promotions programme)

Diamond Shondell receives Irish Wrestling Recognition Award

On the 15th August 2019 in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Dennis Millar aka Diamond Shondell joined Wendy Finlay, Dave Finlay Snr & Billy Joe Beck as being recognised for his contribution to Irish wrestling by local promotion The Wrestling Ireland.

Dennis wrestled throughout the 1970s, 80s & into the 90s across Ireland, and indeed even competed on TV against Alan Kilby in a match where Diamond's antics had even commentator Kent Walton cracking up with laughter.

The Wrestling Ireland proudly welcomes Diamond Shondell to it's honourees In Recognition of Contribution to Irish Wrestling.

The Reunion send our congratulations to Dennis on this accolade and below is the bout he had with Alan Kilby for your enjoyment.
(Diamond Shondell in action against Alan Kilby)

Gerry Hoggarth passes away

The British Wrestlers Reunion are saddened to receive news that Gerry Hoggarth passed away peacefully on Wednesday 14th August 2019.

For seven years Gerry wrestled around Britain and Europe, winning the European heavyweight title along the way. Initially brought into professional wrestling by Atoll Oakeley who was at the time still trying to revive his pre-war promotional business, it was Oakeley that provided the opportunity for Gerry to challenge for, and win, the British championship.

Gerry was soon taken on to the books of Joint Promotions following their formation in 1952. Everything was going well for Gerry, wrestling around Britain and abroad, opposing, and often defeating, the best of British heavyweights, including Jim Foy, Ernest Baldwin, Dave Armstrong, Alan Garfield, Jack Pye and Bert Assirati.

Gerry will be added to the Dressing Room in the Sky on the Reunion website and we of course send our condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

The Reunion welcome Eddie Kidd OBE to the 2019 event

(Eddie Kidd with the UKs top Elvis tribute act Scott Elvis and Frank Rimer)
The British Wrestlers Reunion were delighted to welcome the great Legendary stunt rider EDDIE KIDD O.B.E. to the Reunion on Sunday 11th August. 

Eddie is a tremendously brave man who once reigned supreme as Britain's top stunt rider. even jumping the great wall of China plus appearing in two James Bond movies etc.,  Eddie still raises thousands for charity despite being wheelchair bound partially paralysed and brain damaged since the terrible accident in the 90's.  One of his greatest achievements was when he walked the London Marathon in an amazing 51 days to raise £75000 for charity. 

The entire wrestling fraternity were delighted and honoured to meet Eddie and his dear Mother plus his incredible carer and to also present him with a Reunion Ring of Friendship Award.

We have been advertise that Eddie has a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Reunion and loved being part of our day and meeting many of the wrestlers and fans that were in attendance.
(Eddie Kidd with Ken Sowden and his great friend Barry Howard)

A thank you from the Reunion team.

With the 2019 Reunion being hailed a great success by everyone in attendance this year the following statement has been made by the man who, puts it all together, alongside a great team of helpers, Ken Sowden:-

A day on and I have returned from this years British Wrestlers Reunion, an event which has again excelled with everyone in attendance having a fantastic day reliving the glory days of British wrestling.

The plaudits this year both yesterday and today have been tremendous and with the largest crowd we have seen at The Bridges in a few years it proves once again that the Reunion has a good future ahead of it.

It was great to see so many of our friends there again this year as well as many of the great legends of wrestling, some for the first time and some returning after a few years absence. My personal congratulations to everyone who was presented with an award, each and every one was very well deserved so well done to you all.

Of course I am not alone when it comes to organising this great Reunion and I would like to say a big thank you to Wayne and Sarah Bridges for their hospitality, as always the most gracious of hosts. I would also like to thank the following who worked so hard on the day to ensure it was a success, Martin Gillott, Barry Howard, Stephen Cresswell, Colin Joynson, Johnny Kincaid, Scott Elvis, Ray Clark, Bob Stafford Donna Walker, David Walker, Belinda Jayne and a special thank you to Lee Canderton who proved why he is the top MC in the business today, he compared the Reunion with the greatest of professionalism and I have received nothing but positive reviews on his performance.

I was also delighted to finally turn the tables on my friend and mentor Frank Rimer by inducting him into the Hall of Fame,

I will shortly be adding over 200 photos of the day to the website at so feel free to check them out to see how we all had a great time.

Finally and most importantly a huge thank you to all the wrestlers, officials and fans who made the journey to be with us, the Reunion is nothing without all of you and I thank you for your continued support, we must be doing something right and we look forward to seeing you all again for the 29th year for the 2020 Reunion.

Thank you from the Reunion

The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to say a huge thank you to all those wrestlers, officials and fans that attended todays Reunion in Kent.

It has been a few years since we have seen The Bridges as full as it was today, standing room only and we are delighted to receive such positive feedback from many of those in attendance who travelled from far and wide (infact one from New Zealand and one from Australia).

It was also heartwarming to receive such lovely words of praise from a number of pro wrestlers who were attending for the very first time with every one of them saying that it was a Reunion like no other and they will definitely be back again next year.

Over the coming days we will be posting a selection of photographs from today for you all to enjoy.

We couldnt do the Reunion without all of the support we get so we are extremely grateful for this and as an added bonus we get to do it all again next year.

Eddie Kidd OBE to attend 2019 Reunion

The British Wrestlers Reunion have always had an open house policy when it comes to our event, everyone is welcome to attend and receive the warmest of welcomes.

We have always encouraged all wrestlers, officials, fans and celebrities to our event and therefore we are delighted to announce that this year we will be joined by Eddie Kidd OBE as one of our special guests.

Eddie was due to visit us a couple of years ago but was unable to due to ill health. However, Eddies carers have advised that he will definitely be there on Sunday and all arrangements have now been made..

Eddie, seen here with his best friend Tony Banger Walsh, is said to be looking forward to the Reunion and meeting many people on the day and we in turn look forward to welcoming him and hope he enjoys his day with us.

Jim Rawlings passes away

The British Wrestlers Reunion are saddened to hear that Jim Rawlings has passed away following a short illness.

Jim was the third member of the Rawlings clan who, like his brother Bill, was a powerful skilled wrestler who never quite matched the ring presence of the old man. Hardly surprising with Alf being  such a rugged force in the ring.

None of this should take anything away from Jim, who was a valuable part of the 1950s and 1960s wrestling fraternity. Although never a main event performer he was often seen wrestling on television during the first half of the 1960s. Trained by his dad he could certainly handle himself in the ring.

Also like brother Bill his father’s influence was given a finishing touch when he went on to train at Ernie Baldwin's Tingley gym, following amateur grounding at the Hill Top Amateur Club in Bradford. 

Not long after making his professional debut he and the family moved to Hamilton in Canada for around six months, returning to the UK in the spring of 1957. Whilst in Canada Jim worked in a factory making nails as well as continuing to wrestle part time.

The Rawlings brothers and their father were often seen working in pairs as a tag team or the three together taking on another team..

Jim Rawlings died on 25th July, 2019 and has now been added to the Dressing Room in the Sky.  The Reunion send our condolences to Jims family and friends at this sad time.

(We would like to thank Wrestling Heritage for supplying us with the above information).

Roy Smith suffers stroke

(Ken Sowden and Roy Smith)
The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our very best wishes to Roy Smith who sadly suffered a stroke on Tuesday 23rd July but is now recuperating at home.

Roy has been not only a great supporter of the Reunion but for many years has supplied and sold the merchandise on the day which has, over the years, gone a long way to raising funds to enable us to hold the Reunion.

We have spoken to Roy who has now sent us this message:-

'Hi Everyone, as they say always look on the brightside , I'm breathing. I will be at this years reunion as i have 100 special Reunion mugs for sale . so to be in with a chance of owning one of these mugs ,start queuing NOW at The Bridges Pub they have a garden at the back so you can pitch a tent and get a good pint at the same time . See you soon ,Thanks for all the well wishes...Roy'

We wish Roy all the best and hope he makes a quick recovery and look forward to seeing him on Sunday 11th August at this years Reunion.

Billy Joe Beck receives Irish Award

(Billy Joe Beck with his esteemed award)
On the 19th July 2019 Billy Joe Beck became the 3rd recipient of The Wrestling Ireland's "In Recognition of Contribution to Irish Wrestling" award - joining Wendy & Dave Finlay Snr.

The award was presented by Wrestling Ireland host Nick Campbell and in addition the sum of £155 was also raised via a raffle at a live event as part of the Portaferry Gala Festival for Mr. Beck's charity organisation, the RAMS Therapy Centre (Race Against Multiple Sclerosis) which he has operated since 1987.

Billy Joe is still in possession of the Middleweight Title of Ireland, and at the presentation was a total gentleman, full of great stories and has kept many priceless momentos of his wrestling career.

With further names set to be honoured, The Wrestling Ireland would like to invite any old Irish pros or indeed anyone with any info on past Irish wrestlers to please feel encouraged to get in touch as they would love to try & organise something special like a reunion event on Irish soil.

The Reunion send our congratulations to Billy Joe on receiving the above accolade which is well deserved for his many years dedication to the wrestling industry.
(Billy Joe Beck and Nick Campbell)

Adrian and Linda Street pay visit to the WWE UK Performance Centre

(Adrian and Linda meet friends old and new at the WWE UK Performance Centre)
After more than six decades involved in the wrestling industry and known the World over Adrian Street and Miss Linda have more than earned the right to be called legends of the wrestling business.

As we have previously reported Adrian and Linda moved back to Wales last year and are now firmly settled back in their homeland.  Adrian of course had his final bout (well for now anyway) a few years ago but despite not actively stepping into the ring and opposing all comers he and Linda are still very much involved in the wrestling business around the World.

Last week Adrian and Linda were invited to attend the WWE UK Performance Centre based in Enfield to see the latest generation of wrestler undergoing rigourous training session.  Opened in January this year the center is 17,000 square feet and includes 2 rings and is being used to train potential future professional wrestlers from across the globe.

Ever eager to get involved Adrian, whilst visiting, took the opportunity to teach some of trainees some of the wrestling holds that he himself mastered over his successful career.  Speaking after his visit Adrian made the following statement:-

'I have been in and around pro wrestling for almost six and a half decades - I thought I had seen it all and then some. BUT - I was not prepared for the WWE training camp - their attention to detail, their choice of trainers, Steven Regal, Dave Taylor, Johnny Saint, and more is mind boggling. Their patience and dedication is remarkable. Then the trainees - Dedicated - hard working and determined to succeed - they will live their dream!!! - I am so excited to witness their rise to become the super wrestling stars of the new golden age of the WWE UK Pro Wrestling'

It is apparent that Adrian and Linda more than enjoyed their visit to Enfield and as well as seeing the new facilities it gave them the opportunity to meet up with old friends such as Johnny Saint, Steven/William Regal and Dave Taylor. 

We are sure that it will not be long before Adrian and Linda make a return visit and we wish all the trainees and the WWE the very best of luck with this venture.

(Adrian showing a young trainee that he still has what it takes in the ring)

Fighting Spirit Magazine to cease publication

The British Wrestlers Reunion are saddened to learn that the professional wrestling and mixed martial arts magazine Fighting Spirit Magazine (FSM) is set to cease publication after 13 years.

The publication launched its first issue on the 13th 2006 and is currently the UK's largest professional wrestling magazine where it is available in both print and digital formats.

Over the years the magazine has kept up todate with the wrestling industry around the World and for a period of time had a monthly feature in which they looked back on many of the greats from the golden years of British Professional Wrestling.

Sadly with the internet and in particular social media becoming more and more popular it is very hard for any printed magazine to compete and keep a readership that makes it viable to continue to go to print each and every month.

With Powerslam Magazine ending their printed run a few years ago and now FSM it looks like the professional wrestling magazine has finally had its day here in the UK, a sad time but a sign of the times.

Adrian & Linda Street meet Wayne and Sarah Bridges

(Adrian and Linda Street meet up with Wayne and Sarah Bridges)
There are those names in the professional wrestling industry that are known by wrestlers and fans the World over and at the Welsh Bodybuilding Show in Newport on Saturday 29th June two such legendary grapplers met up after not seeing each other for many years.

Wrestling Royalty, The Exotic One Adrian Street and Miss Linda met up with their great friends Wayne and Sarah Bridges to remember the great times passed when both Adrian and Wayne were topping the bill up and down the UK. 

Adrian as always was accompanied by Miss Linda who has been at his side in and out of the ring for decades and Wayne was joined by his wife Sarah who herself is one of the highest ranking officials in the bodybuilding industry today as well as running her own shows.

A great time was had by all and we are pleased to see that they are all looking so fit and well.  We are hoping that now Adrian and Linda are back in the UK we will be seeing more of them socially in the coming weeks and months.

The late Drew McDonald receives Scottish Award

(Left to right:  Bradley Craig, Monika Markwart, Debbie McDonald and Provost Dennis Melloy.

One of the most famous wrestlers to come out of Scotland,Drew McDonald,has been formally inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame for Scotland at a ceremony in the Fair City.

Drew, who died after a battle with cancer in 2015, was represented at Monday’s induction by daughter Debbie and life partner Monika Markwart.

Drew becomes the fifth member of the Scottish Hall of Fame, joining George Kidd, Andy Robin, Frank ‘Chic’ Cullen and Bill Ross.

Wrestling historian Bradley Craig said: “His many contributions to the professional wrestling industry have left an enduring legacy.”

After serving with the Scots Guards, Drew helped a friend organise a professional wrestling show to raise money for a local school.  In the weeks leading up the event, one of the scheduled performers suffered an injury and a replacement needed to be front. He was given a two-week crash course before making his debut in a bout with the feared Wild Angus. After wowing the crowds, Charles Shaw decided to adopt a new persona and Drew McDonald was born

Over the next four years, he continued to wrestle on the local circuit, before signing up to Joint Promotions, the organisation that would thrust him into the spotlight. His first televised battle, against Irish grappler Jack ‘Flash’ Shirlow was broadcast on ITV’s World of Sport on April 28, 1984. A few weeks later he teamed up with legendary Big Daddy to defeat Giant Haystacks and Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay.

Drew went on to wrestle on the international stage with bouts in Germany, India and South Africa.

A master of reinvention, he performed as The Ultimate Chippendale and – his most famous persona – the Highander from Hell.

Mr Craig said: “Despite a decline in popularity of British wrestling in the 1990s, Drew was one of the key figures who created the foundations for an eventual domestic resurgence of the industry. “Alongside Jeff Kaye, he established a gym to scout talent and train the next generation of wrestling stars.”

Drew became the Scottish Heavyweight Champion, secured two versions of the British Heavyweight Championship between 2001 and 2006 and teamed up with Ulf Herman to win the FWA Tag Team Championship in 2002.

After winning two major European tournaments, McDonald quietly retired from active competition in 2012.

This is a great honour for Drew to receive and we at the Reunion feel that it is truly deserved.

WWE to move tv shows to BT Sport after a 30 year association with Sky TV ends.

BT Sport have secured the WWE TV rights with an incredible multi-year deal and will start broadcasting shows in January 2020.

Sky TV have held the UK broadcasting rights for the world's largest wrestling company for over  30 years and this will come as a huge blow to them after losing other major sporting events to their rivals in recent years. 

BT Sport will now exclusively broadcast Raw and SmackDown live every week as well as WWE's monthly pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania which will be available for fans to purchase on box office.

Senior Vice President of WWE, Stefan Kastenmuller, said: "We are pleased to begin an exciting new chapter for WWE in the region as we join BT Sport's innovative offering and impressive portfoloio of premium sports content."

Andy Haworth, Managing Director Content and Strategy at BT Sport, added: "We are incredibly excited by our new partnership with WWE.

It is the most successful sports entertainment brand in the world, with a rich, fun and colourful history, loved by fans across the UK and Ireland.

"This is a brilliant addition for our customers and we can't wait to get going in January."

Time will now tell if fans will stick with the WWE and move with them to BT Sport which could, in some cases, mean an additional subscription per month for the BT Sport Channels or whether they will now change their allegiance to the newly formed AEW which is taking the World by storm and which will be broadcast on ITV4 from later this year.  Whatever the outcome it could be exciting times ahead for televised wrestling in the UK.

Scott Elvis entertains the Chelsea Pensioners

(Scott Elvis with BGT winner Colin Thackery)

As previously announced, at this years British Wrestlers Reunion being held on Sunday 11th August the entertainment will be by the UKs leading Elvis tribute act, Scott Elvis.

Scott is returning to the Reunion after wowing us all at our 25th anniversary event 3 years ago and will be performing many of Elvis' greatest hits for us all to enjoy.

On Thursday 6th June Scott attended at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea where he, along with others, entertained the Chelsea Pensioners as they remembered D Day.

A special treat for Scott was meeting up with Chelsea Pensioner and Britains Got Talent winner Colin Thackery.

A great occasion for Scott, the Chelsea Pensioners and all in attendance to mark such a poignant day in our countries history.

We look forward to welcoming Scott back to the Reunion and you never know he might bring his new friend with him.

Finlays receive top award from The Wrestling Ireland

(Dave Finlay Snr and Wendy Finlay receive their Awards from The Wrestling Ireland)
On Saturday 18th May 2019 in Banbridge, Co. Down, Irish wrestling's most famous family, The Finlay family, were honoured by The Wrestling Ireland in recognition of their contribution to Irish wrestling.

Former wrestler/promoter & patriarch of the family, Dave Finlay Senior & his daughter Wendy Finlay, one of the original female referees in wrestling in Ireland, were presented with commemorative plaques recognising their lasting legacy in Irish wrestling.

Thanks go to Irish wrestling's only active female referee Hayley Stewart, who presented Wendy with her commemorative plaque and flowers during the live event, as well as wrestler Young Lion who helped arrange the ceremony.  Also pictured below with Dave & Wendy are The Wrestling Ireland's assistant manager Nick Campbell, as well as Irish Wrestling Champion Cambo Cray.

Dave & Wendy are just lovely people, a great experience for all who got to speak to them & spend some time with them, and  the first two in what The Wrestling Ireland hope to make a regular recognising of those who have become icons of the Irish wrestling scene.

The British Wrestlers Reunion send our congratulations to Dave Snr and Wendy on their awards which are well and truly deserved for the many years of dedicated service they have shown to the wrestling industry.

The Reunion remember Mick McManus on the anniversary of his death

The British Wrestlers Reunion together with wrestlers and fans around the World remember the biggest legend of them all in Mick McManus who sadly passed away on the 22nd May 2013.

Mick is still fondly remembered by everyone and is still missed to this very day by us all, the man they loved to hate but in reality he was loved by millions.

A huge star, a great wrestler and a fantastic ambassador for the wrestling business,

Mick has left a legacy that will never be forgotten. Mick had and did it all.

Our thoughts are with Micks family today as they remember him.

Micks Hall of Fame entry and full length obituary can be read in the relevant sections right here on our website.

Brian Dixon returns to work following ill health

The British Wrestlers Reunion are very pleased to receive word that All Star Promotions MD Brian Dixon has returned to the office today after a 7 week break following a very serious operation.

He is now fighting fit and completing arrangements for shows for the rest of the year and in full swing for his 50 years of promoting next year which will see a grand Golden Jubilee Tour throughout the UK

Mighty John Quinn passes away following stroke

The British Wrestlers Reunion are deeply saddened to hear news via All Star Wrestling that the Mighty John Quinn has passed away following a stroke.

John was a hugely popular star around the World even if he did receive the boos on more occasions that not.  John has some great rivalries in the UK with the likes of Big Daddy, Wayne Bridges and Tony St Clair and was known around the World where he won many championships.

John will be sadly missed by all who knew him and we of course send our condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.

John will be added to the Dressing Room in the Sky on the Reunion website and his an obituary will be added in due course.

Rory Campbell jailed

A former professional wrestler who used his chip van to lure victims has been jailed for 12 years for a string of rapes.

William Turner – who grappled with ring legends Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy in the 1980s targeted vulnerable victims across East Lothian.

The ex-undertaker raped three women during a lengthy campaign of terror which was described as “disturbing and grave” by a judge.

One woman  targeted by the monster when she was a schoolgirl  said Turner offered teenagers work in his van touring East Lothian villages 
before turning on them. She fears Turner, now 63, he may have struck many more times and has urged any other victims to come forward. She told the Evening News that Turner abused her in Whitecraig when she was just 14 and believes he preyed on up to 30 victims. The woman said: “There’s lots still out there  all the girls I grew up with. He used to offer them part-time jobs in his chip van.

William Turner who has been convicted of rape used to wrestle under the name, 'Rory Campbell,  “He used to fly to Gambia ten times a year to sleep with under-age Gambian girls.” She added: “He was a very abusive man.” Turner carried out the attacks between 1980 and 2001 across East Lothian with one traumatised victim suffering almost weekly assaults.

Turner denied the charges against him but was found guilty following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh of six charges including rape and lewd and libidinous behaviour. . He returned to the High Court in Glasgow to face trial judge Lord Armstrong and was slapped with a 12-year stretch behind bars.

Jailing Turner, the judge told him: “I note that you continue to take no responsibility and lack any insight into the crimes on the women concerned.” The judge said one victim still feels the “continued and devastating effect” of her ordeal.

A woman in court shouted “yes” as Turner was led handcuffed to the cells. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

The court heard That Turner, of Whitecraig, was previously employed as an undertaker. He had also been in the merchant navy and used to run a fish and chip van. Drew McKenzie, defending, said Turner continued to have the support of his wife – who is 34 years his junior

(Above Report courtesy of Edinburgh Evening News)

Zoltan Boscik sends best wishes as he celebrates his 80th birthday

Zoltan Boscik seen here with his wife Suzanne is celebrating his 80th birthday and sends his best wishes to all of his former colleagues and fans in the UK.

Zoltan was without any doubt one of the great lightweight wrestlers to step through the ropes, a master mat technician Zoltan very often opposed many of the great lightweights of the time from George Kidd, Johnny Saint, Jim Breaks and Steve Grey to name but a few. 

Zoltan had his first wrestling encounter in 1954 when he joined the amateur ranks where he had a modicum of success,  However, on arriving in England Zoltan focussed solely on becoming a professional wrestler and was soon competing on a regular basis up and down the UK.  Initially Zoltan was wrestling for independent promoters under the name of Zoltan Zimmerman but his ring skills were soon being noticed by the promoters at Joint Promotions and soon Zoltan had not only a change of employer but a change of name as well.

On the 25th May 1963 Zoltan was given his first taste of national exposure when he wrestled Cyanide Sid Cooper from Wembley in the annual F A Cup Final Day wrestling show.  Although Zoltan lost the bout by two falls to one it was a great learning curve for him and Zoltan went on to regularly appear on the itv wrestling shows up until it was removed from the television screens in 1988.

On the 18th June 1969 Zoltan was given the opportunity to wrestle for the British Lightweight Championship in a match held at Sheffield against the then Champion Jim Breaks.  As expected this was a hard fought contest with both men more than capable of winning the bout.  However, Zoltan was triumphant and won the title and belt.   Zoltan held the title for twelve months before losing it in June 1970 to Jon Cortez but regained it from Cortez a month later.   Zoltan would then hold the title until the 12th May 1971 when he was to lose it to Johnny Saint in a bout held again in Sheffield. This was to be the final time Zoltan was to hold this championship.

Today, despite suffering from alzheimers, Zoltan remains in very good spirits and is enjoying his retirement.

(We would like to thank Johnny Kidd for the photo, it is very much appreciated)
(Zoltan in action against Jim Breaks)

Bobby Bold Eagle contacts Reunion from his home in the USA

(Bobby Bold Eagle looking well in 2019)
The British Wrestlers Reunion were pleased to hear from American wrestler Bobby Bold Eagle who toured the UK in the 1980s.  He came to national attention on television, where he partnered Big Daddy to overcome Wild Angus and Bull Pratt.  Other television opponents were Pete Lapaque and Mark Rocco.   Bobbys most remembered bout was at none other than the Royal Albert Hall where he took on the one and only Mick McManus.

Bobby travelled the globe and wrestled for many of the top promotions the World had to offer taking on some of the biggest names in the industry during his illustrious career.

Bobby sends his best wishes to his former colleagues and fans throughout the UK and has told us that he thoroughly enjoyed his time here.

As you can see from the photo, Bobby is still in good shape and remains in good health.

Bobby has told us that he attends an event in the UK in August and would be honoured to attend the Reunion where he can meet up with everyone. We of course very much look forward to welcoming Bobby and honouring him accordingly.
(Bobby Bold Eagle as grapple fans will remember him)

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