The British Wrestlers Reunion are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of female wrestling star Julia Prayter,
Julia will be much missed and we send our condolences to her family and friends at this sad time.
Julia has been added to the Dressing Room in the Sky and will be remembered with all those others who have passed away over the last 12 months at this years Reunion.
The British Wrestlers Reunion are deeply saddened to announce that long term wrestling fan and friend Rabbi Neil Kraft passed away on the 26th March, a victim of the Coronavirus.
Neil, who was 69 attended many wrestling events with his son Oscar and is seen here with LDN Promoter Sanjay Bagga.
Neil was well known by many of the wrestlers around the UK and loved nothing more than attending wrestling shows in and around his hometown. He flew to America and officiated at the wedding of former champion Tex Benedict,
We send our sincere condolences to Neils family and friends at this sad time.
Please keep safe and healthy and follow guidelines so that we are able to beat this pandemic and get back to normality as soon as possible.
As you know British Wrestling DVDs permanently closed at the end of January and that was something its owner Carl Stewart hadn't planned to go back on. However, with him being currently unable to work in his career as a hypnotherapist he needs to make ends meet.,
As a result of this he will once again be offering MP4 downloads of all the titles on the website via Google Drive, for the foreseeable future. These will be priced at £1.50 each.
British Wrestling DVDs will no longer be selling footage on DVD but will still be offering footage on hard drives in addition to the aforementioned downloads.
Please just let Carl know if you would like to place any download or hard drive orders and he will be happy to help.
Full details of bouts available can be found on their website: www.britishwrestlingdvds.vze.com/
As the Coronavirus continues to take hold around the World the British Wrestlers Reunion hope that wrestlers, fans and all of our supporters remain healthy and stay safe.
With many of us now in lockdown or unable to live our normal life our thoughts and prayers go to those who have lost loved ones or who are suffering from this awful pandemic.
We can only hope that by following guidelines we can eradicate the Coronavirus as soon as possible and get back to normality.
Please look after yourselves and your family and friends during these very tough times for us all.
Following on from the sad passing of Wayne Bridges the British Wrestlers Reunion continue to receive enquiries relating to his funeral.
Due to the Coronavirus you will appreciate that everything around the UK has been put on hold. Therefore, Bills funeral date has not yet been confirmed and as limits have been put on any sort of gathering the funeral may have to be family only if restrictions are not lifted during the next month or so.
Obviously we all wish to pay our respects to Bill and if we are unable to do this at his funeral then we will do so at the Reunion in August.
We will of course keep you all updated as and when any further news is available.
The British Wrestlers Reunion have been asked to advise everyone that changes have been made to the funeral of the late Joey Scarlo which is due to take place on Friday 27th March.
Initially, the Scarlo family had stated that all were welcome to attend the funeral to pay their respects to Joey. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus they have now been limited to 30 mourners only and therefore the funeral will now be family only.
The Scarlo family have expressed their sorrow that Joeys friends and colleagues will not be able to attend his funeral but this is beyond their control and they hope everyone will understand the decision that has been made.
As the Coronavirus continues to take hold around the World we are seeing events cancelled, people told to self isolate and with no end in sight these are very uncertain times for all of us.
We, along with everyone else, must ensure that the health of the wrestlers and fans who attend the Reunion are our main priority. This goes for other Reunions as well and in view of this and the current situation the following statement has been made by the Blackpool Reunion:-
The Committee of the Blackpool Wrestlers' Reunion have been closely monitoring the situation of the Covid-19 virus and the resulting travel restrictions. After careful consideration we have decided to postpone the five year anniversary Wrestlers Reunion, originally scheduled in May, until further notice.
We are deeply grateful for the patience and support of all our guests. We will share updates immediately when we have further details. We look forward to welcoming you.
The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our very best wishes to Basil 'Romany' Riley'who is seen here with the St Clair brothers at the Reunion.
Basil is currently recovering in St Thomas Hospital after being seriously ill which at one point saw him placed onto a life support machine.
Thankfully Basil won the battle and is now recovering.
We wish Basil and his family all the very best and hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.
(Basil seen here with fellow legend Steve Viedor)
Over the last few days we have received a number of emails and telephone calls from wrestlers and fans asking about not only this years Reunion but the future of the Reunion following on from the sad passing of Wayne Bridges on the 8th March. In response to all queries and to clarify the matter we can now advise as follows:-
It was the express wish of Wayne Bridges that the Reunion continue for as many years as possible and therefore as a result of this the Reunion due to be held on Sunday 9th August will go ahead as planned and future Reunions will continue to be held on the second Sunday of August for the foreseeable future. This has the full backing of Sarah Bridges and the Reunion will continue to take place at The Bridges this year as it has been for the last 24 years.
This years Reunion will be held in tribute and in memory of Wayne Bridges and we invite wrestlers and fans from around the World to join us to remember the life of not only a great champion in the ring but a man who for 25 years ensured that the Reunion thrived and that its popularity never dwindled.
Whilst we are committed to this years Reunion taking place we are also mindful of the effect that the Coronavirus is having on events across the UK and indeed the World and of course we will monitor this situation over the coming months.
All being well we look forward to seeing everyone on the 9th August for another memorable occasion and we thank you all for your continued support.
The British Wrestlers Reunion are delighted to hear the news that Davey Boy Smith, the British Bulldog will finally be inducted into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame.
As many will know an online Petition was started in 2013 to get Davey Boy Smith inducted and over 26,000 signed the Petition. The Daily Star newspaper also petitioned the WWE over the last few years and finally all the hard work has paid off.
Davey Boy will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on the 2nd April 2020 from the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, as part of WrestleMania 36 week. He will join Batista, nWo members Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Sean Waltman, The Bella Twins and JBL in the Class of 2020.
A great honour for Davey Boys family and for British wrestling as a whole and one that is long overdue.
(Davey Boy Smith or Young David as he was known as back in 1979 graces the cover of a Dale Martin Programme)
We would on behalf of Sarah Bridges, the Bridges family and the British Wrestlers Reunion like to thank everyone for their kind words and tributes following the very sad passing of Wayne Bridges on the 8th March.
We have received literally 100s of messages of condolence and support from wrestlers and fans from all around the World and these are very comforting to everyone at this very sad time.
We have been asked by many people wishing to know about funeral arrangements so that they can attend and pay their respects to Bill and as soon as a date has been confirmed we will let everyone know.
Thank you once again, it means an awful lot.
Born in the roughest part of Islington, London on July 5th, it was on the cards that WAYNE BRIDGES would end up on the wrong side of the fence, but his obvious love of sport managed to keep him out of the long arms of the law. Bills Father sadly died when he was just 3 years old, leaving him to act as Dad to his younger Sister Esther , plus becoming the breadwinner for his Widowed Mother at an early age. He was an unruly child who hated school, rarely attending his lessons and preferring to run with the local pack, getting into all sorts of mischief, with would be gangsters such as the infamous Naish Brothers with whom he grew up. On one occasion, he set light to the back door of his home for a prank.
However by 9 years old, he was introduced to swimming at the local Hornsey Road Baths where he took everyone by surprise at his prowess in the water. Soon, he was winning competitions and eventually beat everyone in his class. His ability at the crawl was awesome and he became like a fish in the water. By the time that he was in his teens, the young Woodbridge had been chosen to represent his Country many times, culminating by being chosen to swim for the British Team at the Rome Olympics in 1962. Here he was beaten by the Legendary IAN BLACK , during the 100 metres crawl and also his friend and rival DICK CAMPIAN.
Simultaneously, away from the pool, Bill was becoming increasingly interested in Amateur wrestling and having grown into a strapping 6ft 2 inch giant with a Tarzan type body to match, was a natural to do well at this sport also. He regularly trained at the United, the Ashdown, The Loughborough, The YMCA in Edgeware Road, and Police training headquarters at Hendon, with great Champions such as DENNIS MCNAMARA,DON IRVINE,BILL MOSTYN, GEORGE COLEMAN, DENNIS GARVEY, FRANK WARREN and TONY BUCK who has remained a friend to this day. Simultaneously, he honed his great physique at the London gym's in the celebrated company of ARNOLD SWARZENEGGER when he lived here. Title followed Title as the almost invincible grappler with the immense strength tore his way through the top Division, until yet again he was chosen to represent his Country at International level, where he fought for Great Britain over 15 times, travelling to France, Germany and many other Overseas Tournaments, his meteoric rise to fame being assisted by JIMMY BROWN and TERRY BLACKWALL It was at one of these contests at the United Club, that the immortal Legends : MIKE MARINO and JOE CORNELIUS happened to frequent and were immediately struck by the sheer physical presence of this super youngster. They invited him to attend a Professional Show where they were working and Bill became immediately drawn to this new form of wrestling. There followed some training by his hero : MIKE MARINO in the different styles and his amateur days were soon forgotten, when the late great PAUL LINCOLN offered him a job , having his inaugural bout against the same MIKE MARINO, re christened now by Lincoln as WAYNE BRIDGES, the Legend began
Meanwhile, PAUL LINCOLNs Business Empire was in full demand, with the CROMWELLIAN Night Club, 2Is Coffee Bar , Booze cruises and other outlets were flourishing, giving WAYNE BRIDGES a new role as minder and chief Security Officer of the many pop stars who were booked such as SIR TOM JONES, P.J. PROBY and many more. This success, gave him the opportunity to reward his Mothers devotion to his upbringing and he managed to buy the four story house where she had a flat , followed by the house next door., so that she might live in comfort. Erstwhile pop stars like SIR CLIFF RICHARD, HANK MARVIN and THE SHADOWS, MARTY WILDE, JOE BROWN ,BILLY FURY,LONNIE DONNEGAN ,TOMMY STEELE, etc., were all working for Lincoln, erecting the rings in exchange for a spot singing at the 2 is and Bridges cashed in by letting out spare rooms to these would be stars. He soon graduated into pub life by buying his first pub called The Cock? in Deptford, retaining ownership of all three to this day and with the houses being let to the Japanese Embasssy.
Over the next few years, his rise to the top billing spot was phenomenal, working with grapplers that were to become lifelong friends such as JUDO AL HAYES, BOB KIRKWOOD, DON STEADMAN, REBEL RAY HUNTER ,BOB ANTHONY, ZOLTAN BOSCHIK, PAUL LINCOLN ( DOCTOR DEATH), JON CORTEZ,DENNIS DEAN , etc.,and when DALE-MARTINS bought out Lincolns promotions in the mid 60s. he was integrated into the main stream of wrestling in a way that was unprecedented. Once Established and with many TV appearances under his belt the Beau Brummel of wrestling as he was often called, because of his insistence that the wrestling socks were always even , commenced many Foreign Tours, especially into Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada and the USA where his charismatic charm , physique and good looks made him a firm favourite on the circuits. Shoot Legends such as KARL GOTCH and GEORGES GORDIENKO not known for their generosity towards opponents took the youngster under their wing, teaching him many new manoeuvres while on Tour, working for the WWE . Such was his popularity , that the original VINCE McMAHON Snr., invited him to lodge at his home in Connecticutt.
Finally, after many minor titles, WAYNE BRIDGES was given the opportunity to wrestle for the belt and a new Heavyweight Champion of the World was crowned. During his reign as Champion, there were many attempts to lift the strap, with the Title changing back and forwards three times, but his bouts against KENDO NAGASAKI and the great MIGHTY JOHN QUINN were the most legendary and ironically despite the ferocity within the ring, the two have remained friends to this day.
Wayne Bridges was born a gifted athlete and was one of those infuriating people that excels in everything. Standing tall at 6ft plus, dark hair, good looks, a physique to die for, he was destined to become the global super star that he was to become. Everyone who has ever known him, is drawn to his quiet modest charm, and he can number many former opponents as his closest allies. Men such as STEVE VEIDOR, PRINCE KUMALI, JOE CORNELIUS, COLIN JOYNSON ,GORI ED MANGOTITCH,JUDO PETE ROBERTS and dearest pal the late BOMBER PAT ROACH.
He has helped many colleagues into Business ventures of their own and rarely does anyone say anything detrimental about this immensely popular character known as Big Winnie or 'Waynetta', a joke that he absolutely loves in his self deprecating way, modestly referring to his own work in the ring as Lacklustre, which was a phrase used by KENT WALTON during one TV broadcast.
He also played regular soccer for the wrestlers team to raise monies for charity and appeared many times in public to generate funds for spina bifida and other worthy causes with others wrestlers such as TONY 'BANGER' WALSH, BILL BROMLEY, IAN MUIR, SID COOPER, ROBBY BARON, DAVE 'BUTCHER' BOND, JOHNNY KINCAID, MAL SANDERS, LENNIE HURSTand more.
Simultaneously, his athletic frame was in constant demand on movies and TV shows , where he body doubled for old friend SEAN CONNERY in all his JAMES BOND films, plus numerous roles in other productions and TV favourites such as THE GENERATION GAME with SIR BRUCE FORSYTH, and THIS IS YOUR LIFE etc..
Away from the ring, he continued swimming and training on the weights , plus a love of horses and never more than when he was living in the States, where he roamed freely across the cowboy lands on horseback.
Family life was also good for Wayne with his then wife Sheila and two children Dean and Jo Anne. Dean grew up wanting nothing more than to follow in his fathers footsteps turning Professional as soon as his age permitted. His height, and youthful good looks reminiscent of his Dad. He took the name DEAN BRISCO and was soon emulating the success of his world famous Father, taking on all the star names of the day, even appearing on TV against the Bear man : JOHN ELIJAH. Dean often could be seen in the corner for Waynes title defences, and the two appeared together many times as they travelled the same circuits. Everything seemed perfect until the boy became ill when he was just 24 years old, contracting Leukaemia which ravaged his body. He fought the disease with immense courage, but lost the fight in January 1986. He had just turned 25 years old! To make matters worse, the lad had recently settled down with his girlfriend and they were expecting their first child who was to be christened DANIEL but who Dean would never see. The Family were devastated and none more so than Wayne himself.
By the early 90s, he owned and ran a large public House called The Prince of Orange in Greenwich. It was here that he eventually met and fell in love with SARAH BRIDGES, who was working as a barmaid. Around this time, he took on the hosting of the British Wrestlers Reunion after his pal JOE CORNELIUS, emigrated to Cyprus in 1993, a role that he has played ever since.
Sarah meanwhile, started to visit a local gym and took an increasing interest in body-building with Bill eventually becoming her mentor. Her success in that field has been outstanding, winning the Miss Great Britain Title and then conquering the world as the largest woman bodybuilder on the planet, numbering legends like Mr. Universe: LOU FERRIGNO ( Incredible Hilk) and 6 times Mr Olympia :DORIAN YATES as her friends.
The couple decided to settle in Kent and sold the Orange to buy a beautiful bungalow and a nearby pub in Horton Kirby, South Darenth, which they renamed The Bridges.
Of course, weight-training has never been far away from Bills own life, in order to maintain his enormous physique, and he trained daily in the gym, followed by over 40 lengths of the local pool twice weekly , where he still cuts a dash against the youngsters.
Wrestling for so many years and against the giants of the ring, took its toll on his body however and a few years ago, Bridges underwent serious spinal surgery in a double operation, each taking 7 hours, but the nervous system was damaged beyond repair and although the pain factor has been removed, the nerves have never re-grown, leaving the Legend struggling to walk or stand up straight for any length of time.
For all the hardships that he has endured over the last 25 years however, the star remained positive and cheerful , welcoming all his many friends at the Country pub whenever they called, often playing host with Sarah to close wrestling buddies over dinner and convivial evenings of chat and laughter, plus telephoning all his pals on an almost daily basis.
Sadly, on Sunday 8th March 2020 the inevitable happened, Bill Bridges faced a bout he was unable to win, after years as a star and a champion he passed away with Sarah, his sister Esther and his niece Tina at his bedside.
Bill Bridges has left a legacy in wrestling that will never be equalled, a true gentlemen, a champion and an all round top man, he will never be forgotten and he will live on in all our memories through his family and the Reunion. RIP Bill, you will be missed.
(Bill Bridges and Ken Sowden at a recent Reunion)
(Wayne Bridges presents Ken Sowden with one of his cups at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon in 2013)
It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the former Heavyweight Champion of the World : WAYNE BRIDGES has passed away peacefully.
'Big Winnie' or Bill as he was affectionately known, achieved every success in life as a supreme athlete, swimming for England in the Olympics, representing his Country as British Amateur Wrestling Champion, then as a Professional wrestler, becoming three times Heavyweight Champion of the World, followed by appearances in many films including 'The Italian Job' with Michael Caine, 'Shalako' with Brigitte Bardot, and acting as Sean Connery's body double in the James Bond movies plus many more appearances, culminating in being Host of the British Wrestlers Reunion for over 25 years with his lovely wife and bodybuilding Champion :Sarah Bridges and travelling the Country as statistician at many bodybuilding contests.
Sarah, who was in the States working with Arnold Swarzenegger on the Arnie classics last week, got the call to return home urgently which she did spending Bill's last moments at his bedside.
Bill also has a beloved little Sister Esther whom he adored plus his niece Tina Kerry- Anne who were fortunate enough to be at the bedside in time to share some precious last moments .
Away from the glamour, Bill remained modest, unassuming, self effacing, humourus, giving most of his time to young upcoming wrestlers plus always recognising and applauding the abilities of grapplers and other athletes known as carpenters in the Business,who had not been as fortunate as himself.
His last wish was that the Wrestlers Reunion continues as normal and accordingly this year it will be on August the 9th at 'The Bridges' which will be dedicated to his memory.
When the funeral arrangements are complete, we shall post details and Sarah has asked me to say that everyone is very welcome to attend and celebrate the life of this true Champion
Needless to say that Sarah is devastated at this time and we would respectfully ask that we respect her privacy during her initial grieving.
Since the announcement of Bills death was announced we have been in-undated with tributes from wrestlers and fans from around the world, over 200 within a few hours just showing how loved and respected Bill was with everyone.
The British Wrestlers Reunion are delighted to welcome back to the UK Scott Conway who, for many years, has been living and working in Thailand.
Prior to leaving for Thailand Scott literally did it all in the wrestling business and was one of the top promoters in the country at the time.
It didnt take Scott long to get back to business as within a few days of landing back in the UK he was at his first wrestling show and he is seen here with LDN Wrestling Promoter Sanjay Bagga at a show held on the 7th March in Borden.
We look forward to seeing a lot more of Scott around the wrestling halls and wish him well with his future plans.
(Scott Conway seen here with Johnny Kidd on his last visit to the Reunion in 2012)
Following on from the sad news that we reported last month that Joey Scarlo had passed away we can now confirm that his funeral details are as follows:-
The service will be held on Friday 27th March 2020 at 12.30 at Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way,London SE9 2AZ and all are welcome to attend to pay their final respects to Joey.
Everyone is also welcome to attend the wake following the funeral and if you could let Joeys daughter Tina Discipline Peacock know if you are attending so she has some idea on numbers for food etc.
Joey will be much missed and we are sure the wrestling fraternity will turn out in force to bid a fond farewell to him.
(Paige with dad Ricky)
The British Wrestlers Reunion would like to send our very best wishes to WWE star Paige, daughter of wrestling legend Ricky Knight, who was forced to undergo emergency surgery to remove an ovarian cyst on the 4th March.
The surgery was a complete success and Paige has made the following statement via her twitter feed.... I’m fine you guys! No more pain and healthy, just another small speed bump. I’m used to it.
We hope that Paige makes a speedy recovery and is back with the WWE as soon as possible.
Following on from the recent sad news that Frank Robb had passed away his funeral details have now been announced.
The service will be held on Thursday 12'th March 12pm at the crematorium at West Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 2JL.
All are welcome to attend to pay their respects but family flowers only. Donations if desired can be made to Marie Curie Hospice where Frank passed peacefully on 27'th February aged 88.
Following on from the service the wake will be held at Throckley Community Hall, Back Victoria Terrace, Throckley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 9EL for refreshments and a look at some memorabilia from Franks wrestling days.
We are sure that many of the wrestling fraternity will wish to attend to pay their final respects to one of their own.
(Johnny Kidd, James Kenna, Bob Barratt and Lee Bamber)
Legends were out in force in Gosport on Saturday 29th February as a bout for the ages took place as Johnny Kidd once against faced Bob Barratt in a contest which was wrestled over rounds, included public warnings and even had seconds in the corner.
Overseeing proceedings was the UKs number one MC/referee Lee Bamber who was thrilled to officiate this legends bout as well as being MC for the show.
Also seen here is James Kenna who after a successful career in the business had his farewell bout (well for now anyway as wrestlers never actually retire do they ???).
The show was sold out and everyone in attendance enjoyed a night of top class professional wrestling courtesy of SWF Wrestling.
It was one of the most anticipated wrestling events to be held in years and it did not disappoint as An Evening in Conversation with Adrian Street which was held in London on Thursday 27th February has been hailed a huge success with wrestlers and fans travelling from all around the UK to listen to the stories from the man himself as he reminisced about his six decades in the wrestling industry which has taken him all around the World
The audience were in awe as Adrian relived memories from his early beginning in Wales to working for Joint Promotions to his times wrestling many of the greats in the USA and beyond alongside his other achievements from film to music to top selling author, no stone was left un-turned.
This was a great night for not only Adrian Street and Miss Linda fans but also wrestling fans in general and if there was one complaint it was that they it did not last long enough as everyone wanted to hear much much more from this great legend.
The entire event was filmed and it is hoped that it will be available on dvd in the foreseeable future.
Looking back on the success of this event we are sure that Adrian can be persuaded to do another one so that even more fans can hear the legends stories and if this actually happens we will advise you all here.
(Adrian shows that he is still in great shape at 79 years of age)
Legendary wrestler Leather Lena made an emotional return to the ring on Friday 28th February as she paid tribute to her fellow professional and long time friend Viv Martell who passed away in January.
The show promoted by EPW American Wrestling made tribute at their Ellesmere Port show and all those in attendance paid their final respects to one of the all time great female wrestlers.
Gone but never forgotten, RIP Viv Martell
The British Wrestlers Reunion are deeply saddened to report that 1960s welterweight star Frank Robb passed away on Thursday 27th February after illness.
Frank's wrestling career spanned the best part of thirty years ending in the early 1980s. He worked mostly for Joint Promotions but also for independent promoters.
Frank has been added to the Dressing Room in the Sky and will be remembered at the Reunion in August.
The Reunion send our condolences to Franks family and friends at this sad time and may he now rest in peace.
(Paul Bristow MP addresses the crowd at the LDN Wrestling show)
A Tory MP has gone to extraordinary lengths to defend the reputation of his newly won constituency as he took on a pro wrestler who criticised Peterborough.
Paul Bristow won the seat for the Conservatives at the 2019 general election and he took great exception to wrestler Joey Scott's trash talk about the area at a show promoted by LDN Wrestling.
As a result of Mr Scotts comments Paul stepped into the ring on Friday 21st February to take on the 'loud-mouthed bully' - but was swiftly beaten down and forced out of the squared circle. However, Paul got his revenge as he returned to the ring later in the evening to interfere in Scott's match.
Scott, who in 2019 was named Wrestler of the Year by the British Wrestlers Reunion, tried to hit Mr Bristow with a steel chair but the MP ducked and then helped the wrestler's rival, LDN Heavyweight Champion Alan Travis, to secure a pin fall victory as he administered the successful three count.
Even after revenge Mr Bristow has made it clear to LDN Commissioner Ken Sowden and Promoter Sanjay Bagga that he may not be finished with professional wrestling....could a bout be on the cards for this newly elected MP against Scott in either solo or tag team action. LDN Wrestling have confirmed to us that they would be prepared to sanction a bout should Mr Bristow request one and time will tell if this will take place at a later date.
(Joey Scott and MP Paul Bristow)
Saturday 8th February the Mayor and Consort of Bolton were invited to a
surprise presentation event.
Many people will not know the name Jack Holt but he
has been teaching wrestling for over 50 years in the community and the
Mayor and Consort were very pleased to be invited to surprise him at
“work” to present him with his certificate of appreciation.
Jack is seen here with the other dignitaries and we here at the British Wrestlers Reunion send our congratulations to Jack on this great achievement and all he has done over the last 50 years.
Scottish wrestler Drew McIntyre has earned a match at WrestleMania after winning the WWE’s Royal Rumble on the 26th January.
The Ayrshire-born grappler outlasted 29 other men in the famous elimination match to earn a title shot at the company’s biggest event of the year.
Originally from Prestwick, McIntyre worked his way up through various promotions in Scotland and the UK, including Glasgow’s Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW).
Drew joined the WWE in 2007, becoming chairman Vince McMahon’s ‘chosen one’ in 2009 and eventually the Intercontinental Champion.
Such was Drews success back in ICW, and eventually with TNA, he was re-signed to the WWE in 2017 and soon became the then developmental brand NXT’s men’s champion.
He made the move back to Monday Night Raw in 2018 and was tag team champion with Dolph Ziggler.
The 34-year-old is the first Scot to win the Royal Rumble and will now headline the biggest wrestling event in the World, Wrestlemania, in April.
Drew has also been a great supporter of the Scottish Wrestlers Reunion. He was the very first wrestler to be inducted into their Hall of Fame and has sent a personal video message to the event for the last two years.
We congratulate Drew on his win and wish him the best of luck in his heavyweight title shot in April.
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.
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.
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
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
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 www.britishwrestlersreunion.com
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.