Most memories of Jim Moser refer to Jumping Jim Moser. "A smooth as silk grafter in the ring and a lovely funny guy out of it," according to colleague Paul Mitchell. The nickname Jumping Jim was suited as few could deliver a two footed flyer like Jim.
Our earliest memories are of Prince Moser, an equally apt nickname for a majestic light heavyweight who emerged onto the British scene around 1960. Tall, lean and muscular he developed his magnificent physique at Bill Parkinson's gymnasium. The pro wrestling teaching came from Grant Foderingham, the Black Panther. West Indian born Roney Smith was a proficient cyclist and weight lifter before he came to Britain. Spotted wrestling as an amateur he was encouraged to take up wrestling by the old pro Jack Atherton. Roney Smith became Jim Moser, wrestling, and losing to, Cyril Morris in his professional debut.
Colin Joynson, Johnny Eagles and Abe Ginsberg were amongst those earliest opponents. It was in those early sixties that he befriended a young teenager by the name of Johnny Kincaid. From that first meeting when Johnny carried Jim's bag of gear he became an influential friend of the young Kincaid.
We can trace Jim Moser working with Joint Promotions, and increasingly big names, until 1964, when he was tempted to the opposition promoters by Paul Lincoln.
We personally discovered the delights of Jim Moser the following year, an all action bout in which he outclassed the huge Klondyke Bill before going down in inevitable defeat. We saw him again soon afterwards when Jim and Johnny Kincaid were in a tag match at Preston defeated by Dominic and Casey Pye. Kincaid was a novice at the time and no doubt carefully cared for by his more experienced friend.
During 1964 and 1965 Jim was one of the important players that enabled Paul Lincoln to challenge the might of Joint Promotions, working regularly for the Australian promoter against the likes of Angus Campbell, Dr Death, Dave Larsen and Mike Marino.
With Paul Lincoln joining the Joint Promotion organisation in 1966 Jim returned to the larger promotional group. In that same year making his televised debut, an unfortunate loss against Roy St Clair ending with Jim tangled and dangling from the twisted ropes. That was the first of more than twenty televised contests listed by www.itvwrestling.co.uk, opponents including Mike Marino, Steve Veidor and Tibor Szakacs.
For thirty years Jim Moser was a name known to wrestling fans not just in this country but throughout the many countries of the world in which he wrestled. Not one one of the greatest names in wrestling, but one of the names that made wrestling great. Indeed his travelling exploits were rivalled by few and had he limited his travels Jim may well have found greater recognition in Britain.
Final words to another colleague and friend, Eddie Rose: "Having worked with him and travelled with him I found him a very amusing man with so many stories to tell. I picked him up at Handforth (along with Ian Wilson) to travel to a show in Birmingham. He started a long story that had not finished an hour and a half later in Brum. We all wrestled and got back in the car: 'As I was telling you, about this dwarf......' and on he went without pause for another hour and a half.Jim had so many stories, most of which we could not repeat on this site! But an entertaining guy and a truly polished, athletic wrestler...and a good friend."
After wrestling Jumping Jim was landlord of two Manchester pubs, The Northumberland and Caught on the Hop, both now closed.
Jim Moser died in November, 2016, aged 82 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in August 2017.