WRESTLING HERITAGE

DYNAMITE & DAVEY

THE EXPLOSIVE LIVES OF

THE BRITISH BULLDOGS

British wrestling history has a name - Heritage


Wrestling Heritage celebrates the glorious days of 

British professional wrestling 

between the years 1930 and 1988.

Wrestling Heritage - Preserving Britain's social history

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26 June 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Clive Myers was a slick welterweight who turned pro in 1970 after successful amateur wrestling and weightlifting experience. He took little time exciting the public in any bout he was involved in.

Read our tribute to Clive Myers

26 June 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Cashel is a small town, population around 4,000, in the south of Ireland. It’s famous for the Rock of Cashel, which doesn’t refer to our subject but one of the town’s sights.

Read our tribute to Tiger Jimmy Ryan

23 June, 2022

NEWS

We are saddened to report the death of Brighton's Ray Luxford

Read our tribute to Ray Luxford

19 June 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

In a wrestling career that seemed to fit itself into a relatively short twenty years Tony Cassio certainly crammed a lot into it......

Read our tribute to Tony Cassio

19 June 2022

PLACES

On the road again, Ron Historyo stays somewhere up there.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles to Widnes

19 June 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

One of the young wrestlers coming on to the scene in the late 1970s was Nigel Hanmore from Tonbridge, known in the wrestling ring as Tommy Stewart....

Read our tribute to Tommy Stewart

12 June 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

If only all the new kids on the block had been like Johnny Kidd we would be discussing a very different wrestling heritage.

Read our tribute to Johnny Kidd

12 June 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Britain's greatest wrestling export? That's what some would say. He's certainly made a huge contribution to the prestige of British wrestling.

Read our tribute to Steve Regal


05 June 2022

Those boots just keep on walking. Ron Historyo arrives in Stafford

Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Stafford

05 June 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Who didn't like Blondie Barratt.  OK, just one hand up at the back of the room.

Read our tribute to Blondie Bob Barratt

29 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

In the mysterious world of professional wrestling fans were fed all sorts of biographical nonsense about the exploits and achievements of the men in the ring.....

Read our tribute to John Kowalski


29 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Would it be disrespectful to ask if a wrestler ever won? Well, no, not in the mysterious realm of professional wrestling.....

Read our tribute to Tug Holton

25 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

On the anniversary of his death Wrestling Heritage adds a tribute to Dropkick Johnny Peters.

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22 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

He was maybe Marmite, but Catweazle was one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1970s

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More Recent Additions

26 June

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Anniversaries

02 July 1904
George  Hackenschmidt beat Tom Jenkins at London's Royal Albert Hall 

02 July 1931
Wrestling made its debut in Preston. At an open air show in Farringdon Park Karchinski defeated Strangler Warr in the seventh minute of the third round. Complaints were made from the crowd as they were too far away from the action.

02 July 1932
Heinrich Froehner arrived at Hanworth Aerodrome on board the Graf Zeppelin for a match against Robert Adams, The Black Eagle. 

01 July 2008
Death of Kid Callon

30 June 1923
Birth of Stan Rylands

30 June 1931
Wrestler Little Hackenschmidt was reported to have approached boxing promoter Frank Woodhouse with a view to promoting wrestling at the Highfield Boxing Club, Derby.

30 June 1932
Birth of Jacques Ducrez

30 June 1938
Princess Baba, wife of wrestler Bob Gregory, announced she was expecting a baby.

30 June 1940
Birth of Ray Parkes

30 June 2015
Death of Jack Land

30 June 2019
Death of Sandy Soutar

29 June 1900
Birth of Bob Fife

29 June 1936
In Leicester Jack Sherry beat Reggie Meen in a boxer against wrestler match.

29 June 
Happy Birthday Johnny Saint

28 June 1928
Birth of Dominic Pye

28 June 1951
Birth of Keith Haward

27 June 1931
The Daily Mirror reported Atholl Oakeley remained undefeated in the USA

27 June 
Birth of Dave Bond

27 June 1979
Big Daddy beat John Quinn at the Wembley Arena

27 June 1984
Death of Alan Dennison

27 June 2021
Death of Jackie Robinson

26 June 1950
A tradesman saved the day at Leith’s Eldorado Stadium. As the tournament was about to be abandoned due to a damaged ring he collected his tools from his van and the show was back on within 30 minutes.

22 May 2022

NEW IN PLACES

Ron Historyo is back in town. The town is Tamworth. Read the ramblings then join in the discussion.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Tamworth

15 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

A Prince among Giants. Wrestling Heritage celebrates Prince Kumali.


Read our tribute to Prince Kumali

15 May 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

To us oldies he was always Judo Pete. To the youngsters he was The Super Destroyer. Whatever the name he was one of the best.

Read our tribute to Judo Pete Roberts

08 May

A NEW TRIBUTE

Wrestling Heritage celebrates an evergreen welterweight of the Mount Evans Era, Eddie Capelli.

Read our tribute to Eddie Capelli

08 May

NEW IN PLACES

This man just won't stand still. Ron continues his wrestling rambles across the country and arrives in Spalding.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles - Spalding

01 May

A NEW TRIBUTE
Another masked man. Well quite a few of them actually.

01 May
A NEW TRIBUTE
To us he was one of the new kids on the block. But what a kid. With more like Dave Finlay things could have turned out a great deal differently.

01 May

A NEW TRIBUTE
A masked man who we cheered, and for good reason too, even when the mask came off.

24 April 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Not the most imaginative of names but it was understandable that Kyriakos Anastasiadis opted for a name that would save a bit of time when signing autographs.....

Read our tribute to El Greco

24 April 2022

A NEW TRIBUTE

Louis Pergantes had been wrestling for over ten years when he wrestled in Britain from1936 until 1938, which may well have been the twilight of his career.....

Read our tribute to Louis Pergantes

24 April 2022

NEW IN PLACES

Ron is off to the seaside for a paddle, a bag of chips and memories of the wrestling.

Ron's Wrestling Rambles in Southport

20 April
A NEW TRIBUTE
On the anniversary of his birth we have added a Wrestling Heritage tribute to the Sydenham Cyclone,  Frankie Hughes

MORE ANNIVERSARIES

26 June 2020
Death of Ray Plunkett

25 June 1929

Birth of Alan Dennison

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25 June 1949

Bert Assirati beat Clem Lawrence at Chelmsford in a British heavyweight title match.

25 June 1962

Billy Joyce retained his British heavyweight title against challenger Dai Sullivan in Bradford.

24 June 1931

Birth of Midge Cowan

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24 June 1966

Alan Colbeck defeated Jack Dempsey to win the European welterweight title.

24 June 1967

At Newcastle George Kidd retained the world lightweight title against Julien Morice while Al Miquet kept hold of the British belt against Jim Breaks.

22 June 1927

Birth of Tibor Szakacs

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22 June 1931

First All In show in the midlands at the Palais de Danse, West Bromwich

21 June 1949

Birth of John Mitchell

Read our tribute to the Mitchell family

20 June 1903

Birth of Sam Rabin

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20 June 1931

First All in Wrestling Match in Burnley.

19 June 1935

Birth of Tony Cassio

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19 June 2012

Death of Bernard Murray

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18 June 1887 
Birth of George Frederick William  DeRelwyskow  (Sr)
18 June 1924 
Birth of Masambula
18 June 1979 
London County Council guilty of sex discrimination by banning female wrestling.
18 June 1981 
Wayne Bridges beat Big Jim Harris and Big Daddy ko'd Giant Haystacks at Wembley Arena
14 June 1911 
Birth of Chick Elliott
14 June 1944 
Birth of Vic Faulkner
13 June 1904 
Birth of Padvo Peltonin
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13 June 1982 
Death of Peter Maivia
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12 June 1965 
Billy Robinson beat Bill Joyce at Belle Vue to win the European heavyweight title.
11 June 1934 
Birth of John da Silva
10 June 1902 
Birth of Joe Robinson
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10 June 1973 
Death of Taffy Jones
07 June 1928 
Birth of Randolph Turpin
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05 June 1953
ANNIVERSARY 

Death of Harry Rabin
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05 June 1967 
Death of Chick Knight
04 June 
Happy Birthday Johnny Kincaid

04 June 1989
Death of Mike Demitre

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02 June 1950Birth of Steve Casey (Boston)

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RECENT LOSSES

17 April

NEWS

Ken Sowden reports: Sad news received this morning (17th April) that Tony 'Banger' Walsh passed away peacefully on the 16th April. 

Read our tribute to Banger Walsh

10 March 2022

NEWS

Goodbye to our Father of Wrestling, Giusseppe Augusto Antonio Loreto Mario Scala

Joe D'Orazio

13 February

NEWS

Sad news received of the death of 1960s/70s wrestler Steve Casey from Boston, Lincolnshire.

Read our tribute

08 February

HERITAGE NEWS

The death earlier today of Canadian 1981 visitor Cowboy Rick Hunter.

Read Our Tribute


Shining Stars - the most famous names in wrestling

The Galleries - Where a picture is worth a thousand words

2nd January
GALLERIES

Join The Ost down at the Hackney Empire in his latest Galleries album

Hackney Empire

29th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from Ron Historyo

Garfield's Tours

Rhyl 1950

27th December
GALLERIES

New albums in the Gallery from The Ost

Sutton in Ashfield

Kirby In Ashfield

17th December
GALLERIES
Ron Historyo continues to catalogue wrestling in Leicester in the 1950s and 1960s.

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