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Updated on January 27, 2009

British Wrestling - Still The Best in the World?

British Wrestling. In its most open form it simply means wrestling taking place in the UK. But to many it stands for a style best remembered from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s where everything stopped on Saturday afternoons to watch 'the wrestling'.

The photo shows James Tighe, an excellent modern technical British wrestler. The photos on this page all come courtesy of top British Photos collection

This lens remembers both the glory days of British Wrestling and the glitz and glamour of today. Please join in with the debate at the end and ask the question, which was better? Yesterday or today?

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Traditional British Wrestling - The names of yesterday

Back when 'World of Sport' ruled the airwaves, British Wrestlers were household names. Everyone could name the top wrestlers, even if they didn't follow the sport, and would know when and where the regular wrestling visits to the local community took place.

Here are just a few of the top names of yesteryear. See how many you can remember.

  • Kendo Nagasaki
  • Giant Haystacks
  • Big Daddy
  • Mick McManus
  • Jackie Pallo
  • Johnny Saint
  • Les Kellet
  • Bomber Pat Roach
  • Paul Lincoln
  • Dynamite Kid
  • George Kidd
  • Steve Logan
  • Mike Marino

Kendo Nagasaki - Legendary Wrestler of Yesterday

Few wrestlers of yesterday or today hold more intrigue than Kendo Nagasaki. The masked warrior, still plying his trade as in his glory days, holds a captive feel over the audience and his opponents that all wrestlers would long for. Whether blessing the ring with the Ceremony of the Salt, or dismantling his opponents with ease during the contests, Kendo Nagasaki is a clear indication of what the glory age of British Wrestling was all about.

Modern British Wrestling - The names of today

The wrestlers of today and still plying their crafts around the halls and social clubs of the UK. In many ways this shows dedication, as the financial rewards and recognition are just not there in the same way that they were for the warriors of the past.

Here are just a few of the top names of today. How do they rate and what potential do they have?

  • Anarchist Doug Williams
  • Wonderkid Jonny Storm
  • Pac
  • Phoenix Jodie Fleisch
  • Dave Moralez
  • Spud
  • Zack Sabre Jr
  • James Tighe
  • Martin Stone
  • Nick Aldis
  • Robbie Brookside
  • Stixx
  • Phil Bedwell

Dave Moralez - Renowned Wrestler of Today

Dave Moralez, shown here dominating former WWE star Eugene, is often seen in main events all around the country, and is a true example of what training and dedication can bring to the modern British Wrestling scene. Having both an aura of respect around him and a physically imposing presence he is a true example of where the sport of professional wrestling could be heading.

Yesterday or Today? - How do the wrestlers of yesterday compare with the wrestlers of today?

The world of wrestling has changed dramatically in recent years. The high intensity style of the WWE means that very few British Wrestlers enter looking to learn the traditional British craft. The more Americanised style may lose some viewers, but it can also produce some incredibly gifted British wrestlers.

This is your chance to say, which era produced the best British Wrestling?

The old 'World of Sport' era of (roughly) the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s?

Or, the modern era of today?

Which era truly means British Wrestlng to you?

British Wrestling of Yesterday

British Wrestling of Yesterday

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      60's and 70's

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i say the 1970s every saturday night up the victoria hall hanley great nights out

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The old world of sport wrestling big Bruno elrington was in my opinion the best wrestler ever on world of sport.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Old word of sport wrestling Bruno elrington in my opinion was the greatest ever

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      How can you compare the Rubbish of 2 day with the Masters of the arts of yesterday, Kidd Kelit Joyce Palo Royals McManis and all the wonderful displays of the light weighs what riveting enertainment

      after a weeks work send the Kids 2 the pictures send the old Girl

      shopping relax with a couple of beers a packet of fags it was heaven

      who could ask 4 more.

      Now they shout and pout, all they are now are big Girls play 2 the crowds arguing and prancing around. sorry its not 4 us old timers

      I understand its showman ship but over played the pleasure has

      gone, but its a great but We can see 60s 70s 80s on free view thanks. and you can rerun as many times as they like We never moan.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      bring back world of sport type wrestling !

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Nobody, then or now, comes close to George Kidd. Many WoS learned their moves from him, but none could match him. It was a joy to watch him humiliate McManus and his ilk

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      1965 -1990

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      todays wrestlers would not last 5 mins with the likes of rocco mcmanus kendo or quinnppppen

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      The Old World Of Sport. At least this style of Wrestling was well done and looked real, not like todays Wrestling which to me is nothing but a load of rubbish.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      the old world of sport

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i say the British wrestling of yesteryear was more well known than the of the British wrestling of today not many quote "wrestling marks" know of the ones of today

    British Wrestling of Today

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Two words. 'Big Daddy'. What the Sex Pistols were to punk, Shirley Crabtree was to British Wrestling, to whit the only thing remembered by most but in truth the death knell. Although strong in his youth he was later almost solely responsible for the misconception that wrestling was about fat sweaty men pretending (unconvincingly) to hit each other. The formula - he won without really being any good at wrestling - was tiresome. Sound familiar - yes Cena I mean you.

        And god it was slow. Three rounds, best of three falls, you have received your first public warning.

        However whilst the American style changed the game, it seems to be losing its way a bit, every match has to have acrobatics, look where that got Sid Vicious (the wrestler not the punk). Still a few years ago in one WWE PPV almost every match featured someone getting their head cut open, and it got through that.

        However I would say modern wrestling - it is fast paced and exciting, heyday Brit wrestling was slow and sweaty. And look at top british performers in the WWE now, Regal, Ryan, Sheamus, MacIntyre, Barrett, any one of them would do for Giant Haystacks and slap McManus for afters.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Visit grand pro wrestling for modern day stuff

        or for show info

      • anonymous 7 years ago

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        wrestling 2day is great we have great wrestlers , dave moralezis great he trains me and is wiked

      • anonymous 8 years ago

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