Dear Friends, any info regarding that title would be highly apprciated. Thanks in advance to everyone. Kind regards, R
The prices for 1973 seem cheap. I would have thought that they would have gone up more than that from the 1950's.
Bloomin' 'eck Bernard. I'm at an age when everything seems to cost at least twice as much as I think they should and here you are saying the prices are cheap. I've just found a Preston advert for 1972, main event Streiger v Two Rivers, and ringside seats were 55p. I probably grumbled at the time, and never sat ringside.
This Wryton tournament has been mentioned before. I have to admit that watching the wrestling at the time I never heard of it. The bill above were big names. An earlier example I saw sounded like a promoter trying to give a bit of umph to an underwhelming show.
So, how significant was this Wryton tournament?
Dear Hack, thanks for your feedback, appreciate. The Annual Wryton Tourney was the oldest title that organization ran, they started it right after the war. In 1946/47 season there already was The Wryton Tourney. Lasted throughout all late 40's 50s, 60s and early 70s. Basically over 3 decades, for any pro-wrestling title its a very very long time. Usually promotions unless they are huge nation-wide organizations don't live that long. I am not sure but there's a chance that 1973 was the last their official title. Looks like there were some changes in 74 but I need to collect more info and need help of people who remember it on TV or may be even were present at some of those tourney matches. It usually was 2 semis and then the final. All matches at Bolton I am assuming, but again that needs to be also double checked.
I didn't attend this tournament but I do recall it taking place and, if my memory serves me correctly, Martinelli won beating first Royal and then Pallo.
This one is from Ron's Collection Oct 30th, 1959.
and finally the one that was posted few months ago.
According my info the final match of the 1972 Wryton Belt was a draw between Rocco and Jones. There was NO winner that year.
Ruslan's research is first class. He's demonstrated the tournament took place as early as 1946 and as late as 1973. But I'm still not convinced it was a title of any significance, most likely an attempt to jazz up a pretty ordinary bill (though that 1973 one is class). Rocco and Jones were not big names in 1972, they were novices. I need someone who was there at the time to tell me this tournament had any significance. I don't recall ever seeing it mentioned.
Dear Hack, yes I see your point and I agree with you, I was thinking about the importance or significance of Wryton Title as well. Some people would prefer calling it "regional" title. That's what we would call it in States...meaning local promotion's championship. An it probably is applicable in this case. It wasn't billed as British, or English, or Commonwealth, or Empire etc. title, it was called Wryton Title. An yes it was the most historical title that promotion had since it was their very first official title, they introduced it right after the war. I am not sure when exactly Wryton Promotions was established, I have newspaper clippings dated 1945 which refer to them.
Hack, I wonder how big is the chance that Ernie Riley won the 1959 Trophy? I am referring to the bill discovered by Ron Historyo.
I would love to build the lineage of the Wryton Trophy Holders, not sure if it's even possible (almost 3 decades of champions). But you always hope for the best.
That 1959 line up is a strong one. The difficulty with building the lineage Ruslan is that there are no official records of wrestling in Britain and newspapers only rarely covered the tournaments. A good challenge though.
Great info as always Ron, thanks yes I saw it on BNA they practiced team matches...the earliest is dated back to 1946...for Wryton Gold Belt. Jack&Harry Pyes v Man Mountain Benny&Jimmy Hussey. I wonder which team won that belt...
I do realize that to build the whole entire lineage is probably impossible...BUT I am sure we still have good chances to figure names of many wrestler who held the trophy in the past. I am asking for help all the members of Heritage who consider themselves experts on the Best Wryton Promotions.
Notably the 1946 event wasn't even in Bolton...New Brighton Tower.
Dear Friends there is a good chance that Keith Martinelli was the LAST holder of the Wryton Belt looks like title was retired after his victory. Wryton Promotions existed for 10 more years...but there was NO such a title as The Annual Wryton Belt anymore.
I rembeabout 73 the old pay kiosk at wryton under the shelf were two belt boxes one empty othr contained very elaborate decorated belt i really wished id checked it out.but i was preoccupied every sunday morning
was it this belt?
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Cant swear to it Ruslan but it was very similar if not this belt.
Thanks so much for your reply, appreciate, could you please share any memories you have related to that annual trophy tourney. You were there when Martinelli won it? Were you present at the 1972 finals as well Jones v Rocco? Do you remember any other champions from the late 60's early 70's who held that belt? Thanks. R
Ruslan sorry wasnt on either bill,only saw belt accidently on a.sunday training session.incidently in the sixties and before as Bernard will confirm titles belts trophys meant something prior to crabtrees flowers and the same generic trophy renamed for every leisure centre.
Thanks for sharing this valuable info appreciate, yes Wryton Belt has a great history. I have this title established right after the WWII, my record shows famous Martin Conroy being the victor in 1947. I am trying to find out who else were belt holders. I have a huge gap in time. 1947...and then 1973. Interesting how you said that trophy was in the box...they called it - The Middleweight Belt, I am assuming "old system" 12st weight limit. Do you remember if the belt was engraved at all, names of wrestlers, may be at least name of the title it was symbolic of?
Dear bkendo1 I have sent you the private message via Heritage, I can be also contacted by the regular emails. Please contact Hack, he would be happy to share with you my email address. Thanks for all your input on this matter, my appreciation.