I am interested in how many wrestler earned enough to wreslte full tme. I know that Steve Grey had another job in healthcare. Was this the norm for all but the top stars?
I wonder if it affected where people wrestled and why some stayed in one region.
As far as I know, yes it was the norm in the sixties.
I myself had an engineering job.
The majority of wrestlers seemed to have daytime jobs, so yes it was the norm. Many of them managed pubs, which fitted in conveniently with their wrestling commitments, quite a few were schoolteachers, I'm sure others can give specific examples.
Many people in wrestling, worked either on the land or in a garage, but I think that running a pub was probably the top "other" job.
It must have meant a lot of the stars would have wrestled in a relatively small radius from home. I know Rob Brokkside talked of working around the country and not arriving home until 3 or 4 am. Hard to hold down a job on top of that.
i wonder what steve logan's other job moght have been
As Hack has commented, being a publican was one of the most popular jobs going i.e. Rochdale's Denis Keegan.
Another interesting job was being a representative for a company.
P.S. Hack how do you add your profile at the end of a comment? In the old forum you could tick a box to add your profile.
We don't seem to have that feature here. I suggest that members add their status in brackets as part of their user name, as I have now done. Let's give that a try.
am i right in asuming the 2 of you are now on a 5 year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before. this should be fun
In terms of full time wrestlers, I would imagine that Mick McManus, Jackie Pallo, Big Daddy and Kendo would have been full time, I think Steve (William) Regal was full time, once he started working abroad a lot. Dynamite Kid was full time from leaving school until retiring from Wrestling. Adrian Street once his career took off in the 60's.
I a sure Kendo worked a full schedule and was wealthy in his own right. Anyone know if he ran businesses alongside wrestling?
It's been mentioned before that Salford's Billy Graham owned a pet shop. Working on A-Z revisions I have just found that this proved more dangerous than many of the other jobs mentioned. Graham Bawden recalled being told that Billy owned a snake but wondered if it was a wind up. We can confirm that not only was it not a wind up but that in October, 1969, Billy was bitten by the snake, an African puff-adder, at his home in Salford. The snake fell to the floor and bit Billy as he picked it up. Phials of serum were rushed from Chester Zoo to Salford’s Royal Hospital where Billy was being treated.
Thanks for the Info. As you can see below I've just copied my "signature" from an older forum subject.
Not sure what you mean by "part of their user name"
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Hi Phil, How did you do that? Just by copying an pasting? Which would mean you would have to do it every time. Or have you discovered something.
About the user name. The name that appears at the top of the page and on your posts is your user name. At default this is generated from your email address.That might be okay but might be inappropriate. For instance Philip Kenyon might want to be known as Mike Agusta, Philip of Switzerland or anything else that takes your fancy.
To change a user name
Click on your username at the top of the page and a drop down menu will invite you to Change Your Profile.
Accept this opportunity and you will be rewarded with the chance to change your username and add an image. Click edit in the top box. You can also add a photo of yourself.
The suggestion was to change your user name to something that included your status, e.g. Phil Kenyon (STARR) or Phil Kenyon (Heavy Middleweight Champion). Admittedly you couldn't get them all in. The world's major problems can only be solved one step at a time.
Unless of course you have discovered another way.
Whilst I've now hijacked this topic I'll just mention I have put a new post in the Website issues section about what to do if you're fed up of all those notifications saying such and such a body has replied to your posts.
The association between wrestling and the licensed trade is a topic that comes up from time to time - names that come to mind are Wayne Bridges, Colin Joynson, Marty Jones, Rex Strong, Vic Stewart, Terry Rudge, Johnnie Kincaid, Andy Robin, Pat Patton, Jim Breaks and George Kidd. Weren't Bert and Vic involved with a brewery?
I think Bert and Vic worked for a brewery. Vic ran a pub I think, maybe his father did too.
do today's wrestlters have to do part time work
Keep posting about wrestlers' second jobs. Regarding wrestlers as publicans we have transferred a thread from the old forum. Post all Publican messages there
As a rough guess, of the people I interviewed for my book (which obviously skews towards the bigger names), the split was about 40% who were mainly/always full-time wrestlers, 40% who sometimes/usually had a day job and 20% who could probably have wrestled full time but kept a day job for security. Some of the factors depended on whether you were a main event guy, how strong the business was at the time, and whether you could get overseas tours.
Today I'd estimate that getting on for 100 guys are doing it full-time in Britain now, with differing levels of financial success/struggle. One thing that has changes is that you can make a full-time living (if not a lucrative one) even without being a headliner. It's partly the sheer number of shows and partly that there's a lot more money in t-shirt/photos/other merchandise sales, which is something that's done by the wrestlers themselves in many cases.
This is really interesting John . Thanks. I forgot that a lot of stars such a Pete Roberts, Mark Rocco and Dynamite Kid spent many months working abroad. I am wondering if the pay was btter and they built enough of a wedge that they could afford to work in the uk for less money. A lot of people over the years have got by only working part of the year.