Dear Friends, does anyone know which title was it?
I wonder if its one of the German Tournament trophies
Same thing crossed my mind.
Could be. He certainly looks much heavier than I remember him. Anyway, in Britain he was rarely allowed to win a match let alone a big cup like that.
Used to win in Lincoln. Used to be on 2/3rd bout.
Dear Friends it is title he held in Great Britain, the same trophy was held by Ray Hunter. I made a post which features the photo of Ray with the same trophy.
They fought at different weights and these tournaments weren't televised so I wonder if it was a generic trophy wheeled out for those tournaments Fans would be none the wiser
Mostly refereed in the German Tournaments and despite being in the Top Five for TV appearances never got near a title
I don't have him listed as winning any German or Austrian tournaments although I could be missing some.
Pretty sure it's title of British origin, more likely one of the regional annual trophies of the top promotions from the 60's. If someone recognizes the trophy then it'll be easier. Now we have at least two champs Ray Hunter and Mick McMichael.
But I have Ray winning only that 1957 tourney in London...and I don't have Mick winning any title. So help is needed on this matter.
The photo of Mick looks like it was taken in the 1970s, but it could be anywhere. I wonder if it was a one off tournament?
I think you are right, it more likely was a one day tourney, 2 semis and the final. I wonder where/when that happened and which Promotion it was.
I can't see this being in Britain. Mick was very much a supporting role wrestler. That's not taking anything away from him. He was good, fans liked him, he was around for years. But everyone had their place and winning a tournament with a cup this size was not Mick McMichael's place.
Holding a big silver cup does not a champion make.
I don't remember Mick ever winning a match.
I've found Mick McMichael winning a KO tournament in Nottingham, September 30, 1976. He defeated Brian Maxine by DQ in the final.
Brilliant thank you so much, appreciate a lot. Do you have any additional info about that 1976 Title? Which promotion was it?
It was 30th September, 1976
Brian Maxine 1-0 Taffy Jenkins
Mick McMichael 1-0 John Naylor
Mick McMichael bt Brian Maxine-DISQ
These are all lighter men. Looks like a routine KO Tournament, not a title . I can't see this photo having been taken in 1976.
I agree Hack, it doesn't look to be anything special. I would suggest this photo is more likely to be from a tour to the Middle East or Africa.
He won when tagging with Shirley. One time in Whitby 1982 he scored the winning pin against Black Jack Mulligan, while Shirley and Mal Kirk were battling outside the ring.
Tournaments like this were a cost effective way of putting on a show using less wrestlers than on a standard show with a couple of the combatants doubling up Not always successful as quite a few had a line up where you could workout the winner before you walked through the door. I wonder if if the the guys doubling up got double money, somehow I doubt it
Dear Friends, thanks for the feedback, appreciate, here's what I know and what I think. This trophy is - 100% Victorian/or Edwardian Silverware, I mean sporting trophy from those times, to me there's no doubts about that. I have seen many of them, and that is exactly how they usually look. I recognize them really quick. No way its origin was outside the Great Britain. It's a very rich looking, precious metal, intricate elaborate design, historical sporting trophy. The thing is in England modern day pro-wrestling promoters very often used the trophies from the early 1900's or even 1800's for their champion wrestlers. It's one of the most unique situations in the Pro Wrestling world. I am trying to figure out which promotion owned THIS BEAUTY in the 60's-70's. But yeah again - it is no doubts a true real historical artifact.
Mike Hallinan kindly presented me with this programme.