As is well known my Personal Greatest Ever Tag Team was HELLS ANGELS-Who were
very Successful as a Combo-but also in their own right as Individual Wrestlers!
Still in their Prime in 1973-Why were we Deprived of this Skilful Partnership far too soon??
The answer is Twofold!..........
Firstly when MAX CRABTREE arrived on the Scene- for some unknown reason he took a real dislike to BOBBY BARNES!!-Maybe it was mutual or they had a Bust-Up-but CRABTREE told ADRIAN STREET that he wanted to replace BOBBY in the HELLS ANGELS with....STEVE YOUNG-Who at the time had the same Blond Hair! STREET was Furious at this 'Plan' and flatly Refused to agree to it!
However MAX already had pre-booked Shows Billing HELLS ANGELS to include YOUNG
and Posters/Promotional Material had already been produced-whether ADRIAN liked it or not!
Well STREET DIDN'T like it!-And immediately instructed his Lawyer to Copywright the
HELLS ANGELS Name as a Wrestling Stage Title which ADRIAN then Owned!
Although STREET was 'obliged' by Contract to 'Honour' the pre-set Dates with YOUNG-
from then on He and He alone could Legally Nominate the Partner in the ANGELS..........
and that Partner was BOBBY BARNES!
CRABTREE initially ignored this and tried to use the Name using 'other' Wrestlers only
to find himself ending up in Court!!
Running parallel to all this going on- STREET was becoming more and more annoyed
about lack of Pay Increases to reflect his 'Status' as a Main Eventer and Popularity!
Sooner rather than later he decided to leave JOINT for better Pay elsewhere with the
Independents!-So a combination of these two Factors brought to a premature end the
Run of Britain's Top Tag Team and Deprived Us of many hundreds more ANGELS Bouts!
Tragic Shame in my view!.....
The 'Dislike' of BOBBY by CRABTREE could also explain why BARNES was never allowed
to Hold a Title!!
Below the Fantastic Pairing.......