It's the anniversary today (21st) of the death of Wild Angus in 2005. I've just watched his struggle with Mal Kirk on You Tube and enjoyed both of them all over again. It's a powerful strength tussle with a disappointing ending of two quick falls in the fifth and sixth rounds. None of that could take anything away from the wonders of Angus. He was my first favourite, seen in the third or fourth show I attended. That was early in 1965 when Angus (then Angus Campbell) was working for the independent promoters. Some riotous matches in those days, on one occasion almost literally so. I never saw anything quite as fiery after he joined Joint and then, of course, we lost him overseas for much of his career. When Anglo Italian and myself were planning Heritage around 2005-6 we created a website on Angus just to learn about how websites worked (I don't think we've ever really found out. It's still there so you can have a look how Heritage began back in 2006 on our Wild Angus tribute site.
It's a great piece and you are right in that the Angus/ Kirk Youtube match is a pretty good illustration of heavyweight wrestling in their era.
I have mentioned a few times a great Nagasaki v Kirk match at Bolton that I went to , but may have never mentioned that one of the best matches I ever saw was Wild Angus v Ray Glendenning at Belle Vue
It was 16th May 1970. I never gave Ray Glen a chance. Angus beat the hell out of him then Ray came back and beat the hell out of Angus. It went on and on ebbing and flowing between the two, I kept thinking "what a great bout , but soon Ray Thunder will make the critical mistake"
But no he didn't , he was like a gladiator that night (sold of course by Angus) and Ray's tempo got even more. He reminded me of Billy Howes when he went wild.
Angus , of course got out of severe trouble by dropping Ray onto the top rope (one leg each side). This time Ray sold this as the ugly finish. The crowd were gasping and seething and Angus got his just reward , a trip back to the dressing room on a DQ.
In 1972 Ray Glendenning went out to USA working for Bud Jagger in Port Angeles Washington and was billed as the British Rowdy. John Foley was also there as The British Toughie.
Today of course we know that Angus and Ray Thunder must have been good mates and worked a great bout together.
I hope you have seen the 1964 glimpse of Angus in the Vienna thread, Hack?
And the Angus v Kirk bout is in Armchair corner: Manslaughter or Murder?
Thanks Ron, that's a great review of a bout in suitable detail. Need more detail like that on here.
I only saw Wild Angus live on three occasions. At The Gaiety Theatre, Rhyl, he was the typical villain with referee Emile Polilve disqualifying him against Peter Stewart. But on the other two occasions he was the blue eye. One was for Max Crabtree at The Kings Hall, Belle Vue, when he grabbed the bag of money suspended from the roof in an American-style ladder match against Kendo Nagasaki and made himself very popular with the crowd when he opened the bag and threw a handful of fivers into the audience. His other blue eye appearance I witnessed was for Brian Dixon at The Pembroke Halls in Walkden against another masked man. This time it was The Exorcist (Lee Sharron) and Angus won by disqualification.
Just read "Manslaughter or Murder" and must spring to Mr. Walton's defence re his "over five hundredweight" remark. As I recall, eight stones = one hundredweight (112 lbs), so he was right on the mark there.
Quite right, Mad Mac. We'll have to get that changed.
That's what comes of mixing Italian plonk and Banks's bitter.
Nveer saw the Angus website before, very cool. Percival A Friend was a neat guy to talk to.
Sadly Percival is no longer with us.
Yes, I was good friends with him. Miss him.