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UKFF British and Irish Wrestling Hall of Fame 2018 Stage Two - The Finalist


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Thank you everyone who voted in Stage One!!

 

For Stage Two I am asking for you to select just 10 names from the list of 30 below.

 

These 10 names will be your vote to be inducted into the Second Class of the UKFF British and Irish Wrestling Hall of Fame.

 

So if you wish to vote PM me your 10 names no later than 23:59 on 18th February 

 

By the end of Stage Two I hope to have 10 names who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame but this number is flexible based on the votes received. 

 

So without further ado here are the 30 finalists for the Second Annual UKFF British and Irish Wrestling Hall of Fame

 

Adrian Street & Miss Linda

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Adrian Street & Miss Linda  Welsh Wrestler, known for his outlandish effeminate gimmick which would inspire the likes of Goldust and Rico. Won titles in the United Kingdom and United States. Won Wrestling Observers Best Gimmick in 1986. Miss Linda was an important part of the act adding to the ambiguity of the character. She is recognised as one of Wrestlings first female valets. *Finalist in 2017

Alan Kilby

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Alan Kilby  English Wrestler, 5 times British Heavy Middleweight Champion, 5 time British Light Heavyweight champion. Wrestled from 1960s-2000s. Remarkable due to the fact he was deaf. *First Time Finalist

Alfred Hayes

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Alfred Hayes  English Wrestler, wrestled as Judo Al Hayes. Wrestled in UK from 1950s-1970s before relocating to America. Defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk Jr but decision was reversed. After retirement became a manager before becoming a backstage interviewer, host and commentator for the WWF during the 1980s boom period. *First Time Finalist

Atholl Oakley

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Atholl Oakeley - One of the men behind the return of wrestling to the British isle when he started promoting all-in-wrestling in the 1930s. Became the first British champion since turn of the century when he won a tournament in 1930. Held the title until 1934 before retiring. Continued to promote until 1954.  *First Time Finalist

Bill Dundee

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Bill Dundee  Scottish born wrestler, moved to Australia at a young age. Started wrestling in Australia in 1962 before relocating to the United States in 1974. Became a huge star in Memphis Wrestling due to his ongoing feuds with Jerry Lawler and Jimmy Valiant. Held multiple titles through the United States. Acclaimed booker of wrestling in Memphis, Louisiana and Georgia. *First Time Finalist

 

Billy Robinson

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Billy Robinson  English Wrestler, Held the British Heavyweight and European Heavyweight title simultaneously. In 1970 Robinson moved to the United States where he began wrestling for the AWA holding the AWA British Empire title three times and AWA World Tag titles on two occasions. Also found success in Japan winning titles in AJPW. *Finalist in 2017

Chris Adams

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Chris Adams  English wrestler, known as The Gentleman. Won British Commonweath Tag Titles and British Light Heavyweight title before heading stateside in 1981 where he won multiple titles in multiple territories. Most notable run was in WCCW where he was NWA American Heavyweight Champion 4 times and feuded with The Von Erichs. Trained Stone Cold Steve Austin for the ring. *First Time Finalist

Danno O'Mahoney

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Danno OMahoney  Irish wrestler, known for the Irish Whip who the move is named after. Began wrestling in the United States in 1934 losing his debut match to Ed Strangler Lewis. Beat Lewis for the NWA World Title in 1935 lost the title in 1936 to Dick Shikat in his only his second career loss. Immortalised with a statue in County Cork *First Time Finalist

Dave Taylor

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Dave Taylor  English wrestler, made his debut in 1978. After joining All Star made his first World of Sport television appearance in 1987. Defeated Fit Finlay for the All-Star British Heavyweight Title in 1991 holding the title until 1993. Reclaimed the title following a tournament win in 1995. 2x CWA Tag Team Champion. Signed with WCW in 1995 where he formed the Blue Bloods stable with Steven Regal and Bobby Eaton. Worked as a trainer in Ohio Valley Wrestling for WWE. Became an onscreen talent for WWE in 2006 often challenging for the tag titles with Regal. *First Time Finalist

Doug Williams

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Doug Williams  English wrestler, started wrestling with NWA UK Hammerlock aged 19. 2 time FWA British Heavyweight Champion. One of the first wrestlers to tour the United States in many years wrestling for ROH. Where he won the ROH Pure Championship. Signed with TNA in 2009 where he would win the companys Television titles, X-Division Titles and Tag Team titles. Also found success in Japan. *Finalist in 2017

Drew McDonald

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Drew McDonald  Scottish wrestler, Began working in England in 1984 for Joint Promotions becoming a main stay on the World of Sport show feuding with Big Daddy. After World of Sport continued to wrestle across the UK for promotions such as All Star (where he won the British Heavyweight title) and FWA (where he won the tag team titles.) Wrestled well into the 2010s. *Finalist in 2017

Fit Finlay

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Fit Finlay  Northern Irish Wrestler, Began wrestling in 1974 as a fill in for a no-show wrestler in Ireland. Began wrestling in England in 1978. Won the British Middle Heavyweight title 4 times and All Stars British Heavyweight Title. Signed with WCW in 1995 where he won the Television title and became the companys first Hardcore Champion. Signed with WWF as an agent but came out of the retirement winning the WWE United States title *Finalist in 2017

Jack Dale & Les Martin

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Jack Dale & Les Martin - Jack Dale was one of the top middleweights in the country. Held the European Middleweight title. Together with wrestler Les Martin formed Dale Martin Promotions. Together they became the principal architects of post war British Wrestling. Became British Wrestlings most influential promotions. Without Dale Martin Promotions there would be no Joint Promotions. Without Joint Promotions there would be no World of Sport. *Finalist in 2017

Jackie Pallo

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Jackie Pallo  English Wrestler, Known as Mr. TV. One of the first big stars of the World of Sport era. Had 11 year long battle with Mick McManus. Held the British Heavyweight title in 1969. Revealed the inner secrets of Wrestling in his biography. Mainstream appeal led to appearances in pantomime, The Avengers and Are You Being Served? *Finalist in 2017
 

Jim Breaks

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Jim Breaks  English wrestler, known for his heel tactics. Known as Cry Baby to the fans. Turned pro in 1958. Would go on to win the British Light Heavyweight title, British Welterweight title and European Lightweight title. Won the British Middleweight title 5 times. It is believed he won 32 titles in total. *Arrested in 2017 on suspicion of the murder of his ex-partner* *Finalist in 2017

Jody Fleisch

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Jody Fleisch  Made his debut for NWA UK Hammerlock aged 16. Wrestled for Michinoku Pro Wrestling as Dakko Chan. Won the FWA King of England tournament which aired on Bravo. Won the FWA British Heavyweight title in the main event of the first British Uprising show. Wrestled for ROH and CZW in the United States. Influential in evolving British Wrestling from the World of Sport era. *Finalist in 2017
 

Johnny Saint

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Johnny Saint - Made his in ring debut in 1958. Joined Joint Promotions in the 1960s. Unique wrestling style kept him popular when promoters were turning to more flamboyant wrestlers. Multi time World Lightweight Champion. After the end of World of Sport travelled the world working in Africa and Japan. Retired in 1999-2007 upon his return found he was in demand due to a new generation of wrestler citing him as an inspiration *Finalist in 2017

Jonny Storm

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Jonny Storm - English Wrestler, made his debut in 1997. Wrestled as part of the UWA on Live TV. Has wrestled for almost every UK based promotion. Had a series of matches with Jody Fleisch which helped revolutionise the British wrestling scene. Match with Fleisch won American promotion CZWs match of the year. Also wrestled for TNA and PWG. Was the first and only ever XPW European Champion *Finalist in 2017

Klondyke Kate

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Klondyke Kate - English wrestler, started in the 1977. Worked in Nigeria aged just 16. Toured Japan and USA. Chosen to wrestle Mitzi Mueller in her final match. Changed the perception of pretty women wrestling. One of the few female wrestlers to gain notoriety during the World of Sport era. Only wrestled men on World of Sport. *Finalist in 2017

Les Kellett

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Les Kellett - English wrestler. Began wrestling in 1938. Resumed his career following the war. Nominated for ITV Sports Personality of the Year. Known for his comedy tactics in the ring but also his genuine toughness. One of the most popular stars of the World of Sport era. Wrestled into his sixties. Selected to train Jimmy Saville for the ring *First Time Finalist

Mark Sloan

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Mark Sloan  English wrestler, Founder of the Fratton Wrestling Alliance, later Frontier Wrestling Alliance which would become one of the most talked about British independents of all time. Head trainer at FWA academy. First ever FWA Champion. Holder of FWA All England title. Trainer of Drew McIntyre, Paul Birchall and Katie Lea Birchill among many others. Still valuable on the scene today contributing to Dragon Gate, NOAH, RevPro and Ring of Honor UK shows. *Finalist in 2017

Marty Jones

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Marty Jones  English wrestler, made his debut in 1972 aged 18. Beat Mark Rocco to win the vacant British Light Heavyweight Championship which he vacated after 6 years undefeated. Also beat Rocco for the British Heavy Middleweight title. Beat Bobby Gaetano for the World Middleweight title a title he would hold 7 times. Toured NJPW where he shared the ring with Hulk Hogan, Antonio Inoki and Andre The Giant. Won the British Heavyweight title in 1996. Retired that same year. *Finalist in 2017

 

Max Crabtree

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Max Crabtree  English wrestler/Promoter. Took over Joint Promotions in 1975. Created a boom period in British wrestling with the creation of the Big Daddy gimmick for his brother Shirley. Promotor for the majority of the World of Sport TV shows. Company would go into decline when many stars jumped to All-Star due to the overexposure of Big Daddy. Promotion closed in 1995 two years after Daddys retirement. *Finalist in 2017

Orig Williams

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Orig Williams  Welsh wrestler and Promoter. Known as El Bandito. Made his pro debut in the 1950s. Became the top billing UK independent wrestler by the 1960s. Known for his rough in ring style. Promoted gimmick matches on S4Cs Reslo wrestling show which could not be seen on World of Sport. Including cage matches, chain matches and women matches. *Finalist in 2017

Pat Roach

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Pat Roach  English wrestler. Made his debut in 1960. Won the British Heavyweight title and European Heavyweight title on two occasions. Outside of his wrestling career Roach was known for his acting when he landed a featured role in the TV show Auf Wiedersehen Pet which turned him babyface to the wrestling crowds after years of working heel. He also made an impact in film starring in many Stanley Kubrick projects as well as the Indiana Jones films. *Finalist in 2017

Ricki Starr

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Ricki Starr  English wrestler, turned pro in 1953. Combined his wrestling skills with his ballet skills. Signed with Vincent McMahon Sr and sold out Madison Square Gardens on many occasions. Becoming a featured attraction for McMahon. Broke a 22 year attendance record in Washington DC when he faced Antonio Rocca. In the UK joined Joint Promotions defeating Steve Logan on Cup final Day in a legendary match. Only one recorded loss in the UK, to Alan Garfield in 1964. Featured star of the film The Touchables

Ricky Knight

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Ricky Knight  English wrestler and promoter. Owner of wrestling promotion WAW. Made his debut in 1985. Held All-Stars British Heavyweight title and five times British Tag Team champion. Also held heavyweight titles in HEW, Premier Promotions, RDW, W3L and own promotion WAW. Created a wrestling dynasty with wife Sweet Saraya and children Roy and Zak Knight and WWEs Paige. *Finalist in 2017

Robbie Brookside

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Robbie Brookside  English wrestler, made his debut in 1984. Formed tag team The Golden Boys with Steve Regal on World of Sport. Won the World Heavy Middleweight title. Formed The Liverpool Lads with Doc Dean winning the British Tag Team titles. Worked for WCW for 6 months. 2x All Star British Heavyweight Champion. 2x European Heavyweight Champion. 2x TWA British Heavyweight Champion, FWA British Heavyweight Champion, RQW British Heavyweight Champion. Current works for WWE as a trainer working with the NXT roster. *Finalist in 2017

Steve Grey

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Steve Grey  English wrestler, highly respected Lightweight. Made his TV debut in 1971. 7 time British Light Heavyweight Champion. Won the European Light Heavyweight title in 1988. Would win the title a total of four times. Wrestled for the FWA and The Wrestling Channel Supershow in the 2000s *First Time Finalist

Sweet Saraya

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Sweet Saraya  English wrestler, became involved in the wrestling scene in 1990. Originally making costumes and working ring crew. Later became a manager for Ricky Knight. Made her in ring debut in 1993 under the name Saraya. Wrestled for multiple promotions across the UK including All-Star, WAW and FWA. Winning multiple title along the way. Made her Shimmer debut in 2011. Where she would team with her daughter the future WWEs Paige. After turning on her daughter she would win the Shimmer title in 2012. *Finalist in 2017

 

 

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Anyone still considering voting in this should definitely do it, the voting is so close that single votes are having a big impact on the standings. At the moment it looks like only four names are certain to go in, beyond that its proving really unpredictable. Thanks to everyone who has voted thus far! Every vote counts! 

Get them in before tomorrow night 

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