In 2012 the BBC took a look at classic wrestling in Great Britain. The aired the documentary “When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies” which covered the height of home grown wrestling in the country. People who like old school wrestling and the history of the business will appreciate this feature.
In the 1960s and 70s professional wrestling was hot television in Britain. Kind of mirroring its popularity in the United States the sport was a big TV draw. The story of good versus evil never gets old and that is especially true for wrestling fans. One aspect of the documentary that I found interesting was the tale of older women who loved the sport. Just like in the United States the grandmothers used to be a very wrestling audience. The BBC film discusses various stories and the men and women who brought wrestling to life during this era.
Fans will be introduced to names like Johnny Kincaid, James Mason and Giant Haystacks. You will also get to learn about pioneering women in wrestling like Klondyke Kate. One of the most fascinating characters we meet is Adrian Street. Street wrestled all over the world and even wrestled in the United States. His character takes on a flamboyant and androgynous persona that hints at homosexuality. Learn how the fans respond to subjects such as race and sexuality when mixed in with their wrestling. The feature can found on YouTube and is a good watch.
Keith B. Holt
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