Blue Blood on the Mat by Athol Oakley

By Athol Oakley

The tale of Athol Oakley, one of many maximum wrestlers of our time, and the bloody global of wrestling within the early 1900s. Athol labored himself up from a 5 stone teen to a fifteen stone global wrestling champion, scuffling with in hundreds of thousands of bouts around the globe.

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Once, when the British boy used a free foot to bring Berger’s head close to the floor, the crowd protested with the gunner. He is a slippery individual is the Briton. He obtained a toe hold, on two occasions, which made Berger pull faces which would have frightened Stasjak of the Out- Oakeley wore heavy rubber knee pads and looked like a cricket player. ‘Berger was stronger than Oakeley and used this power to punish the visitor every time he got an opportunity. Under a picture of Casey in mid air, Randolph Hearst’s Daily News wrote: Blimey!

I had a cut on my head and a bleeding nose in the first round, after a very tame four minutes, when you could have heard a pin drop. At this early stage some merriment was caused by a local wag who roared out, ‘Hey, Ref, stop it; it’s murder’! This brought the house down and so incensed Boganski that he started in with fists and everything else. So the locals got what they asked for. Meantime Irslinger, having disposed of King Curtis, decided he would offer me a fight for the world light-heavyweight crown of which he was the holder.

Zbyszko followed. I can still hear the gasps of utter amazement which greeted his arrival. The steps of the ring creaked under his colossal weight. Irslinger in long black tights had a white towel dressing gown on and a hot towel round his head. Zbyszko brought us to the centre of the ring and told a second to dry Henri off. He then tested him for grease and had him wiped down all over. He then tested his hair, and then his body for resin. ) He then did the same for me. He asked me why I had knee pads.

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