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Wayne Bridges (1936-2020)

Real Name - William Woodbridge

Birthdate - 7/5/1936 - 3/8/2020

6’1” 233 lbs. - London, England


Athletic Background - Wrestling [1960 Olympic Trials], Swimming, Bodybuilding, Weightlifting

Teacher(s) - Mike Marino

Professional Background - n/a

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `68-`83


Finisher(s) - 

- Kneeling Facebuster

- Bodyslam

- Hooking Lariat

- High Crossbody

- Hip Throw


Favorites -

- Backdrop

- Jumping Headbutt

- Shoulder Block

- Snap Mare-Kneedrop Combo

- Back Elbow




Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set6
 Science4
 Aerial1
 Power6
 Strikes5


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment5
 Selling5
 Bumping4
 Carrying5
 Heat6
 Legacy6


Place in History - The heavyweight scene in Britain was always different then the other weight divisions.  Not unlike Mexico, those wrestlers at lighter weights were seen as more exciting and those divisions were featured more prominently.  Conversely, top British heavyweights were afforded opportunities abroad that their smaller counterparts were not.  It is into this scene that Wayne Bridges appeared in the mid-60s.  He appeared to be the total package with an exceptional physique, movie star good looks and a legitimate wrestling background.  Bridges quickly moved up from working the independents to Joint Promotions and was in the top mix of heavyweights only a couple years into his career.  He would make over seventy appearances on British television, putting him near the top twenty-five most featured performers and he had a couple FA Cup Final show appearances.  By the 1970s, he was spending significant time working in Continental Europe, Western Canada and Japan.  He tended to work tags and while he had some success pairing up with people like Dan Kroffat, Mike Marino and Otto Wanz, his most notable pairing was with fellow blue-eye Bob Kirkwood known as “Les Incorruptables.”  In Britain, Wayne Bridges was tapped to become the representative World Heavyweight champion in 1979, a title he claimed several times over the years in battling rivals like Kendo Nagasaki, John Quinn, Pat Roach and Pete Roberts across promotions.  Bridges’ son Dean followed his father into the sport and showed great promise, but leukemia ended his career and ultimately his life.  After his active career, Wayne Bridges and his bodybuilder wife became notable for hosting a reunion of wrestlers at their Greenwich pub that briefly shone a light on the legends who had long been out of the limelight.
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