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Danny Boy Collins


Real Name - Dan Collins?

Birthdate - 2/21/67

5'9" 185 lbs. - Bristol, England

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Roy Harley, Stan Osbourne

Professional Background - England(`83-), Michinoku Pro(`96)

AliasesDanny Collins, Dirty Dan Collins

Peak Years - `85-`91

Finisher(s) - 

- Dropkick

Favorites -

- Monkey Flip

- Backbreaker

- Counter Armdrag

- Legdrop

- European Uppercutt

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set7

Intangibles Rating - 


Place in History - Danny 'Boy' Collins might have been a later comer to the British television scene, but he had a quick and impactful run on World of Sports.  Breaking in at sixteen, Collins was, in some regards, in the right place at the right time. He was the perfect formula for a blue-eye - young and handsome, athletic and skillful and able to sell a beating from bigger villains.  He was given a memorable program with Jim Breaks that saw him lose his debut, win an upset in a rematch, then a gimmick match setting up a title match, where Collins won the British welterweight title. He was only in his second year, but Collins was a made man.  Over the next four years, Collins was the perennial champion, exchanging it with fellow good guy technician Steve Grey and noted bad guy Cyanide Sid Cooper. He also captured the European Welterweight title during an FA Cup Final show and while it was actually less coveted at the time, he held it for years to come and it allowed him to tour in Continent.  The British scene was in a transitional phase with the Crabtrees relying on Big Daddy as their star attraction and the undercards being filled out by a combination of established stars and up-and-comers. However, talent was leaving in favor of All-Star Wrestling. Collins, as one of those young stars on the rise, was regularly featured on television and had strong success.  Even an absence when he needed to have a kidney removed did not spoil his career. Unfortunately, the decline of pro-wrestling in Britain and the cancelling of “World of Sports” came about when Danny Collins was just entering his twenties. Collins, like many of his peers, made his way to All-Star Wrestling in 1988 and took his Welterweight titles with him. Unfortunately, the wrestling scene in Britain collapsed and since he was not a heavyweight, his opportunities were very limited.  He did travel, worked hard in his homeland and maintained his abilities through the 90s, but the opportunity was lost. He enjoyed some time as a heel. He enjoyed some time in Japan. While he might have had some opportunities as WCW’s cruiserweight division brought in more international talent, it never happened. He has continued to plug away though, one of the few active wrestlers of the “World of Sport” era. Timing is everything and for Danny Collins, if he had been a decade younger, he might have had many more years as a top talent.