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Jackie Pallo (1926-2006)

Real Name

Jack Ernest Gutteridge

Lifespan - 1/12/1926 - 2/11/2006

5’6” 160 lbs. - Islington, Greater London, England

Athletic BackgroundBoxing

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional BackgroundJoint Promotions(`4?-`74), Indies(`74-`83)

Aliases - none

Peak Years - `59-`67

Place in HistoryIn 1963, millions of Britons watched on as the rivalry between the flamboyant Jackie Pallo and cagey villain Mick McManus took center stage before the FA Cup final.  The reprised the rivalry in 1965 and 1967, but it was that first encounter that made both men’s careers.  Jackie Pallo with his bleached hair in a ponytail, striped trunks and crowd-pleasing shenanigans was just the type of over-the-top personality to capture the attention of fans.  The success of that match earned him the handle “Mr. TV,” although it was McManus who had more matches on the small screen than any British wrestler.  Pallo’s star was made and in accordance with the model of that era, he traversed the United Kingdom, main eventing any of the multitude of Joint shows held nightly.  Jackie Pallo was a curious sort of heel whose ostentatious presentation rubbed many the wrong way, but that same strong personality made him a favorite of many as well.  After the big series with McManus, main event purses around the country and even some appearances on mainstream TV shows, Jackie Pallo thought he could promote himself more effectively.  His star was fleeting, however, and it did not take too many years of him being off TV and working secondary halls before the fans forgot.  After nearly a decade of this, Pallo ended his in-ring career.  Not one to go quietly, Pallo wrote a tell-all autobiography, “You Grunt, I’ll Groan.”  Even after pro-wrestling was taken off the air, he attempted to get the game back on and never succeeded.  Jackie Pallo, one of the most well-known British wrestlers ever, spent most of his career on the outside, looking in.  His character was a trailblazer though for men like Adrian Street and Bobby Barnes, who pushed the envelope in their own right.