Magazine article The Spectator

Grappling with Death

Magazine article The Spectator

Grappling with Death

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From Colin Bostock-Smith Sir: In his recollections of the wrestler 'Judo Al' Hayes (Sport, 24 September) Frank Keating didn't mention the man's finest hours -- his historic series of duels with the dreaded Doctor Death. This battle of the titans had its beginning when, in the very early 1960s, the wrestling promoter Paul Lincoln started to feature a new star in his squad -- a masked hero known as the White Angel. The White Angel always fought minor villains, and always won all his bouts with courage and chivalry.

This was in sharp contrast to Lincoln's other big star, another masked man, who gloried in the title Doctor Death and always fought minor heroes, and always won all his bouts with spite and chicanery. When would these two anonymous warriors meet? We grappling fans waited with baited breath.

Finally, after a series of gallant challenges from the White Angel and a lot of bad-tempered shouting from Doctor Death, the match was made. Thousands packed an outer-London wrestling venue. The two masked colossi fought . …

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