[1939 - 2014]
A true master of catch wrestling techniques, British wrestler Billy Robinson began his amateur wrestling career in England and was the British National Wrestling Champion in 1957. The following year, Robinson captured the European Open Wrestling Championship in the light heavyweight class and over the next several years learned catch wrestling from legendary trainer, Billy Riley, at his training facility, known as "The Snake Pit." In 1970, Robinson began wrestling for the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and became AWA British Empire Heavyweight Champion. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Robinson enjoyed a successful professional wrestling career throughout North America, Asia and Europe. He also starred in the 1973 film, The Wrestler, which also featured Verne Gagne and Don Muraco, as well as Ed Asner!
Saw Robinson and Don Muraco vs Bockwinkle and Stevens in Peoria IL 1970 or 71 at Richwoods High School*front row* for the Title. DING! The Good guys won the first, HEELS won the second fall and in the 3rd? Steven cheated, jumping off the top rope *while REF was being distracted of course* ON TO Muraco's neck. The HEELS kept the Title and the locals went nuts. Grown men were trying to get after Bockwinkle and Stevens. Wives were holding their husbands by their shirts to prevent them going into the ring. Debris and cups and even a shoe began to rain down from above and behind us. We used our folding chairs as shields to hide. All the sudden as the HEELS were being led out by Police...a guy in his 20s next to me screams...HEY STEVENS!!! Steven's looked and couldn't get out of the way of the HUGE gob of spit already on the way, hit him right in the belly. The crowd howled in delight as we all cheered Robinson and Muraco who showed good sportsmanship and talent the whole match. THOSE were the days alright.
I used to watch Billy Robinson in Chicago when I was young. Vern Gagne was the champ most of the time in the 70's but I preferred to watch Billy. His moves and flow were incredible. I always considered him to be the best wrestler of the 70s period.
This guy is the best of the best period and I have been watching wrestling since 1972 to current.He would wrap anyone up in knots on the current WE roster.It's amazing he doesn't get the respect today that he deserves.he was simply the best and even today at his advanced age I wouldn't want to get him mad.saw him dozen of times and he was incredible.
my papa said he saw him. one time. billy robinson is the best one.
Thank you Revel. Because of your comment, I was able to find the studio and send an email to Billy. Hopefully I will get a response. Thank you for your comment will.
I train currently with Billy Robinson. He is living and training in Little Rock AR at the Westside MMA studio on Cantrell. I think he is the most intellegent Sensei or trainer I have ever worked with. The man is a legend. Come on down and train with Billy, Billy Barton, and/ or Rory Delgado (former UFC Fighter).
My dad Marty Jones speaks to Billy. He still trains lads in the US. My dad learnt a lot from Billy - very talented and well respected.
I too remember him beating our worl champion down here and I am certain it was Chief Billy Whitewolof. We even claimed him as our own from memory. In the era of jerry Briscoe where kids like me thought it was a real athletic competition. I rember one of the funniest scenarios was when the 'Playboy' Gary Hart hypnotised Mario Millano and turned him into a heal,,,,classic. I saw Milano at a small independant wrestling event a couple of years ago at a school hall where the announcers were presenting him with a lifetime acheivement award, Cue the heals! out they came and broke the trophy, took me back 30 years.
Billy is my God Father and a terrific man. Due to the nature of this business and people moving on and passing on we lose touch. Does anyone know where he is? Last I heard N.Y., more fond memories of you Billy in England, mum, dad, you and Oola. Would love to find you again.
Trained a couple of times at his club in Failsworth U.K. hard man. He used to throw me in with a mate of mine Marty Jones (check him out on google) he became world champion., tough days i got my arse kicked a lot lol, but happy memories
Billy came down to Australia and beat the world champion, well our version anyway, I think it was chief billy white wolf ore someone like that on a TV match. In the words of Jack little wham bam thankyou ma'am. To add fuel to thye fact that he didn't always 'job' I don't think he was supposed to win. Here one day gone the next. AND Mario still gets in the ring now and again, no steroids down here
Apparently, like a lot of classically trained amateur style wrestlers Billy didn't always "pull" his kicks and punches in the ring. While this added to the realism of his matches, his opponents were not always too keen on facing him because he would sometimes really "shoot" on them in the heat of battle. Or, to quote Bobby Heenan in his autobiography "Bobby The Brain": "Billy, everything you do in the ring is beautiful. And it hurts, too."
i saw billy wrestle killer karl kox: amazing technical skills, strength, and agility. the best i've ever seen...
Yes quite a good wrestler indeed............Very Talented man
Saw Billy a number of time in the 70's in chicago. what a great wrestler.
Billy Robinson was the best scientific wrestler I ever saw. Some may have been as good, but none were better than Billy Robinson.
the united olympic wrestling club was a stone throws from the Dale Martin Gym/offices in south london. Jack Ingle the Coach organised a match with the visiting Iranian world Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist...Tofire and Billy Robinson...there was 12 kilos difference but a world champion at any weight in a REAL sport,will of course dominate and Did....this was REAL wrestling and Billy would be the first to aknowledge superiority.The writer of this was coach at the Y where many would be wrestlers who could not make the grade were sent to the pro's gym to learn the acting form of wrestling.he later won gold at the World Games. Billy however was a very very good olympic wrestler and only lost his british title to Danny Shaw,who was beaten by Ken Richmond....he of Mr Gong Fame at J.Arthur Rank.Billy then turned show wrestler but by that time the Hungarian revolution had led many eastern european wrestlers to join the pro ranks...Kalman,Tsakacs etc etc.
SAW ROBINSON WRESTLE THE BUTCHER AT THE STAMPEDE PAVILLION IN THE LATE SIXTIES. BILLY IS A GOD.