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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Red Indian’s son in style pow-wow

Grappling legend:  Billy Two-Rivers

REIVER admits to being in the Philistines’ camp when it comes to art, design and fashion.

So the appearance of style guru Wayne Hemingway in West Cumbria last week did little to set the pulses racing.

Wayne was in Whitehaven to advise the local burghers on how best to revamp the town. He also grabbed the headlines in rather unfortunate circumstances when he was involved in a shunt on the A66 between Cockermouth and Workington.

Happily, he was shaken but not scarred – and on checking his biographical details I’m not surprised. For Wayne is the son of legendary Red Indian wrestler Billy Two-Rivers, who fought in these parts on several occasions.

You may recall Two-Rivers grappling with the likes of Jackie Pallo, Mick McManus and Bert Royal when a Saturday afternoon’s television wasn’t complete without Kent Walton’s gripping ringside commentaries.

Billy apparently took his son to watch him in the ring and in his biography Wayne says his interest in the catwalks stemmed from the showbiz approach he saw in those early bouts.

Two-Rivers was billed as a genuine Red Indian who fought campaigns outside the ring to further the interests of the native Americans.

I just wonder if that might have something to do with Wayne calling his successful business Red or Dead, which immortalised Doc Martens in the 1980s.

Could all-in wrestling be set for a comeback in the centre of Whitehaven? Some would say it never went away.

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