Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Mighty" John Quinn

Former Canadian Lumberjack John Quinn became one of the biggest box ofice stars of the 1970s and 1980s in the UK, when on National television he branded British "cowards" and threw out a challenge to all heavyweights to step in the ring with him. One quick to accept was Big Daddy and their feud would later climax in a sold-out clash at Wembley Arena before 10,000 people.
Standing 6'5" tall, the man mountain from british Columbia had been a stalwart of Stu Hart's Stampede Promotion, as well as following the tournament circuit in Europe. He also wrestled for a time in the WWWF as the ( geographically confused ) "Kentucky Butcher", where he faced world champion Bruno Sammartino on a number of occasions. Quinn caused a major upset in 1980 when he defeated Wayne Bridges to hold the World Heavyweight title ( UK version ), with Bridges having to retire from the match due to a bad wound on the forehead inflicted by the canadian giant.
Regularly tagging with the likes of Yasu Fuji, Giant Haystacks and Kendo Nagasaki, John Quinn can be counted as one of the most successful ever imports from foreign shores for British promoters.

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