British Wrestling: Big Daddy vs. Giant Haystacks

Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks

Whenever people talk about Wrestling, they are usually talking about American Wrestling with little regard to anything that might happen elsewhere in the world. As a Brit, that can sometimes be irksome as my childhood experience of wresting was a little bit different to those who grew up watching the likes of Hulk Hogan!

You see, I grew up with British Wrestlers like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Kendo Nagasaki and, at the time, they were a force to be reckoned with. I remember sitting at home with my parents every Saturday, watching Big Daddy – with his huge 64 inch chest – take on equally impressive opponents like (the quite literally) Giant Haystacks.

To a small boy, these battles were huge and the chants of “Easy Easy” and Big Daddy’s finishing move, the “Big Splash” were much talked about when we returned to school the following Monday.

Looking back on the above fight between two of the sports biggest stars, I do wonder what all the fuss was about. My perception of modern wrestling is that it is all staged and I guess those ideas can be traced back to what I watched as a child.

But that’s hardly the point is it, for a short time, the Brits had genuine superstar wrestlers and I was lucky to grow up with that.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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3 thoughts on “British Wrestling: Big Daddy vs. Giant Haystacks

  1. I stumbled onto british wrestling a couple years ago, while looking for catweazle episodes. As it turns out, there was a wrestler who based himself on catweazle. I found the differences & similarities vs american wrestling rather interesting. British wrestling is like a cross between american wrestling & boxing, with things like the ring design & the concept of rounds being brought in from boxing.

  2. man, this is a cool post. I thought I was the only fool around here into Brit Wrestling. Check out Steve Austin’s podcast with Steven Regal. It had tons of cool info. My personal fave is Johnny Saint but Rollerball Rocco is great too.

  3. I have to confess that I haven’t enjoyed wrestling since it was taken off primetime TV in the UK, late in the 80’s. But to me the British wrestlers at tha time will always remain gods – especially Giant Haystacks, who I’ll be writing more about in the near future…

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